This picturesque small town is dominated by the meandering Nhundiaquara River and surrounded by the Atlantic Rain Forest. It is a favourite destination for Curitibanos looking to relax, especially during weekends when the restaurants are fully booked and many people take the train tour from Curitiba to Morretes.
Facing the Serra do Mar Mountains, you will see the train station, which is where many visitors to Morretes arrive. From there, you can stroll through the town and discover its many charms.
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.Casa Rocha Pombois 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.
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.
Driving down 5 km from Morretes, on Marcos Malucelli Street along theMarumbi 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.
The Monkey 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.
Rio Nhundiaquara is a scenic tree lined river that divides Morretes in two. 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 for fun and adventure can float down the river doing 'bola cross' or in an inner tube. Look out for the grandioseOld Bridge across the city centre. The bridge was built around 100 years ago and renovated in 1975.
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