Grupo Rio da Prata is a ranch-based tourism experience in Brazil’s Mid-West offering day visitors snorkelling, hiking, horse-riding and education activities.
Founded in 1995, Rio da Prata was the first organised tourism experience in Brazil’s Mid-West. What started as a simple ranch experience, designed to help visitors get closer to nature, today combines three eco ranches, two Private Reserves of Natural Heritage, and welcomes over 67,000 tourists a year. Nature has been at the heart of the operation from the outset; conservation management plans and a control on visitor numbers ensures minimal environmental impact. Reforestation projects with NGO partners have planted over 50,000 trees. The project has had a positive impact on visitors, the environment, and local communities; 70 per cent of visitors to Rio da Prata experience ecotourism for the first time, by working with state representatives, laws now protect the Prata and Formoso rivers, and the tours are the primary source of income for 90 local self-employed guides.