Cambara in Brazil has Awesome Canyons!
Less than 150Km from Gramado there is a small village called Cambara do Sul. The town is part of a national park and resides in a region with more than 60 canyons. Near the city you will find the two most impressive. Itaimbezinho and Fortaleza. Is quite hard to visit both in one day so if your stay is short, pick the second one.
How to get to Cambara do Sul Canyons
Getting there is an interesting road trip. Although the roads are no in great conditions, the landscape in this region of the country are remarkable. We rent a car but there are also buses and private tours that take you to Cambara do Sul.
Like most of the towns in the area, Cambara welcomes its visitor with a charming entrance (also know as portico) but this one has something peculiar. An old legend says that the roads are haunted. To be protected, villagers built a stone car next to a saint altar. Gladly things seems to be working well.
Once you reach the city, you can get a map in the tourist information centre. It is quite easy to move around and you definitely don’t need a professional guide. Just get prepared for 22km of dirt road, but the trip is worthy.
Both canyons have a checkpoint where a park ranger will ask for your details. There’s no entrance fee.
The Fortaleza Canyon in Cambara
As I mentioned, we only had time to check one of the Cambara’s canyons. But we feel that you can’t get enough of it. There are several lookouts with incredible views. Search for your perfect spot and relax while the landscape mesmerizes you and the silence is only interrupted by the echoes of wind.
We lost track of time and spent almost 5 hours in the park. We just regret not going to the other canyons or explored other trails in Cambara. But we were starving. Fortunately we found (another) great surprise.
Where to eat in Cambara
We were fortunate enough to find a restaurant called Galpão Costaneira. It is in an old building made of wood with very typical decor. The food is simply amazing, one of the best regional foods we tried in Brazil. It’s affordable, unusual in the nearby cities, and also offers an all you can eat system.
They also take credit card. Visitors from around the world use to write messages on napkins that become part of the table decorations. This place is another gem in Cambara!