🇧🇷 Brazil's Most Famous Railway: The Serra Verde Express

Written by Peter Lauffer
April 24, 2024

Immerse yourself in the lush beauty of Brazil aboard the iconic Serra Verde Express, a train journey that winds through breathtaking cloud forests and historic mountain passes. Enhance your adventure by joining the "Grand Rail Tour of Brazil" and discover even more of this vibrant country's rail treasures.

The Serra Verde Express: A Journey Through History and Nature

Steeped in rich history, the Serra Verde Express was originally constructed in the late 19th century to connect the bustling city of Curitiba to the Atlantic port of Paranaguá. This daring construction saw engineers overcome harsh terrain and difficult working conditions to create a marvel of engineering. Descend steep slopes, pass through tunnels, and cross towering viaducts –  the Viaduto do Carvalho being a breathtaking highlight.

Serra Verde Express in the Marumbi Mountains on the way from Curitiba to Moretes

Experience the Serra Verde Express

The Serra Verde Express offers various carriage types to suit different preferences. For those seeking the most immersive experience, choose a carriage with windows that open. This allows you to breathe in the fresh rainforest air, capture stunning photos, and fully appreciate the sounds of nature. When traveling downhill from Curitiba to Morretes, opt for a seat on the left side of the train for the most spectacular views of the mountain scenery.

Interior Serra Verde Express

Before embarking on your journey, take some time to explore the shop inside the Curitiba Railway Station. Here you'll find charming models of the Serra Verde Express, a perfect souvenir to commemorate your Brazilian train adventure.

The First Presbyterian Church of Curitiba, a landmark in the historic center of the city.

Curitiba: A Modern City with a Green Heart

Curitiba, the starting point of your Serra Verde Express adventure, is a gem often overlooked by international travelers. This modern city boasts innovative urban planning and a strong focus on green spaces. Explore its botanical gardens, relax in its numerous parks, and discover the futuristic design of the Oscar Niemeyer Museum.

A colorful cluster of houses with terracotta roofs lining a riverbank in Morretes, Brazil.

Destination: Morretes

Upon reaching the end of your scenic descent, you'll arrive in Morretes, a picturesque small village nestled along the banks of the Nhundiaquara River. Take some time to explore its charming cobblestone streets and colonial architecture. For a true taste of the region, indulge in the traditional dish "Barreado." This hearty slow-cooked meat stew is a local specialty and the perfect way to refuel after your train journey.

Serra The Serra Verde Express train, shrouded in a wisp of steam, cautiously exits a tunnel carved into a mist-covered mountainside. Express

Let the Adventure Continue

The Serra Verde Express is a captivating experience on its own, but it's also a gateway to broader discoveries. Rail South America's "Grand Rail Tour of Brazil" seamlessly incorporates this iconic train journey while showcasing even more of the country's diverse landscapes and cultural treasures. Discover the magic of Brazil's railways – contact Rail South America to begin your Grand Rail Tour adventure today!

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