Curiosities

In addition to the traditional points of historical and cultural interest, Santa Catarina has some peculiar attractions. From sites that were the scene of bloody fighting to railway stations that have been transformed into cultural spaces. From fallen meteorite craters from millions of years ago to old Quilombos. From bridges that have great historical value in their regions to unusual cemeteries and monuments. Check out Santa Catarina’s other attractions and curiosities.

Grande Florianópolis

Anitápolis


Abyss Mountain
In 1930, it was the stage of a bloody combat between the Rio Grande do Sul revolutionaries in favor of Getúlio Vargas and the soldiers of the Santas Catarina public force. It is at 18 km from the Center.


São Pedro de Alcântara


Cattle Drive Path
Opened in 1787, it conserves stretches paved by the slaves with rough stone, in the midst of the exuberant Atlantic Rainforest. It starts in the town center.


Vale Europeu

Blumenau


Blumenau Steamship
A boat used since 1895 to speed up the river transportation between Blumenau and Itajaí, it contributed actively to the progress of the municipality. Today, it is moored in the place known as Prainha. Praça Juscelino Kubitschek, Ponta Aguda.

Shooting Societies
Blumenau is the city with the largest number of shooter associations in the world, with approximately 40 clubs. Historically speaking, the practice of shooting aimed to defend the territories. Today, nevertheless, the tradition of the colonizers is concerned with sporting championships and typical festivals. The city also hosts the Santa Catarina Target Shooting Federation, which gathers together 120 clubs and organizes competitions of various modalities. Associação e Museu dos Clubes de Caça e Tiro de Blumenau (Association and Museum of the Blumenau Hunting and Shooting Clubs): Tuesday thru Friday, from 10am to 4pm; Saturday, Sunday and holiday, das 10h às 15h.
Rua Dr. Pedro Zimmermann, 10.377, Itoupava Central.
Phone: (47) 3339-0590.
www.clubedecacasetiro.com.br
www.museuclubesdecacaetiro.com.br


Brusque


Simulator plane
A plane of the North American T-6D, used by the FAB in the 1940’s, it has an interactive cabin which allows access to all the touristic points of Brusque, simulating a flight over the town. It is situated next to the Leopoldo Moritz Municipal Park.


Indaial


Arch Bridge
Dated from 1926, it was the first reinforced concrete bridge erected over the Rio Itajaí-Açu. Renovated in 1988, it gained two side footbridges. Center.


Serra Catarinense

Bom Retiro


Calçada e Costão do Frade
Located in a forest, this has become a local tourist spot due to the presence of traces of a stone walkway made by slaves in the XVIII century. In the region, there is a natural grotto that has become a spot for pilgrimage for the faithful.


Correia Pinto


Confraria do Monge (Brotherhood of the Monk)
A tribute to João Maria de Agostinho, a wandering monk who traveled throughout the region in the XIX century, who was taken as a prophet. At the site, in addition to a restaurant, there is a nature trail with scenery that tells the story of the monk and a statue sculpted out of sandstone. Open Wednesday through Monday, 11am to 4pm; Wednesday through Saturday, 11am through 4pm and 7pm through 11pm.
BR-116, Km 236.
Telephone: (49) 8802-0050.


São Joaquim


Estação Experimental da Epagri (Epagri Experimental Station)
)An agricultural research center, fundamental to the consolidation of apple growing in the Serra Catarinense. Open Monday through Friday, 8am to 12pm and 1:30pm to 5:30pm. Rua João Araújo de Lima, 102, Jardim Caiçara. Telephone: (49) 3233-0324.


Urupema


Taipas
Walls made out of basalt rock, which are around 1 m high (some built in the XVIII century), built to divide farms and other rural properties, to create boundaries for the cattle, or simply to indicated the path for the drovers. The “taipas” are a century-old tradition and can be seen at the entrance to and various points throughout the town and the Serra Catarinense.


CAMINHO DOS PRÍNCIPES

Campo Alegre


Estrada Dona Francisca
Waterfalls, an ancient bridge built by slaves and some rural properties compose the scenario of this famous road (the second road used by carts in Brazil).


Garuva


Monte Crista and flight of stairs of the Jesuits
It is assumed that the stairs which lead to the top of the hill were built by the Jesuit priests in the 18th century. Today, the place is considered by the esoteric community to be an important energy field. At the foot of the mountain there is a hostel which offers alternate therapies of curing and self-knowledge.

Caminho de Peabiru (Peabiru Path)
Garuva is part of the millenary route which links the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific, crossing South America from east to west. The path, which goes across Brazil, Paraguay, Bolivia and Peru, is full of natural and historical riches, having been used for migrations of indigenous peoples and, later, in religious missions and in cultivating and occupying several territories.


Jaraguá do Sul


Estações Ferroviárias (Railroad Stations)
The Biblioteca Pública Municipal (Municipal Public Library), Fundação Cultural (Cultural Foundation) and Museu da Paz (Museum of Peace) (with a collection referring to the 2nd World War) function in the former railroad stations of Jaraguá do Sul, currently restored. Museu da Paz: Monday thru Friday, 8am to 11:30am and from 1pm to 5pm.
Avenida Getúlio Vargas, 405, Centro.
Phone: (47) 2106-8700.


Rio Negrinho


Lieutenant Aviator Oldegar Olsen Sapucaia Square
It has a single-engine T-6 in reference to the 2nd World War.

Town Hall

The building is based upon the saloons of the North American Far West.
Rua Richard S. de Albuquerque, 200, Centro.
Phone: (47) 3646-3600.

Rio Negrinho Railroad Station

It includes the former cargo terminal, the garage for the locomotives, as well as some freight cars and houses of the railroad employees. There is also a small museum there with parts used in the locomotives.
Rua da Estação, s/n, Centro.
Phone: (47) 3644-7000.
www.abpfsc.com.br


São Francisco do Sul


Ilha da Rita (Island of Rita)
During the 2nd World War, the island served as a base for supplying the ships of the Brazilian fleet. Currently it houses the headquarters of the Port administration.


Vale do Contestado

Campos Novos


Invernada dos Negros Cemetary
Is currently the center for descendants of slaves. Located 22 km from the Center, with access by a paved road.

Suspension bridge
Replaced the old road that linked the towns of Campos Novos and Celso Ramos, which is under water because of the works of the Campo Novos Hydroelectric Power Plant.


Frei Rogério


Sino da Paz Park
Has a monument in the shape of a tsuru (a bird that is common in Japan) and a bell from the Daionji temple, donated in 1998 from the Province of Nagasaki. Every year, between August 6th and 9th, the dates that the atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the bell is used in a ceremony in memory of the victims. Some survivors of the catastrophe live in the community.
SC-451, 25 km from Curitibanos.


Itá


Towers of the Old Parish Church
The only remnants from the old city of Itá, which can be seen until today in the lake created by the Itá Hydroelectric Power Plant.


Itaiópolis


Tunnel and metal and concrete bridges of the Federal Railroad Network
Built in the 1930’s, they are located at 4.5 km, 16, 18 and 25 km from the Center.


Antiga Estrada da Mata (Ancient Jungle Road)
Route of cattle drivers in the 19th century, which helped to define the outline of the BR-116.


Mafra


Ponte Metálica Dr. Diniz (Dr. Diniz Metallic Bridge)
Built in 1896, the bridge (110 m) links Santa Catarina and Paraná, passing over the Rio Negro (Black River).


Porto União


Train station
Surrounded by other buildings from the start of the XX century, it houses a steam locomotive that takes trips throughout the surrounding areas. The train track is the border between Porto União and União da Vitória (PR), which was already integrated into the town before the Contestado War. Open daily, 8:30am to 11:30am and 1:30pm to 5:30pm.
Praça Hercílio Luz, s/n, Centro.
Phone: (42) 3522-0649 – Fundação Cultural.


Vargeão


Domo de Vargeão
A crater of 12 km in diameter created by the fall of a meteorite 100 million years ago. It can be seen from the viewpoint known as the Acesso do Meio (Access to the Environment). According to recent studies, the clay found in the place can have therapeutic and esthetic applications.


Videira


Train Station
Transformed into a recreational area, it houses an artisan crafts store and a store that sells wine that is typical of the region. Next door there is a tourist information center that is a replica of the old Telegraph House.
Rua Nicolau Cavon, 51, Centro


Grande Oeste

Chapecó


Praça Coronel Bertaso
Seat of the Galeria Municipal de Artes (Municipal Art Gallery), it has a cultural history recounting the wood cycle of Chapecó, besides a children’s park and illuminated spring with a water jet. Center.


Caminhos da Fronteira

Dionísio Cerqueira


Marco das Três Fronteiras

A place of political, cultural and religious relevance, where one can find the images of Our Lady of Aparecida (patron saint of Brazil) and Our Lady of Lujan (patron saint of Argentina) – each one facing in the direction of their country of origin. Brazilians and Argentineans take part in the masses which are held in the place every Friday. A few meters away there is the Memorial da Fronteira (Border Memorial).
Av. Internacional, s/n, Centro.


Itapiranga


Marco das Três Fronteiras
It indicates the point of division between Santa Catarina, Rio Grande do Sul and Argentina. In the place, there are barbecue pits, tables and space for camping.
Linha Aparecida, interior.


Encantos do Sul

Nova Veneza


Venetian gondola
Straight from its Italian sister city, the vessel is anchored in the lake at Praça Humberto Bortoluzzi. It is one of 4 specimens outside of Italy and it offers the visitor a chance to take photos and pose with the gondolier dressed in character.
Praça Humberto Bortoluzzi, Centro.

Entry gate
On its top it has the Lion of São Marcos (symbol of the republic of Venice) and an iron cauldron (alluding to the polenta that sustained the efforts of the colonizers). The flags over the arches recall the pact of friendship betweenthe city and Veneto, in Italy.

Chaminé
Monument over 20 m high, built in 1925 by the Bortoluzzi Firm. It stands out in the praça christened with its name, which is one of the places where the Italian Cuisine Festival and the Carnevale di Venezia are held.


Orleans


Wall of Zé Diabo
Sacred artist José Fernandes (known locally as Zé Diabo) carved scenes representing various Bible passages in a wall of rough stone, located on the banks of the Tubarão River, along a stretch of the railroad. In Coloninha, 500 m from the urban center of Orleans.


Urussanga


Old railroad station
A steam locomotive tour (with departure from Tubarão) engages the railroad terminal once a month. The location is home to the Progoethe Association (of wine producers of the region) and the Tourist Information Center (Monday to Friday, 8AM to 5:30PM; Saturday and Sunday, 9AM to 12PM).
Rua Dona Lúcia Delfino da Rosa, 150, Estação.
Phone: (48) 3465-4739/6238.

 


Costa Verde e Mar

Porto Belo


Sertão do Valongo
Remaining center of the ‘quilombo’ settlement where pioneering colonists established themselves after the abolition of slavery in Brazil. Today, the Adventist rural community formed by descendants of slaves stands out for its Valongo Ceramics project. It is worthwhile checking out the pieces produced by the young people in the community.
ceramicavalongo.blogspot.com


Caminho dos Cânions

Sombrio


Calçadão Cultural (Cultural Boardwalk)
An open-air museum that has preserved flour and sugarcane mills, a pork rind grinder, ovens, threshers, ceramic pieces and a canoe made from a single tree trunk. Loom woven sculptures and mosaics complete the site’s attractions. It is situated between Nereu Ramos and Getúlio Vargas avenues, in the town’s Center.