Lots of history, culture and recreation surrounded by nature await you in Vale do Contestado (Contestado Valley). This region of Santa Catarina has great historic value due to the Guerra do Contestado (Contestado War), which occurred at the start of the XX century. There are, however, other tourist attractions, such as waterfalls, valleys and plateaus with preserved vegetation, where ecotourism is an excellent option. There is also no way to avoid being enchanted by the typical architecture of the buildings and multicultural wealth, a result of the mainly Austrian, Japanese, Italian and German colonization.

Explore one of the most tragic chapters of Brazilian history traveling across Contestado Valley.

The Contestado Valley region was the stage for one of the largest social conflicts in the country’s history. The Contestado War (1912-1916) put the peasants and the then-Federal Government on opposing sides, resulting in bloody battles that took the lives of more than 5 thousand people. The memory of the war is preserved in museums, monuments, historic sites and religious pilgrimage spaces, mainly in the towns of Caçador, Irani, Fraiburgo, Curitibanos and Canoinhas.

Dive into the cultures from various parts of the world while visiting the cities in the region.

In the Contestado Valley, you will come in contact with the culture of various colonizing peoples. Italian and German descendants have settled in various towns, brining along their customs and traditions. In lesser numbers, immigrants from the Tyrol region have made Treze Tílias a true piece of Austria. There are also Japanese present in the region, primarily in Frei Rogério.

Let the natural beauty of the Contestado Valley enchant you and discover a city that has been flooded by a hydroelectric dam.

With more than a hundred cascades and waterfalls, the Contestado Valley attracts thousands of tourists that like to relax amidst nature. The preserved landscape is an open invitation to practice adventure sports. There are also hot springs in the towns of Piratuba, Ouro, Campos Novos and Itá. The latter is home to an exotic attraction: the towers of an old church emerge in the middle of the reservoir created by the Itá Hydroelectric Power Plant, opened at the end of last century. To welcome the residents of the flooded city, a new Itá was entirely constructed at another location.

Take part in religious tourism in various towns of the Contestado Valley.

The Contestado Valley’s towns are home to a large diversity of churches, sanctuaries, grottos and many religious festivities. In Rio das Antas there are temples of different faiths. Joaçaba stands out for its devotion to Friar Bruno, with a museum, pilgrimages and a 37-meter high statue in honor of the famous religious man. In other towns, the memory of monk José Maria, who led the peasants in the Contestado War, is present in monuments, chapels, grottos and even a park.

Discover the different attractions of the regions principal tourist itinerary.

Hospitality is the hallmark of what has become known as the Rota da Amizade (Route of Friendship). Made up of seven towns, the itinerary includes a tour through Joaçaba, visits to the three hot springs in Piratuba and to the typical Austrian buildings of Treze Tílias, wine tastings in Videira and Tangará, as well as trips through the Japanese community of Frei Rogério and a delightful walk through the orchards of Fraiburgo.