The Reserve offers two trails open to the general public: the Salto Morato Falls Trail and the Fig Tree Trail. Both are self-guided and present facilities such as rest stops, water fountains, trash bins, and interpretative signs about local fauna and flora.
The Salto Morato Falls Trail leads to the Salto Morato Falls, and also includes a natural aquarium in the route, where bathing in river waters is allowed. The Fig Tree Trail, on its turn, leads to the giant fig tree over the Engenho River – a centenary tree that shelters several plant and animal species associated to it. Another attraction in this trail is the crossing of the river using a bridge made of steel cables, called “falsa baiana”.
The list of birds of the Reserva Natural Salto Morato records the occurrence of over 320 species, several of which are endemic to the Atlantic Forest – that is, they are found only in this biome. Because it shelters a great variety of species, the Preserve is indicated as a good site for Birdwatching and frequently receives visitors who practice this activity.
Swimming in the River
What about swimming among the fish in a river? The Reserve has a natural aquarium of clear water, perfect for a refreshing swim, especially in hot and sunny days.
When arriving to the Reserve, the public is welcomed to the Visitors' Center, where a permanent exhibiton is offered, presenting information about the Atlantic Forest, the Lagamar mosaic of protected areas – of which the Reserve is part –, the fauna and flora species in the region, and the infrastructure in the location. The visitor also receives tips on how to best enjoy the visit.