See the beautiful landscapes of the region called Campos Gerais at Vila Velha State Park. It is located in Ponta Grossa, approximately 90 km (57 miles) from Curitiba. The main attractions are the amazing sandstone formations, Dourada Lake and the Furnas Caves with their high-ceilinged chambers and breathtaking subterranean lakes. This tour is available from Wednesday to Monday.
Over one million years, ice-age glaciers and wind erosion worked together to sculpt Vila Velha's unique rock formations.
The Vila Velha State Park is open from Friday to Sunday (other days on request) and has recently been completely restructured.
The main attractions are the sandstone sculptures and Dourada Lake. The former elevators inside the Furnas Caves are no longer open to the public, in a conservation effort to protect the endangered animal and plant life which inhabit them. However, this stone formations can be observed from outside and is quite impressive.
Park tours are conducted in minibuses under the supervision of a local guide. A visit lasts approximately three hours and gives you the opportunity to visit the rock formations on foot.
On one side of the loop road there are wide-open, native grasslands, while the other side is covered by the dense, humid vegetation of an Araucaria forest - an incredibly interesting contrast. You should plan for the tour to last six hours (round trip).
DISCOUNT POLICY: book until 5 days in advance and get discounts in the private tours: 5% for two tours and 10% for three tours or more. The discounts are given manually in your confirmation.
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**In case of storms, some parts of the trail to Arenitos may be closed for safety reasons**
We reccommend leaving Curitiba at 7:30 am to be the first to visit the park, which opens at 8:30 am. However, if you prefer a later departure time, it is also possible.
7:30 - Our guide will pick you up at your hotel in Curitiba.
7:30 - 09:00 - Transfer to Vila Velha State Park.
09:00 - 12:30 - Visit the two parts of the park: the stone formations (Arenitos) and Furnas (caves) / Lagoa Dourada (Golden Lagoon).
12:30- 14:30- Transfer back to Curitiba.
What is included in the tour:
Private transportation in car or van depending on the number of participants; local English-speaking guide and local park ranger (Spanish-, French- or German-speaking guides available - please inform us of your preferences at time of booking); entrance fee.
Not included: meals, personal expenses, tips, etc.
The cancelation of services by the buyer will occur fees in case of no-shows, transferences and cancelations or any other personal reasons that might prevent the buyer to take part in the tour or booked service. The mentioned fees follow following rules and will be charged according to the expenses already made by the tour company:
- Until 30 days prior to service date: 10% cancelation feee
- From 29 to 21 days prior to service date: 20% cancelation fee
- Less than 21 days prior to service date: above 20% cancelation fee
These fees are according to Brazilian law and the Deliberação Normativa number 161 from August 8th 1985 by EMBRATUR.
One child, up to five years of age, is free. Older or more children pay the full rate.
In case your hotel is out of downtown area: an additional fee will be applied. Consult us.
Do not forget to bring your camera, sun block and comfortable shoes.
This is a private tour. What are the advantages for you?
Only you and your family/friends will take part on it. The guide and the transportation will be only for you. You will not need to wait for anyone else and you will not drive from one hotel to other to pick up other travelers. You will not share the tour with strangers. Talk to your guide about the itinerary and adapt it to your preferences. For example, if you want to change the tour itinerary and visit other places, it is possible, as long as it fits the tour duration and do not get out too much of the itinerary. In case you want to stay longer in a place you liked, you can do it too! Enjoy the most your leisure time with the people you love, with exclusivity and the personal service you deserve!
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