Day 1: Arrival at Curitiba airport. Transfer to a tourist class hotel. Rest of the day free.
Day 2: Early transfer to the railway station for the train journey from Curitiba to Paranagua on the coast. Completed in 1885 this railway line is still a testimony of great railway engineering and doubtless the most remarkable train journey in Brazil. On the way you will have fantastic views of the lush Serra do Mar, covered by Atlantic Rainforest. From Morretes, a small colonial town enroute, you will continue by car and boat to a private nature reserve for a 2 night stay at a jungle lodge.
We stop for a seafood lunch on the way and arrive at the lodge late afternoon. The area of 400 ha is part of the Environmental protection area of Guaraqueçaba and is located in an estuary behind the Superagui National Park. The reserve contains almost 70% of primary Atlantic forest, plus areas of secondary rain forest and mangroves. Rest of the day free.
Day 3: Choice of activities in and around the lodge.
Day 4: Morning: activities of choice. In the afternoon we return to Guaraqueçaba, where will overnight. Guaraqueçaba, located on a gorgeous bay with the peaks of Serra do Mar dominating the background, is the oldest town in Parana. It has a few quaint colonial buildings remaining on the seafront but most interesting is the feel of a town where time stopped. Its absolute tranquility (for most of the year - Carnival and New Year´s can be a bit busier) is due to its inaccessibility: you either arrive by boat or through 100 km of impassible dirt road.
Day 5: Early morning return by boat and road to Curitiba airport or hotel (flights mid to late afternoon onwards can be reached)
- Trekking through nature trails inside the reserve accompanied by a naturalist guide, to observe fauna and flora typical of the Atlantic rain forest. Stop at various points for refreshing dips in natural pools and waterfalls.
- Guided kayak trips through the mangroves and estuaries that border the reserve. You will spot aquatic birds and might see even small caimans, dolphins and river otters.
- Late afternoon visit by motor boat to the Pinheiro Island, to see the amazing spectacle of the flight home of hundreds of red-tailed parrot, an endangered endemic species.
- Fishing in the traditional "caiçara" way in the nearby estuary
Night trip to a platform built in the forest for wildlife observation (pumas have been heard many times in these nocturnal trips - spotting them is, however, very difficult).
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