BOM JARDIM DA SERRA
= THE CAPITAL OF THE FRESH WATER =
SANTA CATARINA STATE - BRAZIL
Rio do Rastro Sierra - Bom Jardim da Serra
Bom Jardim da Serra sits on the very top of the Serra Geral (a range of mountains that cross three states of the south Brazilian region), at 1,465 meters (4,465 feet) above sea level, and is a pretty calm and peaceful small town, with 4,300 inhabitants, mostly descendant from Portuguese, Italian and Spanish settlers who work with apple and potato plantations. Cattle is also a great source of income in this town.
The winter average temperature is 05 degrees Celsius, and in the summer the average temperature is 14 degrees Celsius. Air pollution is totally non-existent in Bom Jardim da Serra, and its air is considered one of the best in the country.
Snow is very common and frequent during the winter, which makes the scenery even prettier and European-like. This is the time when the folks get together around their wood burning stoves or fireplaces, drink tea (gaucho chimarrão) and socialize. To learn a little more about Bom Jardim da Serra's history, click here.
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Bom Jardim da Serra has several farm-hotels and inns, out of which we point out Pousada Santa Rita (www.fazendasantaritatr.com.br), which are reasonably comfortable and offer their guests the opportunity of being close to nature.
The local scenery is full of breathtaking canyons, countless waterfalls and ancient pinetrees, which are native to this region.
You can reach Bom Jardim da Serra taking road SC-438, whether you come from Lages or from Tubarão (click here to see the road map). Coming from Tubarão, for those who chose to use road BR-101, it will bring the un-beatable spectacle which is the coming up of the Rio do Rastro Sierra, with its cliffs of up to 700 meters (2,113 feet), and its curves and bends so hard that buses and trucks must maneuver several times before they can make the turn (see picture at the opening of this page). At night the big show is the illumination of the Sierra, with electricity supplied by a wind-powered power plant installed at the top of the hill by the Sierra's Belvedere, at 1,500 meters high (4,572 feet).
To view more beautiful pictures of the Sierra, click here.
In Bom Jardim da Serra, as you leave for São Joaquim, you will find the confectionary SCHOKO HAUS where one can find a good place to rest and enjoy the delicious sandwiches, cakes and candies (all prepared following ancient German recipes), drinks and refreshments, and a large variety of high quality handicraft (jams, liqueur and souvenirs), where tourists have the chance to choose gifts for their relatives or friends).
Nearest cities: São Joaquim, 41 kilometers (25.6 miles) heading to Lages, and Lauro Mueller, 40 kilometers (25 miles) heading to Tubarão (going downhill).
The regional HANDICRAFT has been another growing source of income and advertising for Bom Jardim da Serra. The handicrafts are highly commended for their quality, and include products such as clothing, artistic, and food and beverages in general.
Miva - Arte e Delícias is a partnership between two lady artisans - Michaela and Vanessa, who produce jams and liqueur based on ancient German recipes. They also produce garment items in wool and thread, EVA pet faces with lollipops, and alternative souvenir products.
Miva - Arte e Delícias belongs to a local Association, from which it was named after, that congregates highly skilled artisans who produce their art in Bom Jardim da Serra.
Miva's products can be seen and acquired daily at the shop on the Rio do Rastro Sierra Belvedere.
Miva's products can also be found at the Arte Catarinense HandiCraft Shop, in Lages, located in the Cathedral Square, downtown.
As a result of Miva's products' high quality, orders come from all over the country and are filled by means of Mail Order shipments, which cost is fairly low and the service very reliable.
To contact Miva call (49) 3232-0530 (phone/fax), or write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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