The cattle communities of São Francisco de Paula and Cambará do Sul are both good places to use as a base for visiting the Parque Nacional dos Aparados da Serra. In SÃO FRANCISCO DE PAULA, the larger of the two towns, you’ll pass the tourist office on the way into town, where you may be able to get advice on getting to the park. There’s a wide choice of places to stay in and around São Francisco, much the larger though the less attractive of the two towns. Two good places to try, both a couple of kilometres from town and well signposted, are the Pousada Pomar Cisne Branco (51/244-1204; R$71-120 including dinner) and the Hotel Cavalinho Branco (51/244-1263; R$41-70). The best place to eat is the Pomar Cisne Branco, which serves superb, inexpensive home-style meals.

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