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Brazil: Mountains of southern Brazil

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The coastal ranges of southern Brazil are a sharply rucked carpet of bottle-green mountains, gorges, waterfalls and cloud forests fringed by huge ferns, vivid flowers and palms. The Serra Verde Railway is a great introduction to the region: it descends through swirling mists which lift to reveal eye-popping panoramas en route to colonial Morretes. There are walking trails in the Serra Geral, mountain ranges in northern Rio Grande do Sul profoundly gashed by steep canyons. The state was settled by Germans and Italians, whose culture remains dominant; vineyards and hydrangeas cover the sunny slopes and some places have a distinctly Alpine feel.

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Self-drive in the mountains of southern Brazil

Serra verde railway

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Hiking in the green velvet mountains of Serra Geral and the canyons to the south is a real treat for walking enthusiasts. The landscape of rugged hills interspersed by Alpine valleys and river gorges is a delight, and anywhere else would be heaving with walkers and  criss-crossed by paths. But here you have to take a guide as there are no marked trails and the land is privately owned, and you are unlikely to come across any other walkers. We spent a week with two countryside bases there and that was about right. Car hire is highly recommended; there are some very scenic drives and traffic is light. 

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