Parque Estadual do Caracol

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The major attraction of Parque Estadual do Caracol, 9km from Canela, is the spectacular Cascata do Caracol, a 131m waterfall. It’s particularly attractive in the morning sun, when the water sparkles as it cascades over the granite lip.

If you’re feeling fit, you can walk down to the base of the waterfall (and then back up) via 900-plus steps.

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Nearby Rio Grande do Sul attractions

1. Catedral de Pedra

4.31 MILES

Bigger and more dramatic than Gramado's stone church, this English Gothic stone cathedral dominates Canela's main square.

5. Lago Negro


About 1.5km southwest of the center, Lago Negro is an attractive artificial lake surrounded by hydrangeas and crowded with swan boats.