Getting Here and Around

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Getting Here and Around

You'd need at least 20 days to visit all of the South's main attractions, but if you only have about a week, fly to Florianópolis and make it your hub to the South. From there visit the attractions in Ilha de Santa Catarina and choose one of the beaches up or down the coast (Garopaba or Porto Belo). You can get a rental car or take regular bus lines. One side trip you shouldn't miss is to Foz do Iguaçu, on the Argentina border. Either join an organized (three-day) bus tour or fly on your own to the falls.

If you have a few more days, choose either Porto Alegre or Curitiba as a secondary hub. Fly or take a bus to these cities. Set aside at least two days to visit local sights and, depending on your interests, take quick jaunts to other attractions. If you have an interest in nature, take a tour of the Aparados da Serra region in Rio Grande do Sul or Vila Velha State Park in Paraná, or take the train to Paranaguá in Paraná. If you're more interested in history, join a tour to the missions in Rio Grande do Sul, perhaps extending the trip to the mission site in Argentina.

Avoid long trips in rental cars, as roads are busy with heavy truck traffic and the pavement isn't always in good condition; take flights or bus trips instead. You can always rent a car or take taxis or local buses when you arrive. Organized tours are highly recommended for visiting remote attractions.

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