Friday, 12 December 2008

New Update on Santa Catarina Situation

The Santa Catarina Tourist Board (SANTUR) has created a site to give updates on the situation of the State's infraestructure region by region, following last month's floodings.

All the areas that are most visited by tourists in their summer holidays, including Florianopolis region, the Emerald Coast ( Bombinhas, Porto Belo, Governador Celso ramos) and the southern coast (Garopaba, Praia do Rosa) and Balneário Camboriú are back to normal.

For detailed information on the current situation check :

Tuesday, 9 December 2008

Update on Santa Catarina Situation

We keep receiving calls and emails about the situation in Santa Catarina, following last month's floods.

It has been more than 2 weeks since the flooding and, contrary to the images on TV and newspapers, most of the State, with exception of the Itajai Valley region, is back to normal. For example, there is only one secondary road in the north of the State that is still closed for traffic.

Along the Central and Southern Coast of Santa Catarina all the infrastructure is working. Roads are open, there is no shortage of water, electricity or food. If you are travelling here and have still doubts about the situation please contact us or your hotel directly.

We have had a week of beautiful sunshine and warm temperatures in Florianopolis. Summer is here and Santa Catarina waits for your visit!

Monday, 1 December 2008

Floods in Santa Catarina

The national and internal media has given a lot of coverage to what seems to have been the worst flooding in history in the State of Santa Catarina.

As a result we have received a lot of anxious emails and phone calls from clients and partners from all over the world, specially asking if is still safe to travel here. So, I thought it was a good idea to give you an insider's account of the problem to put minds at ease.

Our Spring has been, without any doubt, the wettest on record, and the situation was made worse by 4 days of non-stop rain. In some places it rained three times the montlhy average in only 2 days. This happened due to a combination of meteorological phenomena that are very rare. All this rain led to localized floodings, landslides, disruption to roads, and, tragically, to loss of lives around Santa Catarina.

Similarly, there was heavy rain in some other parts of south Brazil, including the coast of Paraná, but there was not much damage to the region.

However, the situation is back to normal in most of the State. The flooded areas that are repeatedly been shown on TV and newspapers around the world are in the Itajai Valley, in the north of Santa Catarina. This is a very low and flat region that has large rivers that burst their banks. The terrible landslides also happened in those areas. So, although it is a grave situation for those affected, the disruption now is restricted to those areas.

The areas of Santa Catarina most visited by tourists are the Central and Southern Coast, the inland mountains and Santa Catarina Island, in Florianopolis. On these areas there was no significant disruption to infrastructure and, as such, life goes on as normal. The sun has been shining for most of the last week in this part of the State and the forecast for December is of dryer weather, with the normal ocasional summer showers.

The livelihood of many Catarinenses is dependent on tourism and especially on the income generated by summer visitors, so we make a plea for visitors not to cancel their holidays, not only because their experience will not be affected, but also because Santa Catarina will desperately need these vital funds to reconstruct those towns and to help the affected people to get on with their lives.