The city is an important regional industrial center with an economy grounded in industrials activities and in the agriculture (highlighting the production of orange, milk, chicken, sugar cane). Served by several bus and rail systems, São Carlos has a business unit of swidish multinational Leica Geosystems and units of production from some multinational companies, among them Volkswagen, Faber-Castell Electrolux, Husqvarna and Tecumseh. Some production units of domestic companies, among which Towels São Carlos, São Carlos Carpets, Paper São Carlos, Brazil Prominas, Opto Electronics, America and Engemasa.
Meeting local needs, and in some aspects, regional, there is a trade network and services distributed in high street stores, gas stations and convenience shopping center Iguatemi network. In the field of research, in addition to universities, are present in the city two technical development centers of Embrapa.
The two campuses of the University of São Paulo (USP), the Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCar) and the Instituto Federal de São Paulo (IFSP), and two other campuses of private universities, the University Center Central Paulista (UNICEP) make intense the academic activity in the municipality, which has a floating population of more than twenty thousand undergraduate and graduate students, most drawn from other cities and states. An event that attracts many students from outside is also called TUSCA. Another interesting event connected to the students is the Festival Contato (http://www.contato.ufscar.br/).
Since 2010 I visited São Carlos at least once a year and I can say it’s a great city for students. In 2015 I started living and working in the city and here it’s a list of places to visit:
Cartódromo: a great place to exercise and spent the late afternoon (first picture).
Sorveteria Beijo com sorvete de limonada suíça.
Catedral: a turistic atraction (last picture).
Espaço 7 (This amazing cafe from the picture: http://www.saocarlosoficial.com.br/empresaseservicos/?e=Espaco+7_D5R77NLJT7 or facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CafeSeteArteHumor?fref=ts)
Museu da Tam
Casa do Café
St. Patrick’s Irish Pub
Another place which seems very nice in the city is Damha Golf Club (http://www.dgc.com.br/).
There are also some turistic places related to the time where coffee was very important to the brazilian economy.
Fazenda Pinhal – km 4,5 da (SPA-149) Rodovia Municipal Domingos Innocentini e acessar (SCA-276).
Fazenda Vale do Quilombo –
Fazenda São Roberto – km 245 da (SP-318) Rodovia Engenheiro Thales de Lorena Peixoto Junior e (SCA-329) EM Abel Terrugi até Santa Eudóxia.Fazenda Lenda D’Água – km 11 da (SCA-334) EM da
Sítio São Joaquim –
Sítio São João – km 7,8 Rodovia Municipal Domingos Innocentini à esquerda, mais 5 km de terra. Projetos de recuperação de áreas degradadas, principalmente da micro-bacia do Ribeirão Feijão e Programa de Educação Ambiental “Amigos do Ribeirão Feijão” com trilhas ecológicas, oficinas, brincadeiras, dinâmicas, cursos, cursos de férias com acampamento e aulas práticas, para Educadores Ambientais, Produtores Rurais, Alunos e Professores de escolas estaduais, municipais e particulares de São Carlos e Região.