News from paradise. The Brazilian government has handed the running of the island to a private company, the same company in charge of the Iguassu Falls (Concessionária vai gerenciar Noronha, que terá ingresso de R$ 65). It would seem the additional payment to visit the island we referred to at Noronha: ready to fork out a further R$130? is now more than a possibility.
The company promises it will improve the paths leading to the viewpoints and the beaches. It plans to build catwalks, lavatories, showers and information centers. Left-luggage facilities are also part of the agenda as well as bike hire and diving gear hire too. Internet access would complete the pack. Some of the changes being proposed are real improvements to the precarious infrastructure on the archipelago (incompatible with the hefty charges tourists have to pay to visit the island). We just hope the right balance will be found and Noronha won’t be turned into a theme park. It is, above all, a nature destination.
More news from the archipelago. One year and three months of accumulated garbage, a whopping 1,800 tons of rubbish, are being finally removed from the island (Lixo acumulado em Noronha começa a ser retirado). The accumulation was due to the fact that the boat taking the rubbish away from the island couldn’t cope with the amount of waste generated in Noronha. Call that unsustainable development. The rubbish dump provoked serious damage on the environment, never mind the image of paradise. Remember the dark side of Fernando de Noronha?
Our main blog post on the island is destination: Fernando de Noronha and there you’ll find plenty of useful travel information.
Our friend and experienced diver Gabriel went to Noronha and sent us a handful of underwater pictures. Thrilling stuff.
Fernando de Noronha ranks at the top of our 10 must-see places in Brazil and also at our top 10 Brazilian beaches. A brilliant destination, both underwater and above it. Our main entry for Noronha is destination: Fernando de Noronha.
Fernando de Noronha conjures up images of idylic beaches and awesome underwater landscapes. Few people associate the Brazilian paradise to other interesting aspects of tourism in the country, such as history. And while you wander around the Vila dos Remédios you will hopefully come across the beautifully restored church of Nossa Senhora dos Remédios (built on 1772).
If you want to see more photos of Fernando de Noronha check out our Flickr album.
If you want more information on the destination, have a look at our blog post destination: Fernando de Noronha.
Jornal do Commercio published recently an outstanding piece of journalism that unfortunately will be restricted to those with certain fluency in Brazilian Portuguese. The feature, with the title Noronha às Avessas (something like “the other side of Noronha”) contains a harrowing tale of corruption, misery, suffering and environmental crime that you will never find on a tourist magazine or blog. After reading the article one is left with the feeling that we will no longer be able to use the word “paradise” associated to Noronha.
Does that mean we are no longer recommending a visit to Noronha? Far from it. All that it makes Noronha excel as probably the most beautiful (certainly the most expensive) Brazilian destination is still there in place. But for those who want to go beyond the fairy tale, the article does supply background information of a different kind on the island.
Our main entry here at the blog on the archipelago is destination: Fernando de Noronha
Many thanks to Ernesto from A Gringo in Olinda for sending the link to the article.