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What you need to know about the rail tour to Morretes

What you need to know about the rail tour to Morretes

The rail tour to Morretes is the most famous and the most booked tour in Curitiba. If you are planing a trip to Curitiba, this one should be on your must-do-list – and if possible, booked before you arrive here! Get information and tips here to make the best choice and have a great experience during the tour.

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How does the rail tour to Morretes work? 

Most important things first! The train has one departure time to Morretes and one back to Curitiba. It leaves from Curitiba at 8:15 am (the deluxe train at 9:15 am in some dates – you will read about the difference later) and it leaves from „Rodoferroviária“ in Curitiba (bus and train station are in the same place). The departure place is central and has easy access by bus, cab or even walking from some hotels. The journey takes about 4 hours and 15 minutes, but there might be delays or stops in the middle of the journey. The tourist train shares the railway with cargo trains, and cargo has priority. Delays can not be predicted, but do not let them ruin your trip – just be advised that they might occurr.

Important!! The touristic train will NOT have daily departures during low and mid-season. See the tour calendary here.

Many people still referr to the rail tour as to Paranaguá. It was so in former times, but since some years, the rail tour ends in Morretes. Unfortunately the rail station in Paranaguá is in very bad shape. But we swear you will not miss any beautiful landscapes, because the most beautiful parks of the railway end in Morretes anyway!

Morretes is a nice and picturesque little town. You will find handcraft stores with local goods, beautiful old houses, historical buildings, the beautiful Nhundiaquara river and restaurants with the regional food „barreado“ – a beef stew served with cassava flour, rice, bananas, fish, praws and side dishes. Try the famous „bala de banana“ – banana candy – and the „cachaças” – sugar cane spirit.

The train departs back to Curitiba from the local rail station – central and easy to find – at 3 pm. The journey takes about 4 hours and 15 minutes and the landscapes are the same as on the way there. That´s why most people prefer to book a tour package with return by van instead of the return tickets.

An important tip: it might be tiring (or boring!) to go and return by train. The landscape is the same and you will be more than 8 hours inside the train. It is usually better to go or return by van or by bus. We will show you below some options you have so that you can compare and book the best one for you. Package tours usually include one way or another along the Graciosa Road or the BR-277, depending on the climate. Both have beautiful landscapes of the Serra do Mar mountain range.

The rail tour to Morretes along Serra do Mar is amazing! Photo: Serra Verde Express

The rail tour to Morretes along Serra do Mar is amazing! Photo: Serra Verde Express

Know the train categories

Compare here the different train categories and choose the one that fits you better:

• Tourist category: it departs from Curitiba at 8:15 am and from Morretes at 3 pm. The seats are cushioned and the windows might be opened. It has a guide in Portuguese who will inform about the tour, telling about the history, geography and landscapes. Toilet in the car. Snacks (simple crackers), one water or soda are included.

• Cabin and Imperial category: it departs from Curitiba at 8:15 am and from Morretes at 3 pm. Only one car each! The cabin car reminds of old trains and has 7 cabins for 2 or 4 persons each (max. 26 guests), windows might be opened and there is a toilet in the car. Imperial car looks like a restaurant car from the 1930´s, very charming and inviting for only 20 guests, with tables for 2 or 4 persons – windows can be opened and there is no toilet here. Both have guide in Portuguese and English and snacks are more elaborated. Beverages are included: water, soda and beer.

Standard Litorina: the train departs at 8:15 or 9:15 (depends on the date). Litorina Standard is an old budd car with air condition (windows do no open) The guides speak Portuguese and English. The board service includes simple snacks, water, soda and beer. There is a toilet in the car.

• Deluxe category: The train departs at 8:15 or 9:15 (depends on the date). This train  category is very charming and the atmosphere is very special, with elaborated decoration and air-condition (windows do not open). Only three cars in this category, with only 23 or 40 seats each – very exclusive! The guides speak Portuguese and English and explain about the railway, history and curiosities. The board service is very attentive and includes elaborated snacks (croissant with cheese/ham and cake), sparkling wine, soda, water, tea, coffee and beer. There is a toilet in each car.

Know how much does it cost? Compare and book!

The most important now is to guarantee your seat in this unmissible rail tour to Morretes. It is often fully booked – book it ahead!

Only tickets, without further services 

In the options below you book only your train ticket in the wished category. It does not include pick-up service, lunch or any other service. 

Book Train ticket Curitiba / Morretes – tourist here. Portuguese speaking guide, simple snacks (crackers) and 1 water or soda per person. R$ 119 per person.

Book Train ticket Morretes / Curitiba – tourist here. Portuguese speaking guide, simple snacks (crackers) and 1 water or soda per person. R$ 119 per person.

Book Return train ticket Curitiba / Morretes / Curitiba here. Portuguese speaking guide, simple snacks (crackers) and 1 water or soda per person. R$ 238 per person.

Book Train ticket Curitiba / Morretes – Cabin or Imperial here. Portuguese / English speaking guide, snacks and beverages (water, soda and beer): R$ 235 per person

Book Train ticket Morretes / Curitiba – Cabin or Imperial here. Portuguese / English speaking guide, snacks and beverages (water, soda and beer): R$ 235 per person

Book Return train ticket Curitiba / Morretes / Curitiba – Cabin or Imperial here. Portuguese / English speaking guide, snacks and beverages (water, soda and beer): R$ 235 per person

Book Train ticket Curitiba / Morretes – Standard Litorina here. Portuguese / English speaking guide, air-condition, snacks and beverages (water, soda and beer): from R$ 185 to 235 per person

Book Train ticket Morretes / Curitiba – Standard Litorina here. Portuguese / English speaking guide, air-condition, snacks and beverages (water, soda and beer): R$ 185 per person

Book Return train ticket Morretes / Curitiba – Standard Litorina here. Portuguese / English speaking guide, air-condition, snacks and beverages (water, soda and beer): from ?R$ 370 to R$ 420 per person

Book Train ticket Curitiba / Morretes – Deluxe train here. Portuguese / English speaking guide, air-condition, snacks and beverages (water, soda, coffee, tea, sparkling wine): from R$ 265 to R$ 360 per person

Book Train ticket Morretes / Curitiba – Deluxe train here. Portuguese / English speaking guide, air-condition, snacks and beverages (water, soda, coffee, tea, sparkling wine): from R$ 265 per person

Book Return Train ticket Curitiba / Morretes / Curitiba – Deluxe train here. Portuguese / English speaking guide, air-condition, snacks and beverages (water, soda, coffee, tea, sparkling wine): from R$ 530 to R$ 625 per person

Complete tour packages

The options below include pick up service from central located hotel and adresses, train ticket in the chosen category, typical lunch, visit to Antonina, a lovely coastal town and return by van or mini-bus along the Graciosa road or BR-277 (according to weather conditions). All options are shared tours, what means that you will be in a small group, mainly with Brazilians. 

Book a Tourist train package here. R$ 285 per person (only Portuguese)

Book a Cabin / Imperial train package here. R$ 352 per person (Portuguese / English)

Book a Standard Litorina train package here. from R$ 315 to R$ 352 per person  (Portuguese / English)

Book a Luxury train package here: from R$ 382 to R$ 439 per person  (Portuguese / English)

 

Sunset train packages 

The options below include pick-up services from 9:00 on from central located hotels or adresses, van or mini-bus to visit Antonina and Morretes, typical lunch and train ticket from Morretes to Curitiba in the chosen category. It is important to remind you that the sunset times changes according to the season! All options are shared tours, what means that you will be in a small group, mainly with Brazilians. 

Book the Sunset train tour – Cabin or imperial here. R$ 352 per person (Portuguese / English)

Book the Sunset train tour – Standard litorina here. R$ 315 per person (Portuguese / English)

Book the Sunset train tour – Luxury here. R$ 382 per person (Portuguese / English)

 

Only transportation 

If you like to organize things by yourself, but wants to have it planned ahead, this option includes transportation by van to Morretes (driver-only) and the train ticket back to Curitiba in the tourist category. No lunch, guide nor other visits are included.

Book the Sunset tour – tourist here. R$ 165 per person (only Portuguese)

 

How to book your rail tour to Morretes?

The most comfortable way is to book only in the links of every tour above. If you have questions, you can call us at +55 41 3232 1314, send an e-mail to info@specialparana.com or a whatsapp or text message to +55 41 9 9935-7215. You will find many tours and information in our website. It is worth to take a look in the different tours and get inspired to make the most of your trip. See also the advantages to become our client! The informed prices are per person (adult). Children younger than 12 years old, students with official student cards and eldery (above 60 years old) have discounts. Inform ages and if you are student in the field “Special request” in your booking.

“If this is one of the most booked tours, should I book before?“

For sure! The sooner the better. Some categories, like the deluxe, are almost always fully booked, especially during holidays. The price is the same if you book before and you will not have any extra work when you arrive.

Important – be aware to have your passport!

All participants, including children, should take the original documents to ride the train. Children travelling without the parents should take a travel authorization, the same type used to flights. Check if you have your document with you to avoid problems.

Some information more…

“If it rains, will the rail tour be cancelled?“ NO! The train ride happens also in case of rain. The landscapes are surely prettier with sunshine, but you do not need to cancel the tour because of the weather. And you will most likely have a penalty fee in case of cancelation. The wheater here is very weird and it changes a lot along the day. The beautiful mountains and rain forest will be there anyway!

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With Sunshine or rain, the forest is very beautiful! Foto: Special Paraná

“May I choose the seats?” The seats are numbered and sold in order. We can not skip them or choose the side. If there are seats available, you may change it after tour begin.

About the regional lunch: the cuisine in Morretes attracts many people. When included, the food is typical of the region: „barreado“ – beef stew served with cassava flour, rice, bananas, fish, praws and side dishes. In case you have any food restriction, please inform in your booking request. We can not guarantee, but will try to accommodate your needs. If the meal is not included, you can choose the restaurant you prefer. Most restaurants cost from R$ 50 per person.  If you like “cachaça”, do not miss the local ones!

This is “barreado”, the regional meal! Photo: Special Paraná

This is “barreado”, the regional meal! Photo: Special Paraná

“If I live in Curitiba, do you pick me up at home?“ If you chose a tour with this servisse, the answer is YES! Inform your adress instead of hotel name in your booking request: if it is downtown or a close neighborhood, the pick-up servisse is included. If you live further away, there might be a fee. We will inform you and you will decide if you want it or not.

Pay attention to the pick up times. If your tour includes pick up service, please be at the lobby on time to avoid delays to the group. If you will go straight to the rail station, plan time ahead because of the traffic and to avoid problems.

Watch our video and other pictures with the main moments of the rail tour to Morretes and see how the tour is. You will be sure to book NOW!

The Graciosa Road is charming! Take a look at this dawn at BR-277 – simply awesome! Photos: Special Paraná

The Graciosa Road is charming! Take a look at this dawn at BR-277 – simply awesome! Photos: Special Paraná


The stop at Santuário do Cadeado is exclusive for deluxe train – a moment for great pictures facing the Marumbi mountains. Photos: Special Paraná

The stop at Santuário do Cadeado is exclusive for deluxe train – a moment for great pictures facing the Marumbi mountains. Photos: Special Paraná


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What about a tour by sundown? Photo: Serra Verde Express.


Morretes and Antonina are lovely historical towns. Photos: Special Paraná

Morretes and Antonina are lovely historical towns. Photos: Special Paraná


Rail station in Morretes. Photo: Special Paraná

Rail station in Morretes. Photo: Special Paraná

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Dutch Settlements: a great tour close to Curitiba

Dutch Settlements: a great tour close to Curitiba

The settlement Castrolanda is located in Castro, in Paraná Estate. Its original area was 5,000 hectars and was the new home for Dutch immigrants that left Europe after the World War II. They arrived 1951 and were astonished about the size of the fields, totally different of what they had in Holland. Uniting the names Castro and Holland, the settlement started and the cooperative Castrolanda was founded.

memorial-castrolanda With the arrival of the Dutch families, agricultural infrastructure was brought. Exhibition at the Immigration Memorial.

But not everything was easy at the beginning. The pioneers had much work here and had to adapt to Brasil, with unknown cattle deseases and lack of technical assistance. But as they were allowed to bring their own equipment, they could establish a very successful dairy industry and developed quickly.

Milk Capital City 

At present days, Castrolanda cooperative is dedicated to expand business and achieve more space among the greatest cooperatives in Brazil. Their development is remarkable! Castro is known as the Milk Capital City due to the high productivity and quality reached here. Every year the event Agroleite is held here and presents exhibitions and new techniques to improve the milk production. It is the most complete event in the area in Brazil and a great opportunity for networking. 2016 the event will happen from 18th to 22nd October.

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► Entrance of “Cidade do Leite” – Milk City.
agroleite-castrolanda2Agroleite is one of the most important events of this area.

The cooperative built 1991 the Immigrant Museum that shows the history of the pioneer families who arrived here. The museum is located in an old house in European style. The furniture and objects were donated by the local families. A new museum is being built to have more space for exhibition. We will tell more when it is ready!

De Immigrant: one of the greatest windmills outside the Netherlands

In Castrolanda you will visit the windmill De Immigrant – the immigrant – inspired by the Woldzigt, located in Dentre, the hometown of many of the immigrants. The wings of the windmill are 26m long and its height is 35m. The windmill itself is a great attraction and inside you will visit the Dutch Immigration Memorial, in honor to the people who arrived here in the 1950´s. The museum is simply known as “windmill”  and was opened 2001, when the settlement completeted its 50 first years of existence. The windmills are the symbol for Holland and also for the cooperative.

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► Windmill De Immigrant in Castrolanda – it is also the Dutch Immigration Memorial.

Inside the memorial, a trip back in former times. Visitors can walk up 4 floors and have the chance to know more about the immigration, the history of the settlement and of the cooperative and enjoy the local built – curiosly, it is completely made of wood, without nails! The memorial has also a library and a typical Dutch pub. There is a souvenir shop! The Memorial is open from Friday to Sunday from 2pm to 6pm. Other days are subject to confirmation for groups of minimum 10 persons. For lunch or a coffee, you can make a stop in the local restaurant – Café de Molen, a rustic place that serves regular meals, nothing fancy.

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► Music instrument called Notenkraker.

castrolanda► Typical Dutch wooden shoes for pictures!

Biggest history open air museum in Brazil

When you arrive in Carambeí, you will have some more history about the Dutch immigration. Here, everything looks very real! You will visit the biggest history open air museum in Brazil spread over 100,000 sqm. In the middle of beautiful gardens you will find constructions like the ones from 1930´s to 1950´s. Visitors can imagine vividly how things where in the past. The memorial was created to preserve the memory of the pioneers, that left many benefits for the local community.

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► Right at the entrance you will cross a bridge brought from Holland!

The bulding from 1946 hosted the first part of the museum and is named “Casa da Memória” –  opened 2001. In 2011 the new part was ready: the historical village, true reproduction of the former houses in a 60% escale. Houses, train station, school, dairy industry, slaughter house, church and even the cemetery can be visited. All houses have objects from the past and remind the first years of the settlement. The “Parque das Águas” is the newest part of the museum and was opened 2015. It was inspired by the Zaanse Schanans, an environmental park in Holland.

Curiosity! Carambeí was the home of the first cooperative in Brazil, presently known as Batavo!

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carambeí-paranápasseio-perto-de-curitiba-parque-histórico-carambeí (4)► Architecture and much culture!

An interesting immersion in the local history and a great opportunity to see the local landscapes! A tour close to Curitiba for locals and tourists to experience the region from a different perspective, away from the beaten tracks. Do not forget your camera – the place is great for pictures!! There is also a souvenir shop with nice stuff to take home. Carambeí Historical Park opens from Tuesday to Sunday from 11am to 6pm. At the memorial house the entrance is free. The entrance fee for the other areas costs R$ 15 per person. Children from 7 to 12 years old, students, teachers and blood donors pay half. Children up to 6 years old and older than 60 years old are free.

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► What about to take a souvenir home?

Pies and more pies at Frederica’s!

This tip is a very special one – and quite delicious!! For the pies lovers, Frederica´s Koffiehuis is a mandatory stop. Located at Carambeí, you will find here sweet and savory pies in a very nice ambiance. During weekends, live music. From Wednesday to Friday, special offers for craft beer and appetizers in the evening. It opens from Wednesday to Friday from 2pm to 9pm and weekends from 2pm to 8pm. Adress: Avenida dos Pioneiros, 1010 – Carambeí – (42) 3231-4401.

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► A beautiful place to enjoy delicious pies!
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► Cruchy strawberry pie at Frederica´s!

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Witmarsum Settlement: a menonite experience close to Curitiba

Witmarsum Settlement: a menonite experience close to Curitiba

Paraná Estate is a melting pot of many different cultures. Close to Curitiba there is the Colônia Witmarsum, located 65 km from Curitiba. In a short trip you can now more about the menonites who came to Brazil and have a countryside experience.

The Colônia Witmarsum was founded by menonites who came from the town Witmarsum in Santa Catarina. Originated in Frisia – today a part of Holland and Germany – the menonites arrived in Santa Catarina in 1930 and a group of them came to Paraná Estate 1951. They searched for more land to establish with their families and bought the Cancela farm in Palmeira. The Colônia Witmarsum was founded as a place to work and live according to their religion and habits. With much dedication and effort, the settlement is now reference in the milk and cheese production and other agricultural products and is a pleasant destination for a tour.

museu-de-história-witmarsumColônia Witmarsum has about 2,000 inhabitants, 1,200 of them are menonites. They keep alive their traditons and the German language and cuisine. You will be delighted with the beautiful landscapes and enjoy the country atmosphere. A very nice and rather unknown tour that will make your trip more interesting!

→ Book a tour that unites the beutiful rock formations of Vila Velha with Witmarsum!

To know more about the history of the settlment and about the menonites, the Heimat Museum is a mandatory stop. The place was the former main house of the farm Cancela and has a collection of dear objects of the pioneers.

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colônia-witmarsum-museu-acervo-2colônia-witmarsum-museu-acervocolônia-witmarsum-museu-acervo-3A trip back in time! The museum opens weekends and holidays from 2pm to 5pm. For visits during the week, it is necessary to book ahead. The entrance fee costs R$ 5,00. The local history teacher Egon Phillipsen works at the museum and will tell more details about the menonites and the settlement. Our tours include always a tour guide that will make the tour more informative and attractive to you. More information and bookings here!

Right beside the museum there is a tourist information office, where you can also buy some local products. The place is very charming!

centro-de-informações-turísticas-witmarsumFor lunch, enjoy the local German cuisine. At Bela Vista you will try delicious and traditional food as spätze (a kind of pasta), sauerkraut, kassler, sausages and much more! Do not miss the blackberry juice and apple strudel.

almoço-em-witmarsumrestaurante-em-witmarsumFor an afternoon coffee, Café Kliewer is a good choice! There is an option where everything is included (café colonial) or you can also order individually pies, sandwiches, cookies and much more. A good infrastructure for kids, with playground. A nice and rustic place to end the tour.

There are also some stores with local products to take home. Local visitors love to buy the fine cheese produced there. The cheese production began 1999 with the help of a Swiss cheese specialist and made Witmarsum famous in the region. Delicious cheese sorts as asiago, camembert, brie, emmental, raclette, among others…

You will find the shop Toll right in front of Café Kliewer. It sells cute things from Germany, such as the famous “Räuchermännchen”. You will also find here Kuckkuck clocks, decoration articles and local products.

loja-artesanato-witmarsumartesanato-alemão-witmarsumWitmarsum has now its own craft beer, the Usinamalte. You will find it in several restaurants and cafés. It is worth to try it!

usinamalte-witmarsum-cervejariaAnother nice suggestion is to make a tractor tour at Tracktur. They take between 10 and 25 minutes inside of a local farm. A fun experience for the whole family! It is also possible to ride a poney at Ponyland on Saturdays and Sundays.

Passeio-de-Tracktur-witmarsumWirtmarsum is a very and different destination just 65 km away from Curitiba. A pleasant and quiet place. Do not expect a village with a central square. The farms are a bit away from each other because it was a former farm that was divided among the first settlers and each one developed different activities as time went by. Today many locals are dedicated to tourism and the number of visitors increase every year, especially during weekends.

Do you want to visit Witmarsum?

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Curiosities about the menonites and about Witmarsum

  • The menonites did not come directly from Germany – before that they had moved to Russia, but they kept their German traditons. They ran away from Russia 1929 because they would be forced to entry the army, what is against their faith.
  • Boqueirão, a neighborhood in Curitiba, also welcomed many menonites and the milk production was important there as well. They delivered milk to Curitiba´s homes and shops in the past.
  • Most inhabitants of Witmarsum speak German fluently and the local public school teaches German too
  • Witmarsum Cooperative produces fine cheese and high quality milk. The productors are located close to the industry unity, what guarantees more quality to the final product. The location at 1,000 m above sea level, the climate and pastures are importante for the cattle well-being.

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  • According to the menonite pastor Fridbert August, the menonites are anabaptists. They were part of the Luther reform that gave access to the Bible to all christians, defended the separation between Government and Church and also the batism was made at adult age. In present days, the menonites are known for looking steadly to follow what Jesus said, for their peace principles and for their community lives. Colônia Witmarsum is a great example of that.
  • Amish is a conservative Christian group that lives in the USA and Canada. They are “cousins” to the menonites. Menonites are more progressive and less rigorous. The Amish, by instance, do not allow the use of technology, as automobiles and phones.

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