The Serra Verde Express : One of the world’s most breathtaking train trips is the adrenaline-charged three-hour journey from Curitiba to the coast, past the cloud-shrouded peaks and deep canyons of the jungle-covered Serra do Mar.
Ilha do Mel : No vehicles are allowed on this environmentally protected island in the Baía de Paranaguá, reputed for its deserted beaches and rugged, windswept landscapes.
Iguaçu Falls : One of the most spectacular natural wonders on the planet, these 275 roaring falls are set against an iridescent backdrop of lush Atlantic rainforest.
East Coast Beaches of Florianópolis : Facing the open Atlantic, Santa Catarina’s cool island capital’s east coast beaches are the island’s longest and most dramatic, attracting a crowd of surfers, sandboarders, and hipsters.
Reserva Biológica Marinha da Ilha do Arvoredo : Off the coast of the Porto Belo peninsula, the clear azure waters surrounding this island offer the best diving in southern Brazil.
Praia do Rosa : On most Brazilian travel gurus’ top 10 beach lists, this beautifully unspoiled beach, backed by verdant hills and lagoons, is ideal for swimming, surfing, and whale-watching.
Gramado : Seemingly ripped from an outtake of The Sound of Music, charming Gramado is an upscale mountain resort surrounded by majestic landscapes that rival the Alps.
Parque Nacional de Aparados da Serra : This natural park’s hiking trails weave through a series of dramatic canyons — including the spectacular Cânion de Itaimbezinho — as well as lush forests and waterfalls.