Find miles of unspoiled coastline, surfing villages, majestic waterfalls and cities with a European flair in the southernmost corner of Brazil.
Discover everything from renowned surfing beaches to a natural wonder of the world and vineyards in Brazil’s South Region. This is one of the country’s most developed regions, a wealthy area that witnessed colonization from Germans, Italians and other European migrants. The South Region is made up of three states: Paraná, Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul. Each has its own character yet all feature commonalities such as breathtaking natural scenery and vibrant cities.
Paraná is the region’s northernmost state and home to the internationally famous Iguaçu Falls. Foz do Iguaçu is an ideal base for exploring this fascinating collection of 275 waterfalls, located in the wildlife-rich Parque Nacional do Iguaçu on the Brazil-Argentina border. Toward the east is the state capital, Curitiba, a modern city with wide boulevards and vast green spaces. It’s also a gateway to the millennia-old rock formations of Parque Estadual de Vila Velha and a fascinating train journey to colonial Morretes.
Head south and explore the beaches and colonial towns of Santa Catarina. Santa Catarina Island has over 100 beaches that range from backpacker hangouts and secluded coves to surf spots and fishing communities. Visit the island’s tourist hub and 18th-century state capital, Florianópolis.
Spend some time at German towns, such as Blumenau and Joinville, in Santa Catarina’s interior. In October, Blumenau hosts a 3-week-long Oktoberfest to rival any Brazilian carnival. Experience Brazilian snowfall in the mountains around São Joaquim.
Where Brazil borders with Argentina and Uruguay, the flat pampas of Rio Grande do Sul showcase the nation’s gaucho and cattle-herding traditions. Go hiking in the canyons of Parque Nacional de Aparados da Serra. Join wine tours at the bodegas around Bento Gonçalves. Spend time in the riverside cities of Porto Alegre and Pelotas.
Reach Brazil's South Region by flying to international airports in Curitiba, Foz do Iguaçu, Florianópolis and Porto Alegre. Get around via domestic flights, intercity buses and organized tours. With a temperate climate, including hot summers and winter snow in the mountains, the South Region is a year-round destination with four seasons.