In the southern part of Santa Catarina state (about 230 km/143 miles southwest of Florianopolis) lies Sao Joaquim National Park, a protected area of highlands and mountains of the Serra Geral range. Because it is a large park, there is plenty to do and see, from hikes to pine forest waterfalls to peaks nearly 6,000 feet high (Morro da Igreja) and all of the traversing in between. This is also one of the remaining places that you'll find the largest predator in South America, the puma… although we doubt you'll find more than traces of its passage.
Brazil Eco Journeys does an excellent 5-day hike over this terrain, shuttling to the Rio Canoas Lodge in Urubici from Florianopolis, where your trek will begin and end. Only fit hikers willing to go for much of the day need apply here. If you’ve grown tired of Brazil's incredible coastline and want to explore another aspect of this country's beautiful, natural world, then this is it.
Note:The coldest region in Brazil, make sure that you prepare yourself accordingly. During the winter, you'll definitely find yourself trudging through snow!