National Park of Aparados da Serra, Cambara do Sul

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The Aparados da Serra National Park is located in the Serra Geral range of Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina states in the south of Brazil, between 29º07’—29º15’ S and 50º01’—50º10’ W. It has been created in 1959 as one of Brazil's first national parks, to protect the Itaimbezinho canyon. It extends over an area of 10,250 hectares.Flora and faunaDespite its relatively small size, the park is characterised by a rich biodiversity, as result of its diverse relief and of being situated at the contact between coastal forests, grasslands and Araucaria moist forests. There have been at least 143 bird, 48 mammal, and 39 amphibian species documented in the park.Endangered fauna on the plateaus of the park include the red-spectacled amazon parrot, the maned wolf, and the cougar. On the slopes, the neotropical otter, ocelot and the brown howling monkey can be found.Conservation and threatsWhen created in 1959, the national park protected an area of 13,000 ha. This has been reduced to 10,250 ha in 1972 through a presidential decree. In 1992 adjoining the national park, the new Serra Geral National Park has been created, encompassing an additional 17,300 ha. However, according to the Duke University's Center for Tropical Conservation, the current park area, even after the extension with Serra Geral National Park, is still too small to be effective for the protection of representative samples of each distinct environment.
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  • You are in the pampa, a real change of scenery. There are various stunts but I recommend a guide with a good 4 x 4 for access
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  • O lugar é realmente sensacional com paisagens de tirar o fôlego. O local é de difícil acesso (por trilhas em meio a natureza), porem, a vista compensa cada metro percorrido. Uma dica é contratar um gu...  more »
  • The path and beautiful, but with total disregard on the part of those who should care. Stay in the hills between the States of Santa catarina and Rio Grande do Sul. The famous Canyon of the itaimbézinho is within the Park. Don't go in rainy season because the fog ira harm your vision
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