National Geographic : 2007 Dec
Special Rdvertisin9 Section Costa do Descobrimento Discover ) C :oat:. r Bri i sin e itsbeg r-nin The Costa do Descobrimento (Discovery Coast), the southern coast of Bahia State and the place where the ships of the first Portuguese settlers arrived inBrazil, is an area landmarked as one of UNESCO'S World Natural Heritage Sites. It is the destination for an authentic "Brazilian experience", a mix of history, culture, nature, rusticity, comfort and intense fun. Porto Seguro is the biggest and the most visited city inthe region. The Santa Cruz Cabralia area is a great leisure and sport destination with modern infrastructure. Arraial D'Ajuda and Trancoso are also famous for their wonderful scenery. Further south, Espelho beach, located inthe middle of a cliff, is always listed among the most beautiful inthe country. To the extreme south, Caraiva is an authentic, well-preserved paradise. And next to it, inside the environmentally protected area of Monte Pascoal National Park, there is the village of Barra Velha, inhabited by the Patax6 Indians, who produce crafts in wood, following their ancient traditions. In the Costa do Descobrimento, nocturnal entertainment also stands out. Tourists have difficulty deciding if they prefer the daily activities or the nightlife. More than 500 years ago, Brazil was discovered inthis area. Why not discover it here yourself? > Service I-cOUJ By plane, to the Foz do Iguacu Ir JCF International Airport. There are flights to Foz do Iguacu from any Brazilian city, most of them with stopovers. From So Paulo, the flight time is approximately 1:40 h. By road there are many options. From Curitiba, access is gained by the BR-277 (Curitiba-Assuncin) highway. From Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, the main access to Parana is through the BR-116 highway, ihn In the summer the temperature L-OC© : ranges between 72 0 F and 95°F, and, in the winter, it ranges between i41F and 720 The best timeof the year to see the falls is the summer, from December to February, when the rains increase the volume of water. i Cap, water, sun block. Warmer clothes for visits during the winter, when it is quite cold in the southern part of Brazil. Don't forget to take a backpack. The electric current is 110 V. ii i1 l-o (Q Porto Seguro is accessible by plane, ship and road BR-367. Distances: Salvador: 449 miles; Eunapolis: 40 miles; Sao Paulo: 977 miles; Rio de Janeiro: 705 miles; Vitria: 373 miles. The sun shines all year round, but the probability of rain increases in the months of May, July and August. The average temperature is 76FE IUh : Swimsuits, trunks, bikinis, O tO- : light-colored shirts, sandals and sunglasses are the standard uniform of visitors here. The electric current is 220 V. T Porto Seguro is a traditional Carnival destination, when the city becomes quite crowded. For those looking for partying, it is the ideal. But if you are looking for tranquility, it is better to opt for the coast south of town. Bring a good book! Foz do Iguac;U: ~moon beyond the fIils You are face to face with the magnificence of 275 waterfalls. It is impossible not to be shaken by the force of the waters that gush from 197 feet and get closer and closer to the boat. Adrenaline skyrockets as you enter the 1.87 miles of turbulent rapids of the Iguacu River on a raft. And there is a lot more to come. A little further ahead, the currents take you into one of the most beautiful ecological reserves inBrazil and one of the largest inSouth America. At the Iguagu National Park there are 185 thousand hectares of rich and exuberant fauna and flora. From the boat to the ropes. Rappelling is possible from a platform at an altitude of 180 feet, facing the water wall formed by the Iguagu Waterfalls. But there are other possible adventures inthis ecological sanctuary: tree climbing, tyrolese, zip-lining, trekking, mountain biking and rock climbing. It will be difficult to choose one from the 30 climbing routes available to visitors. After all that adventure, a break to breathe pure air, dive inthe fresh waters and recharge the batteries. And, if you wish, while the sun sets there is still time for some shots on a 717,594 yd2 golf course at one of the region's resorts. Brazil, ParanS State, Foz do Iguau. One of South America's wonders. Save room for many pictures in the memory card of your camera.