Balneário Camboriú: Parque Unipraias - Cable Car Ride


Parque Unipraias is located in Balneário Camboriú downtown and it is a park that connects two beaches, Praia Central and Praia das Laranjeiras, and I believe that's the origin of the name Unipraias (Uni = connected/united and praias = beaches).

The park is divided in three stations: Barra Sul Station, Mata Atlântica Station and Laranjeiras Station. Starting at Barra Sul Station which is located at one end of Praia Central you will find restaurants, souvenir shops, a parking lot and of course, the so expected, boarding of the aerial cable cars. The cable cars are the main attraction of the park, while going up you can have an amazing view of the beaches and of the Atlantic forest. You have to pay R$ 42,00 (US$ 11.66) for the ticket and the return trip is already included in the price. From this station it is also possible to schedule boat trips.



After getting in a cable car you will head to the next station, the Mata Atlântica Station, this one is located at the top of a hill and it is surrounded by the Atlatic forest, so there are some very easy trekking options and wonderful views. The park also offers some activities at this point, like a train ride R$ 30,00 (US$ 8.33) in the middle of the forest or a mountain sled R$ 45,00 (US$ 12.50) that also goes through the middle of the forest, the price is for two people. Another activity you will find is the ZipRider R$ 45,00 (US$ 12.50) which is a zip-line, this is a good way to reach Praia das Laranjeiras instead of taking a cable car again. Here you will also find snacks and beverages stands. If you are interested in any of the activities above be ready to spend long minutes, maybe more than one hour in a line waiting. The day we were there the worst line was on the mountain sled, the one we decided to ride, and we waited for 1 hour.


Praia das Laranjeiras.

Praia Central.


Mountain sled.

When you are done exploring the station above you can head to the Laranjeiras Station. Inside this station you will only find the boarding of the cable cars. So what is left for you to do is to go eat in some of the restaurants near the station or/and go to Laranjeiras beach that has calm and clear waters. The activity here is seat and relax for some hours and then swim in the ocean.


Praia das Laranjeiras.

So that's what you are going to find at Parque Unipraias. Unless you want to stay at the beach and relax there for some hours you won't spend more than a morning or an afternoon to enjoy the rides and trekkings. When planning your itinerary take it into consideration.


EXTRA

Address: Av. Atlântica, 6006 - Centro.

Website (Portuguese): http://www.unipraias.com.br/home

P.S.: The prices and conversions mentioned refer to March/April of 2018.


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