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The Curitiba-Paranaguá train trip in Paraná

The Curitiba-Paranaguá train ride is one of the most exciting and picturesque travel routes in Brazil. It makes its way through the mountains of the Serra do Mar, Brazil’s coastal chain, in the southern state of Paraná. The trip covers 62 miles.

The journey between Curitiba, the state capital, and the port city of Paranaguá, owes its appeal to the engineering feats achieved in the construction of the railroad, as well as the natural beauty and cultural attractions along its way.

One of the main attractions of Paraná

The train trip is a fun way to go from the capital to the Paraná coast, especially if you plan to visit Ilha do Mel, (“Island of Honey”), which is best reached by boat from Paranaguá.

Currently, the train only goes to Paranaguá on Sundays. On the other days of the week, the last stop is Morretes, an 18th century town. You will spend about three hours in Morretes before taking the train back to Curitiba; Plenty of time to enjoy barreado, the typical dish of the area, for lunch.

Passengers on the Curitiba-Paranaguá train journey go through 14 tunnels and 30 bridges. The engineering highlight of the ride is the São João Bridge, which hugs the mountains at a height of 180 feet.


The construction of the Curitiba-Paranaguá railway was plagued with tragedies. Of the more than 9,000 workers hired for the job, more than 50% died. The work began in 1880 and ended five years later.

The main reason for building the railroad was the need to create a channel for the products of the southern states through the port of Paranaguá. Unlike other Brazilian railways, which were abandoned as Brazil made an increasingly clear choice for road transport, the Curitiba-Paranaguá railroad persisted largely due to its tourist appeal.

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