LAND OF ECOTOURISM
AND THE SUGARCANE
With a privileged location in relation to the Iguaçu National Park, the border with Argentina and the proximity to the Iguaçu Falls, the municipality of Capanema has a high tourist potential.
The production of sugarcane derivatives, such as molasses and brown sugar, as well as the production of organic products such as citrus fruits, passion fruit, pineapple, and others, are also sources of tourist interest.
The resorts on the banks of the Iguaçu River are attractive to accommodate large numbers of people. But its main attractions are located within the Iguaçu National Park, is 70 km of the Iguassu River border that unites the municipality to the park and provides activities that delight tourists.
Capanema is on the Brazilian tourism map, belonging to the Vale do Iguaçu Tourist Region. Currently, the municipality has been standing out with its tourist potential and can become a pole of the sector.
WHAT TO DO
TRACKS AND WATERFALLS
The preservation of the environment and the physical characteristics of the region make Capanema an ideal place for nature tourism enthusiasts. The main trails are located inside the National Park of Iguaçu, and some of them go to the encounter of exuberant waterfalls, however, one can find ecological trails in some bathhouses and in the Exhibition Park of the municipality.
Capanema is known as Terra do Melado, where sugarcane extracts excellent products such as molasses, brown sugar, cachaça and more.
In Capanema, the tourist can practice activities like rafting, kayaking, zip lining and much more.
FAIRS AND PARTIES
Capanema has an agenda full of festivities. Among them are: Feira do Melado, held every two years in the month of August. The event involves a diversity of art shows, exhibitors of all line of business and varied gastronomy. The Feast of the Ram is a gastronomic event that happens annually. The competition for the best lamb prizes involves competitors who innovate in seasoning and preparation ways and seek to make the best roast lamb. Kerb Fest, one of the best typical German parties in Paraná. The event is prestigious for thousands of people from all over the region and abroad and its main attractions are the diversity of bands, chopp in meters competition, typical cuisine and lots of fun.
With more than 50 years of existence, the traditional stone mill is located near the post office and preserves until today the traditional way of grinding organic grains in the stone.
VISIT THE CITY
Small town, but cozy. Capanema has squares, monuments, restaurants, snack bars, and hospitable people.
MOST VISITED PLACES
Corredeiras do Salto Faraday
Ilha do Sol
Trilha e Cachoeira do Rio Silva Jardim
Trilha e Cachoeira do Rio Taquara
Island of the Sun
Here is the opportunity to take boat rides bordering the Iguaçu National Park, where you can observe its biodiversity, contributing in an island full of natural charms and with a touch of caprice and subtlety of the man.
It is about 20 minutes by boat, leaving from Moisés Lupion Port, in Capanema, arriving at the paradisiac Island of the Sun. During the course, which takes place by the Iguaçu River, one can still admire the Border Landmark between Brazil and Argentina. Depending on the time, spot animals inside the Iguaçu National Park or a wonderful sunset.
The Ilha do Sol has a good structure to meet the tourist. Breakfast, lunch or snacks are offered here to delight the tourist while enjoying the local charms, the possibility of walking on ecological trails and contemplate the exuberance of flora and fauna on the site. It is even possible to stay overnight on the Island.
The tour starts by boat via the Iguaçu River, entering the Iguaçu National Park, where you navigate in the waters of the charming Silva Jardim River. The boat ride takes about 30 minutes and the nearest entrances are through Wesling and Gavião Macaco.
The tourist disembarks and walks on a 1,800-meter trail that ends in the exuberant Salto do Rio Silva Jardim.
In direct contact with nature, visitors have the privilege of getting to know the flora and fauna of the park in a walk of about 3 hours, feeling the emotion of sounds and aromas in the largest remnant of Atlantic Forest in the South of Brazil.
Another option of this tour excludes navigation in the Rio Silva Jardim but increases the walk by a trail of almost 4 km, which also ends in the Salto do Rio Silva Jardim.
Trilha da Taquara
The Trilha da Taquara is located within the Iguaçu National Park. It has a course with about 800 meters, where the tourist has the direct contact with nature, sighting, touching and feeling the charms of the Atlantic Forest.
At the end of the trail, there is a lush waterfall, where it is possible to bathe in the refreshing and crystalline waters of the river that bears the same name: Taquara.
The access is made by boat through the Iguassu River, and its route inside the forest is an old path used by hunters and palmiters that today serves as a tourist route.
Ilha do Cavalo
Due to actions to combat the illegal extraction of Palmito Juçara, ICMBio agents removed a white horse that was inside the Iguaçu National Park that was being used to transport the cut delicacy inside the park to the river's edge, leaving along with the cattle that were raised on the island. This curiosity gave its name to the place: Ilha do Cavalo.
Nowadays, without cattle, the island is inhabited by animals such as capybaras, deer, cotias, tapirs, felines, and birds of various species. The site also has three natural lagoons with the presence of alligators, as well as a significant remnant forest of regenerating Atlantic Forest covering its territory.
Its location is close to the Taquara Trail, allowing tourists to visit two tourist attractions in just one tour.
Traditional attractions of beaches and flooded regions, the municipality also has adventure attractions, such as: Quick Turn with Jet Boat, Rafting, Banana Boat, Disco Boat, Kayak, Electric Duck and others.
HOW TO ARRIVE
Capanema is cut by the highway BR-163 and is about 120 km away from Cascavel and 600 km from Curitiba. Another access option is from Foz do Iguaçu, within the Argentine territory, being about 170 km by highways or 110 km, making part of the route by rural road within the Iguazu National Park in Argentina.
WHERE TO STAY
Even though it is a small municipality, it has renowned hotels and options to stay close to nature in campsites, resorts and even on an island.
Due to the great production of chickens, including a large poultry house in the city, combined with the production of organic fruits, the typical dish is the "Chicken in Orange sauce". In addition, the municipality has a great vocation for the production of sugarcane by-products, is also recognized as Terra do Melado Batido and Açucar Mascavo, with quite a different flavor and coloration. Wafers, fruit jams, and other organic products are a constant presence in the meals offered in the municipality.