The only deluxe train in Brazil takes its passengers to an amazing experience through the Serra do Mar mountain range. Great Brazil Express has only three cars: “Foz” – reminds of the Iguassu Falls (23 seats), “Copacabana” (23 seats) and the newste one, “Curitiba” (40 seats). The ambiance is very exclusive and the decoration reminds of the Golden times of the railways, when travelling used to be exclusive in the 1st class train cars. The train tour from Curitiba to Morretes in this category is unique, from the ambiance to the service.
Departure point in Curitiba. Photo: Special Paraná
Deluxe train: an outstading experience from the begining to the end
Right after boarding, the staff will offer a glass of sparkling wine. They will also tell the history and curiosities about the railway and the region and will point out the most interesting places for those who want to take pictures or film. The staff speaks Portuguese and English.
The snacks on board fits perfectly the ambiance. Trays with a delicious cheese/ham croissant, butter roll, butter, jelly, lemon pie and beverages round up the menu, that can vary without previous notice.
Inside the train and the breakfast during the ride. Photos: Special Paraná
The train tour lasts a bit more than 4 hours and crosses the largest Atlantic Rain Forest preserved area in Brazil in a railway with more than 130 years of history. You will cross several tunnels and view points where you can see waterfalls and a river and other attractions pointed by the staff. If you are lucky, in the day you chose you might get off at one of them, the Cadeado Chapel, built in honor of the Mary Holy of Rocio, patroness of Paraná Estate. A 15-minutes stop close to the nature with great views!
Serra do Mar mountain range and the Cadeado Chapel. Photos: Special Paraná
After arriving in Morretes, the tour goes on. For lunch, try the typical “barreado”, almost mandatory for visitors in Morretes. This local specialty is a delicious beef stew served with cassava flour and bananas! The lunch also includes fish, spraws, rice, salad and much more. Morretes is also famous its history, for the banana candy, traditional “cachaça” – sugar cane spirit and beautiful and quiet landscapes around.
Morretes and the typical lunch: barreado! Photos: Special Paraná
How to book the Luxury Train?
There are different alternatives and you can choose the one you prefer:
Do you wish a tour in a small group? This one is for you! It includes pick up services from your centrally located adress (from 7:00 to 7:45 normally), train ticket to Morretes in the deluxe category, regional lunch, visit to Antonina and return by van or mini-bus to Curitiba. Prices vary from R$ 382 to R$ 439 per person, according to the date. >> See details and book here. <<
If you prefer to depart later, this option fits you better. The tour includes pick up service from 9:00 to 9:30 from centrally located adresses, visit to Antonina and Morretes, regional lunch and ticket in the luxury category from Morretes to Curitiba. You will be back about 7:30 pm. Price is R$ 382 per person. >> See details and book here. <<
Do you prefer to book only the ticket and organize the rest by your own? You have this option as well! It includes only the ticket with board service and no other services at all. The train departs at 8:15 or 9:15 (it depends on the date). The trip takes about 4:15. Prices vary from R$ 265 to R$ 360. >> See details and book here <<
If you will arrive in Morretes by your own and wish to return to Curitiba by train in great style, this option fits you at best! It includes only the ticket with board service and no other services at all. The train departs at 15:00. The trip takes about 4:15. The price per person is R$ 265. >> See details and book here <<
Antonina and great views from the bay. Photos: Special Paraná
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