Aparados National Parks of Serra and Serra Geral
Along the easternmost portion of the border between the states of Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina, in southern Brazil, there are the Aparados National Parks of Serra and Serra Geral, covering an area of approximately 30 thousand hectares, distributed along the foothills of the region commonly referred to as natural Aparados da Serra, It is inserted in the Serra Geral Geological formation – hence the name of these important conservation areas. Parks cover municipalities of Praia Grande and Jacinto Machado / SC and Cambara do Sul / RS. Stands out in this regional setting a very particular geographic conformation characterized mainly by the Brazilian southern plateau, which has huge cracks in its edges, on the slope to the coastal plain with vertical walls up 700 meter high abrupt transition with the gently rolling plateau relief, as if been "trimmed" the knife. It is this particularity responsible for both the heterogeneity of ecosystems as the tourism potential of both parks, nationally and internationally known for the famous and impressive canyons located within its territorial limits.