Near the highway that runs between Curitiba and Londrina you will find a state park called Vila Velha - the Old Village. The park contains a number of large rock formations that have been carved by the weather over time to produce a number of eccentric shapes.
This state park is reasonably well known all over Brazil, and my first exposure to it was in tourist advertisements in 1998.
However, I have never had the opportunity to visit it.
As there continues to be little documentation about this state park in the VirtualTourist database, I have added this tip that has pointers to the various information about this park, in the hopes that eventually someone will write more about it - and maybe one of these days I will actually visit there and write something about it.
Vila Velha is not in the VT database as such, nor are a number of smaller cities in this part of Brasil. The largest city of any significance that is in the VT database is Ponta Grossa, and there is one mention of Vila Velha by a VT member in that city. However, the state park only gets a very brief mention there, and no real detail is provided.
Both Lonely Planet and the member that wrote the Vila Velha mention in Ponta Grossa indicate that the best way to visit the park, if you don't have a rental car available, is to take a local bus that runs north out of Curitiba. Most likely this bus ends in Londrina, and it may be possible to visit Vila Velha from that city as well due to the bus routing - but I don't know.
As this state park is much better known in Brazil than in the English speaking world, much of the information about it is available in Portuguese:
Parque Estadual Vila Velha, from the City Hall of Ponta Grossa web site:
Parque Estadual Vila Velha, from the Portuguese Language Wikipedia:
Several people have written about this park as an activity in Curitiba or Paraná:
However, at least one points out that it is a bit of a tourist trap to get there from Ponta Grossa, as you have to pay for the bus fare to get to Curitiba and then come back to Vila Velha from there:
very interesting old colonial style..one can find troughout the South of Brazil..here in Pomerode, actually in Santa Catarina, but not far to the Border of Parana.here a polish styled House.
the Immigrants came from all over Europe and settled accordingly to their knowledge in Brasil. and it is also said, some nationalities separeted from each other at will when arriving in Brasil. they had their problems in Europe with each other and did not wanne have them in the new homeland
the website below is quite interesting
great way to go away from it all......the interior of Parana is enchanting and peaceful. lush and fertile pasture...Parana has its fair share of Rain.
the state feeds the nation with grain and produces the best coffee.
later the states industrial sector has grown through the hydroelectric potential, provided by the Rivers Parana and Iguacu*
Brazil offers the best panoramic view from across the river. Time your visit to the park on a sunny morning and you will be treated with a splendid view of rainbow over the falls. The arch of rainbow will follow you throughout the 550m of trail running parallel to the falls. At the end of the walk, you'll come face to face with the Floriano Falls, right next to the survenior shop. It is so close that you can almost streatch out your hand and feel the impact of the powerful gush of water tumbling down from above. Don on your rain coat and head towards the arch of rainbow at the far reach of the catwalk. The sprays of the fall is as good as it is raining. The rainbow gets bigger and more vivid as you get closer to the end of the catwalk. And when you finally reach the end, standing at the edge of the catwalk looking down at the drop of the fall to the river, an almost full-circled blazing rainbow is right below your feet! Hold you breath, squint your eyes and turn your head to the left, in the direction of the breezy sprays and thundering roar, for another overwhelming view of Devil's Throat, a vortex where the river drops 70m!
Helisul Taxi Aereo Ltda has flights of the of the area of 10 mins & 30 mins.
You need to either join in with a group or be a group of 3 or 4. The flight leave when they have 3 people. Cost was $60 for 10 min and $150 for 1/2 hour.
Lots of Wonderful birds.
One each standard Bird Park situated in 4 hectares of second-growth subtropical forest. There are over 500 birds on display, both indigenous and from other continents and visitors can be in contact with them without restriction of netting and cages. An important breeding program is in progress for some of the endangered species.
these are the animals u commonly meet on this side of the falls, together with hundreds of beautiful butterflies
Found the outer parts of the city to be wonderful place to photograph people colors and the city life
At this location you can find the territorial limits at Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay. Which meet at the contiuence of the Paraná and Iguassu rivers.
Although we were staying on the Argentinian side of the falls, we did have the opportunity to drop...more
Good comfortable rooms overlooking Japan park. The room stay features complimentary breakfast...more
Rua Edwy Taques Araujo 250, Londrina, State of Parana, 86047-500, Brazil
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