Composed of the Superagüi and Peças islands, this national park in the Baía de Paranaguá is covered by mangroves and salt marshes, which support an amazing variety of bird and plant life. The national park is part of the 4700 sq km of Atlantic forest reserves in Paraná and São Paulo states that were given Unesco World Heritage status in 1999.
The tiny village, Barra do Superagüi, is a rustic collage of colorful wooden homes connected by cement walkways traversing swampy mangroves. It's the kind of place where Simba, the local yellow lab, greets boats on arrival and local restaurants sometimes only open with enough advance notice to fish for your meal. It's not for everybody, but disappearing here for a day or two carries a certain type of off-the-grid appeal.