Aparados de Serra was one of Brazils first national parks and was created to protect the Itaimbezinho canyon. The national park is free to visit and despite us not being able to find much information about the park before we arrived there are a couple of easy and not very long trails to view the main waterfalls and canyon.
There are longer hikes that you can do across the park but the most scenic viewpoint is the canyon Fortaleza. This, and several other, viewpoints and waterfalls can be accessed via a dirt road from the town coupled with a few short hikes from different points along the road. The first day we attempted this the weather was terrible and so we didn’t really get the views although when we turned we did get a close encounter with a fox and in town we bumped into a very eccentric German guy who had his bike and clothes all done out ready to invade!!! Before we set off we popped out to see the famous viewpoint – I’m glad we did it, in the good weather the views are stunting.