Morretes and Antonina are beautiful small towns on the coast of Paraná. Curiitbanos (locals from Curitiba) love to go there to spend some relaxing moments with family and friends.
This picturesque small town is dominated by the meandering Nhundiaquara River and surrounded by the Atlantic Rain Forest. It is a beloved destination for Curitibanos looking for relaxing moments in the outskirts of the big city, especially during weekends when the restaurants are fully booked and many people take the train tour from Curitiba to Morretes.
How to reach Morretes? See our transportation guide. Where to sleep in Morretes? There are several guesthouses to choose from. Fancy a hike or maybe a rafting tour? See our tour options.
Facing the Serra do Mar Mountains, you will see the train station, which is where most Morretes visitors arrive. From there, you can stroll through the town and discover its curiosities.
Older houses in Morretes where built facing the Nhundiaquara River. In the several restaurants along the river you will have the chance to taste “barreado”, the typical dish of the Paraná coast. It is a boiled beef cooked many hours in a closed casket and served with cassava flour, rice and banana. You can also order it with “frutos do mar”, and you will get barreado with fish and praws. See a wide restaurant selection in our restaurant guide.
Casa Rocha Pombo is a cultural centre in Largo Dr. José Pereira, Jose Pereira 43. Casa Rocha Pombo was built in honour of the multifaceted Rocha Pombo from Morretes. He was an acclaimed historian, teacher, writer and politician. The simple colonial architectural style of the Jesuit period characterizes this building, which overlooks the Nhundiaquara River as well as the city.
The Church of St. Benedict is located at the intersection of the Adviser Sinimbu and Fernando Amaro streets and has stood the test of time. Believed to have been built by slaves in 1765, its stone foundation was laid almost a century later in 1863. It was constructed in the colonial style and a tower was added over half a century later at the behest of Captain Roberto France.
Driving down 5 km from Morretes, on Marcos Malucelli Street along the Marumbi River is a natural reserve that showcases a large lake ringed by a verdant forest. Swim or dive in the placid waters of the lake, camp out or barbeque. This Morretes tourist attraction has a nice infrastructure with restrooms, changing rooms and a cafeteria.
Estrada da Graciosa
This picturesque, winding, old colonial road (PR Highway 410) lies 37 km from Curitiba on BR-116. It winds through the lush, green Atlantic rainforest down to the coast. Several rest stops dot this route, with toilets, kiosks and open-fire grills. The quaint Iron Bridge over the River Mother Catira and the Jesuit's Path are just some of the interesting sites here. Only cars and vans can traffic on this road.
Heel of Monkeys "Salto dos Macacos"
The Monkeys River or Rio dos Macacos provides a spectacular view as it gushes over a height of 70m upon a granite slab, creating a striking natural pool. As you travel by train through the region, do not miss the dramatic Redondo Waterfall, 20m wide, tumbling down a drop of 30m. To get there by train, disembark at Engineer Lange and hike about 2 to 3 hours. It is 4km by road from Porto de Cima and 2 hours on foot thereafter.
Marumbi State Park "Parque Estadual do Marumbi"
Marumbi State Park was founded in 1990 and covers over 370 hectares, it is considered a real hiker's delight. The towering Pico Marumbi is 1539 m high and is situated within the confines of the Marumbi State Park; this is the state's prime attraction for mountain climbing enthusiasts. This area is a gorgeous place to hike and to enjoy the environment.
Vantage points in the park provide spectacular views encompassing mountains, waterfalls, rivers with amazing flora and fauna in and around the rain forest. Walk down the road to the station from the park and one can view the imposing Marumbinistas Waterfall, which tumbles down a precipitous drop of 50 m, adding to splendour to the countryside.
Two of the ancient “colonial paths” are well kept: the Graciosa Trail or Estrada da Graciosa and the Itupava Trail or Caminho do Itupava. Most of the Graciosa Trail is now the Graciosa Road. The first part of this trail is very old (1646-1653) and the second part, that ends in Atuba was completed much later (1848-1870). According to the legend, the original Itupava Trail was used by hunters in 1625 to chase a tapir down the mountain to Porto de Cima. The second portion of this trail, that leads to Borda do Campo was completed only in 1649-1654.
The well-marked Graciosa and Itupava trails now serve as delightful nature walks and afford spectacular views.
Nhundiaquara River or Rio Nhundiaquara is a scenic tree lined river that intersects the whole city. The origin of the name came from the local words nhundi (meaning fish) and quara (meaning hole); in the past, the river was in an important waterway between the highlands and the coast. Canoeing and fishing are possible along a distance of about 12 km, where the river is navigable. Those looking forward for fun and adventure can float down the river doing “boia cross” or buoy. Look out for the grandiose Old Bridgeacross the city centre. The bridge was built around 100 years ago and renovated in 1975.
From Morretes you can easily access the Marumbi Nature Reserve. The natural reserve covers an area of approximately 66,732 hectares and encompasses most of the Serra do Mar and part of the Eastern Plateau. The region offers fabulous sightseeing options including the Estrada da Graciosa, Curitiba, Paranaguá Railway, Serra Manantiales, Graciosa and Itupava trails, and a dam on the Capivari River. We strongly recommend a local guide for your tour in this area.
The coastal region of Paraná is also famous for its cachaça production. There are several distilleries producing the world famous Brazilian "cachaça". This tradition began in 1870 when the Scucato, Malucelli, Zilli and Gnata families emigrated from Italy and settled in Morretes. Nowadays, the cachaça produced in Morretes is considered one of the best "cachaças" in Brazil and some of them are exported to many other states and countries in the world.
The Scucato family was one of the pioneers, producing cachaça around 1880. The Engenho São Pedro is open to visitors and still produces cachaças aged in barrels made of Araribá wood, a native type of wood from the Atlantic Rainforest, predominant in the area.
Porto Morretes is another popular distillery that attracts many visitors. The distillery exports part of their high quality organic cachaça production to Canada. The tour starts with a visit to the organic sugar cane plantation (free from any chemical product, herbicide or fertilizer). During the harvest season you can try fresh, sweet sugar-cane. After seeing how the raw material is grown, the next step is seeing the distillery's facilities where you can see the modern equipment used to produce the cachaça. The visit finishes in the cellar where the cachaça is aged in barrels of American oak and, of course, there will be a delicious cachaça tasting. The Porto Morretes distillery was built to take advantage of the unevenness of the land. During every phase of production, the cachaça is transported by gravity. The distillery makes creative and efficient use of the by-products of production as well. After the juice is extracted from the sugar-cane, half of the pulp is heated in a huge kettle and the steam generated is not only used in the distillation process but also to clean the facilities and equipments. The other half is used as fertilizer.
How to arrive to Morretes?
Most visitors go to Morretes by train (very touristic, with wonderful landscapes), that departs from Curitiba daily at 8:15 am (buy your ticket in advance!). The same train returns to Curitiba at 3 pm daily. During weekends and holidays, there is also the option to book the deluxe train. See different tour options here.
Many locals go to Morretes by car. You have two options: along the highway BR-277 to Paranaguá and then turn to Morretes or along the BR-116 to São Paulo and then take the Graciosa Road (beautiful scenery, with many curves).
You can also take a bus departing from Curitiba (Viação Graciosa).
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