Vila Velha Estate Park is the main tourist attraction of the city of Ponta Grossa and one of the most popular in Paraná. Created by law in 1953, it occupies an area of 3122 há and aims to conserve an área of fields, typical for this part of Paraná
In Vila Velha visitors have the chance to see the nature in a conservation area where fauna and flora are preserved.
The stone formations are the main attractions of Vila Velha and build a wonderful scenery.Their formation by wind and rain took many millions of years, as result of the compactation and solidification of layers of sand of a subaquatical world, as South America was still linked to Africa 300 millions of years ago. By that time, Vila Velha was located close to the South Pole and the temperatures on Earth were very low.
During an easy hiking tour, visitors will see the stone formations of 30 m height. Some of them remind diferente things, such a glass, a book and an Indian.
The park is also known for the “furnas”, round wells with vertical walls with about 100m depth, half of it covered by water. These wells were formed by the rain and are today the refuge of birds. A beautiful nature show is to see them flying from here.
It is possible to make some more extensive hiking tours, such as “Fortress Trail” or an “Evening Hiking”, available at specific dates.
The tours in Vila Velha follow strict rules and are always guided. It is forbidden:
– to eat or drink alcohol or smoke in the trails;
– to bring pets;
– to tag the stone formations;
– to lend on the stone formations;
– walk outside the given trails;
– to take plants or flowers with your;
– to feed animals or to throw trash on the floor;
– to hunt or to fish.
Do not forget your camera to register the amazing landscapes. Use comfortable shoes and clothing and drink water during the hikes. The park closes on Tuesday.