The Atlantic Forest Great Reserve hosts a staggering diversity of tourist attractions that will help the visitor to experience both all the richness of this biome with all its fauna and flora, and a unique culture that combines European, Amerindian and African origins.
Here there are some of the best bird-watching sites in South America, combined with endless trails through the rainforests and some of the best mountain trekking in Brazil. The area also includes great circuits for mountain biking through its many gravel roads and forest trails. Its ubiquitous many rivers are perfect for floating, kayaking and swimming. Dozens of waterfalls create unforgettable fragments of dreamed Tropical Paradise. Its large and calm bays are ideal for long boat trips complemented by fishing or watching aquatic birds and two species of dolphins.
In fact, the Atlantic Forest Great Reserve is also the best place in World to observe two species of charismatic mammals like the gentle southern muriqui and the shy franciscana dolphin. And it is the only place to see the beautiful black-faced lion tamarin. Finally, there are more than 100 km of pristine beaches where the traveler can relax or explore.
The region is home to beautiful historic towns cities that maintain the charm of colonial architecture, such as São Francisco do Sul, Paranaguá, Antonina, Morretes, Iguape, Guaraqueçaba and Cananéia. Rustic and colorful houses made of stone, sand and whale oil decorate the historic centers with their boardwalks, small plazas and bandstands. Throughout the year, cultural festivals stir these cities by bringing together music, theater, cinema, fine arts and gastronomy, attracting artists and visitors from all over Brazil.
There are attractions for all tastes and ages! And after an intense day of leisure, nothing better than to enjoy the hospitality and warmth of local hotels and posadas, available to all budgets.
The region is well served by state and federal highways and the proximity to the international airports of São Paulo-Guarulhos (GRU) and Curitiba-Afonso Pena International (CWB), facilitates the access of visitors.
Photography by Zig Koch, PE Carlos Botelho, Irene Roiko Chali, Ricardo Borges & Reginaldo Ferreira