South East Brazil
Fabulous beaches, tropical islands and historic towns are just some of the reasons to visit the states of Santa Catarina and Parana in south-east Brazil.
If you want a mix of culture, adventure and relaxation, south-east Brazil fits the bill. From the colonial charm of Morretes to the urban innovation of Curitiba, high octane sports of Florianopolis to the traffic-free haven of Ilha do Mel, it’s all here.
- Florianopolis: Set on Santa Catarina island Floripa as locals call it is blessed with fine beaches and lush rainforest. This is a vibrant city, a reputed surfing and adventure sports venue with chances for hiking and mountain biking and plenty of restaurants and bars where you can enjoy meeting locals and other travellers.
- Beach retreats: Praia do Rosa is one of the region’s most upmarket resorts without the razzmatazz of Floripa. You can swim from the beach and in the lagoon, go surfing, watch whales and explore the rainforest behind the beach on foot and horseback.
Ilha do Mel, accessible only by boat and traffic-free, is more tranquil still. Sandy beaches, inland trails, cafes and restaurants provide all you need to relax.
- Morretes: Step back in history as you stroll along the cobblestoned streets and by the Nhundiaquara River. The coastal town was founded in 1733 and there are many fine examples of 18th and 19th-century colonial architecture to admire. This is a good place to sample traditional Parana cuisine including barreado, a slow-cooked beef stew.
- Curitiba: Firmly in the 21st century, Curitiba is an example of successful urban planning and forward-thinking. The futuristic Museu Oscar Niemeyer, opera de arame (wire opera house) and bubble-domed greenhouse in the botanic gardens are among the most striking sights. Enjoy lively street markets and relax in the many parks as you get a feel for modern urban living.