"Parque Estadual Serra do Mar, Caminhos do Mar"
Field Trip - No Collecting!
Saturday, July, 2021
8:30 am – 17:00 pm
Cost: Regular – R$170,00 (includes admission and transportation)
Senior (≥ 60 years old) – R$100,00
Registration deadline: May, 2021
The place called “Caminhos do Mar” (Routes of the Sea) is located on the coastal mountains of the state of São Paulo, between the municipalities of São Bernardo do Campo and Cubatão. It is part of the Serra do Mar State Park, which encompasses one of the largest continuous remnants of Atlantic rainforest in Brazil. The Atlantic rainforest of São Paulo is home to about 600 species of ferns and lycophytes. The exact number of species in the area of our field trip is unknown, but we will surely see a lot of plants. Botanical and zoological collections are strictly prohibited in the area, unless you have an official authorization from the government to conduct your scientific research. In addition to an outstanding biodiversity, the area is also rich in cultural and historical treasures. The trail known as “Calçada do Lorena”, built in the 1790s, was the first cobblestone-paved path connecting the highlands to the coast of São Paulo. Its main purpose was to facilitate the transit of troops and mules between the two regions, increasing the exportation of goods (e.g., cotton, tobacco, indigo, and sugar) from colonial Brazil to Europe. Prince Dom Pedro I (1798–1834) used this very same trail to declare the country’s independence on 7 September 1822. We will also have the opportunity to contemplate some historical monuments that were built in 1922 to celebrate the centenary of independence. The first monument that we will encounter in our journey is called “Pouso de Paranapiacaba”, meaning “place where one can see the sea” in the language of the natives. With beautiful sceneries, lots of history, and hundreds of ferns, this field trip will certainly be a memorable experience.
Bring your lunch and do not forget your bottle of water. Also consider taking in your backpack: snacks, insect repellent, sunscreen, towel, camera, hand lens, binoculars, and any other items that you cannot survive without.
Dress appropriately: sturdy hiking shoes, long pants, hats, raincoats, etc.
Number of participants: limited
Trip Leaders: Jefferson Prado and Fernando Matos