Guaravera Things to Do
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in 1990, soon after this area of forest was set aside as a preserve, part of the original pioneers trail through the forest was preserved. Parts of this trail are still paved with the old style cobblestones that were once common for sidewalks and streets in the region.
Much of the forest surrounding the trail are trees that were planted in 1990, in an effort to replant this small area with native trees. Originally, the idea was to experiment with the wood from the trees as a commercial product. However, in the end commercial harvesting of these trees never happened, nor could it very well due to the very small size of the forest here.
However, the area became popular with the local wildlife, and the state park became a small preserve of the original forest ecosystem of the region.
The trail is only a few hundred meters in length, and takes approximately 7 ot 10 minutes to walk. There are a few places where there are short staircases. There are one or two steep sections, but they are very short, and there is really no net elevation gain or loss over the length of the trail.
At the end of the trail, there is the park's picnic shelter, and at this point this is the start of two other trails in the park: Tilha dos Catetos and Trilha das Perobas. The Catetos trail is through more of the second growth restored forest, while the Perobas trail is through an area of original forest with old growth trees.
Even though this trail is quite close to the visitor's center on one end and the picnic shelter on the other end, have your eyes open for the wildlife that hides in the forest. This is especially true of the bird life here, which may appear just about anywhere and is usually very colorful when it does appear.Related to:
- Hiking and Walking
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After walking on Trilha do Projeto Madeira approximately 10 minutes after exiting the visitor's center, one comes to the picnic shelter. This shelter is where some outdoor education classes do some of their work and gathering. Restrooms are on the far side of the shelter from where the trail enters the shelter area.
The shelter also has a small brick plaza, and in this plaza there are the two main trail divisions. The one that continues straight from the one from the visitors center is the Tilha dos Catetos, which is a trail that visitors may walk on their own. It goes through the second growth forest to the corn field on the other side of the forest.
The other trail is the Tilha das Perobas and must be traversed with the accompaniment of a volunteer guide, as they have had many troubles with people wandering through the woods into places that damage the forest.
If it is quiet at the picnic shelter, I would suggest spending a little time here, just to see what birds and wildlife stop by to explore the area when there isn't any people noise to scare them away.Related to:
- Hiking and Walking
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While it isn't very large, the visitor's center is a fairly important place to visit first upon entering the state park. Here, you can find out about the latest wildlife sightings. Here they also have some samples (not living!) of some of the wildlife and tree species found here.
A close up look at the wood from the various trees will help you see up close the value that is in Brazilian wood, and understand the very unfortunate loss of huge value when so many of them were cut down for disposable uses. People are asked to not touch the wood samples, but if you ask nicely and handle them with care they will probably allow you to also feel the texture of the wood.
There are also two restrooms, and an indoor auditorium for classrooms and other special presentations.
Visitor's center volunteers are typically available here to help answer questions about the preserve.
The visitor's center is also the entrance to the trails in the forest. Literally, the rest of the trails wander out the back door of the visitor's center. The start of your exploration here is the Tilha do Projeto Madeira, which leads to the other trails. Thus, it is pretty much required that you visit the visitor's center before going further into the park.
It is highly desired by the volunteers and staff of the state park that each group of visitors fill out a form telling them a bit about the visitors, where they are from, and various other information. I don't suggest that this be filled out completely as there is some information here that may be deemed private to certain individuals (Brazilians have a different perception of privacy for the most part). However, it is at least good for them to get a general idea of who visited and why.Related to:
- Jungle and Rain Forest