"At the Mountain"
My last visit: june 2007
Morretes is a small city near Curitiba, you can reach it by train, bus or car.
BUT the best way and most interesting way to get to Morretes is by train, of course!!! The landscape is marvelous!!!!
Staying over there, you can made radical sports, like rafting, Boating, and so on.
To tell you the truth, Morretes is the place where you just take a rest or make radical sports...no parties, no people walking around, no noise...no shopping!
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The train is the best way to go to Morretes. It's not the fastest but certainly the most spectacular!!!
For further information: Serra Verde Express
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Morretes means train trip and "Barreado"
Morretes is an old colonial town near the atlantic shore in the State of Parana.
It can be reached either by train or by car/bus taking the Graciosa Road from Curitiba. And both are unforgettable trips...
Morretes means for most of the "curitibanos" weekend trip to have a great barreado lunch and spend some calm time in its beautiful sites.
There are some historical buildings in the main street, which leads you to the main restaurants and squares. Pick yourself a nice table with view to the Nhundiaquara river and that's it... enjoy!
I really miss it...
Junction to Antoninha
"Morretes Train Station"
The farthest the regular passenger trains go on most days is Morretes. The station is quite modern, but also reasonably attractive. The ALL you see on the side of the station is for America Latina Logistica - the company that operates freight service over this line.
Across the street from the station is this park-like plaza.
When our special charter train arrived at the station, there were many vendors there who were there to sell us fried banana snacks and other items from the city before we continued to Paranagua.
Lovely Morretes: A good day trip from Curitiba
"Take the train, get off in Morretes"
A nice place to take a day trip from Curitiba, or even to spend a couple of days relaxing.
I've been twice now; the first time in January 2004 by myself. I took the train from Curitiba, which stopped in Morretes. Our tour group went to Antonina, then back to Morretes for lunch and to walk around the quaint shops along and near the river.
In November 2005, I had virtually the same itinerary but this time was with my Mom and a private guide who accompanied us to the train station in Curitiba, then picked us up in a private car when we arrived in Morretes.
"What is Barreado?"
Barreado is the official dish of Parana state in Brasil. It is a beef stew that is cooked in a sealed clay pot for 24 hours, spiced with such ingredients as cumin, smoked pork, tomato, onion and garlic.
Along with the beef stew, one must assemble the following items on the table ready to serve with the beef: manioc flour, plantains (sweet) and white rice.
The first step is to put three large spoonfuls of manioc flour into your bowl. Then ladle in some of the broth and a bit of meat into the flour, enough to make a paste-like substance (it should be so thick that it will not spill if you hold your bowl over your head! (**See photo of my Mom who did not know the owner was holding the bowl upside down over her head!)
After you have a very thick paste of the beef, broth and manioc flour (almost like the consistency of mashed potatoes), add the white rice, sliced plantains and if you like, a bit of pimentos for those who like it spicy.
Typically other dishes are served along with the barreado including: fried shrimp, shrimp/seafood stew, fried fish and salad. Oh yes, and don't forget to have banana whiskey and/or bananas foster for dessert!
p.s. You will probably need a designated driver...besides the banana whiskey, the barreado is sure to put you into a protein coma shortly after your meal! :)
relaxing in Morretes
We arrived in Morretes from Curitiba and we were looking for some peace and quiet away from the tourists.
We arrived in Morretes in the middle of a 2 week fair for local produce, and it was anthing but peaceful ! But it was fun and we got to see lots of different fruits and vegetables that are prodiced in Brazil