Morretes

Morretes is a colonial village in Paraná in the South of Brazil.

Nhundiaquara River

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  • Serra Verde Express, . One of the few opportunities for train travel in Brazil, this train offers fantastic scenery as it meanders its way down in elevation through the Mata Atlântica. The ride from Curitiba costs $R39, departing at 8:15AM and arriving in Morretes at 11:15AM. From Paranaguá, there is service on weekends and holidays, departing at 2PM and arriving in Morretes one hour later for R$15.

There are scheduled bus services from Curitiba. Buses between Curitiba and Morretes take different routes. One of those routes goes through the Mata Atlântico and offers fantastic scenery similar to the train ride.

The historic town is compact and can be covered on foot.

Igreja Matriz
  • Church of São Sebastião do Porto de Cima (Igreja de São Sebastião do Porto de Cima). Completed in 1850. 
  • Matron Church of Nossa Senhora do Porto (Igreja Matriz de Nossa Senhora do Porto), Largo da Matriz. This church was built in the first half of the 19th century to accompany a chapel built in 1769. The clock in the tower has functioned continuously since the church’s construction. 
  • Nhundiaquara River (Rio Nhundiaquara). Its name a Tupi-Guarani word meaning “fishing hole”, this river cuts through the heart of the village, with picturesque trees and colonial buildings on its banks and an antique bridge restored in 1975. The river was once a prime spot to pan for gold and was thus an early source of wealth for the town. 
  • São Benedito Church (Igreja de São Benedito), at the corner of Rua Conselheiro Sinimbu and Rua Fernando Amaro. The history of this colonial-style church is unclear, with theories that it was completed anywhere between 1765 and 1884. 

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