An unforgettable and sustainable experience
Text and Photos:RaphaAretakis
Nowadays I am paying more attention during my travels when visiting attractions that involve animals. In Brazil, where fauna and flora are abundant and, with little effort, is still possible to watch species in their natural habitats, this concern doubles. However, the third attraction of Iguassu Falls on TripAdvisor, the Parque das Aves (Birds Park), has an incredible protection work and awareness campaign against trafficking of wild animals, which is sadly an activity still widely practiced in Brazil.
Around 50% of the birds that live in the park are from apprehensions of the Environmental Police, which rescue them from inappropriate environments and abuse. In the park, these animals have a chance to be assisted and rehabilitated. It’s a chance to nature, as other organizations tend to not accept woundedanimals, which are not fit to public exhibition. The park has aBirds’ Hospital, where capable professionals treat the impaired with love and affection. If after all the treatment the Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (IBAMA) realize that the bird is still inept to return to nature, they are transferred to coops in the middle of the park’s atlantic forest, an environment quite similar to their natural habitats – and become to live with other species in excellent conditions.
The visit to the park’scoops amazes adults and children from all over the world, which, with few exceptions, were never able to get so close to the gorgeous birds of the Brazilian fauna. Toucans, macaws, seriemas, ararajubas, guarás, garças, plus flamingos, owls and other animals are the big stars of this sanctuary of Iguassu Falls. In the coop of the macaws – the largest in the world – by immersion experience, you can hear how high can reach the squawk of a parrot and even feel the wind in the face produced by the flapping of its wings when, in pairs, they raise flight. At last but not least, get a registry for posterity with a sweet macaw in the hand. No doubt, an experience you’ll want to remember for life.
RaphaAretakis is a travel writer and creator of the travel website Raphanomundo. Born in Recife – northeast of Brazil, believes that the world is too big to stand at one place only. She lives now in Curitiba after spending some springs in Stuttgart, Berlin and Sao Paulo.