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Brazilian Canyons Light Tour -  Aparados da Serra and Serra Geral National Parks

The Canyon Trail is a tourist route that encompasses several municipalities in the extreme south of Santa Catarina and in the north of Rio Grande do Sul state.

The national parks and their main canyons (Itaimbezinho, Malacara and Churriado), give the town of Praia Grande the title of ‘State Capital of the Canyons’.

All in all, a visit to these highlands will undoubtedly be an unforgettable experience.

Get to know the Brazilian Grand Canyons your way!

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1st Day - Arrive Day

12pm: On Arrival at Porto Alegre/ RS Airport  your friendly Rota dos Canyons tour manager  will be waiting outside the baggage hall to welcome and transfer you to the Lodge. Will be approximately 3 hours by car to the arrival at Costão da Fortaleza Lodge(205km / 130 miles).

Rest the day free to enjoy the Lodge, Dinner and Overnight at Costão da Fortaleza Lodge.

Fortaleza Canyon - Route along the Canyon Edges – Serra Geral National Park

2nd day - Fortaleza Canyon - Route along the Canyon Edges – Serra Geral National Park
8,200 meters long and more than 1,000 meters deep, this is the largest canyon in the region and one of the largest in Brazil. The main attraction of the Serra Geral National Park, this canyon impresses with its imposing fortress, on its walls depicting the various layers of basalt flows that resulted in the geological formation of the mountain. It takes a whole day for the visit. There are three primitive trails to visit:
The Lookout Trail: The entire route is along the edge of the cliffs up to the lookout point at 1,167 meters of altitude, from where you can see the part of the southern coastline of Santa Catarina.
Tigre Preto Waterfall Trail: A beautiful waterfall that falls from the cliff into a sequence of four drops, totaling an altitude of nearly 1,000 meters high.
Secret Stone Trail: Located inside the crater of the canyon, this stone is a monolithic block of 5 meters high resting on a small base of 50 cm, giving the impression that it is going to fall at any time.
Around 2 pm Lunch time in Cambará do Sul / RS

Visitation a homemade agribusiness jelly.

At the end of the day return to the Lodge for dinner and overnight.

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Malacara Canyon - Hiking Inside the Canyon - Serra Geral National Park

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3rd Day - Malacara Canyon - Trekking Inside the Canyon - Serra Geral National Park

9 am to 1 pm: Hiking inside the Malacara Canyon
This trail is perfect for those who want to go into the canyon, but do not have a full day for that. The goal is to reach the natural pool, by walking along the river, enjoying the wildlife. This walk is of a medium level of difficulty and takes 3 to 4 hours. 

1pm: Lunch time in Praia Grande/SC

Afternoon: a chance to get a Scenic horseback ride or you can rest and enjoy the Lodge.
Return to the Lodge for Dinner and Overnight

Itaimbezinho Canyon – Route along the canyon edges – Aparados da Serra National Park

4th Day - Itaimbezinho Canyon – Route along the canyon edges – Aparados da Serra National Park
The Itaimbezinho Canyon is the most famous of the Aparados da Serra National Park and also one of the largest in Brazil. It is 5,800 meters long and 720 meters high. The area is covered by low vegetation and native pines. The rock formations are at least 130 million years old. There are two trails to visit:
Vértice Trail: The easiest point, from which you can see the beginning of the Itaimbezinho Canyon. During the trail, you can see waterfalls up to 700 meters high towards the bottom of the canyon.
Cotovelo Trail: This trail consists of a walk along a dirt road to a lookout point, from where you can see the immensity of the canyon walls, reaching a depth of 720 meters. The access trail is of a low level of difficulty and is 5 km long in total. Open from 8am until 3pm.
Closed on Mondays, but exceptionally open on a public holiday.

2pm: Lunch time

Return to the Lodge for Dinner and Overnight

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5th Day - Return to Porto Alegre Airport
Breakfast, check-out
Back to Porto Alegre Airport  with pleasant memories

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  • Transfer IN / OUT from Porto Alegre Airport or from your Hotel in Porto Alegre
  • 4 room rates at Costão da Fortaleza Lodge in Praia Grande / SC with breakfast and dinner (not beverages) included
  • Tour guide for all hikes
  • All transfers and extensive sightseeing with entrance fees (as specified in the itinerary) by a air-conditioned car.


  • Drinks and beverages, minibar items
  • Personal and additional costs and what is not mentioned as included.

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