Noronha: ready to fork out a further R$130?

January 24, 2011 | By More

baia do Sancho, Fernando de Noronha

Beautiful Fernando de Noronha, in its never-ending reach for the tourist’s pocket, is preparing a new fee to be demanded from all tourists arriving to the island from the end of February 2011.

What with the care of the National Park gone to a private company (the same company that takes care of the Iguaçu National Park), it is time for all arrivals in the island to pay R$130 (Brazilians will only pay half of that amount). That amount of money will grant you access to the national park for a maximum of 10 days – and no, you won’t pay a cent less if your stay in the island is shorter than 10 days. This fee will have to be paid on top of the already hefty preservation tax paid to the government of the state of Pernambuco.

From what we saw in our visits to the island, the park was well managed up until now. But hey, the new company will install walkways and viewpoints… does Noronha need Iguaçu-style elevated walkways? Will an idyllic paradise turn into yet another Disney-style “eco” destination?

The dream of a low-cost trip to Noronha is more distant than ever before (five days in Noronha for R$900 total – how we did it). And better-off foreign tourists will one day reach an unavoidable conclusion: there are many other beautiful paradises across the globe that can be reached for a fraction of the money Noronha costs. Offering plenty more confort too!

News sources: Jornal do Turismo and Panrotas.

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