Parque Estadual de Campinhos

The Parque Estadual de Campinhos (Campinhos State Park) was the first state park created to preserve the speleological heritage of Paraná. It has an area of approximately 335 ha and is located in the vicinity of Tunas do Paraná. At the end of the single lane road is a visitor center with a well-maintained park and a small lake. The visitors first check in at the visitor center, where they see a video about the importance of protected areas. Then there is an informative talk about the rules of the place. Then there are three different trips, the Gruta dos Jesuítas, the Gruta da Fada (Fairy Cave), and the Gruta do Abismo (The Abyss). But actually only the first two are real caves, the Gruta da Abismo is just a single room which has daylight through a huge opening and is mainly a picknick spot.

There is a 850 m long trail through the rain forest. The list of animals and plants which can be observed with a little patience in the park is long: hawks, harvestmen, herbivorous bats, blue rooks, yellow-breasted surucuás, red-breasted surucuás, quer-queros, purple-breasted parrots, arapongas, red-headed woodpeckers, bush deer, serelepes, jacus, pacas, otters, agoutis, moorhens, bush dogs, coatis, ferrets, armadillo chickens, small bush cats, cavies, coral snakes, rattlesnakes, jaracuçu, and jararaca. The most important plants are pine (Araucaria angustifolia), imbuia (Ocotea porosa), cedar (Cedrela fissilis), jacaranda (Dalbergia brasiliensis), yerba mate (Ilex paraguariensis), Brazilian oak (Roupala brasiliensis) and aroeira (Schinus sp.).

The park was closed to individual visitors for 20 years with visits restricted to small groups and schools. It is now reopened for individual visitors, and there is infrastructure created for Camper Vans.


20-JUL-1960 Campinhos State Park created by state decree 31.013.
05-JUN-2002 Campinhos State Park expanded by state decree 5.768.
18-FEB-2003 consultative council with representatives of public and private bodies created by IAP decree.
2003 Parque Estadual de Campinhos closed to the public.
04-MAR-2023 Parque Estadual de Campinhos reopened to the public.