Join-In Train Tour - turista
The tour is a join-in tour, which means that you will be in a van or mini-bus with other travellers, but in a small group. You will be with a Portuguese-speaking guide who will bring you to the train station. In this train category (turista), there is only a Portuguese-speaking guide on board. Snacks and soft drink will be served served (included in the price), and will enjoy a 3-hour train ride through the green lush mountains of Serra do Mar to Morretes. Arriving in Morretes, you will have time to visit the town, have lunch and continue to Antonina, a colonial town facing the bay. Return to Curitiba through the Graciosa Road.
Serra do Mar
Brazil's Serra do Mar is a mountain range that stretches from Espírito Santo in the north to Santa Catarina in the south. Until the arrival of the first European settlers, this region, covering 16% of Brazil's total area, was completely covered by Atlantic Rain Forest. Today only about 8% of the original Atlantic Rain Forest area remains, but it is still the most species-diverse Rain Forest in the world. 7% of the world's known animal species and 25% of Brazil's plant species can be found in this area. Paraná alone has 12 million square kilometres of Atlantic Rain Forest covering the entire Serra do Mar and parts of the lowlands on the coast. The forest is dense and lush, with a rare beauty and richness of fauna and flora.
The single-track line through the Serra do Mar is one of the highlights of Paraná.
Opened in 1880, it was one of the biggest engineering challenges of the era. The track starts in Curitiba, 934 metres above the ocean, and ends in Morretes, just a couple of metres above sea level. The distance to Morretes is approximately 70 km. It is considered one of the most impressive train rides of the world through dense, lush tropical vegetation of the Atlantic Rain Forest, with breathtaking views of numerous bridges and landscapes.
We also offer this tour as private tour (English, Spanish or German), asjoin-in tour in the executive category (English) in the deluxe train Great Brazil Express or you can buy only the train ticket (turista or executivecategories).
7:00 - 7:45 - Transfer from the hotel to the railway station.
8:15 - 12:00 - Train ride in the category "turista" to Morretes through Serra do Mar.
Visit to Morretes with its colonial houses, handicraft market and church.
Lunch in Morretes
Visit to the harbor town of Antonina with its beautiful bay
Return to Curitiba along the Estrada da Graciosa (Graciosa Road)*, with many curves crossing through the forest. Arrive at Curitiba at approximately 5:30 pm
What the tour includes:
Join-in transportation and tour (Portuguese-speaking guide); train ticket for the tourist category (only Portuguese on board) with snacks and soft drinks onboard; lunch in Morretes (barreado and fish; beverages and dessert are not included); guided visit to Morretes and Antonina.
Not included: beverages and dessert at lunch, personal expenses, etc.
*IMPORTANT: Due to a landslide, Graciosa Road is interdicted and the return will be by BR 277 road.
There might be delays during the train tour due to technical reasons.
There are also other alternatives for the train tour:
Deluxe train Great Brazil Express - Saturdays and Sundays
Join-in tour Category Turista - with Portuguese-speaking guide
Private tour - Completely flexible based on your needs and interests. Available with guides in English, Spanish and German.
Or if you do not like to have a tour guide wity you, book only the train tickets in advance: category tourist (Portuguese - daily) or Executive (subject to confirmation).
Children from 0 to 3 years: BRL 6,00
Children from 3 to 5 years: BRL 60,00
Children from 6 to 12 years: BRL 164,00
IMPORTANT! Children should bring their documents with them. In case they are not travelling with their parents, a written authorisation of the parents is mandatory.
According to Brazilian Law (Deliberação Normativa número 161 de 09/08/1985 – EMBRATUR):
- Up to 30 days prior to reserved services: 10% of the daily rate will be charged
- Between 29 and 21 days prior to reserved services: 20% of the daily rate will be charged
- Between 20 and 10 days prior to reserved services: 50% of the daily rate will be charged
- Between 9 and 3 days prior to reserved services: 80% of the daily rate will be charged
- Between 2 days and the day of arrival or in case of no-show: 100% of the daily rate will be charged
Book for more than 14 people, contact us directly
Visitors will be picked up from their hotel in Curitiba from 7:00 to 7:45. Please be ready at 7:00. As the participants are in different hotels, it is not possible to inform an exact pick-up time.