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Bombinhas, in Southern Brazil, Invests in Ecotourism to Receive More Visitors during Cold Season

06/21/2018 - 12h07

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MARCELO TOLEDO
BOMBINHAS (SC)

The nearly 200 steps to arrive at the top of Eco 360º lookout point in Bombinhas, in Santa Catarina state, have a lot to show. As the steps end, visitors can see clam farms on one side, without waves, and surfers on the other.

A light 40-meter hike leads to the top of the mountain in a preserved area of Atlantic Forest. The peak is 240 meters above sea level.

Bombinhas is the smallest state of Santa Catarina with 36.6 square kilometers and 70% of its green area is preserved by law. The number of people in the city increases up to 15 times during the high season: from 18,000 to 300,000.

With 39 beaches, the city invests in scuba diving, fishing and hikes in nature to attract visitors off season. Ecotourists are often attracted by the 13 catalogued trails that cut through the Atlantic Forest – several deserted beaches can be seen on the way.

At any time of year, the Museu de História Natural Charles Darwin is a must-see. It includes an aquarium, lookout points and weapons used during World War II.

foto Gabriel Cabral
Bombinhas, SC, Brazil
Bombinhas, SC, Brazil

A widely sought-after destination among eco-diving lovers, Bombinhas has options for divers of all levels on Sepultura beach.

Bombinhas applied for an international certification for its Quatro Ilhas and Mariscal beaches. The Blue Flag global certification is an ecologic title that includes high standards in water quality, environmental management, environmental education and security.

Seventy percent of the city's income depends on tourism. There are some 400 hotels in the city. To develop the sector, the City Hall adopted an environmental preservation fee to be paid between November and April by vehicles. It costs R$ 28.90 (US$ 7.5).

Translated by THOMAS MUELLO

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