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Self-drive in the mountains of southern Brazil
Explore the rugged plateaux and canyons of southern Brazil with the freedom of a self-drive car hire
Santa Catarina in southern Brazil has a coastline of sand-swept beaches and rocky bays with low-key family friendly resorts, great surfing opportunities, rainforest-shrouded rugged hills and, inland, a lost world of plateaux, canyons and waterfalls, a utopia for walkers.
We recommend self-drive as the best way to get around as it offers you the freedom to travel at your own pace and to choose your own route following picturesque, good quality paved and dirt roads. Most roads are only lightly used and local drivers are courteous. Discover the coastline, Santa Catarina Island and the interior mountains at your own pace with a hire car and accommodation both booked for you in advance.
Santa Catarina is within easy reach of Argentina’s Buenos Aires to the south and Rio de Janeiro or São Paulo to the north, with at least daily flights of less than 2 hours. Pick up your car in Florianopolis and away you go!
South Brazil’s mountains and beaches
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Real Latin America Experts
Jim Ashworth - Travel Consultant
Jim first caught the Latin American travel bug in 2001 when he decided at the last minute to join a friend travelling around Central America – he hasn't looked back since.
Sophie Barber - Travel Consultant
Sophie lived in Chile before joining us and has travelled extensively across Latin America, from Mexico to the furthest tip of Patagonia.
Carrie Gallagher - Travel Consultant
A former JLA tour leader, Carrie brings a wealth of on-the-ground experience to our London-based Escorted Groups team.
Hannah Waterhouse - Travel Consultant
Hannah had an early introduction to Latin America when her family moved to Ecuador and she returned to study in Buenos Aires for a year before backpacking across the continent.
Kathryn Rhodes - Travel Consultant
Kathryn backpacked across Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Peru before joining us. She has a degree in Philosophy and French and is a keen netball player.
Ben Line - Travel Consultant
Ben fell in love with Latin America on a six month backpacking trip from Colombia to Mexico in 1995. Since then he has explored most of South America, including living in Peru for a year. He is now Manager of the Tailor-made Department.