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Brazilian Canyons

The Brazilian Canyons Tour is a 8-day adventure and nature itinerary in the south of Brazil. This is a private guided tour, starting in Porto Alegre or in Florianopolis and passing through the national parks in the states of Santa Catarina and Rio Grade do Sul. If you are looking for hiking in a place with spectacular landscape – come this way! Visit the large canyons in Aparados da Serra national park, holding some of the most spectacular panoramic views in Brazil. The wide mountains form high edges and abysses, dropping sharply into deep canyons. Several waterfalls adorn the scenery, making it look quite surreal. Choose to hike the numerous trails, either on the top of the mountains or passing through the bottom of the gorges and canyons. At the bottom, there are crystal clear rivers and pools for swimming. Stay at the charming Pedra Afiada Ecological Reserve – an intimate mountain wooden lodge with a cosy homely atmosphere. The trip is a great choice for couples, groups of friends or active families with teenage children. Breakfast and dinner are included and snacks are packed of the road during hiking trips. 

8 Days – From £1,100 per person (Half Board)

*equivalent in USD, EUR accepted

Itinerary: Rio Grande do Sul, Santa Catarina

  • Price is per person, based on two people sharing in a double/twin room
  • Accommodation with breakfast, trekking snacks and dinner (more hotels HERE)
  • All the excursions mentioned in the itinerary 
  • All transfers on a private basis
  • Entrance & guiding fees 
  • All mandatory local taxes
  • Visa, where applicable
  • International Flights (See Flights to Brazil)
  • Domestic Flights 
  • Personal Expenses
  • Insurance
  • Tips & Gratuities
  • Meals not mentioned in the description

International flights are not included in the package price. We give you the freedom to book the flights yourself, use miles and choose your preferred airline, and if you are stuck we can help you find the right connections. Return flights to Brazil start from £800 per person, depending on the connections and time of the year. The starting point is either Florianopolis Airport (FLN) or Porto Alegre Airport (POA) which are very well connected by flight to major Brazilian cities and alto to Buenos Aires.

For families and groups (starting with 5 pax), we can book domestic flights in Brazil, during the high season, and if the trip is part of a more complex itinerary. This is to ensure a seamless travel and no complications.

Send us a message on WhatsApp (+44 7 308 449 233) or email us at to check availability, discuss your preferences and get a quote.

This is a sample itinerary and prices are correct at the time of writing. We can tailor it to suit your plans by changing the length of the trip or the order of activities. More days can be added. Other hotels can be chosen, according to your liking. You can also combine this trip with other sights in Brazil, like the cosmopolitan Rio de Janeiro, the exciting Amazon rainforest, the fascinating Pantanal or the beaches of Bahia. For more travel inspiration check these itineraries.

Best time to visit is from May to August, during winter time. It is rainy outside of this season.

To avoid unpleasant weather surprises, we recommend to check our Brazil Weather Guide to plan your trip in the right season. Click on the month you want to travel in and see the tours which are best for each month of the year. 

Day 1 - Welcome to the Canyons

Today you will be picked up at the airport, either in Porto Alegre (POA) or Florianópolis (FLN) and will be transferred to Praia Grande (3 hours) across a scenic road. After check-in at Pedra Afiada Ecological Reserve you will have free time to know the place and enjoy the views. Dinner is included. Overnight at Pedra Afiada Ecological Reserve.

the cozy room at Pedra Afiada, a boutique lodge located in Aparados da Serra national park in Brazil

Day 2 - Canyon Trekking

Today head out to trek over the rocky river of the Malacara Canyon, looking from the bottom at the high basaltic walls, up to the natural pools (about 3 hours). Return to lunch (included). In the afternoon take the trail to explore the Atlantic forest, passing by Jaguar’s waterfall. Refresh yourself in the beautiful natural swimming pool. Upon returning to the posada we suggest to try a relaxing sauna. Dinner included. Overnight at Pedra Afiada Ecological Reserve.

two girls looking at the deep canyons in the National Park of Serra Geral in Brazil

Day 3 - Canyon Treeking

Today take a look at the iconic Itaimbezinho Canyon from the top. Later on trek through the trails of Vertice and Cotovelo. Stop for a snack (included).  On the way back, after an easy walk you will see a wonderful waterfall located in Indios Coroados Canyon. Upon return to Praia Grande balance the rest of the day at leisure. Dinner included. Overnight at Pedra Afiada Ecological Reserve.

Itaimbezinho canyon in Aparados da Serra national park, located in the state of Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil

Day 4 - Canyon trekking

Today you will leave early to the Fortaleza Canyon (2 hs) on a full day of amazing sightseeing. This is one of the most amazing canyons due to its size (30 kms) and height (up to 1.200 meters). Here you can have a view of the coasts of Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina. Trek to the Quebra – Cangalho hill (highest point), Tigre-Preto waterfall and the Segredo stone (a 5 meters tall monolith balancing on a small base). Stop for a snack (included). Upon return a delicious dinner will be ready for you. Overnight at Pedra Afiada Ecological Reserve.

rainbow over the canyons of Aparados da Serra national park in Brazil

Day 5 - Rio do Boi Trail 

After breakfast you will have a full day of exiting trekking through the Rio do Boi Trail (inside Itaimbezinho canyon). You will see the canyon from an angle known only to a few: from the bottom to the top. You will trek the whole day through the Rio do Boi trail, into the river. It takes about 6-8 hours going through natural pools, waterfalls and slides. A trail snack is included. Upon return to the posada relax and prepare for a delicious dinner. Overnight at Pedra Afiada Ecological Reserve.

Rio Boi in Aparados da Serra national Park in the South of Brazil

Day 6 - Borges Waterfall

Today you will visit Mampituba to visit one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Aparados da Serra, located in a majestic patch of primary Atlantic forest. There is a 30-40 min trail uphill and downhill. You will have a chance to bath in the waterfall and the natural pools. There is a restaurant, shop and restrooms in the area. Lunch is not included. Upon return to Pedra Afiada spend the free afternoon at leisure or choose an extra activity such as ATV, canopy walking, cycling or just relaxing in the hammocks. Dinner included. Overnight at Pedra Afiada Ecological Reserve.

Borges Waterfall in Aparados da Serra national park in Brazil

Day 7 - Departure

Your departure is flexible and you can balance the morning and afternoon at leisure. A transfer out to the airport will be organized according to your onward travel arrangements. Alternatively, depart to the beach and spend some more time discovering the beautiful coast of Santa Catarina all the way up to Ilha do Mel in Parana. Then take a beautiful train journey across the Atlantic Forest to Curitiba. Continue on the Southern Brazil Beach Hopping program.

Tree climbing in the Aparados da Serra national Park in Brazil

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