The Serra Bonita Reserve offers a Research Center, a Lodge and a Students´ Dorm. The facilities were built to enable researchers and students to conduct investigations on the spot, without needing to stay far from the Reserve and move daily, as in most protected areas in Brazil. Thus, the Reserve offers comfort and convenience for the development of research, and also for visitors who want to enjoy Serra Bonita´s natural beauty.
THE RESEARCH CENTER
... has six laboratories, a screening room, two collection rooms (one containing the Becker Lepidoptera Collection), a scientific library and an auditorium for up to 80 pepople, where courses, lectures and presentations can be held.
The Research Center is also where the feeders are located, where foxes, birds, marmosets and an eventual variety of animals come to feed. They can be seen at specific feeding hours. Visitors are asked to kindly not feed the animals in any circumstances.
This facility is for use by researchers, educators and students. Neither the facilities or the Becker Lepidoptera Collection are open to touristic visitation.
... has eight suites, four with single beds, four with double beds. Each suite has two extra single beds, to hosto up to four people per room, if necessary. Every suite has its own veranda and garage. There is wifi internet at the Lodge. There is no TV or fridge. We ask visitors to kindly not bring food into their rooms.
THE STUDENTS´ DORM
... has three bedrooms: one with a double bed, and two with bunker beds (room for 6 singles and one couple0. There is one collective restroom, a veranda, a parking place for two cars, and a collective kitchen. There is no wifi internet or TV at the Students´Dorm.
THE ROAD TO THE TOWERS
... takes to the highest point of the Reserve, where the teleccomunication towers are. The towers retransmit signals of TV, radio and mobile phone communications. Climbing is not allowed, but not necessary either: from that point there is an almost 360 degree view of the Reserve, the region and on clear days it is possible to see the Atlantic Ocean, at about 50 miles East!
... are used especially by researchers, and eventually by other visitors, because they are narrow and not cleared as trails should be for tourists. Our trails are built for scientific research. Visitors such as nature watchers use the roads that are safer and more comfortable, for their activities. There are four trails at the top of the Reserve, for scientists, and two more and the lower areas, for birdwatching and school visits.
Visitors going to the scientists´ trails must bring knee-high boots or leg protection gear, against snakes. Medical assistance is at least one hour away.