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Although South Brazil is home to many of Brazil top natural attractions, from the Southern Pantanal to the canyons of Rio Grande do Sul, from the Iguazu Falls to the World Biosphere Reserve of the Atlantic Rainforest, the region has, until recently, been overlooked by most visitors to Brazil. Here we give you a few good reasons to visit.
The Pantanal, the wetlands of mid-west Brazil, is the hotspot for wildlife watching in Brazil. Unlike the Amazon, with its dense forest, in the open savannah of the Pantanal this huge biodiversity can be easily spotted. A visit to this area should be in the itinerary of anyone with an interest in nature.
Parana State is best known for the magnificent Iguazu Falls. However, just a short flight away from the Falls, you can enjoy a spectacular train journey that links its pleasant capital Curitiba to the Lagamar, the largest remnants of Atlantic Rainforest in the country, making this region also an unmissable part of any Brazilian trip.
One of the smallest States in Brazil, Santa Catarina has a huge natural and cultural diversity. Besides Florianopolis, don’t miss the stunning Serra Geral mountains, an ideal trekking and horse-riding destination, the whales and dolphins on the southern coast, surfing in Praia do Rosa and relaxing in some of the best beaches of Brazil.
The most southern State in Brazil, Rio Grande do Sul, is well-known for its gaucho culture, the pampas and the Jesuit Missions but it has more to offer. Porto Alegre, the capital of the State, is the entry point for the attractive wine region and also the best access to the dramatic canyons of the Aparados da Serra and Serra Geral National Parks.
Culturally this region is also extremely diverse. Some people say that the South is much more “European” than Brazilian, but, although this influence is clear in certain areas, the region’s cultural diversity is striking. Pantaneiros, caiçaras, manezinhos (natives of Santa Catarina Island, descendents of Azoreans), gaúchos, Africans and also the 19th and early 20th century immigrants from the Old World all contributed to create an immensely rich culture.