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Santa Catarina
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Places to Visit
How to Reach

By Air

Numerous cities around Brazil have flights to and from Joinville Airport, with the most regular (multiple daily flights) being São Paulo (Congonhas Airport) and Rio de Janeiro (Guarulhos Airport). Alternatively, it is possible to get to Joinville from almost any town or city in Santa Catarina by bus (Catarinense, the state's largest bus company, offers the greatest range). Outside Santa Catarina, several places offer bus services to Joinville, including Curitiba, São Paulo, Porto Alegre and Iguaçu Falls (via Curitiba).

Key places to visit
Bolshoi Ballet School, Scenic Lookout, Joinville's zoo houses, National Museum of Immigration and Colonization


Places to Visit
  • Bolshoi Ballet School - well worth a visit if you're in the area. This is the only school run by the famous Bolshoi Ballet Company outside of Russia. Guided tours (in Portuguese, though if you're lucky the guide may be fluent enough in English to give you a run down) are open on Fridays from 10am to 4pm; it is recommended that you book in advanced. Entry costs R$3.00 per person as of March 2008. Avenida Beira Rio, 315, ph +5547 3422 4070.
  • Scenic Lookout - offers a panoramic view of the city and bay. It is located on top of the rainforest-covered hill next to Centro. Rua Saguaçu, Saguaçu.
  • Zoo - found at the base of the lookout, Joinville's zoo houses a modest collection of Brazilian animals. Entry is free. Rua Pastor Guilherme Rau, Saguaçu.
  • National Museum of Immigration and Colonization - located in front of the Rua das Palmeiras (a well known street lined with palm trees which were brought from Rio de Janeiro in 1873), this museum offers a glimpse of life as it was for Joinville's first European settlers . It includes a historic house set up as it would have been around 150 years ago, as well as well as a couple of sheds containing machinery which was used in past times. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 9am to midday and 2pm to 6pm. Rua Rio Branco, 229

Right Time to Visit

January - March
October - December