This tour combines the ecological city of Curitiba with a magnificent scenic train ride through the Atlantic rainforest to the colonial town of Morretes and then a stay on the idyllic, laid-back island of Ilha do Mel (Honey Island). These places are in the Atlantic Forest Great Reserve
Day 1: Curitiba
Private transfer with driver guide from the airport to the hotel in Curitiba (30 min / 17 km approx). Overnight at Hotel Pestana Curitiba in superior room with breakfast.
Curitiba is full of culture, cuisine, and is considered the ecological capital of the country! Besides being adjacent to the largest remaining Atlantic Forest area, it has 58m² extension of green space per person. Visiting the parks in the city is a obligatory stop, and Jardim Botanico, the Botanical Garden, is the picture perfect postcard of the city. Various ethnic groups, like the Japanese and Ukrainian, were part of the city's development, and therefore typical dishes and architecture from their and other European cultures are present in everyday life. However, the "pinhão," a nut grown and gathered by local farmers, is the symbol of the region and can be consumed in various elaborate dishes.
Street markets are a specialty of the city: on Sundays, the most famous Curitiba day market is Feira do Largo da Ordem, where you will find local artisan products, music and cuisine, but get there early, as the market closes at 1400h! The most famous night food markets are the Feira do Batel, on Tuesday evening, and the Feira da Praça da Ucrânia, on Fridays.
Included: Transport , Bilingual Guide (German or English or French) , Local guide , Room & Breakfast
Day 2: Curitiba
4 hour city tour with driver guide. The first stop of your tour is going to be the Jardim Botânico that’s a beautiful garden and greenhouse where you can find a wide variety of plants and vegetables. After that, you will have a panoramic view from inside of the vehicle for the XV street that’s the center of commerce center and the cathedral of the city.
Oscar Niemeyer Museum; this museum is one of the greatest brazilian art works and it’s considered one of the most important and beautiful places to visit in Curitiba and Bosque do Papa João Paulo II that is a forest with structures that honors the polish immigration, with the use of statues of Black Madonna of Czestochowa and also Pope John Paul II as tribute. Opera de Arame Theater, the theater has a metal structure made of steel tubes and transparent plaques, surrounded by an artificial lake. Tanguá Park, place where you will find beautiful lakes, forest, waterfalls, jogging trails and also a cycling infrastructure. Unilivre park - this park is also a university which provides studies and research on the environment and ecology matters. A wonderful green area surrounds this university and it’s open to visitors, there you can also find one incredible quarry and spiral ramps that provide access to one viewpoint of the entire place.
Overnight at Hotel Pestana Curitiba in superior room with breakfast
Included: English bilingual guide , Bilingual Guide (German or English or French) , Local guide , Room & Breakfast
Day 3: Curitiba - Morretes - Pontal do Sul - Ilha do Mel
Private transfer from hotel to train station (30 min approx) for the train from Curitiba to Morretes (touristic category train): The Serra Verde Express train leaves daily from Curitiba towards the city of Morretes. The ride includes 110 kilometers travelling through the biggest Atlantic Rainforest conservation area of Brazil and on a railway from 1885. The ride to Morretes takes approximately 3 hours and you will have fantastic views of the coastal mountain range of this region.
IMPORTANT - The train does not operate daily!
You can still visit Morretes without the train! If the date of your travel doesn't match the departures of the trains, please consult us that we will offer you another beautiful way to get to Morretes.
Founded in 1733 by Jesuits, the town of Morretes is full of exuberant nature, located in one of the largest remaining trans atlantic rainforests. While in Morretes be sure to sample all the delights that the region has to offer. From the famous "Bala de Banana," ginger ice cream, and "barreado" - a dish traditionally prepared in a clay pot, made with beef or pork and cassava flour, often accompanied with banana and orange slices. Cachaça, a locally produced liquor, is also an important attraction of Morretes as there are traditional distilleries producing cachaça for over 100 years in the area, which can be visited by jeep tour.
Private transfer from Morretes to Pontal do Sul (Time of duration: 1h15 / 67 km approximately). Here you take a regular boat from Pontal do Sul to Ilha do Mel. (30 min approx). On arrival at the pier you'll receive both boat tickets (round trip). Please make sure you keep your return ticket safe for your transfer back from the island.
IMPORTANT: there are no cash machines in Ilha do Mel, so please make sure you have enough cash for your days in the island. Some places take credit card for your convenience. Overnight at Pousada das Meninas in chalet with breakfast.
Included: Transport , English bilingual guide , Local guide , Excursion , Snacks , Ticket , Guide Expenses , Room & Breakfast
Day 4: Ilha do Mel
Free day to enjoy Ilha do Mel. Overnight at Pousada Treze Luas in standard room with breakfast.
We recommend renting a bike or walking to the FORTALEZA NOSSA SENHORA DOS PRAZERES:
The imposing fortress was built to protect the Paranaguá Bay of Spanish attacks. A beautiful 40-minute walk (or 20 minutes bike ride) along the beach at low tide - leaving the village of Nova Brasília - leads to a historic fortress of 1770 on the seafront. Inside the fort you can visit the rooms that served as a prison and also the Commander's House, but the best is on the outside: the English and Portuguese cannons from the 18th and 19th centuries, still installed in their original positions. A steep trail leads to the top of the hill, with more modern guns and trenches of the period of World War II, and an impressive panoramic view.
TREKKING TO ENCANTADAS GROTTO:
This grotto was formed by magmatic rock block cutted verticaly by a strip of basalt. Due to the softness of this rock, it has been suffered impact of the water for at least 150 million of years. There are two ways to get to Encantadas Grotto if you are staying at Brasilia: by boat (30’) or walking (2h) by the beautiful beaches of Praia Grande, Praia do Miguel and Praia de Encantadas.
The large opening in the middle of the rocks out of the Encantadas beach is one of the classic images of the island. Access is done during low tide, usually between 8am - 01pm, a light trail facilitated by a deck on the rocks leads its visitors to the Grotto. Level : Intermediate.
Suggested places to eat::
Moqueca at Vida Sol e Sol
Cafe and deserts at Pousada das Meninas
Included: Room & Breakfast
Day 5: Ilha do Mel - Pontal do Sul -Curitiba
Regular boat from Ilha do Mel to Pontal do Sul (30 min approx.).
If your flight leaves Curitiba before 1 p.m., we suggest using the private taxi boat service, at an additional cost.
Private transfer from Pontal do Sul to Curitiba (2h / 120km approx)
About Covid-19: bring with you your proof of vaccination against covid-19. This is being required for entry into some restaurants, bars and tourist attractions. Without this proof your travel experience may be compromised.
Be aware that traveling during this period requires some extra care due to Covid-19. Therefore, we require that all customers sign a Term of Knowledge of Risk at the time of booking confirmation. The passenger is responsible for bringing their own personal protective equipment (mask and alcohol gel) or for making the purchase as soon as they arrive in Brazil, if required by the local authorities.
2023 price per person in US$: for 2 persons: $736
Can upgrade to the Nomaa Hotel - Vitra room instead of Hotel Pestana Curitiba and to Hotel Casa da Ilha do Mel instead of Pousada Treze Luas for extra cost.
PRICES VALID FOR 2023, NOT VALID DURING NATIONAL HOLIDAYS
Prices subject to change due to holidays and currency exchange fluctuations
All rooms at Pestana feature heating, air conditioning and a minibar. Bathroom is private and extras include free toiletries and a hairdryer. Following an eventful day, you can unwind in their fitness centre or indoor pool, or book a massage.
Curitiba City Centre is a great choice for travellers interested in botanical gardens, sightseeing and museums. This is our guests' favourite part of Curitiba, according to independent reviews.
Each tastefully styled and comfortable room offers air conditioning, a minibar, a smart TV, cable channels, a smartphone dock and a Nespresso coffee machine. Featuring a shower, private bathroom also comes with a hairdryer and bathrobes. Extras include a safety deposit box and Egyptian cotton sheets.
At Nomaa Hotel guests will find a 24-hour front desk, a business centre, laundry service and a lounge bar. Guests can exercise in the 24-hour well-appointed fitness centre and benefit from the spa.
The hotel is 500 m from Praça da Espanha square, 1 km from Shopping Pátio Batel mall and 3.2 km from Barigui Park. Afonso Pena International Airport is 15 km away.
Pousada das Meninas
The rooms at Pousada das Meninas feature air conditioning, balconies with hammocks and chairs, LCD TV, fridge and private bathroom. The cottages feature a fully fitted kitchen.
The Gruta das Encantadas and the fortress Fortaleza de Nossa Senhora dos Prazeres are 4.5 km away from the property. Walking through the nature trails of the island, you will find the center at 300 m and the tourist office and the ferry dock at 400 meters.
At Pousada das Meninas you will enjoy a daily buffet breakfast with seasonal fruits, natural juices and breads.
Casa da Ilha do Mel
IMPORTANT* This is only a quotation. Nothing is booked until this moment. Prices and availability may change without previous notice
* Due to economic instability experienced by our country in recent times the prices shall be valid for 15 days from the date of quotation.
ABOUT CONFIRMATION & CANCELLATION
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* Penalties applicable to cancellation of confirmed bookings:
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* City Room Tax at hotels is NOT included and should be paid directly by guests upon checkout, unless otherwise requested upon booking (only charged at some Brazilian hotels - tax varies between US$3,00 and US$7,00 per room, per night). This tax is not obligatory and the guest can ask for it to be excluded from the bill at the hotel itself.
TIME FOR CHECK-IN/CHECK-OUT OF HOTELS IN BRAZIL
Most of hotels have a fixed check-in at 2:00pm and check-out at 12:00 pm, exceptions apply. For clients that needs earlier check-in or later check-out, please indicate on the reservation and it might apply additional costs.
ACCOMMODATION IN TRIPLE ROOM (capacity for three people):
TPL rooms in Brazil are normally composed of 01 DBL bed + 01 cot-bed. Some of the hotels that work with triple rooms. For the ones that are not informed, it means they don’t offer this category. Please check the upgrade category as sometimes they can be available there.
If the clients will need to carry some unusual items that will need special attention, we kindly ask for the client to inform us in advance in order to avoid any inconveniences during the land transfer.
- On the CHECK IN day breakfast isn't included.
- Breakfast will be served only at the times determined by each hotel. If you need to leave the hotel before these times, this meal won't be served.
If you are purchasing the domestic flights with us, please be aware:
Usually the baggage allowance for domestic flights is 23 Kg as follow:
- Checked baggage must be within the dimensions: 50 x 28 x 80 cm (length x width x height) and be at most 23 kg.
- Hand Baggage: inside the dimensions: 40 x 25 x 55 cm (length x width x height) and have a maximum of 10 kg. So give preference to backpacks or small suitcases.