MIL OSI Translation. Region: Portuguese / Latin America –
Source: Republic of Brazil 2
FERNANDO DE NORONHAPasseio is a favorite of visitors, who need to schedule time to dive in natural aquariums
By Rafael Brais
Natural pool at Praia da Atalaia, in Fernando de Noronha. Credit: Gustavo Messina / MTurThe visit to Praia da Atalaia is one of the most sought after attractions of the Fernando de Noronha National Marine Park (PE). The tour, which follows the criteria of environmental preservation and biosafety protocols, needs to be scheduled at the Park Visitors Center, near the Tamar Project. Only 96 people per day are allowed, divided into six 6 groups of 16 visitors. To get to this island paradise, you need to face the Atalaia Trail, which, on the shortest route, 1,500 meters, requires a 30-minute walk from tourists. It gets a little tired, but it’s worth every second of the adventure! Praia da Atalaia is famous for having natural pools, formed during periods of low tide, work as nurseries in which marine life develops. With a wide variety of fish, algae and corals, they are usually ideal places to get in touch with nature, contemplate biodiversity or practice snorkeling. To preserve this marine environment and guarantee the quality of the visitor’s experience, the Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation (ICMBio) monitors the natural pools and controls access daily. Since visitation is only possible at low tide, scheduling is a way to preserve and guarantee entry to as many visitors as possible. The Minister of Tourism, Marcelo Álvaro Antônio, highlighted the natural beauty of Fernando de Noronha on his visit to archipelago and ensured a commitment so that all the local potential is turned into employment and income for the population. “The tourist activities on the beaches of Fernando de Noronha prove that it is possible to combine tourism with the preservation of the environment,” he said. “The Federal Government has every interest in taking care not only of the island’s infrastructure, but also of the local population,” he declared.
Walk along the trail that gives access to Praia da Atalaia, in Fernando de Noronha. Credit: Rafael Brais / MTURACESSO – To reach Atalaia’s natural pools, tourists will face a 1,500 meter trail. It is about a 30 minute walk in the middle of a trail. Local guides always reinforce important tips, such as wearing sneakers, taking snack water and not touching the so-called milk-burros, trees that can burn your skin. You need to be aware of the stones along the way. In natural pools, the vest is responsible for ensuring the fluctuation of visitors, since it is expressly forbidden to touch the bottom so as not to affect fish, octopuses, corals, etc.According to ICMBio, several rules must be followed during the visit. After scheduling your time, you must arrive 30 minutes before the scheduled time; use of snorkel and vest is mandatory. In addition, the use of sunscreen and a selfie stick in the water is prohibited; it is not allowed to consume alcoholic drinks, use a speaker, umbrella or beach chairs.The medical student Gustavo Torres Araújo, who is from Alagoas, was impressed with the beauty of Atalaia Beach and highlighted the care with the preservation of the environment. He praised biosafety standards. “It is a fantastic place, very well preserved and you can see many species of fish. May the beautiful work they are doing here continue, ”he reported.
Gustavo Torres Araújo took the 30-minute walk to reach Atalaia Beach. Credit: Rafael Brais / MturArrajo also spoke of the importance of resuming tourist activities. “Tourism is very important not only as a source of income for the local population, but it is an attraction that involves everything. In addition, it discloses our wealth not only to the Brazilian population but also to foreigners who come to know our natural beauties ”, he said. Editing: Amanda Costa
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