Free Visits Open from Monday to Friday
Hours: 10 am to 4 pm
Tickets: adults R$ 12,00 / Children (up to 12) R$ 7,00
Weekends and Holidays: Consult availability
Assisted Visits – Booking requested
Tickets: R$ 25,00
Route: Presentation of IPBio – Betary Reserve, visit to the vivarium lab, Greenhouse, Darkened Room and Aquarium.
Night Visits (booking is needed)
Tickets: R$ 50,00
Minimum: 10 visitors
Betary Reserve organizes personalized tours with exciting themes and different durations.
Betary Reserve offers 2 open trails for visitors and 2 restricted trails, with exclusive access to areas utilized by researches.
Betari River Trail
Over 642 meters long in flat land that accompanies the right bank of Betari river, in a circuit that leaves he Reserve convenience area, goes through the aquarium, then around the river and returns to the initial area of the route.
Veados Well Trail
Over 190 meters long in a flat soil, that takes you to a bathing place, where there is a wooden deck above the riverbank, with the well view.
Chico Velho Trail
Alto Ribeira Touristic State Park (PETAR) has more than 300 caves, several waterfalls, trails, traditional and quilombo communities, archeological and paleontological. This place is one of the biggest agglomerations of caves in the world.
The city of Iporanga is located to the left of Ribeira de Iguape River together with the mouth of Iporanga River, in the extreme south of the state of Sao Paulo, about 320 km from the capital of the state and about 180 km from Curitiba. “Iporanga” is a Tupi language word that means “beautiful river”. It is a reference to Ribeirao Iporanga, in the mouth of the one where the city is located. The first signs of colonization in Iporanga date back to 1556, but it was only populated in beginning of 1576, with the exploitation of flour gold (alluvial gold)which started in the prospecting in Santo Antonio. The region is rich in mineral (lead, gold, silver, calcareous). The historical center presents some ramaining characteristics of the colonization phase, being taken by CONDEPHAAT (Defense Council of Historical, Archeological, Artistic and Touristic Heritage). It is located in the heart of the Atlantic Forest, formerly known as the Cave Capital due to the big number of caves with the calcareous formation in the city of Iporanga: there are over 500 hundred caves, one of the biggest concentrations of catalogued caves in Brazil and in the world. The city is surrounded by branches of conservation, and PETAR is a highlight among them, with over 35712 hectares in area and the home for valuable natural heritage, composed by speleological, paleontological, archeological and historical let alone the big biological diversity characteristic of the Atlantic forest preserved in all its extension. In 1999, this region was acknowledged as the Natural heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.
Foundation: 1576 Geographical Coordinates: It is located at a latitude 24º35’09” South and a longitude 48º35’34” West Altitude: 81 meters above sea level Estimated population: 4369 Economic activities: The preponderant activity in the city is the ecotourism eco-tourism focused on the exploration of caves, Rivers and waterfall, inside and outside the conservation branches, followed by agriculture and animal breeding.
In the Center of Iporanga, in front of the mother church, there is a historical Casarao (big house) from mid 19th century where chef Val Ribeiro prepares drinks and creative types of food that blend local ingredients, such as seasoning and contemporary products. Handicraft and works of art are created by artists from the region and later exposed and sold in the saloon.