Why visit Morretes?
One reason to visit Morretes is to experience the spectacular train journey from Curitiba. The track cuts through the mountains and pine forests before entering the tropical rainforest that leads to the southern coast. The scenery is spectacular. Once you arrive, it’s easy to explore this sleepy little colonial town on foot.
Reasons to visit Morretes include:
- If you don't fancy the train, travel by the scenic road and enjoy panoramic views of Serro do Parana. If you take the highway you'll arrive earlier but the views are not as breath-taking
- The Nhundiaquara River cuts through the heart of the town. Once a prime spot to pan for gold, it is now a delightful setting with houses and trees adorning the riverbanks
- The town has a number of historic churches and attractive colonial buildings. Couple this with cobbled streets and quaint bridges, it is both charming and picturesque
- There are various hiking and biking tours that allow you to explore the surrounding countryside
- The Marumbi State Park is a popular spot for visitors wanting to explore the area and a favourite among rock climbers
- Pico do Marumbi is the tallest peak, looming over the town below it
- Just 3kms from the town is the Salto do Rio Fortuna, a refreshing waterfall and an ideal place to spend a hot afternoon
- Morretes is known for the production of cachaca, a local liquor. Jeep tours to visit local distilleries can be arranged. Some have been producing the drink for over 100 years
- You can't visit the town without trying barreado, a traditional hearty dish of beef or pork, cooked in a clay pot with cassava. It's served with bananas and oranges on the side. Morretes is renowned for this dish and just about every restaurant serves their own version
- Sweet treats to sample include bala de banana (banana bullets - a boiled sweet), and tangy ginger ice cream
When to go to Morretes
The climate in Morretes is warm, the surrounding mountains helping to retain the heat. Temperatures vary little, though December, January and February are usually the hottest months, but the climate is pleasantly warm all year.
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Time: GMT -3 hours
Most flights go to Sao Paulo but some airlines have direct flights to Rio de Janeiro, and to North-eastern Brazil. British Airways and TAM have direct flights from London and many European carriers also offer flights to Brazil.
Language: Portuguese is the official language. Spanish and English are understood quite widely.
Not required for British nationals.
There are no compulsory vaccinations, except yellow fever if you are coming from an infected area. Malaria prophylactics are recommended in the rainforest.