Vila Velha and Dutch Settlements – private
How about combining the nature of the Vila Velha State Park and the culture of the Dutch colonies of Carambeí and Castrolanda in the same package?
To book for 1 personor for groups of more than 10 people, please contact us.
Watch the video and see how is the tour (subtitles available in English):
NATURE AND CULTURE IN THE SAME TOUR: THE FABULOUS STONE FORMATIONS OF VILA VELHA AND ALL THE PROGRESS BROUGHT BY THE DUTCH TO PARANÁ!
This tour includes Vila Velha State Park and the affluent Dutch colonies of Carambeí and Castrolanda.
The landscape of the region is stunning, with rocky cliffs and fields, with dairy cattle and grains farms.
The park has three main attractions:
- Sandstones, which are rock formations presenting varied shapes, such as: cup, camel, ship, Indian, bottle, among others.
- Furnas, which are natural pits with lush vegetation and water inside (groundwater).
- Lagoa Dourada – ‘The Golden Lagoon’ derives its name because at sunset its waters become golden.
Stop for lunch where you prefer (not included).
Transfer to Castrolanda, a Dutch colonyfounded in 1951. The windmill is part of the Immigration Memorial, built in 2001 to celebrates the settlement´s 50th anniversary and can be visited from Friday to Sunday. During the closed times due to Covid-19, visit will be external.
Departure to the small town of Carambeí, the first Dutch colony in the region, founded in 1912. The first families settled on the then ‘Carambehy’ farm to supply milk and food o the workforces that labored on the construction of the railway. They founded the Batavo Cooperativeand today, with Castrolanda, make up the largest dairy pole in the country. Visit to the beautiful Carambeí Historical Park, which reproduces the buildings and portrays the way of life of the first Dutch who arrived in the region. At the entrance of the park, you will find the Kaffiehuis, a charming caféwhere you can taste delicious pies and other typical Dutch dishes.
ITINERARY FOR VILA VELHA AND DUTCH COLONIES TOUR
7:30 AM – departure from Curitiba to Vila Velha
9 AM to noon – visit Vila Velha Estate park (Sandstones, Furnas and Golden Pond). ** In case of a strong thunderstorm, some parts of the Sandstone trail may be closed for safety reasons **
There are optional actitivies such as tree climbing and ziplining. You can add some action to your tour!
You can have lunch at the park or in another place your guide might suggest.
After lunch, transfer to Castrolanda – immigration memorial, where the famous windmill is located.
In the afternoon, transfer to Carambeí and visit the beautiful Carambeí Historical Park. At the entrance of the park, you will find the “Koffiehuis” confectionery, with delicious pies and Dutch specialties. Or we can stop at the famous Frederika’s, famous for its delicious pies.
Return to Curitiba. Estimated arrival time: 7 pm.
Reasons to book a private tour: it will be exclusive, no waiting time or picking up other participants and share transportation. You will have undivided attention of the tour guide. The tour can be adaptedaccording to your preferences. You give the tour´s pace – do you want to see all details? You can! Staying longer or not visiting a place? You can! A pause for a coffee? Of course you can! The tour is private only for you, only for you. It does not have a fixed schedule like in a shared tour.
Normal times of departure from central addresses: 7:30 AM. Estimated arrival time in Curitiba: 7 pm to 7:30 pm
Private transport by van or car;
Certified Tour Guide;
Admission tickets to Vila Velha State Park;
Admission tickets to Carambeí Historical Museum;
Admission tickets to Castrolanda Cultural Center.
Not included:lunch, beverages, optional activities, personal expenses, etc.
Required Documents: all must bring original documents or certified copies with photos. Children under 12 years of age can travel with an original birth certificate or a certified copy of this document. The current Brazilian legislation applies in case the child is traveling without the parents.