THE Path of the Canyons is the name of an impressive tourist region in Santa Catarina located in the extreme south of the state famous for housing a part of the Aparados da Serra and Serra Geral National Park, this region is considered a paradise for ecotourism lovers.

the canyons of Aparados da Serra National Park mark the border between the states of Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul. Municipalities such as Jacinto Machado, Timbé do Sul and Morro Grande are the best places to start exploring the tourist attractions of the place, such as the canyons Itaimbezinho, Fortaleza, Malacara, Churriado, Faxinalzinho, Josafaz and Amola Foca.

The Caminho dos Cânions region also has two cities on the coast of Santa Catarina: Araranguá and Sombrio, both located in a well-preserved part of the state with good infrastructure for commerce and services, as well as beaches, dunes, caves and one of the most beautiful tourist attractions. postcards of Santa Catarina: the Morro dos Conventos.

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the municipality of Big beach is located in the lower part of the canyons protected by the national park. Waterfalls, natural pools, rivers and gigantic cliffs make the destination an ecotourist paradise par excellence. The city offers a good tourist structure, with hotels, inns and receptive operators that offer different tours for tourists.

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Ecotourism and adventure sports are the most common activities in this region, such as trekking through the Itaimbézinho Canyon that lasts approximately 9 km (round trip), passing through the interior of one of the most famous canyons in Aparados da Serra. The path crosses the bed of the Rio do Boi about 30 times and there are several waterfalls and natural pools. Accompaniment by an accredited guide is mandatory. Access through the Information and Control Post of the Aparados da Serra National Park.

the municipality of Jacinto Machado It is closer to the Fortaleza Canyon, the largest in the region and one of the largest in Brazil, reaching up to 1,157 meters in height. Centenary trails used by drovers, waterfalls, natural pools, stony rivers and exuberant vegetation are found everywhere.

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Tourist attractions Path of the Canyons

Fortress Canyon

A trail of approximately 6 hours through the interior of the Fortaleza Canyon, crossing the exuberant native forest and the bed of the Rio da Pedra, passing through stretches of high degree of difficulty. Access to the Costão da Pedra community.

Fortress lookout

Easy access, but long-lasting trail, going along the edges of the canyon to the viewpoint, from where you can see the coast and the border between the states of Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul. Access to the Costão da Pedra community.

Black Tiger Waterfall

From Mirante do Fortaleza, there is a trail leading to several waterfalls (some over 400 m high) and to Pedra do Segredo, an emblematic rock formation. Access to the Costão da Pedra community.

Carasal Hill

Elevation in front of the Fortaleza Canyon with a magnificent panoramic view of the region. The trekking along the hill is done by a steep trail, with a high degree of difficulty, passing through fields and forests. Located in the town of Engenho Velho, on a rural property. Visits must be arranged with local ecotourism drivers.

Stone Canyon

Rappelling and canyoning are great options to explore the natural beauties of the place, also known as the Fundo das Bonecas Canyon. Trekking along the Pai José River, along the 4,000 m length of the canyon, reveals pleasant surprises such as the Tobogã and Anna Schiratta waterfalls. Access to the Costão da Pedra community.

At the southern end of the Santa Catarina coast, the city of Araranguá its main attractions are the beautiful beaches of the region, lagoons, dunes, sandbanks, caves and the mouth of the Araranguá River.

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Morro dos Conventos, the main postcard of the region.

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The dunes of Morro dos Conventos form a 30 m high ramp, allowing descents that reach up to 35 km/h. There is also a lighthouse from 1953 and a viewpoint with a panoramic view of the region. Free flight and sandboarding are some of the options to venture into these scenarios. Trekking is also a good tip for those who want to know the hill and explore the caves, dunes and trails of the place.

The city of Seagull Spa It has interconnected beaches, and areas of Atlantic Forest, the destination is considered to be quiet most of the year. Only in the summer, tourists coming mainly from Rio Grande do Sul change the routine of the city, occupying hotels, inns and vacation homes. Surfing, fishing and power boating are practiced along the coastline of about 23 km. The bustling Praia da Gaivota, in the Center, and the peaceful Lagoa Cortada, close to Praia da Janaína, are the main attractions of the resort.

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In addition to the natural attractions that surround the municipality of Sombrio, the footwear, furniture and craft industries are another strong point of the growth of local tourism. Don’t forget to also take a tour of Lagoa do Sombrio – the largest freshwater lagoon in the state – Morro da Moça and the Furnas de Sombrio complex, a set of four caves located on the banks of the BR-101.

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