Rio Grande do Sul – Santa Catarina
8 Days – From £590 per person
This trip would suit well with hikers and those who are looking to have an active holiday. The Aparados da Serra canyons, scattered across two states in the south of Brazil, Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina, hold one of the most fascinating landscape in the country. Here, the wide mountains form edges and abysses up 1.200 meters high, looking like if sharpened by a knife. At the bottom there are waterfalls and pools for swimming. You will stay at the charming Pedra Afiada Ecological Reserve – an intimate getaway for those who crave a close connection with nature. Breakfast and dinner are included in the daily rate as there will be plenty of snacks for the hiking part. A super great-value, scenic trip into the South of Brazil.
International flights are not included in the package price. We give you the freedom to 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.
This is a sample itinerary and prices are correct at the time of writing. We can tailor the itinerary to suit your plans by changing the length of the trip or the order of activities. More days can be added and different hotels can be chosen according to your preferences and needs.
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Day 1 – Welcome to the South of Brazil
Today you will be picked up at the airport, either in Porto Alegre or Florianópolis 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.
Day 2 – Malacara’s Pool – Serra Geral National Park
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.
Day 3 – Itaimbezinho & Índios Coroados Canyons – Aparados da Serra
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.
Day 4 – Fortaleza Canyon & Serra Geral National Park
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.
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.
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.
Day 8 – 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.