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By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter

PARANÁ, BRAZIL – Stretching down Brazil's eastern seaboard, the Serra do Mar is a picturesque mountain range which makes up part of the Mata Atlântica - a mix of lush, tropical forest, savanna, and drier woodland. The area provides an exotic, energetic feel of a jungle - and is perfect for the more adventurous hiker.

Pico Paraná is the highest mountain in Brazil's Região do Sul (Southern region), located in Paraná near the border with . . .

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