National Park of Aparados da Serra, Cambara do Sul

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The Aparados da Serra National Park is located in the Serra Geral range of Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina states in the south of Brazil, between 29º07’—29º15’ S and 50º01’—50º10’ W. It has been created in 1959 as one of Brazil's first national parks, to protect the Itaimbezinho canyon. It extends over an area of 10,250 hectares.Flora and faunaDespite its relatively small size, the park is characterised by a rich biodiversity, as result of its diverse relief and of being situated at the contact between coastal forests, grasslands and Araucaria moist forests. There have been at least 143 bird, 48 mammal, and 39 amphibian species documented in the park.Endangered fauna on the plateaus of the park include the red-spectacled amazon parrot, the maned wolf, and the cougar. On the slopes, the neotropical otter, ocelot and the brown howling monkey can be found.Conservation and threatsWhen created in 1959, the national park protected an area of 13,000 ha. This has been reduced to 10,250 ha in 1972 through a presidential decree. In 1992 adjoining the national park, the new Serra Geral National Park has been created, encompassing an additional 17,300 ha. However, according to the Duke University's Center for Tropical Conservation, the current park area, even after the extension with Serra Geral National Park, is still too small to be effective for the protection of representative samples of each distinct environment.
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Where to stay in Cambara do Sul

A relatively small city, Cambara do Sul features a compact town core scattered with a number of smaller guesthouses, pensiones, and family-run bed and breakfasts. These tend to be on the more economical side and make solid options for travelers on a lower budget. Farther from town, the countryside features a range of ecohotels and lodges; these facilities, generally more upscale, boast easy access to the surrounding natural landscape of lakes, hills, and forests. However, keep in mind that you'll likely need a car to get around efficiently in this case.
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  • O lugar é realmente sensacional com paisagens de tirar o fôlego. O local é de difícil acesso (por trilhas em meio a natureza), porem, a vista compensa cada metro percorrido. Uma dica é contratar um gu...  more »
  • We made a day trip to Aparados da Serra and it was worth it. There are two trails (1,5km and 6km) and we did both of them. I think, if one plans visiting the national park, he/she should definitely do...  more »
  • Great variety of attractions for any kind of visitors. Big walls surrounds long valleys that allows fun for adventures and contemplation moments for tourists in general. Easy access for the main attra...  more »