Itaiópolis

A good destination for adepts of ecotourism and rural tourism, Itaiópolis has the calm atmosphere of a town of the interior. The traces of German, Polish and Ukrainian colonization are present in the architecture, gastronomy, festivities and several customs of its dwellers. The handicraft is also a highlight in the region, especially the Ukrainian embroidery, the wycinank (paper cutouts) and the colored eggs (pêssankas).

Ecotourism and Adventure Sports

Trekking, Canyoneering, Rappelling, Cascading and Zip Lining


Salt Mine Waterfall
A waterfall 30 m in height on a rocky wall of 80 m in width. Craveiro Itajaí, at 32 km from the Center.


Cave Exploration


Caverna do Tigre (Tiger Cave)
Located in Iracema community, at 26 km from the Center, next to the Cachoeira da Pedra Furada (Pierced Stone Waterfall).


Events

Typical Festivities


Mincemeat on the Spit Festival
Typical bands, dances, dance groups and a cattle show are some of the attractions of the festival which commemorates the anniversary of the municipality. The main dish is mincemeat roasted on the spit. It occurs in October in a structure mounted in the streets of the historical district Alto Paraguaçu.
Phone: (47) 3652-1306.


Polish Night
Folkloric presentations, typical food and other cultural attractions as ice breaker and toast of Vodka. Promoted by the Polish Cultural Association. In August. Salão de Festas da Igreja Santo Estanislau (Festival Hall of the Church Saint Stanislaus). Historical Center of Alto Paraguaçu.


Sporting Events


Mincemeat Trail
The off-road circuit for motorbikes. Organized by the Motorcycle Club Ita in Lama. In April.


Purchases

Handicraft


Enjoy the handicraft pieces which reveal the cultural traditions of the colonizers as the pêssankas (colored eggs finely decorated with talisman powers), the wycinankas (art in paper) and the Ukrainian embroidery.

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Cultural Center
Monday thru Friday, from 8am to 9pm.
Rua Papa Pio XII, 26, Centro.
Phone: (47) 3652-1306.


Religious Tourism

Churches


Igreja Santo Estanislau and Capelinhas do Rosário (Church Saint Stanislaus and Chapels of the Rosary)
The church, listed by the National Historical and Artistic Heritage Institute (IPHAN), is the largest in Latin America built by the Polish. Masses are still celebrated in Polish in the place. Monday thru Thursday, 8am to 12pm and from 1pm to 5pm; Friday and Saturday, 8am to 12pm.
Praça da Matriz, s/n, Alto Paraguaçu.
Phone: (47) 3652-2056.



Igreja Nossa Senhora do Perpétuo Socorro (Church Our Lady of Perpetual Help)
Built in 1895, was the first church of the Catholic Ukrainian rite in Brazil. Line Xavier da Silva.



Igreja Sagrada Família (Church Holy Family)
Created officially in 1903, it belongs to the Catholic Ukrainian Byzantine Rite. Iracema community.

Igreja São Pedro e São Paulo (Church Saint Peter and Saint Paul)
Listed by the National Historical and Artistic Heritage Institute (IPHAN). Locality of Moema, at 35 km from the Center.


History and Culture

Other Historical European Heritage


Typical architecture
The influence of the European immigrants are visible in the architectural heritage of the town. The typically Ukrainian constructions of the community of Iracema, the German buildings of Moema, the houses with waterwheels and typical cabinetmaking of Serzedelo and the unit of Polish architecture of the Historical Center of Alto Paraguaçu, listed by the National Historical and Artistic Heritage Institute (IPHAN).

Igreja Santo Estanislau and Capelinhas do Rosário (Church Saint Stanislaus and Chapels of the Rosary)
The church, listed by the National Historical and Artistic Heritage Institute (IPHAN), is the largest in Latin America built by the Polish. Masses are still celebrated in Polish in the place. Monday thru Thursday, 8am to 12pm and from 1pm to 5pm; Friday and Saturday, 8am to 12pm.
Praça da Matriz, s/n, Alto Paraguaçu.
Phone: (47) 3652-2056.



Town Hall
1980 building in Polish style


Museums, Cultural Centers, Monuments and Memorials


Monumento aos Imigrantes (Monument to Immigrants)
Set of works representing Polish (the white eagle and the image of Our Lady of Monte Claro) and Ukrainian (pêssanka) symbols.
Rua Osmar Semmer, s/n, Centro.


Churches


Igreja Santo Estanislau and Capelinhas do Rosário (Church Saint Stanislaus and Chapels of the Rosary)
The church, listed by the National Historical and Artistic Heritage Institute (IPHAN), is the largest in Latin America built by the Polish. Masses are still celebrated in Polish in the place. Monday thru Thursday, 8am to 12pm and from 1pm to 5pm; Friday and Saturday, 8am to 12pm.
Praça da Matriz, s/n, Alto Paraguaçu.
Phone: (47) 3652-2056.



Igreja Nossa Senhora do Perpétuo Socorro (Church Our Lady of Perpetual Help)
Built in 1895, was the first church of the Catholic Ukrainian rite in Brazil. Line Xavier da Silva.



Igreja Sagrada Família (Church Holy Family)
Created officially in 1903, it belongs to the Catholic Ukrainian Byzantine Rite. Iracema community.

Igreja São Pedro e São Paulo (Church Saint Peter and Saint Paul)
Listed by the National Historical and Artistic Heritage Institute (IPHAN). Locality of Moema, at 35 km from the Center.


Curiosities


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.


Cuisine

Other Typically European Flavors


Taste the typical “mincemeat”, seasoned mincemeat shaped on a wooden spit and roasted in the barbecue pit. Do not fail to try the delicacies of the Polish, Ukrainian and German cuisine as well.

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Restaurante Zenita Westphalen (Zenita Westphalen Restaurant)
Polish and German cuisine. Schedule attendance.
Rua Alfredo Schneider, 1.339, Alto Paraguaçu.
Phone: (47) 3652-2352.


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