Other Parks

 

Ribeira Valley is the name given to the drainage basin of the Ribeira River located in the southeastern part of the São Paulo State, this valley is also known as the greenest part of the state, due to the Atlantic Forest that still remains. Some of this forest are protected as State Parks, Ecological Stations, Sustainable Development Reserve and Environmental Protection Areas (APA).
All of them are managed by the Forestry Foundation, an organization linked to the São Paulo State Environmental Secretariat, and its role is to contribute to the conservation, management and expansion of protected and productive forests of the State of São Paulo.     
Some of the protected areas in Ribeira Valley are described below.

Recommendations for travelling

We do recommend arrangements in advance in order to avoid any disappoitment, make clear the purpose of your visit, as most of these areas do not have bird guides to help the visitors identify the birds, normally these places do not accept credit card, try to estimate your costs and bring the necessary amount of Brazilian currency.




Carlos Botelho State Park

This is another Unesco World Heritage Site located at Paranapicaba range, just on the Northeast of Intervales. Carlos Botelhos State Park measures about 38000 hectares and was created 1982 by a state decree, however it had been protected since 1941 by the State, the park features Serra da Macaca Road, a 33 km unpaved road which cuts through the park linking São Miguel Arcanjo city to Sete Barras city, in some parts of the road is possible to have a breathtaking view of the lower part of the park, the road offers some good birding as well.
There are 2 visitor centers in the park (called nucleus), Núcleo São Miguel Arcanjo (where the park's headquarters are located) on the upper part of the park, and Nucleo Sete Barras on the lower section.
Arrangement in advance is required for groups of 10 or more.

 

Sete Barras Núcleus

 

Trails
Trilha da Canela
Trilha da Represa
Trilha da Represa/Fornos
Trilha da Canela
Trilha do Rio Taquaral
Trilha do Braço do Rio Taquaral
Trilha da Figueira



Visitor facilities
Education center, including a museum and a reading room, monitored trail and a self-guided trail for visitors. There is no accommodation or food service in the park, but there are 2 campgrounds nearby, and few hotels in São Miguel Arcanjo which is 25 km away. While visiting the park you might spend the day in a picnic an area or barbecue place by Taquaral River.


Best time to visit
All year around 


Contact
pe.carlosbotelho@fflorestal.sp.gov.br





Caverna do Diabo State Park (Devil's cave)

This park is named after its most prominent feature, Caverna do Diabo, which is one of the most famous cave in Brazil, and the largest in São Paulo State. The park was created in 2008 after the division of the former Jacupiranga State Park into 3 new parks: Rio Turvo State Park, Lagamar de Cananéia State Park and Caverna do Diabo State Park. The main attraction of the park it is the cave itself, which is open to the public from Tuesday to Sunday 08:00 - 17:00, being visited by hundreds of people weekly.

                                                                      
Trail 


 

Picnic area

 

Trails
Caverna do Diabo
Trilha do Lamarca
Trilha da Ressurgência
Trilha do Mirante
Cachoeira do Dito Salu
Trilha e Cachoeira do Araça



Visitor facilities 
The park has a good restaurant, a souvenir shop selling local art crafts,  picnic area, and a very good car parking.



Fees 
An entry fee of R$ 5,00 is charged plus R$ 5,00 for the local guide who accompany the visitor inside of the cave.



Best time to visit
All year around

Contact
pe.cavernadiabo@fflorestal.sp.gov.br



Rio Turvo State Park

Rio Turvo State Park is another state park created after the division of the former Jacupiranga State Park. The park  covers an area of 73000 hectares and is located on the Southmost of São Paulo State contiguous with Caverna do Diabo State Park, and is crossed by the Highway BR-116 Regis Bitencourt, which links São Paulo to Curitiba. The main interesting feature in the park, is the the large colony of Vinaceous Parrot that inhabit that region, it is said to be one of the largest in Brazil, at Cedro Nucleus is possible to see large flocks crossing the sky in the summer.

Vinaceous Parrot at Cedro Nucleus (above) Capelinha Nucleus (below) by Elias Ursulino

Visitor facilities
There is a visitor center at Capelinha Nucleus, where day visitors might spend the day.

Trails
Cachoeira da Capelinha
Caverna da Capelinha


Best time to visit
Summer


Contact:

 




Ilha do Cardoso State Park

This park is the southmost island in the State of São Paulo and became park in 1962
The island comprises 15100 hectares of land, covered with well-preserved forest, and inhabited by some Caiçara comunities at Maruja Núcleus on the South, on the North is the park's headquarters called Pereque Nucleus. The island is another birding destination featuring, Red-tailed Parrot, Black-headed Berryeater, Black-backed Tanager and restinga Tyrannulet.
To visit the island arrangement is necessary.


View Ilha do Cardoso State Park in a larger map

Visitor facilities 
Ilha do Cardoso can only be accessible by boat from Cananéia, which takes about 40 minutes to Pereque, and costs around R$ ?
Both Nucleus have lodgings, campings and caiçaras restaurants which serves local food.

Best time to visit
Summer or migration and breeding season.

Contact
pe.ilhacardoso@fflorestal.sp.gov.br



Ilha Comprida Environmental Protection Area

Located on the south coast of São Paulo State and on the North of Ilha do Cardoso State Park, Ilha Comprida is an island that covers 17572 hectares of Restinga Forest, mangroves, dunes and 74 km of sandy beaches, the EPA also involves a urban center of Ilha Comprida city, where around 10000 people live, mainly on tourism and fishing.  The island was declared EPA in 1987 in order to protect its threatened Ecosystem, and in 1992 became independent from Iguape.
Ilha Comprida is a great place for birding, on the North the of the island it is possible to see a large colonie of Scarlet Ibis nesting during the breeding season, around Juruvauva village on the South there is a good trail for Restinga Tyranullet, Red-tailed Parrot, Black-backed Tanager and others migrant birds are found along the sea shore.
Ilha Comprida can be reached both by Iguape on the North (by bridge), or by Cananéia on the South (by ferryboat), a R$ 4,00 toll is charged to cross the bridge and R$ 8,20 to by ferryboat. see the map below.


View Ilha Comprida Environmental Protection Area in a larger map



Trails
Trilha Juruvaúva/Pedrinhas
Trilha Vila Nova/Sitio Arthur
Trilha Dunas Juruvaúva
Trilha da Trincheira
Trilha Encontro das Águas


Visitor facilities 
There are hotels, restaurants and campgrounds for all budgets in the island, the island can also be accessible by public transportation

Best time to visit
Summer or during the breeding season for birders

Contact







Quilombo Environmental Protection Area

Quilombo Environmental Protection Area was created in 2000 in order to preserve the Environmental and cultural heritage of the local comunities whos lives in the region for more than 2 centuries, according to the history their ancestries arrived in region as a slaves to work in gold mines, after that some of them escaped or were freed, settling in the forest along the Ribeira River and its tributaries, forming new comunities which remains to this day, the total of the area declared as Quilombo EPA is around 64000 hectares, located on the South of Intervales, and is divided in 12 different clans: Ivaporunduva, Galvão, São Pedro, Pedro Cubas, André Lopes, Sapatu, Nhunguara, Maria Rosa, Porto dos Pilões, Piririca, Jurumirim and Poço Grande.

Banana grove along Ribeira River in Ivaporunduva


Visitor facilities 
One of the comunities (Ivaporunduva) has a guest house and can be visited by arrangement.

Best time to visit
From April till November




Campina do Encantado State Park

This park was created in 1994 by a state decree and covers around 2359 hectares of restinga forest and tropical peat forest, the park is located about 250 km from São Paulo city and 16 km from Pariquera Açu the nearest city, where most of the visitor stay when visiting the park, there are 2 main trails open to the public: Brejauva/Palmacea trail and Campina trail.


Visitor facilities 
Visitor center with bathroom

Best time to visit
Summer

Contact
pe.campinadoencantado@fflorestal.sp.gov.br


Petar

This is another protected area contiguos with Intervales, this park covers an area of 36000 hectares of hilly forest, and has a considerable number of limestone caves underground, among those are: Caverna do Santana and Casa de Pedra.
The park is open from Monday to Sunday 08:00 - 17:00. A local guide is required for visiting the caves in the park.

Betary Valley

 

Trails
Trilha da Figueira
Trilha do Rio Betari
Caverna Couto e Morro Preto
Caverna Teminina
Caverna Santana


Visitor facilities 
There are plenty of campgrounds and lodges run by independent owners around Ouro Grosso Nucleus (Bairro da Serra), a restaurant in Santana Nucleus and a campground with no electricity in Caboclos Nucleus.

Best time to visit
From April till November

Contact 
petar@fflorestal.sp.gov.br