Ilhabelha, ideal destination for birdwatching fans
Located 133 kilometers from São Paulo, this destination has 14 islands and islets to visit
Brazil is the main regional destination to appreciate and spot tropical birds, with 1,837 registered species, not counting those that are discovered each year. With such diversity, its parks and preservation areas usually include special viewpoints for "birdwatchers", since it is an activity with innumerable followers internationally.
One of the largest annual bird watching events in Brazil takes place in Ilhabela, one of the most beautiful islands on the north coast of São Paulo, where a series of activities focused on bird watching, a segment of ecotourism, take place. which has grown exponentially in recent years.
133 kilometers from São Paulo capital, Ilhabela is a municipality-marine archipelago that has 14 islands and islets. Its main island extends over 340 km² of nature, with a small part with more infrastructure, where the urban beaches of the south, center and north are located. The rest is part of the Ilhabela State Park, a protected region where some of the most beautiful beaches in the region are found, such as Castelhanos, Bonete (you have to go by boat) and Cachoeira do Gato. The best thing about Ilhabela -which has some 42 beaches to choose from- is usually the contrast of beaches surrounded by mountains covered with the characteristic vegetation of the Atlantic Forest.
Known as "Ilhabela Bird Week", the activity that takes place on the island includes bird watching, courses to photograph them from the best angles and workshops for children on sustainability and preservation. Meetings of birdwatching clubs from different cities are also held, opening the range of knowledge for those who are new to this type of activity and providing information to those who are already adept at birdwatching.
Ilhabela is a consolidated tourist destination, with a strong ornithological vocation: the archipelago stands out for its nature and, in addition to birds, it has an extensive tourist infrastructure, an excellent range of accommodation (for all budgets), gastronomy, local receptive and tour guides.
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