The South covers 7% of Brazil and contains 15% of the population who live in the states of Paraná, Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul.

The Brazilian story comes to a close in the South, an area that is home to countless European immigrants who have flourished in their small communities copying life as their forefathers knew back home. Germans, Italians, Swiss and Poles have all made their mark on the South, a region that is responsible for Brazil’s fine wines and much of its outstanding meat which is reared by the Brazilian cowboy, the “gaúcho”.

The South’s main attraction is physical and is found at a point close to where the borders of Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay meet, a place called Foz do Iguaçu.


At Foz, visitors are treated to a spectacle of over 275 waterfalls, some more than 100 meters (300 feet) high, a natural formation five times larger than its more famous American cousin, Niagara. And, as if to prove that man can take on the challenge set by nature, visitors can also call on the site of the nearby Itaipu Dam, the largest hydroelectric plant in the world.