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Canyons of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

Cambará do Sul

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I have never gone to the Grand Canyon in the United States, as I always felt there are so many, almost, undiscovered places in the world who are not yet over run by tourists. One day I will go to the Grand Canyon, but not right now.
One of these places I visited last weekend: Cambará do Sul, in the state Rio Grande do Sul, on the border of the state Santa Catarina in Brazil.

Why go here you might ask? Because they have impressive canyons too, with just a few tourists to visit them.
Itaimbezinho Canyon maybe the most impressive of the canyons close to this small city, but I liked Fortaleza Canyon much more.

Cascata or Cachoeiras dos Venancios

We started our stay to the city of Cambará do Sul with a visit to the Cachoeiras dos Venancios or Cascatas dos Venancios. Anyway both mean waterfalls.

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They are no Foz do Iguaçu, but still worth a visit. And of course here again, like for the canyons, you have to take a dirt road from the city.
This is a dirt road of the medium type not really good but not too bad too.
In total there are four waterfalls of which you can get the more close to numer 1. But just for the view walk the other way to, to get a nice view to waterfalls number 2, 3 and 4

The waterfalls have an entrance fee of 5 reais per person.

Fortaleza Canyon

The road to Fortaleza canyon is almost impossible to drive with a normal car. Of course we did and how our cars suffered, more than once we heard the clunk of really big rocks hitting the bottom of our cars. I would recommend a four wheel drive, because it is all dirt road and not of the welcoming kind.
But then again you do not have to pay an entrance fee to go visit this canyon.

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The other plus point of this Canyon, that is a plus for me that is, is that it has no men made structures whatsoever, just a dirt road. So there is no protection to stop you from falling in the Canyon.
So if you think to go there with small children, think twice, because it is absolutely unsafe for this kind of tourism.


Itaimbezinho Canyon

Itaimbezinho on the other hand is suitable for a visit with small children, because it has a lot of protective measures, stopping you from falling in.

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The road to this canyon is also a dirt road but of the friendly kind. You can drive to this canyon in your normal car.
On the other hand in this canyon you have to pay a entrance fee. 7 Reais per person and 5 reais per car.


Posted by erodrigo 18:40 Archived in Brazil Tagged landscapes waterfalls mountains canyons tourist_sites

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