With approximately 300 km in length, surrounded by a natural barrier built thousands of years ago by corals, the fantastic Ecological Route or Coral Coast is located in north coast of alagoas and attracts tourists looking for deserted beaches with warm waters, quality cuisine and the comfort of rustic inns by the sea, in addition to ecologically sustainable tourism.
The region, which begins a few kilometers from Maceió and ends on the border of Pernambuco, it contains the second largest bank of reefs in the world, second only to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. In addition, at low tide, it is possible to swim in the hundreds of natural pools. All this alongside a huge variety of fish.
Finally, the region was preserved thanks to the route of the coastal road to Alagoas, which, at the time of San Antonio Bar, makes a detour to the interior and only returns to the coastal coast in maragogi. The little more than 40 km of beaches between Camaragib Bar and japaratinga are served by a secondary road, with a stretch of asphalt until Port of Stones, a ferry (to cross the Manguaba River between Porto de Pedras and Japaratinga) and a stretch that alternates a dirt road with cobblestones (in Japaratinga).
How to get
The fastest way to reach Rota Ecológica is through Maceió. To do so, it is necessary to follow the AL-101 towards Barra de Santo Antônio and take the detour to the secondary road, which runs along 40 km of beaches between Barra de Camaragibe and Japaratinga.
San Miguel dos Milagres
First, the most famous fishing village on the coast of Alagoas is also one of the oldest and has only one main street, surrounded by other villages.
São Miguel dos Milagres, as it is not part of the itinerary of the many tourists who visit the capital of Alagoas, remains well preserved and certainly enchants everyone with its colorful houses. The first beaches on the route are Merceneiro and Riacho.
In addition Praia do Toque has several options of luxury inns. And, therefore, not having access to cars, the place is well reserved and has great gastronomic references. If you want to eat in the region, you need to make a reservation in advance or stay in a hotel.
Port of Stones
The Tatuamunha river marks the beginning of the village of Port Stones. Therefore, when you are in the region, be sure to visit the headquarters of the Manatee Project, which introduces manatees born in the breeding grounds at the project's headquarters in Itamaracá to nature. Other options for tours are the centuries-old mansions in the village of Tatuamunha and Laje beach.
Considered by many to be the most beautiful beach in Ecological Route and from Brazil, the Patacho Beach it is the last one before the Manguaba river, because it is super extensive, the beach is practically deserted. During the whole day it is possible to see few people walking on the sand and mostly couples. When the tide is low, the ideal tour is to walk to the natural pools in the sea.
After taking a ferry to cross the Manguaba River, you will find Japaratinga, one of the most beautiful places on the northeastern coast.
Its tranquility and beautiful beaches guarantee a prominent place as an important tourist destination in Brazil. Its 15 kilometers of coastline are home to the Bitingui beaches, Barreiras do Boqueirão and Praia do Pontal.
Famous for the Galés (a set of natural pools), Maragogi is considered the most precious treasure of the Costa dos Corais. As a result, the place is compared by many tourists to the Caribbean islands, thanks to the turquoise color of the water. In addition to the Galés, which have already been extensively explored, there are other natural pools, such as Taoca and Barreira de Peroba, which are better preserved.
When is the best time to visit the Ecological Route?
Certainly, temperatures are high and reach up to 30ºC in summer. Between the months of May and July, the rains increase. Therefore, it is very important to schedule the visit during low tide, a necessary condition for the tours to be made. Consult the table navy tides.
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