Recanto Ecológico Rio da Prata
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The tour was founded in 1995 at the Ranch Cabeceira do Prata, formerly a traditional cattle ranch. The guidelines for sustainable and organized tourist visitation were established from the very beginning, becoming the foundation of the operation ever since. Following these guidelines, in 1999 a Private Reserve of the Natural Heritage – RPPN - was established at the Ranch to protect the headsprings of Olho d’Água River and its surrounding forests. This area accounts for 21.5% of the ranch’s total area. The RPPN is a category of conservation unit in Brazil created entirely by the owner’s will, which enables perpetual protection of a natural area.

Our Mission 

Provide visitors a unique experience of intense interaction with nature through ecotourism tours focused on innovation, environmental conservation and regional, sustainable development in a setting of stunning natural beauty. 

Our Guidelines for sustainability:

  • Creation of a RPPN - Private Reserve of Natural Heritage, to protect relevant areas and biodiversity;
  • Adoption of minimal-impact practices during tourism activities, as well as established practices of safety in adventure tourism;
  • Responsible use of natural resources and constant efforts to minimize the possible negative environmental and social impacts arising from tourism activities;
  • Monitor the environmental quality of areas of tourist activities;
  • Using ecotourism as a tool for environmental education;
  • Priority for hiring local workmanship;
  • Valorization of cultural and social aspects of the region;
  • Sell local crafts in order to encourage local culture;
  • Supporting scientific research projects and technical visits; 
  • Provide sustainable food to visitors, such as handmade sweets, cheeses, organic vegetables, breads, milk and eggs;
  • Equip farms with earthworms for better composting and to improve the quality of the natural soil;
  • Ecological management of rural production; 
  • Maintain a native tree arboretum; 
  • Hunting, fishing, lumber exploration and raise of domestic or wild animals are extremely forbidden; 
  • Adequate disposal of solid and water waste; 
  • Staff training; 
  • Support for NGOs, regional social projects and class associations; 
  • Collaboration with other tourist sites to improve the regional destination as a whole; 
  • Continuous improvement of the quality of service and the safety of the tour; 
  • Authenticity in commercial relations and institutional growth.
Headwaters of Olho Dagua river
Aerial view
Students visiting the composting areas
Students helping with composting
Professional Native Tree Seedlings Nursery
Students helping to prepare seedlings
Wormfarm receiving a visit of a local public school
Organic Garden
Seed and equipment storage area