Aparados da Serra National Park is a protected
reserve in the Serra Geral mountain range that was founded in 1959.
Its magnificent geologic formation is sometimes referred as the
Grand Canyon of South America. Climate in Aparados da Serra
National Park is predominantly temperate. Annual average temperature
here is 16 C with precipitation of 1500- 2250 mm a year.
The most notable attraction in
Aparados da Serra National Park is a magnificent Itaimbezinho
Canyon. In language of native tribes of Tupi- Guarani "Ita" means
"stone" and "Ai'be" means "sharp". The gorge length is 5.8 km,
maximum width of 600 meters and maximum height of about 720 meters
above Partridges stream bellow. There are three main trails in
Aparados da Serra National Park. The trails of Vertico and El
Cotovelo stretch through Itaimbezinho Canyon. The Trail of the Ox
River allows access to the interior of the canyon.
Aparados da Serra National Park is open to the
public, but only 1500 visitors are allowed per year. So before you
travel here make appropriate arrangements. The park is open to
visitors with admission up to 2 pm and closes at 6pm. During summer
months Aparados da Serra National Park admissions end at 3 pm and
closes at 9pm. Camping inside the protected reserve is forbidden at