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Adventure Tourism Grows and Wins Brazilian Hearts

10/31/2014 - 09h53

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GUSTAVO SIMON
FROM SÃO PAULO

Scuba diving, rafting, hiking, climbing... The demand for trips that include some adventure continues to grow in Brazil.

According to a survey conducted by Abeta (Brazilian Association of Ecotourism and Adventure Tourism, an organization founded ten years ago), the number of people who sought this practice increased 43% over the past year compared to 2012.

In 2014, 71% of the 148 Abeta associates expect the sector to grow even more; 20% think the growth will be the same and 9% don't believe it will expand.

Brazil - and its continental dimensions: extensive coastline, countless rivers, hills and waterfalls - is conducive to activities such as ballooning, surfing and paragliding.

This week, Folha de Sao Paulo brings interviews with experts who selected the best destinations for different sports. But beware: Abeta recommends an attentive search is done before book a tour.

"It is essential to check if the company is licensed", says Adriana Schmidt, Director of Abeta. "It's the only way the tourists can get their rights in the event of an accident", he says. See some tips below.

RULES FOR ADVENTURERS

*Search for references and make sure the company has an operating license.

*Check if the company provides any type of accident insurance for adventure activities.

*Enquire if it has a safety management system as per Abeta and ABNT standards.

*Ensure the safety equipment is used.

*If the activity requires you to take your feet off the floor, use a helmet; if it is on water, wear a lifejacket.

*Check if the equipment and the first aid kit are in good condition.

*Try to be sustainable: do not light fires, walk on marked trails only, do not litter.

*Be responsible: meet and respect your limits and notify the guide if something is out of your control.

*Keep yourself hydrated, well fed and warm.

Translated by JULIANA CALDERARI

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