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São Joaquim

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The city of São Joaquim, in Santa Catarina state, is famous not only for being the coldest city in the country, but also for its main economic activity: the production of apples. Full of tranquility and charm, the town houses the São Joaquim National Park, the first to offer rural tourism in the state.

The park is in the middle of the mountains of the Serra Catarinense, with altitudes that reach almost 2 thousand meters. The landscape is full of araucarias and vast fields, and everything is covered in white in the winter - even the waters of the waterfalls freeze! In São Joaquim you will find centenary farms, exponents of the local culture and of the rural cuisine.

Built entirely from basalt, the Matriz de São Joaquim Church began to be erected in 1918, being inaugurated only in 1935. The basalt used in the construction was removed from the nearby hills and loaded on to carros-de-bois (wagon pulled by oxen).

Located in a native forest reserve of 30 hectares, the Vale de Neve - Snow Valley - has an ecological trail that crosses a vast area of xaxim (some are 10 m tall), which presumably were already there when the Portuguese arrived, in the 1500s. Try the 350 m zip-line and enjoy the landscape with butterflies in your stomach! You can stay in cabins, chalets or in the camping areas.

The Parque Nacional da Maçã (National Apple Park) houses fairs, agricultural auctions and, of course, the National Apple Festival, which lasts ten days and includes musical shows and sales of derivatives of the fruit. The park has camping areas, stages for concerts and exhibition pavilions. Two km away from downtown, it has 214 thousand square meters. The festival occurs between late April and early May, a tradition of more than 50 years that receives up to 100 thousand people.

The Mirante das Araucarias offers a panoramic view of fields of araucarias and trees that reach 50 m of height. The location is great for picnics.

Road (Bus)
You can take a bus from Florianópolis to visit São Joaquim, which is 228 km away.

Personal or rental vehicles
From Florianópolis, follow the BR-282 and SC-416 highways. From Porto Alegre, use the BR-101 highway.

Personal or rental vehicles
The best way to travel around São Joaquim is by car, the city is very well signposted.

São Joaquim Tourism Portal
São Joaquim City Hall

The area code (DDD) for São Joaquim is 49.


São Joaquim Department of Tourism - +55 (49) 3233-0411
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Fire Department - 193
Emergency (Samu) - 192