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Discover the South of Brazil with this incredible 9 days self-drive tour in the most popular destinations in Santa Catarina as well as off-the beaten track ones! Driving in Brazil, the largest country in South America, can be challenging sometimes, but in the south road conditions are generally better.

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Discover the South of Brazil with this incredible 9 days self-drive tour in the most popular destinations in Santa Catarina as well as off-the beaten track ones! Driving in Brazil, the largest country in South America, can be challenging sometimes, but in the south road conditions are generally better.

On this suggested itinerary, driving mainly through the back roads, you will have the chance to experience the natural and cultural diversity of Santa Catarina. Here are some highlights of the suggested itinerary, allowing you to experience the real Santa Catarina in a nutshell:

  • The cosmopolitan capital of Santa Catarina, amazing Florianopolis
  • The German-influenced interior and the mountain range of Serra Geral 
  • Praia do Rosa, frequently chosen as one of the most beautiful beaches in Brazil

Detailed itinerary

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  • 1
    Arrival in Florianopolis
    Day 1
    Arrival in Florianopolis

    Arrival at Florianopolis airport. You will be met by the guide who will help you with the car rental formalities and give you a road map and information about your itinerary. Pick-up car. Overnight at a local guesthouse.

    Florianópolis, the capital city of Santa Catarina, has a lot to offer, from colonial fishing villages to some of the most charming beaches of the Catarinense coast. It's also perfect for outdoors activities such as rafting, trekking and all kinds of water sports.

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  • 2
    Free day
    Day 2
    Free day

    Free day to explore the island of Santa Catarina and its 42 beaches and lagoons. Overnight at guesthouse by the beach.

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  • 3
    Florianopolis – Pomerode (172km -approximately 2h30min)
    Day 3
    Florianopolis – Pomerode (172km -approximately 2h30min)

    South Brazil, especially the northern area of Santa Catarina State, received a large influx of German immigrants in the middle of the 19th century. In the region known as the European Valley, a number of little villages still retain the influence of its Germanic origins in the architecture, the local dialect and cuisine.

    Pomerode is a small village which preserves its immigrant culture on hundreds of timber-framed houses and neat gardens.  You can either drive or cycle around the “enxaimel route” (bikes are available for rent from the Tourist Office) in the rural side of the town, where you can see authentic early 20th century “fachwerk”, the typical German timber-framed houses in the middle of neat tropical gardens.

    Back in town you can also sample the local beer and food at the local micro- brewery Schornstein.

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  • 4
    Pomerode – Urubici (280km - the last 30km in unpaved road approximately 4h30min)
    Day 4
     Pomerode – Urubici (280km - the last 30km in unpaved road approximately 4h30min)

    A few hours Inland from the coast you will be in the incredibly beautiful Serra Geral mountain range. Its peaks reach up to 1800 m above sea level: this is the coldest part of Brazil.

    You can explore its lush canyons, pristine mountain rivers, waterfalls, and araucaria forests by foot and experience the culture of the highland gauchos.

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  • 5
    Free day
    Day 5
    Free day

    Free day for optional activities around your mountain lodge.

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  • 6
    Urubici – Praia do Rosa (130 km –around 56 km on dirt road – 3h30min)
    Day 6
    Urubici – Praia do Rosa (130 km –around 56 km on dirt road – 3h30min)

    Praia do Rosa is frequently chosen as one of the most beautiful beaches in Brazil. It is the perfect place to relax in the quiet surroundings with beautiful views. Good coastal walks are also available in the vicinity of the guesthouse. The region is also famous for surfing and, from July to November, it is an ideal base for whale watching.

    You will reach Praia do Rosa after a 3.30-hour drive through the scenic Corvo Branco mountain road

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  • 7
    Free days
    Day 7-8
    Free days

    Free days to relax or for local activities.

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  • 8
    Praia do Rosa – Florianópolis airport (95 km- approximately 2 hours).
    Day 9
     Praia do Rosa – Florianópolis airport (95 km- approximately 2 hours).

    Return the car to Florianopolis airport.

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  • Prices and conditions

    Price includes

    • Meet and Greet guide on arrival with detailed directions pack and route map;
    • 9 days rental for a compact car with 4 doors and A/C
    • 6 nights accommodation in guesthouses on breakfast basis
    • 2 nights accommodation in guesthouses on half-board basis
    • Comprehensive insurance and unlimited mileage for car rental (Please note that in Brazil the insurance excess must be paid by the client and has to be guaranteed by a credit card.Most European and North American driving licenses are accepted in Brazil. For other nationalities is best to have an international license).

    Price does not include

    • Flights
    • Travel insurance
    • Excess on car insurance
    • Fuel.