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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!
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Real Latin America Experts
Lina Fuller - Travel Expert
Lina's passion for the continent where she was born really took off when she moved to Córdoba (Argentina) to study, spending the holidays travelling between Argentina and her native Colombia.
Sophie Barber - Travel Expert
Sophie lived in Chile before joining us and has travelled extensively across Latin America, from Mexico to the furthest tip of Patagonia and beyond to Antarctica.
Mary Anne Nelson - Travel Expert
Born in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile, Mary’s insider knowledge and dry sense of humour make her a highly valued member of the Tailor-made Holidays and Group Tour sales team.
Carrie Gallagher - Travel Expert
A former JLA tour leader, Carrie brings a wealth of on-the-ground experience to our London-based Tailor-made and Group Tours department.
Hannah Donaldson - Travel Expert
Having spent part of her childhood in Colombia and worked in Brazil and Costa Rica, Hannah's ties to Latin America run deep. Hannah is a much valued Travel Expert in our Tailor-made Holidays and Group Tours sales team.
Hannah Waterhouse - Travel Expert
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.