Situated 280 kilometers from the state capital, Itapeva was founded on September 20, 1769. At that time it was called Faxina and used to serve as a stopover for cattle drivers on their way to Sorocaba. With a population of close to 90,000 and an area of 1,830.9 km2, it is the second largest municipal district in the state of São Paulo in terms of land extension. Itapeva is known as the Mineral Capital due to its rich mineral ore concentration. Besides mining, the city is one of the state’s major producers of timber and agricultural products. Surrounded by breathtaking landscape, the city has a great potential for ecotourism.