The Aparados da Serra National Park is located in the states of Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina. The park was established in 1959 as one of Brazil’s first national parks, with the goal of conserving the grasslands, canyons, forests and other natural elements and ecosystems contained within this area of exceptional beauty.
The park is comprised of two parks, the Aparados da Serra and Serra Geral and covers an area of 30,360 hectares. One of the main attractions in the park is Itaimbezinho Canyon, one of the largest canyons in the Americas, which was formed around 130 million years ago by an eruption of basalt lava. The canyon is approximately 700 meters in depth, 8 kilometers in length and at points 2 kilometers wide.
The park is located in the temperate zone, which has mild temperatures and defined seasons, however, rainfall is abundant and well distributed throughout the year.
Entrance to the park can be achieved in various ways, from Rio Grande do Sul State the parks entrance is 18 kilometers from Cambara do Sul, via the Itaimbezinho road (RS 427). It can also be reached from Santa Catarina State; the park’s entrance is 23 kilometers from Praia Grande. To explore the area specialised tours can be arranged through various organisations, these can include hiking trails, more challenging trekking, visits to the waterfalls and other geological formations, swimming in the rivers and also horse riding trails
Opening hours: Tuesdays – Sundays from 08:00 am – 17:00 pm. (Please note that entry of animals is forbidden).
Admission fees: Adult: R$ 14,00 Children (under 12 years): Free Senior (60 years+): Free Car Parking: R$ 5,00