Vila Velha and Witmarsum – private
Tour with two attractions:nature in Vila Velha and culture in Witmarsum. For those who like easy hiking, different tastes and ancient traditions.
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Visit two very special places in one tour: the Vila Velha State Park and the Witmarsum Colony.
VILA VELHA STATE PARK
Glacial-era glaciers and wind erosion worked together for more than 300 million years to sculpt the rock formations of Vila Velha. The Vila Velha State Park is open from Wednesday to Monday and has recently been completely restructured. The main attractions are the sandstone sculptures, the furnas (collapsed caves) and theLagoa Dourada (Golden Lagoon).
The hikes in the park are conducted by bus, under the supervision of a local guide. The visit takes approximately three hours and offers the opportunity to visit the stone sculptures by walking On one side of the landscape, the tourists are astounded at a wide open lawn. On the other, the Paraná Pine, or Araucaria forest with closed and humid vegetation: an interesting contrast.
After the October Revolution in Russia, many Mennonites left Europe to settle in Brazil. As in Santa Catarina there were many of them, a group of Mennonite families bought a large farm in Palmeira, and shared it among several families, founding in 1953 the Colony of Witmarsum. Today it is a lovely village in the interior that preserves traditions such as homemade cakes, dairy farms, delicious cheeses and products like jellies, as well as many other treats. At the local school, children learn German and most locals communicate in this language to this day. You will have the chance to taste the local cuisine (lunch is not included): typical German lunch or ‘colonial coffee”, a delicious selection of salty and sweet treats served with coffee, tea and juices.
We recommend leaving Curitiba at 7:30 AM, but if you prefer to leave later, just inform us when you make your reservation.
** In the event of a heavy thunderstorm, some parts of the Sandstone trail may be closed for safety **.
7:30 AM ‒ Our guide will pick you up at your hotel in Curitiba.
7:30 – 9 AM ‒ Transfer to Ponta Grossa, where the State Park of Vila Velha is located.
9 AM – 12:30 PM ‒ Visit to the Sandstones, Furnas and Lagoa Dourada.
12:30 – 1:30 PM ‒ Transfer to Witmarsum.
1:30 – 3:30 PM ‒ Time to get to know the colony. You will also visit the Heimat Museum, which tells the history of the colony.
Your guide will give you tips on where to have lunch. Lunch is not included and you can choose to try the German gastronomy of Witmarsum or indulge in a colonial coffee buffet.
about 3:30 to 4:30 PM – returno to Curitiba.
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Departure from your hotel or central address at 7:30 AM. Arrival in Curitiba about 4:30 PM.
Private transport by van or car;
Accompaniment by certified tour guide;
Admission ticket to the Vila Velha State Park;
Admission ticket to the Heimat Museum;
Not included: lunch, 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.