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Subject: Paraná Coast: Discover this Gem of the Atlantic Forest

Paraná's coastline is a hidden gem in southern Brazil. Spanning approximately 98 kilometers, it might not be as extensive as some other Brazilian coastlines, but what it lacks in size, it more than makes up for in beauty and diversity. Surrounded by the Atlantic Forest, one of the world's most biodiverse ecosystems, this region offers abundant trails, waterfalls, and the opportunity to encounter wildlife.

But wait, there's more! The Paraná coastline boasts numerous beaches, islands, and natural attractions. It's a perfect destination for nature lovers, history buffs, and of course, beach enthusiasts! That's why we're shining a spotlight on it here, especially since Paraná is the birthplace of Gondwana Brasil (stay tuned for more on that story, coming soon through other channels).

Let's dive deeper into this remarkable region!

Ilha do Mel

One of the most famous spots along the Paraná coastline is Ilha do Mel. This island captivates visitors with its stunning beaches, such as Praia de Fora and Praia Grande. Not to mention iconic sites like the Farol das Conchas and Fortaleza Nossa Senhora dos Prazeres, which offer not only historical significance but also breathtaking panoramic views.

What makes Ilha do Mel truly special is its protected status, ensuring minimal construction and vehicle traffic, preserving its natural and tranquil ambiance. For adventure seekers, there are numerous trails leading to attractions like Gruta das Encantadas, as well as biking circuits and boat tours around the island. And for those seeking relaxation, the beaches offer the perfect retreat, whether you're into surfing at Praia de Fora and Praia Grande or simply soaking up the sun and sea breeze.

Morretes (and Antonina)

While not directly on the coast, Morretes and Antonina are must-visit destinations for anyone exploring the Paraná coastline. Morretes is famous for its signature dish, Barreado, featured in the photo, while Antonina charms visitors with its traditional carnival and charming architecture.

Paranaguá and Guaratuba

Paranaguá, the oldest city in the state, boasts a bustling port vital to the local economy and a historic downtown adorned with colonial-era buildings and churches. Meanwhile, Guaratuba is another coastal gem, offering beaches to suit every preference, from family-friendly Praia Central to the surfer's paradise of Praia Brava.


Pousada e Café das Meninas

Photo: Álbori Ribeiro

Looking for accommodation on Ilha do Mel? Look no further than Pousada e Café das Meninas, a cozy retreat that prioritizes a welcoming atmosphere for its guests. With a focus on sustainability, this quaint establishment incorporates recycled materials like driftwood and shells into its construction and décor. From artisanal furniture crafted from reclaimed wood to rainwater harvesting and a garden adorned with native plants, every detail reflects a commitment to eco-conscious hospitality.

As the world becomes increasingly globalized, Pousada das Meninas stands out for its personalized service, offering guests a unique, immersive, and tailor-made travel experience.


The Most Beautiful and Unique Train Journey in Brazil

Treat your clients to a breathtaking journey aboard the Serra Verde Express, hailed as Brazil's most scenic train ride. Departing from Curitiba, the capital city of Paraná and home to Gondwana Brasil, this unforgettable trip winds its way to Morretes, offering passengers a glimpse of the pristine beauty of the Atlantic Forest.

Covering 110 kilometers of tracks dating back to 1885, the Serra Verde Express showcases the untouched splendor of Brazil's largest protected Atlantic Forest area. As the train traverses coastal mountains, passengers are treated to panoramic vistas that reveal the region's natural grandeur.

The three-hour journey culminates in the charming Morretes station, where travelers can savor a delightful lunch, further immersing themselves in the cultural and culinary richness of this destination.

Please note that train departure times and dates vary throughout the year. Contact our experts for more information and recommend this unforgettable journey to your audience, showcasing the stunning landscapes of southern Brazil.


Some of our pre-packaged itineraries include stops in Paraná, such as the Family Brasil 2 and Nature and Wildlife 1 tours. These itineraries can be fully customized to include any of the destinations and recommendations mentioned here.

Boost your international sales with incredible Brazilian destinations. Reach out to us now to explore partnership options.

In the photo, an illustrated map of the Paraná coastline, captured on Ilha do Mel in 2023.


The climate along the Paraná coastline is classified as humid subtropical. This means distinct seasons, with hot summers and cooler, drier winters. However, humidity remains high throughout the year.

Thanks to its varied climate, the Paraná coastline is appealing year-round, each season offering its own unique charm, whether it's beach weather in summer or ideal conditions for hiking in the winter.

Given the region's climatic variability, we recommend advising your clients to pack lightweight clothing for summer and warm layers for winter. Sturdy footwear, such as hiking boots, is essential for exploring, along with waterproof gear like a reliable raincoat, sunglasses, and a hat. Mosquito repellent, sunscreen, and other essentials can be purchased locally.


Amazon News: Rio Negro Water Levels Rise Again

The Rio Negro in Manaus has risen again after experiencing its driest period in 121 years. The prolonged dry spell had significant impacts on communities, leading to isolation and school closures in rural areas surrounding the capital of Amazonas.

Now, the return of high water levels has revitalized sectors reliant on activities such as river transport and tourism. Major rivers in the Amazonas region have resumed their normal levels for this time of year, according to the Brazilian Geological Survey (SGB).

These updates are sourced from Brazil's leading news portal, G1.

Meet Our Newest Team Members!

We're thrilled to introduce three recent additions to our team:

Alexandre Godeau

With a background in Tourism, Alexandre initially joined Gondwana Brasil as a consultant specializing in the Amazon region. Today, he contributes to our products and sustainability department. Passionate about nature and boasting extensive experience in ecotourism across northern Brazil, Alexandre believes in the transformative power of travel, viewing each destination and adventure as an opportunity for personal growth. He holds a special affinity for Chapada dos Veadeiros and delights in exploring destinations that offer a deep connection with nature and local culture.

Samuel Nascimento

Hailing from Brazil's Northeast, Samuel is deeply fascinated by the country's vastness and diversity. Currently pursuing a degree in Tourism at the Federal University of Paraná in Curitiba, he brings experience in corporate travel and a keen interest in Brazil's natural wonders, gastronomy, culture, and history.

Izabel de Oliveira

Izabel, a 24-year-old residing in Curitiba, serves as a sales assistant at Gondwana Brasil while pursuing her Tourism degree at the Federal University of Paraná. An avid adventure seeker, she gravitates towards destinations offering immersive experiences in nature. With a passion for culture and rich narratives, she seeks out museums wherever her travels take her, always eager to discover new perspectives.


Sharing Cultural Insights: Maracolate Recipe from our Director, Daniela Meres

One of the delights of Ilha do Mel is "Maracolate," a dessert made from passion fruit and chocolate. Rumor has it that there's a café on the island serving an irresistible version of this treat—and it's true! You can find this dessert at Café e Pousada das Meninas.

The combination of tangy passion fruit and rich chocolate is simply divine, especially when crafted by Suzi, the café's owner and guardian of the island's incredible stories and delicious recipes. If you haven't tried it yet, it's worth the trip. But if a visit to Ilha do Mel isn't in the cards this summer, fear not! We're sharing Suzi's recipe with you:


1 packet of Marie biscuits

1 tablespoon of cocoa powder

2 tablespoons of margarine (for the biscuit base)

2 cans of condensed milk

2 cans of cream

1 measure of passion fruit juice

250g of semi-sweet chocolate

1 box of cream


Crush the Marie biscuits and mix with cocoa powder and margarine. Line the bottom of a springform pan and bake for 10 to 15 minutes (depending on oven strength, to avoid burning). Remove from oven and allow the base to cool and harden.

Passion Fruit Mousse: Blend two cans of condensed milk, two cans of cream, and a measure of passion fruit juice until smooth and airy.

Chocolate Ganache: Place cream in a glass bowl and gradually add chocolate, melting it in the microwave (stirring every 20 seconds) or using a double boiler. Mix with cream until smooth.

Pour the passion fruit mousse over the biscuit base and spread the ganache evenly over the top. Then, use two forks to create a marbled effect by swirling the ganache into the mousse. Refrigerate for 6 hours.

Serve with crushed peanut candy and chocolate topping.



Did you know we have a YouTube channel now?

If you want to stay even more up-to-date with the travels and itineraries offered by Gondwana Brasil, as well as some behind-the-scenes action, we have exciting news: we're now on YouTube! And to kick things off, we've published our manifesto video. Have you watched it yet? Don't miss out—subscribe to our channel and give the video a thumbs up.

Brazil Current Weather

Want to learn more about the weather in Brazil to provide accurate and relevant information to your clients? Every month, we share insights on our social media platforms about the climate in the country's key destinations.

This time, we're talking about March, the transitional month between summer and autumn.

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