Morretes is a charming town between the Mountain and the Coast of Paraná, full of preserved mansions and restaurants, which has barreado as a typical dish. It is ideal also for those who want to rest and to meet the green of the mountains, the fresh air of the waterfalls, forests, still unexplored quite places and the natural beauties of the imposing Marumbi and the Nhundiaquara River.
The estimated population, according to IBGE, is 16,366 people. The city, founded by the Jesuits in 1733, on the shores of the Bay of Paranaguá, has well preserved historical buildings and nowadays shelter houses museums and cultural spaces. On the outskirts, nature offers a range of activities for those who enjoy adventure sports.
WHAT TO DO
REST AND ENJOY THE NATURE
Morretes has cozy and familiar inns that leave visitors in direct contact with the natural beauties of the Sea Mountain. Ideal places for those who want to escape from the big urban centers.
Walks through the sea mountain which lead to the jumps of the Monkeys and Fortune; trekking in Marumbi State Park; and the water-buoys through the icy waters of the Nhundiaquara River are some of the options for those who enjoy adventure in the midst of nature.
PICO DO MARUMBI
Ideal for those who enjoy mountaineering. Composed by 8 peaks, the peak includes Mount Olympus, with 1,539 meters. It is one of the tourists favorite points to practice mountaineering. The whole stands out for its height, which offers beautiful views, and the steep trails. It has climbing options in all modes and degrees of difficulty.
The train ride through the Sea Mountain is an unforgettable experience and one of the most popular and sought after tours in Brazil. The construction of the railway is a masterpiece of architecture, completed in more than five years. On the way, you will have the opportunity to go through several tunnels, viaducts and bridges, see the nature up close, feel the smell of the flowers, see beautiful landscapes, such as rivers and waterfalls, and preserved stretches of the Atlantic Forest.The tour lasts more than 3 hours, and is monitored by specialized guides, who narrate during the whole trip the history and the main attractions. It is ideal for couples, families and seniors groups.
MOST VISITED PLACES
Laziness Curve Morretes
Place where lazily the Nhundiaquara River accompanies the Graciosa Road. Privileged by nature, it is much appreciated by fishermen and bathers and for the descent with buoys in the rapids. It can be one of the starting points for the descent of buoy-cross and the Salto do Tombo d'Água, a waterfall of approximately 15 meters, easy to reach, in a 45-minute drive. Here you can see ruins of the sluice gates.
Nice place for bathing and kayaking on the Nhundiaquara River. Access is via the Capituva Road, between Morretes and Antonina. There is the possibility of following up to Porto de Cima by trails in the native forest, which allow the contemplation of many birds and wild animals.
Catira Mother River
River of icy and transparent waters. It crosses the Graciosa Road, in the region at the bottom of the mountain, and just below it merges with the São João River to form the Rio Nhundiaquara. Access can be made by Recanto Mãe Catira, on Estrada da Graciosa.
Privileged by nature, it is an ecological park with 400 hectares and complete food infrastructure, locker rooms, luggage storage and parking. It has a children's pool, a natural swimming pool, a 140 m waterslide that cuts through the vegetation and flows into the waters of the Nhundiaquara River and waterfalls, waterfalls and trails. It is located in Estrada das Prainhas, Km 2 - Porto de Cima.
HOW TO ARRIVE
Morretes is 70 km from Curitiba. It is possible to arrive by the BR 277, by Estrada da Graciosa and by train.
WHERE TO STAY
Morretes offers several options of hostels, from the simplest to the most sophisticated, with swimming pool, whirlpool, sports courts etc. The visitor can still choose to stay in the historic center or further away, surrounded by the region's exuberant nature
One of the great gastronomic attractions of the city is barreado, typical official dish of Paraná. It was created in the Azores and taken to the region by the Portuguese for more than 300 years. In the historical center, the visitor will find several restaurants, on the Nhundiaquara river, which serve the typical dish of the city.
Morretes is also the land of artisanal cachaça, which is considered one of the main products of the city.