The Discovery Coast Atlantic Forest Reserves is located in Bahia and Espirito Santo States of Brazil. The reserve is made up of 8 protected areas occupying an area of 112,000 hectares. In terms of biodiversity, the Atlantic Forest in Brazil is the richest in the world. It hosts the highest number of endemic species in the world.
The reserve features a limestone plateau which forms whitish cliffs on the coast. The sediments from the river and ocean form a rugged coastline with white sand dunes and plains. The most towering features of Discovery coast are the round hills that originated from volcanic activity as well as geological metamorphosis. The most popular of these hills is the Monte Pascoal.
Much of Discovery Coast retains the beautiful landscape that was first seen by the Portuguese and recorded in the first chapters of the Brazilian history. The coast boasts cliffs, inlets, bays beaches and numerous rivers and streams. It also features verdant coconut groves. The coast is popular with those that are interested in eco-tours. You will get a chance to explore Barra do Cai, Parque Nacional do Monte Pascoal, Caraíva, Trancoso, Arraial d'Ajuda, Recife de Fora, Coroa Alta, Trancoso and many more tourist destinations.
The rainforest of Bahia and Espirito Santo has some of the world’s rarest trees. From the altitude of 50 meters to 300 meters, you are going to find broad leafed forests with towering canopies. Trees such as Pau Brasil, Piacaba palm tree, jatoba, jussara and araca can be found in the forest. Among the animals you can expect to see are maned sloth, porcupines, jaguars and tufted-ear marmoset.
Those that are more into sports, there are a host of watersports such as surfing and deep sea diving as well as horseback trips and walks. The Discovery Coast Preserve is a holiday maker’s paradise and although it is a bit pricey compared to other Brazilian destinations, your experience here will be more than worth the money you spend. Make sure you park for the jungle as well as the beach. You do not want to venture into the forests with flimsy sundress and sandals nor go to the beach with khaki shorts and boots.