By Jorge Sato
7 Sep 2009
In the XIX century, the Brazilian economy was based on almost just one product for exportation: coffee. Its commercial value has increased a lot and fast. So, a railroad was built to take the coffee from São Paulo to Santos Harbor and then to Europe. All money and technology were imported from England.
In the end of the coffee period the railway transportation was finished and Paranapiacaba became a touristic city. However, city guides nowadays always remind the tourists about how important this city was in the past.
Because of foggy weather and the British influences, Paranapiacaba is called "Brazilian London".