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Isolated Fishing Village Attracts Tourists to an Island in Paraná
03/27/2017 - 12h19
FOLHA CONTRIBUTOR IN GUARAQUEÇABA, STATE OF PARANÁ
A two-hour trip by boat, leaving from Paranaguá, is sufficient to get to the island of Superagui, on the coast of the State of Paraná, a region isolated from crowds.
Even so, residents of the fishing village of 700 inhabitants have constructed their homes in areas that are difficult to access on the island, which houses a 33,8-hectare park of predominantly native forest.
The isolation, however, attracts the curious, and visiting these inhabitants, who live mainly off of fishing has become a touristic destination.
The Superagui national park is listed by Unesco and protected by the Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation. It is home to at least eight species under the threat of extinction, including the black-headed lion Tamarin and the Puma.
Located 12 kilometers away from the primary village is the home of Rosa dos Santos, 80, who started renting out part of the land that she lives on with her son for camping.
To get there, it is necessary to bike for an hour and a half or walk for three hours along a deserted beach.
And then, one must still cross over a moving bridge and walk for another kilometer towards the forest.
Rosa receives visitors every day who come from all over the world. She receives them all with fresh water drawn from an underground spring.
In Superaqui, lodges charge a daily rate of around R$60 (US$ 20). Camping areas charge between R$ 15 (US$ 5) and R$ 25 (US$ 8) per person. A meal of fish with shrimp goes for R$ 35 (US$ 11) while a dose of "Cataia" - a traditional regional sugarcane firewater - costs R$ 4 (US$ 1,25).
Translated by LLOYD HARDER