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Canyons and Waterfalls Seen in Helicopter Tour over Southern Brazil's Mountains

06/28/2018 - 12h54

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BRUNO LEE
FROM GRAMADO AND CANELA (RS)

Just a weekend is not enough to enjoy all the possibilities of one of the most traditional destinations in Brazilian winter, the "sibling" cities of Gramado and Canela, in the state of Rio Grande do Sul.

A good way to start enjoying is to turn on the contemplative mode.

The Caracol waterfall in Canela can be seen from above in a helicopter tour flight.

The fall has 131 meters and is located in its namesake park - it is the No. 1 attraction in the 26-kilometrs flight that also includes the region's highlights: from the Negro lake, in Gramado, to Catedral de Pedra, in Canela. The tour also includes Borges de Medeiros avenue with its bars and restaurants located in the first and biggest city.

FOTO: KEINY ANDRADE/FOLHAPRESS
Fortaleza Canyon is a canyon located in Serra Geral National Park in Cambará do Sul
Fortaleza Canyon is a canyon located in Serra Geral National Park in Cambará do Sul

For those who want to have a look at the waterfall from the ground, the Caracol park has a lookout point - tickets cost R$ 20.00 (US$ 5.21) and children five years old or younger do not pay.

The helicopter services are provided by Tri Táxi Aéreo company. Each flight costs R$ 419 (US$ 109) per person. There are options to fly only over Gramado (R$ 319), on a 23-kilometer tour that includes the Caracol waterfall, and only Canela (R$ 219). The rides can be booked by telephone (+55 54 99999-1636) or online at voetri.com.

Leaving from Canela, passengers can also see the main canyons of the neighboring city of Cambará do Sul. There are two stops: a picnic on the edge of the Cambajuva canyon and a typical lunch at the Parador Casa da Montanha hotel.

The tour across the skies costs R$ 6,390 (US$ 1,666) for four people with all meals included.

Translated by THOMAS MUELLO

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