Known as Brazil's version of the Grand Canyon, the Aparados da Serra are actually a group of canyons worth tackling by anyone with a thirst for something more than an umbrella staked in a sandy beach. You'll need that adventurous spirit to get you through getting to the national park in Rio Grande do Sul, which is at least 300 km (186 mile) ride from Florianopolis, best taken by car or with a tour due to there not even being remotely direct routes by bus. If setting out without a guide, make sure you have a reliable map and some foreknowledge of the attractions you want to see. The 6km (3.7 mile) Canion de Itaimbezinho is the most impressive, a 720 meter (2,362 foot) drop off from cliff-top to floor that includes two spectacular waterfalls. There are also short walks (if you have a vehicle) that reward you with excellent views, while there are also longer hikes that may need climbing equipment and a greater resolve, but make the reward all the greater. Tours are available from various organizations; we've included one by Brazil Ecojourneys so that you may get a better sense of what is available to do in the area.
Location:Rio Grande do Sul