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Brazil: Mountains of southern Brazil

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The coastal ranges of southern Brazil are a sharply rucked carpet of bottle-green mountains, gorges, waterfalls and cloud forests fringed by huge ferns, vivid flowers and palms. The Serra Verde Railway is a great introduction to the region: it descends through swirling mists which lift to reveal eye-popping panoramas en route to colonial Morretes. There are walking trails in the Serra Geral, mountain ranges in northern Rio Grande do Sul profoundly gashed by steep canyons. The state was settled by Germans and Italians, whose culture remains dominant; vineyards and hydrangeas cover the sunny slopes and some places have a distinctly Alpine feel.

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Serra Geral

Self-drive Southern Brazil and Buenos Aires

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16 days from £3,043pp

Things to do in Mountains of southern Brazil

Serra verde railway

Ride the Serra Verde railway


Self-drive in the mountains of southern Brazil

Our insider tips for Mountains of southern Brazil


Laura Rendell-Dunn

The view from the Serra Verde train as it passes over viaducts crossing from side to side of dark, fathomless canyons.


Chris Rendell-Dunn

Tasting the local wines: Brazil’s best vineyards are to be found here.


David Nichols

Hiking virtually alone in the Serra Geral canyons through wild, rugged landscapes. There are no marked trails: you walk with a knowledgeable local guide. Views are utterly stunning as range after range of purple plateaux and fathomless ravines themselves. A Latin American must-do for enthusiastic walkers and recreational strollers alike.

Annerys Hockley

Annerys Hockley

Exploring the dramatic canyons and precipitous canyons at Aparados da Serra National Park on the border with Rio Grande do Sul. Giant fill faces, vertiginous canyons of dizzying depth, boulder-strewn rivers and foaming waterfalls  can be viewed from your hire car or explored on foot, with or without a guide. Fringed by plantations of rice and banana, the cooler plateaux's rims are carpeted with monkey-puzzle trees.

What our experts say

Hiking in the green velvet mountains of Serra Geral and the canyons to the south is a real treat for walking enthusiasts. The landscape of rugged hills interspersed by Alpine valleys and river gorges is a delight, and anywhere else would be heaving with walkers and  criss-crossed by paths. But here you have to take a guide as there are no marked trails and the land is privately owned, and you are unlikely to come across any other walkers. We spent a week with two countryside bases there and that was about right. Car hire is highly recommended; there are some very scenic drives and traffic is light. 

Claire Milner

Claire Milner

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