Pico Marumbi or Marumbi Peak can be seen if you take the train trip from Curitiba.
You can actually get down the train in the Marumbi station and begin hiking... hikers and trekkers are everywhere...
Rua Romulo Pereira n0 61, Morretes, State of Parana, 144, Brazil
Good for: Families
This is the best restaurant, acording to the locals, to eat the local dish "Barreado".
The most tradicional restaurant in Morretes.
Favorite Dish: The "Barreado" is the typical dish of Paraná.
Beautiful setting along the Rio Nhundiaquara...you are welcomed by the hosts to try the Pinga do Banana (various banana whiskeys!) And don't forget to save room for the bananas flambe dessert!
Favorite Dish: BARREADO - the official dish of Parana state. It's a beef stewed in a broth in a sealed clay pot for 24 hours...to eat, you put two huge spoonfuls of manioc flour in your bowl. Then you spoon some of the barredo broth into your bowl, making a gravy-like consistency. Then, you add rice, the delicious beef, and slices of fresh banana (add some chiles, too, if you like it spicy.) Filling, delicious (but don't plan to do anything in the afternoon--you'll sleep like a log for the next few hours!...) Served with a variety of local seafood. A feast to enjoy. Too bad not too many people outside of Brasil have heard of or had the chance to try this dish--it's wonderful!
On my second trip to Morretes, I had an opportunity to try another barreado restaurant. This time I ate at Madalozzo, just across the Rio Nhundiaquara from Casarao.
I have to say both restaurants are equally good, and the view just as stunning. The two photos on my main Morretes page were taken during our barreado meal at Madalozzo.
Favorite Dish: Barreado, of course! My Mom got a kick out of reading the wall of autographs of famous celebrities who have dined at Madalozo...she was swooning when she saw Anthony Quinn's autograph.
If you are in a car returning to Curitiba from a day trip to Morretes, no doubt your friend/driver/guide will take you back via the Stone Road in Graciosa. The stone road is literally that--a road paved with stones originally laid in 1873. While it makes for a bumpy ride, aesthetically it is beautiful--not just the road itself, but the sights along the way, including lots of beautiful hydrangeas (hortensias.) Don't worry, the Stone Road is only a portion of the entire drive back to Curitiba. So, if you were planning to doze off in the car after falling into a post-barreado protein coma, driving along the Stone Road will likely wake you up for a bit!
The real treat is to stop off at one of the many stands that sell the regional specialties of banana and ginger ice cream and candies (and banana whiskey! But make sure you have a designated driver!)
This is in the list of the most beautiful train trips I have made already (starring alse the Oslo-Bergen).
Trip takes about 2 and a half hours from Central Station in Curitiba to Morretes... you begin with the views of Curitiba surroundings and then the atlantic rain forest starts to show up... many waterfalls, fauna & flora, mountains, fresh air and breathtaking landscape!
It costs from R$30 to R$90 per person ($10-$30) in the left side of the train (THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT: purchase tickets for the left side to sit at the viewside).
This photo was taken at a local sculpture/metal plating shop. (See accompanying tip in "Tourist Traps." This artisan was working hard on the plaster sculptures that are a specialty from this local store in Morretes.
If you have the time, take a few hours (or days) to browse the many shops for locally made arts and crafts before making your purchases. This particular store I visited was a mandatory stop as part of a day tour group. I think there are many craftspeople in Morretes who probably do not get the benefit of tourist vans stopping at their stores, so try to support the artists throughout the town...buy what pleases you, not just because it's the only place you visit.
What to buy: Banana whiskey is a local specialty drink. Also the clay pots in which to make "barreado"--the delicious beef stew that is the specialty dish of Parana state.
Lots of local arts and crafts stores. Take time to browse.
What to pay: Anywhere from a few reais for trinkets, upwards for specialty crafts.
I took the famous train ride from Curitiba toward Paranagua on Osatur/Serra Verde Express. Our group disembarked at Morretes, where we boarded on some vans. The first stop (before going to Antonina and back to Morretes for our "barreado" lunch), was a metal plating/sculpture shop in Morretes. While I'm sure this is a fine art passed down from generation to generation of Italian immigrants to the area, I felt like we were completely and physically "steered" to this shop where we were encouraged to buy sculptures (some were nice) and tacky plaques/trophies. I didn't buy anything; somehow I wish we were given the chance to see the many other wonderful artisans and their shops throughout the town....
Unique Suggestions: Buy some sculptures/statues if you must, because the "artists" do work hard for their craft. But keep in mind there are other local artisans and craftspeople in town who would also appreciate your patronage....
Fun Alternatives: Maybe leave a tip for the artisan at work?....