You can also take a short ride aboard the luxury train on weekends, between Curitiba and Morretes, as an upgrade of the Curitiba-Paranaguá train ride.
The vision of a Brazilian, a Swiss and a Belgian entrepreneurs, the train has been in full activity since 2008.
According to Adonai Arruda, president of Serra Verde Express, the tour is gradually building up to a goal of two monthly trips. About 70% of the passengers are international travelers. The staff is multilingual.
The train has also meant a leap for honeymoons and romantic travel in Brazil. The scenery, the cities, the luxury ride and assistance from beginning to end contribute to a memorable getaway.
A customized trip with special rates for the whole wedding party can be arranged.
The two cars, for 22 passengers each, have goose down and feather-filled seats and silk curtains. In one of them, the ceiling is hand-painted. In the other, there are reproductions of works by Rugendas and Debret, who depicted Brazil life in the 19th century.
The bar serves wine, champagne, and 12-year whisky. A screen shows the landscapes left behind as the train moves along.
Dining and lodging are provided at the cities along the route.