Lages

Lages is the largest and most populous city in the Serra Catarinense, with around 156 thousand inhabitants. It was founded in 1677 by pioneers and drovers, who used the mountain range as the route for long expeditions where they led cattle between the states of Rio Grande do Sul and São Paulo. The economy has always been linked to livestock, with a short-lived timber period between 1950 and 1960. At the beginning of the 1980s, traditional farms began accommodating visitors, giving an almost casual start to rural tourism in Brazil.

Leisure and Entertainment

Parks


Salto do Rio Caveiras (Caveiras River Falls)
Has a large green area, a lake for fishing and nautical sports, an artificial waterfall, restaurants, camping and a large pier. Do not forget to visit the Usina Hidrelétrica de Caveiras (Caveiras Hydroelectric Power Plant), the first one built in the region, in 1953. BR-282, toward São José do Cerrito.

Parque Ecológico João José Theodoro da Costa Neto (João José Theodoro da Costa Neto Ecological Park)
Fully preserved mixed temperate rainforest reserve, with pine trees that are around 500 years old and reach as high as 20 m. At the site, it is possible to spot blue jays, the region’s symbolic bird, which helps to spread the araucaria trees’ seeds. Located at the junction between BR 116 and BR 282.

Parque Jonas Ramos (Jonas Ramos Park)
Also known as Tanque (Tank), it was used in the past to wash clothes. Today, the lake welcomes visitors for paddleboat rides. Centro.


Other Tours


[Services]
City tour and “by night” in Lages, trips to São Joaquim, Serra do Rio do Rastro and Urubici, horseback riding.
Rua Frei Rogério, 17, sala 5, Centro.
Telephone: (49) 3222-2920.
www.liaramosturismo.com.br


Cuisine

Wine Tourism


Vinícola Santo Emílio (Emílio Santo Winery)
R. Major Rodrigues de Lima, s/número – Bairro Coral.
Telephone: (49) 3223-0208.
www.santoemilio.com.br


Forager and Gaúcha Cuisine


Savor the best typical mountain cuisine at the farm hotel restaurants or on the Via Gastronômica (Culinary Way), located in the Center of the city, especially the colonial coffee, “arroz carreteiro” (wagoner’s rice), “feijão tropeiro” (drover’s beans) and “entrevero” – a delicious mixture of beef and pork, vegetables and pine nuts. Additionally, do not miss the region’s winery. See bars and restaurants at www.lages.sc.gov.br/turismo/gastronomia.php


History and Culture

Cultural Spaces, Galleries, Theaters and Cinemas


Teatro Municipal Marajoara (Marajoara Municipal Theater)
Art deco style building, with details inspired by indigenous art, it is the stage for various artistic presentations. Open Monday through Friday, 8am to 12pm and 1pm to 6pm. Rua Presidente Nereu Ramos, 74, Centro. Telephone: (49) 3224-8325.

CTGs
The Centros de Tradições Gaúchas (Gaúcha Traditions Centers) are institutions that preserve and disperse gaucho (from Rio Grande do Sul) customs, such as lasso and riding contests, dances, clothing and cuisine. There are more than 20 CTGs in the region. See more at: www.lages.sc.gov/ctg.php


Churches


Catedral Diocesana Nossa Senhora dos Prazeres (Diocesan Cathedral of Our Lady of Joy)
Built with blocks of flagstone, it has a gothic style. It stands out for the murals designed by the German artist August Scheidgen, and the extremely heavy bells brought from Germany in 1920. Open Tuesday through Friday, 8am to 12pm and 2pm to 8pm; Saturdays and Sundays, 8am to 12pm and 5pm to 8pm.
Rua Frei Gabriel, 145, Centro.
Telephone: (49) 3222-2392.
www.diocesedelages.org.br

Igreja e Cacimba Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz Church and Watering Hole)
The origin of the name is connected to the fact that it was built on the site where the drovers used to gather near the “watering hole” – source of potable water that supplied the city at the time of its founding.
Praça Siqueira Campos, s/n, Centro.
Telephone: (49) 3222-2392.

Mesquita Islâmica (Islamic Mosque)
With an oriental style, it is one of the rare mosques in Brazil’s southern region. It is possible to see excerpts from the Koran carved in the wooden entryway. Visits only with prior scheduling.
Av. Castelo Branco, s/n, Bairro Universitário.
Fone: (49) 3223-1378.

Convento São José (São José Convent)
Opened in 1897 by its founder, German friar Rogério Neuhaus, a charismatic figure who is still revered by the city’s population. The group, made up of the convent, house and chapel, was restored in 2001 and is one of the Lages’s main architectural highlights.
Rua Lauro Müller, 298, Centro.
Fone: (49) 3222-6489.


Museums, Cultural Centers, Monuments and Memorials


Museu Malinverni Filho (Malinverni Filho Museum)
Paintings, sculptures and objects done by Agostinho Malinverni Filho (1913-1971), considered the best-known artist of Lages. Also features exhibitions by new local artists. Open Monday through Friday, 9am to 11:30am and 1:30pm to 5:30pm.
Rua Manoel Thiago de Castro, 109, Centro.
Fone: (49) 3222-7831.

Museu Histórico Thiago de Castro (Thiago de Castro Historical Museum)
Has a large collection of documents, objects, photos and books donated by the most traditional families in Lages. Open Tuesday through Friday, 8am to 12pm and 2pm to 6pm; Saturday, 9am to 12pm.
Rua Benjamin Constant, s/n, on the corner that meets with Rua Hercílio Luz, Centro
Fone: (49) 3222-7603
www.mtclages.blogspot.com

Memorial Nereu Ramos (Nereu Ramos Memorial)
Photos, documents and personal objects of Nereu Ramos (1888-1958), the only person from Santa Catarina to assume the Presidency of the Republic. Open Monday through Friday, 9am to 11:30am and 1pm to 5pm; Saturday, 10am to 4pm.
Rua Frei Rogério, s/n, on the corner that meets with Aristiliano Ramos, Centro.
Fone: (49) 3224-7425/3223-5410.

Monumentos (Monuments)
The main ones include O Tropeiro (The Drover), which pays homage to the founders of Lages (in front of the Conta Dinheiro Exhibition Park); O Trançador (The Braider), with reverence to the artisans of objects and tools linked to riding (in front of the Cultural Foundation); Os Imigrantes (The Immigrants), which portray the different peoples that make up the city’s current population (corner of Avenida Dom Pedro II and Avenida Primeiro de Maio); O Carro de Molas (The Carriage), which pays homage to this old means of transportation (Praça Vidal Ramos, next to the city bus terminal).


Churches


See historical monuments, churches, convents and mosques, true temples of the faith of the people of Lages.

Catedral Diocesana Nossa Senhora dos Prazeres (Diocesan Cathedral of Our Lady of Joy)
Built with blocks of flagstone, it has a gothic style. It stands out for the murals designed by the German artist August Scheidgen, and the extremely heavy bells brought from Germany in 1920. Open Tuesday through Friday, 8am to 12pm and 2pm to 8pm; Saturdays and Sundays, 8am to 12pm and 5pm to 8pm.
Rua Frei Gabriel, 145, Centro.
Fone: (49) 3222-2392.
www.diocesedelages.org.br

Convento São José (São José Convent)
Opened in 1897 by its founder, German friar Rogério Neuhaus, a charismatic figure who is still revered by the city’s population. The group, made up of the convent, house and chapel, was restored in 2001 and is one of the Lages’s main architectural highlights.
Rua Lauro Müller, 298, Centro.
Fone: (49) 3222-6489.

Igreja e Cacimba Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz Church and Watering Hole)
The origin of the name is connected to the fact that it was built on the site where the drovers used to gather near the “watering hole” – source of potable water that supplied the city at the time of its founding.
Praça Siqueira Campos, s/n, Centro.
Telephone: (49) 3222-2392.

Morro da Cruz (Cruz Hill)
Also known as Morro Grande (Great Hill), it has a cross at the top that is 19 m high and a grotto with sacred images, worshiped by visitors on religious dates, such as Holy Week. Rua João Odilo Madruga, with access via Av. Dom Pedro II, Morro Grande.

Mesquita Islâmica (Islamic Mosque)
With an oriental style, it is one of the rare mosques in Brazil’s southern region. It is possible to see excerpts from the Koran carved in the wooden entryway. Visits only with prior scheduling.
Av. Castelo Branco, s/n, Bairro Universitário.
Fone: (49) 3223-1378.


Historical Italian Heritage


Palácio Municipal (Municipal Palace)
Building with Italian architectural influence, offices of Lages City Hall. Open Monday through Friday, 8am to 12pm and 1pm to 7pm.
Rua Benjamin Constant, 13, Centro. Telephone: (49) 3221-1000.


Other Historical European Heritage


Teatro Municipal Marajoara (Marajoara Municipal Theater)
Art deco style building, with details inspired by indigenous art, it is the stage for various artistic presentations. Open Monday through Friday, 8am to 12pm and 1pm to 6pm.
Rua Presidente Nereu Ramos, 74, Centro. Telephone: (49) 3224-8325.


Religious Tourism

Churches


Catedral Diocesana Nossa Senhora dos Prazeres (Diocesan Cathedral of Our Lady of Joy)
Built with blocks of flagstone, it has a gothic style. It stands out for the murals designed by the German artist August Scheidgen, and the extremely heavy bells brought from Germany in 1920. Open Tuesday through Friday, 8am to 12pm and 2pm to 8pm; Saturdays and Sundays, 8am to 12pm and 5pm to 8pm.
Rua Frei Gabriel, 145, Centro.
Telephone: (49) 3222-2392.
www.diocesedelages.org.br

Igreja e Cacimba Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz Church and Watering Hole)
The origin of the name is connected to the fact that it was built on the site where the drovers used to gather near the “watering hole” – source of potable water that supplied the city at the time of its founding.
Praça Siqueira Campos, s/n, Centro.
Telephone: (49) 3222-2392.

Mesquita Islâmica (Islamic Mosque)
With an oriental style, it is one of the rare mosques in Brazil’s southern region. It is possible to see excerpts from the Koran carved in the wooden entryway. Visits only with prior scheduling.
Av. Castelo Branco, s/n, Bairro Universitário.
Fone: (49) 3223-1378.

Convento São José (São José Convent)
Opened in 1897 by its founder, German friar Rogério Neuhaus, a charismatic figure who is still revered by the city’s population. The group, made up of the convent, house and chapel, was restored in 2001 and is one of the Lages’s main architectural highlights.
Rua Lauro Müller, 298, Centro.
Fone: (49) 3222-6489.


Churches


See historical monuments, churches, convents and mosques, true temples of the faith of the people of Lages.

Catedral Diocesana Nossa Senhora dos Prazeres (Diocesan Cathedral of Our Lady of Joy)
Built with blocks of flagstone, it has a gothic style. It stands out for the murals designed by the German artist August Scheidgen, and the extremely heavy bells brought from Germany in 1920. Open Tuesday through Friday, 8am to 12pm and 2pm to 8pm; Saturdays and Sundays, 8am to 12pm and 5pm to 8pm.
Rua Frei Gabriel, 145, Centro.
Fone: (49) 3222-2392.
www.diocesedelages.org.br

Convento São José (São José Convent)
Opened in 1897 by its founder, German friar Rogério Neuhaus, a charismatic figure who is still revered by the city’s population. The group, made up of the convent, house and chapel, was restored in 2001 and is one of the Lages’s main architectural highlights.
Rua Lauro Müller, 298, Centro.
Fone: (49) 3222-6489.

Igreja e Cacimba Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz Church and Watering Hole)
The origin of the name is connected to the fact that it was built on the site where the drovers used to gather near the “watering hole” – source of potable water that supplied the city at the time of its founding.
Praça Siqueira Campos, s/n, Centro.
Telephone: (49) 3222-2392.

Morro da Cruz (Cruz Hill)
Also known as Morro Grande (Great Hill), it has a cross at the top that is 19 m high and a grotto with sacred images, worshiped by visitors on religious dates, such as Holy Week. Rua João Odilo Madruga, with access via Av. Dom Pedro II, Morro Grande.

Mesquita Islâmica (Islamic Mosque)
With an oriental style, it is one of the rare mosques in Brazil’s southern region. It is possible to see excerpts from the Koran carved in the wooden entryway. Visits only with prior scheduling.
Av. Castelo Branco, s/n, Bairro Universitário.
Fone: (49) 3223-1378.


Events

Agricultural Fairs, Industrial Fairs and Business Events


Expolages
The region’s agriculture and livestock production showcase is held in October at the Parque de Exposições Conta Dinheiro.


Cultural Events


Festival de Teatro de Lages (Lages Theatre Festival)
Also known as Fetel, it is held in September at the Teatro Municipal Marajoara.

Festa Nacional do Pinhão (National Pine Nut Festival)
One of Santa Catarina’s main regional festivals, it brings together thousands of visitors from throughout Brazil, with shows by national artists and the best local cuisine, with the pine nut as the staple food. The event, held during Corpus Christi, lasts for ten days and his held at the same time as the Festival de Música Nativista Sapecada da Canção.
Parque de Exposições Conta Dinheiro - Av. Luiz de Camões, s/n, Conta Dinheiro.
Telephone: (49) 3222-7100.
www.festadopinhao.com 


Typical Festivities


Festa Nacional do Pinhão (National Pine Nut Festival)
One of Santa Catarina’s main regional festivals, it brings together thousands of visitors from throughout Brazil, with shows by national artists and the best local cuisine, with the pine nut as the staple food. The event, held during Corpus Christi, lasts for ten days and his held at the same time as the Festival de Música Nativista Sapecada da Canção.
Parque de Exposições Conta Dinheiro - Av. Luiz de Camões, s/n, Conta Dinheiro.
Telephone: (49) 3222-7100
www.festadopinhao.com 

Festa do Lambari (Lambari Festival)
Fishing contest, cuisine and musical performances. It is held at the Salto do Rio Caveiras at the end of the summer.

Festival da Truta (Trout Festival)
Culinary event held in October on Via Gastronômica.

Rodeio da Integração Crioula (Crioula Integration Rodeo)
A cultural event held in September at the Parque de Exposição Conta Dinheiro.


Rural Tourism

Experience daily life on a large farm, with the opportunity to go horseback riding, take carriage rides, hike century old trails, fish in reservoirs, and do many other outdoor activities. Do not miss the Coxilha Rica, a plain that has an area of around 100 km2. As the old route for drovers, it still has rivers, wetlands and fields that are completely preserved.

Boqueirão Hotel Fazenda
BR-282, Km 228, exit for São José do Cerrito.
Telephone: (49) 3289-0700.
www.fazendaboqueirao.com.br

Hotel Fazenda Pedras Brancas
SC-438, Km 10, district of Pedras Brancas.
Telephone: (49) 3223-2073.
www.fazendapedrasbrancas.com.br

Fazenda Dourado
Estrada Lages-Morrinhos (highway), Km 14.
Telephone: (49) 8814-9881.
www.fazendadourado.com.br

SESC Pousada Rural
SC-425, Km 4,5 - Rincão Comprido, rural zone of the Índios district.
Telephone: (49) 3224-9988.
www.sesc-sc.com.br

Pousada Aza Verde
BR-116, Km 6 (old BR-2, Km 4).
Telephone: (49) 3222-0277.
www.rotas.com.br/pousadaazaverde

 Pousada Refúgio do Lago
SC-438, Km10, Pedras Brancas.
Telephone: (49) 3223-1416.
www.pousadarefugiodolago.com.br

Purchases

Handicraft


Purchase products and typical handicrafts from the Serra Catarinense, such as blankets, wool ponchos, leather, bamboo and rattan goods, as well as apple and fig liquors.

[Services]

Casa do Artesão (Artisan House)
Open Monday through Friday, 8am to 12pm and 2pm to 6pm.
Rua Benjamin Constant, 141, attached to the Fundação Cultural, Centro.
Telephone: (49) 3224-7425.


Ecotourism and Adventure Sports

Horseback Riding


Hotéis-fazenda (Farm hotels)
Many of the region’s farm hotels and rural inns offer fishing in reservoirs and rivers, as well as horseback riding. See Rural Tourism.

[Services]

Coxilha Rica Turismo Equestre
Rua Caetano Costa Júnior, 54, Centro.
Telephone: (49) 3222-3079 / 9973-1817
www.coxilharica.com.br 


Fishing


Salto do Rio Caveiras (Caveiras River Falls)
Has a large green area, a lake for fishing and nautical sports, an artificial waterfall, restaurants, camping and a large pier. Do not forget to visit the Usina Hidrelétrica de Caveiras (Caveiras Hydroelectric Power Plant), the first one built in the region, in 1953. BR-282, toward São José do Cerrito.

Hotéis-fazenda (Farm hotels)
Many of the region’s farm hotels and rural inns offer fishing in reservoirs and rivers, as well as horseback riding. See Rural Tourism.

[Services]

Coxilha Rica Turismo Equestre
Rua Caetano Costa Júnior, 54, Centro.
Telephone: (49) 3222-3079 / 9973-1817
www.coxilharica.com.br 


Localização Geográfica

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Cidades Vizinhas

Anita Garibaldi


With just over 8 thousand inhabitants, Anita Garibaldi has good tourist attractions, such as the Nossa Senhora de Lourdes caves and the Waters of São João Maria. There are also artificial lakes created as a result of the installation of power plants in the region (Barra Grande Hydroelectric Power Plant and the Campos Novos Hydroelectric Power Plant), with an area for camping and grilling. The typical festivals organized by the town throughout the year, such as the Festa do Motorista (Driver Festival) (June), the Festa do Colono (Settler’s Festival) (July), the Festa da Jabuticaba (Jabuticaba Festival) and the Anniversary of Anita Garibaldi (December), are an excellent opportunity to get in touch with the local culture.

Information:

Prefeitura (City Hall)
Telephone: (49) 3543-0191
www.anitagaribaldi.sc.gov.br


Campo Belo do Sul


One of the largest Brazilian producers of kiwi, Campo Belo do Sul’s driving economic force is agriculture. The Festa da Colheita (Harvest Festival), held in May, is a good opportunity to see agricultural production and local culture first hand. In December, the Festa da Integração (Integration Festival) is held, celebrating the anniversary and emancipation of the town. Do not forget to visit the Parish Church, which has a native pine tree inside of it, and the old mill located in the Alto Travessão community.

Information:

Prefeitura (City Hall)
Telephone: (49) 3249-1143
www.campobelodosul.sc.gov.br


Capão Alto


A small town in the Serra Catarinense (2,753 inhabitants), Capão Alto has an inviting hydrographic basin for fans of fishing and water sports. The Festa da Paçoca (Paçoca Festival), in May, with shows, dances, rodeos and a variety of typical food, is a good time to visit.

Information:

Prefeitura (City Hall)
Telephone: (49) 3237-2000
www.capaoalto.sc.gov.br


Cerro Negro


With 3,581 inhabitants, Cerro Negro is another town in the Serra Catarinense that was colonized by Italian immigrants. Do not pass up a visit to the Nascente Nove de Maio das Águas (Nove de Maio das Águas Spring), which the faithful believe to be miraculous, because, it is said, the monk João Maria de Agostinho, considered a saint in the region, blessed the spring during his travels. In the community of Araçá, you can take in the beautiful view of the Rio Canoas (Canoas River). Cerro Negro’s main events include the Festa da Agricultura Familiar (Family Agricultural Festival) (February) and the Festa de São Francisco (São Francisco Festival), the patron saint of the town (April).

Information:

Prefeitura (City Hall)
Telephone: (49) 3258-0000
www.cerronegro.sc.gov.br


Otacílio Costa


Otacílio Costa’s principal economic activity is the industrial production of paper and cellulose. The region features large reforested areas and an urban population that is much larger than the majority of the populations of the neighboring towns: 16,337 inhabitants. Its main events include the town’s anniversary and emancipation (May) and the Otacílio Rock Festival (February), held in Parque Cambará (Cambará Park).

Information:

Prefeitura (City Hall)
Telephone: (49) 3221-8000
www.otaciliocosta.sc.gov.br


Painel


The town in the Serra Catarinense with the lowest population (2,353 inhabitants), Painel’s driving economic force is agricultural activity. The Matriz de São Sebastião and Santo Antônio Churches are its main attractions, located in the area known as Casa de Pedra. A good chance to see some of the regional traditions, such as the lasso and riding competitions, is the Festa do Painelaço (Painelaço Festival) (December) and the Festa Nacional da Truta (National Trout Festival).

Information:

Prefeitura (City Hall)
Telephone: (49) 3235-0035
www.painel.sc.gov.br


Palmeira


Palmeira is a small and your town with few more than 2 thousand inhabitants, the majority of which are ancestors of German and Italian immigrants. Tourists should visit São Sebastião do Canoas (16 km from the Center of the town), which has good spots to swim in the river, fish and take part in water sports.

Information:

Prefeitura (City Hall)
Telephone: (49) 3238-0050
www.palmeira.sc.gov.br


São José do Cerrito


With 9.273 inhabitants, São José do Cerrito, has beautiful cascades next to the Rio Caveiras bridge (15 km from the Center of the town). Another attraction is the Festa do Feijão (Bean Festival) (Aril), with lasso competitions, dances and typical, free-range-chicken and bean-based cuisine.

Information:

Prefeitura (City Hall)
Telephone: (49) 3242-1111
www.cerrito.sc.gov.br


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