Porto União

The town of Porto União has more than 100 waterfalls, which make it an excellent ecotourism destination. The Parque Monge João Maria (Monk João Maria Park) is another attraction, blessed by the actual religious figure and leader of the peasants in the Conestado War. Santa Catarina’s Steinhaeger capital, Porto União hosts the Festa do Steinhaeger e do Xixo (Steinhaeger and Xixo Festival), in December. Another good time to visit the city is during the São Pedro and São Paulo “July” Festival.

Leisure and Entertainment

Other Tours


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.


Beach and Nature

Waterfalls, Ponds and Other Natural Hideaways


Rio Pintado Waterfall
Its 30-meter drop can be seen from a suspension bridge that crosses the Rio Pintado (Pintado River). 18 km from the Center.


History and Culture

Curiosities


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.


Cultural Spaces, Galleries, Theaters and Cinemas


Casa Cultural Anibal Khury
The 1929 building, known by the residents as “Castelinho,” was listed as a historical heritage site and is home to the Casa Cultural, which organizes musical events and exhibitions, with a focus on the regional culture. Open Monday through Friday, 9am to 11:30am and 1:30pm to 5pm.
Rua Coronel Belarmino, 435, Centro.
Phone: (42) 3523-9280.


Churches


Get together with religious and devout followers that visit the city and see churches of various faiths, as well as the park that pays homage to the peasants that fought in the Contestado War.

Monk João Maria Park
Its main attraction is the “pocinho” or little well, considered blessed for supposedly having been dug by the monk.
Rua Sete de Setembro, Centro.

Our Lady of Victories Parish Church
Dedicated to the patron saint of Porto União.
Rua Frei Rogério, Centro.

São Miguel da Serra Church
Built entirely with rocks by German immigrants.
23 km from the Center, with access via SC-302.

São João Batista Church
In the community of Legru, follows the Ukrainian Orthodox rites.

São Pedro and São Paulo Festival
An event with a pyrotechnics show that has been held for more than 70 years at the São Pedro neighborhood church. During the celebration, one of the largest bonfires in Brazil is lit. In July.


Museums, Cultural Centers, Monuments and Memorials


Prefeito Salustiano Costa Júnior Municipal Museum
A rich collection inherited from the Syrian, Lebanese, German, Ukrainian, Polish and Italian colonizers. There are also archeological pieces. Open Monday through Friday, 9am to 11:30am and 1:30pm to 5pm.
Rua Prudente de Moraes, 340, Centro.
Phone: (42) 3522-0649 – Fundação Cultural.

Leovegildo Dalmas Rural Museum
Has a grain mill with a waterwheel, in addition to documents and photos of the pioneers. Visits, which are guided by the owner, must be scheduled.
Open daily, 8am to 12pm and 2pm to 6pm.
SC-302, s/n,  São Miguel da Serra Interior, 26 km from the Center.
Phone: (42) 3522-4333.

Casa Cultural Anibal Khury
The 1929 building, known by the residents as “Castelinho,” was listed as a historical heritage site and is home to the Casa Cultural, which organizes musical events and exhibitions, with a focus on the regional culture. Open Monday through Friday, 9am to 11:30am and 1:30pm to 5pm.
Rua Coronel Belarmino, 435, Centro.
Phone: (42) 3523-9280.

 


Indigenous Reserves


Santa Cruz do Timbó
The largest district of Porto União, has brought together residents from a variety of places, such as Polish, Ukrainian and the Indians that live on the reservation that is there. These communities have kept their traditions alive through handicrafts and folkloric groups.


Historical Neighbordhoods and Typical Locations


Santa Cruz do Timbó
The largest district of Porto União, has brought together residents from a variety of places, such as Polish, Ukrainian and the Indians that live on the reservation that is there. These communities have kept their traditions alive through handicrafts and folkloric groups.


Religious Tourism

Churches


Get together with religious and devout followers that visit the city and see churches of various faiths, as well as the park that pays homage to the peasants that fought in the Contestado War.

Monk João Maria Park
Its main attraction is the “pocinho” or little well, considered blessed for supposedly having been dug by the monk.
Rua Sete de Setembro, Centro.

Our Lady of Victories Parish Church
Dedicated to the patron saint of Porto União.
Rua Frei Rogério, Centro.

São Miguel da Serra Church
Built entirely with rocks by German immigrants.
23 km from the Center, with access via SC-302.

São João Batista Church
In the community of Legru, follows the Ukrainian Orthodox rites.

São Pedro and São Paulo Festival
An event with a pyrotechnics show that has been held for more than 70 years at the São Pedro neighborhood church. During the celebration, one of the largest bonfires in Brazil is lit. In July.


Religious Celebrations


São Pedro and São Paulo Festival
An event with a pyrotechnics show that has been held for more than 70 years at the São Pedro neighborhood church. During the celebration, one of the largest bonfires in Brazil is lit. In July.


Events

Typical Festivities


The Steinhaeger and Xixo Festival
In addition to the specialties that give this festival its name, German dishes are also served. There are also artistic presentations, shows and parades. Held in December, at the Espaço Estação União. Praça Hercílio Luz, s/n, Centro.
www.festadoesteinhaeger.com.br

Bergbauernfest
Is the Festa dos Colonos da Montanha (Mountain Settlers’ Festival), a typical German event, which brings back Germanic traditions and customs. Takes place in November, at the Maratá location, 15 km from the Center of Porto União.


Religious Celebrations


São Pedro and São Paulo Festival
An event with a pyrotechnics show that has been held for more than 70 years at the São Pedro neighborhood church. During the celebration, one of the largest bonfires in Brazil is lit. In July.


Purchases

Handicraft


Purchase crocheted and knitted pieces, paintings, wooden pieces, art made from calabash, recycling, embroidery, bisque, bags and other artisan products.

Mais Informações



Associação dos Artesãos de Porto União
Praça Hercílio Luz, s/n, Centro.


Ecotourism and Adventure Sports

Fishing


Lambari Route
At the inns near the Rio Timbó (Timbó River), from October to March, it is possible to rent boats for fishing with a fishing rod.
SC-312, district of Santa Cruz do Timbó, 30 km from the Center.
Phone: (42) 3526-1118
www.rotadolambari.com.br


Trekking, Canyoneering, Rappelling, Cascading and Zip Lining


Rio dos Pardos Leap
With a height of 72 m, it is the town’s largest waterfall. You can get there by way of a steep trail through the abundant forest. Located 49 km from the Center, in the district of Santa Cruz do Timbó.

Rio Bonito Waterfall
One of the most sought out for rappelling, with an infrastructure that brings together camping and a restaurant. 48 km from the Center.


Localização Geográfica

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Cidades Vizinhas

Irineópolis


Anyone who goes to Irineópolis must schedule a visit to the town’s rural properties. On the Bueno family’s farm there is a restaurant where you can try dishes that have a sheep meet base. While the Chácara Unterstell has a sulphurous water source, as well as trails through the woods and a ballroom for events. Other attractions include Café Colonial da Dona Neiva (Dona Neiva’s Colonial Coffee) and the Cachoeira do Amendoim (Amendoim Waterfall), where it is possible to buy colonial products. The Usina do Despraiado (Despraido Power Plant), in the interior of the town, is another one of the region’s interesting tourist spots.

Information:

City Hall
Phone: (47) 3625-1111
www.irineopolis.sc.gov.br


Matos Costa


Located at an altitude of 1,220 m, Matos Costa is a mountain climate town whose territory is interspersed with various rivers and dozens of waterfalls, such as the Salto São Lourenço (São Lourenço Leap), in the São Francisco colony. The landscape is favorable to ecotourism, with an emphasis on trekking and rappelling. Another attraction is the museum installed at the old train station, which tells the story of the town. In February there are fishing contests and in April in November the crioulo rodeos are held.

Information:

Tourist information
Phone: (49) 3572-1111
www.matoscosta.sc.gov.br


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