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September 11, 2007

Brazilian Ecotourism - Cross-Walks


Brazilian Ecotourism: Cross-Walks

Currently, ecological crosswalks are the most commonly practiced activity around in the world in the ecotourism segment. In such scenario, Brazil stands out for providing different tours linked to nature and dedicated to environmental awareness and preservation, with crosswalks filled with trails.

Today, about 25 Brazilian National Parks are well structures for ecological crosswalk activities within their territories and/or around them, providing visitors closer contact with the largest biodiversity of the world. In the Amazon, in the North of Brazil, ten protectorates standout for the potential of ecotourism and tied activities. Of these, two already dispose of facilities to welcome tourists wishing to cover good trails and crosswalks. The National Park of Pico da Neblina, and of Jaú.

The bushy land of the Midwest, in its turn, holds several National Parks, such as Chapada dos Guimarães, in the State of Mato Grosso; the National Park of Brasília, in the federal capital, filled with delicious natural pools; Chapada dos Veadeiros and the National Park of Emas, in the State of Goiás, registered as Natural Heritage of Humanity.

Found along the Brazilian coast, Atlantic Forest reserves have extraordinary cultural and environmental value. They are so important that two have been declared Humanity’s Natural Heritage: The Coast of the Discovery, in the State of Bahia, and the Southeast Reserve. IBAMA – Brazilian Environmental Institute, has already delimited 71 Atlantic Forest units, 19 of them National Parks. Of this total, 11 ate structured for ecotourism and associated activities, such as crosswalk. Among the most representative are the National Parks of Tijuca, of Itatiaia, and Serra dos Órgãos – all in the State of Rio de Janeiro.

In 2004, the semi-arid northeast already counted 22 preservation units – six of the National Parks. Among them, highlight goes to the Serra da Capivara National Park, in the State of Piauí. There, in addition to appreciating the typical fauna and flora of the caatinga (peculiar shrubby land of the Northeast), the visitor can also see the remains of the men of the Americas in different archeological sites.

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For those seeking to enjoy the pleasure of ecological crosswalks without setting aside the sea breeze, Brazil also reserves nice options. Twenty-six preservation units, four of them National Parks – distributed on the Brazilian coast. Among those with the best eco-tourist infrastructure, stand out the National Marine Park of Fernando de Noronha, in the State pf Pernambuco, and Lençóis Maranhenses, in the State of Maranhão.

Cross walking in Brazil is much more than a pleasure: It is a lesson of preservation and natural relaxation.

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