VIEWPOINT AND WATERFALL
Serra Grande is located 36 km away from Ilhéus, on the park-road that leads to Itacaré. It’s a typical village with beaches and small colored houses. The beaches are still virgin with clear blue sea. The village stands 300 m above the ocean level from where you can view 35 km of coastline. We’ll continue off-road inside the rain forest where we can see wild animals and birds until we get to the waterfall Cachoeira da Mata. To finalize we’ll take a swim in the silence of this revitalizing sanctuary.
It’s a tropical paradise located half way between Ilhéus and Itacaré, 1 km away from Serra Grande, within the APA Itacaré-Serra Grande (protected area) – one of the last remnant of the Brazilian Atlantic Rain Forest. This region is known for its cocoa production and the goal of the fazenda is to preserve the natural and cultural patrimony in a sustainable way using ecotourism: minimum negative impact and maximum preservation and well being for the locals and visitors. The farm produces certified organic coca and other fruits, vegetables and rubber. Integrated learning, teaching and living, exchanges between the locals and foreigners are part of the daily routine of this exemplary fazenda. There is also a small bed and breakfast with six rooms where 15 people can stay overnight. Everything has been built using 100% natural materials, valuing simplicity and local craft. Optional: delicious vegetarian lunch.
The Institute Floresta Viva was founded in 2003. It’s based on pioneer social-environmental technology and promotes local development through ecotourism, agroecology and the implementation of protected areas in south Bahia. Their work implies the conservation and restoration of biodiversity, and local sustainable development with the production of seeds and seedlings of native species. The Institute’s priority is to successfully impact directly in the in APA Itacaré-Serra Grande (protected area), exchanging experiences with other institutions in the region, reaching out from its local settings in the broader Atlantic Rain Forest region. A forest specialist will be guiding the visit at the institute’s headquarters 40 minutes from Ilhéus.
Rua Fernando Leite Mendes, nº 71CEP: 45.653-778 Centro - Ilhéus - BA
+55 73 3231-3704 Susy: +55 73 99983-6655Paulo: +55 73 99983-6363
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