MIL OSI Translation. Region: Portuguese / Latin America –
Source: Republic of Brazil 2
RESUMEThe resumption of activities will be carried out gradually and taking into account biosafety measuresBy Vanessa Castro
Chapada de Diamantina National Park reopens this Saturday. Admission is free. Credit: Jota Freitas / Setur-BAOne of the most popular Brazilian destinations for adventure and nature tourism lovers will return to receiving visitors after months closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The National Park of Chapada Diamantina, located 425 km from Salvador (BA), starts, this Saturday (21.11), the first phase of gradual reopening, adopting several biosafety measures: mandatory use of a mask, reduced capacity of people and scheduling online visits. To find out more about scheduling, visit HERE.Normally, entry into the National Park can be done through the Bahian cities of Andaraí, Ibicoara, Itaetê, Mucugê, Palmeiras and Lençóis. However, the first reopening stage allows access to the National Park exclusively by Lençóis and only a few attractions can be visited by tourists, such as the waterfalls of Sossego, Ribeirão do Meio, Capivari, Mixila, Palmital and the Pai Inácio-Barro Branco trail. the Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation (ICMBio), which manages the place, the municipalities of the six municipalities and the ICMBio have been dialoguing to define when, and in what way, the trails and attractions will be reopened, seeking to reconcile the strategy of prevention of coronavirus and visitation demands. The Minister of Tourism, Marcelo Álvaro Antônio, celebrated the return of the park’s activities and reinforced the importance of measures such as those provided for in the Responsible Tourism seal of MTur for a safe and sustainable resumption. “Chapada Diamantina is an important Brazilian destination that attracts thousands of foreign and national tourists. The natural attractions will be the most sought after in this period of recovery and both tourists and establishments must be aware of the protection measures to guarantee a safe trip and service ”, emphasizes the minister.PROTOCOLS – Entrance to the Chapada Diamantina National Park is free and it will be mandatory to follow the necessary health protocols. In order to guide visitors and tourism professionals who frequent the place, ICMBio launched the guide “Norms for gradual reopening of visitation” with guidelines regarding reopening. In addition to general rules, the document also includes specific protocols for visitors’ drivers and for each trail. In a note, the Bahia Department of Tourism states that the protocols developed for Chapada Diamantina take into account the specifics of each activity. “Aquatic practices, cycling, wildlife viewing, abseiling and visiting caves, for example, imply special care, such as not sharing cameras, using staffs for support during walks and climbing, special products for disinfecting objects such as binoculars and cleaning of rented utensils ”, says the excerpt from the note. Last week, the Chapada dos Guimarães National Park, in Mato Grosso, was gradually released to receive visitors. In the first stage, access to the attractive Véu de Noiva, Cidade de Pedras, Vale do Rio Claro and Morro de São Jerônimo is free. The Pacotuba National Forest (ES), the National Parks of Serra da Capivara (PI), Serra do Cipó (MG), Serra da Canastra (MG), among others, have also reopened. See HERE the list of Conservation Units that have already been reopened. Edition: Rafael Brais
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