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Photo: Pedro Cattony
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Photo: Gabriel Bonfa

Have you ever thought about visiting a practically intact portion of the Atlantic Forest and still enjoying several ecological tourism options?

The Vale Natural Reserve, located in Linhares-ES, is an official space for conservation and scientific research, since 1978, which has several leisure options. Browse the page and learn more about the location.

Photographer: Bruno Coelho - F/Still Fotografia 

Where we are

Where is it located?

Rodovia BR 101, KM 122
Linhares, Espírito Santo, Brazil.

Distance from the main capitals

162.3 km from Vitória (ES)
686 km from Rio de Janeiro (RJ)
632 km from Belo Horizonte (MG)

Opening hours

Tuesdays to Sundays, from 8:30 am to 4 pm.

*The visitation sector of the Vale Natural Reserve is reopened to the public, with the exception of some areas such as the hotel and restaurant, which remain closed.

Entry is free!

Leisure and knowledge: What to expect from the Vale Natural Reserve?

With 23,000 hectares, covering an area equivalent to 23,000 football fields, the Vale Natural Reserve is part of the Green and Water Circuit, one of the main tourist routes in Espírito Santo.
There, in addition to the attractions for visitors – such as an observation tower (under maintenance), trails, a playground, a place for a picnic, an exhibition on the Atlantic Forest (under maintenance), among others – important conservation and research work is carried out. Already catalogued:
A family has a picnic in the park A family has a picnic in the park Photo: Bruno Coelho - F/Still Fotografia 
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plant species
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Schedule of the month

Check out what will happen in the Vale Natural Reserve this month

What to do in the Vale Natural Reserve?

Browse through the items below and learn more about each of the attractions that are there for you at the Vale Natural Reserve:

Several children in school uniforms watch an exhibition. On the wall, there is data about amphibians and birds. On the ceiling, there is a wooden sculpture similar to a hive.

Atlantic Forest Permanent Exhibition Center (under maintenance)

Wall with information about anthill. It is also possible to see a glass box.


In a room with the walls lined with illustrations of tree, there are some artificial trees and bird sculptures, on the trees and on the ground.

Bird Hall

In place with trees, there is a flower bed made of wood with some seedlings. Next to it, there is also a sign with information about the sensory garden.

Sensory Garden

Outdoor children's playground. Toys, such as a scale and a slide, are made of wood. Some trees bring shade to the place.


A closed room with synthetic grass and illustrations of animal on the walls. There are children's toys in the place.

Ecological Library

In a room with cabinets decorated with illustrations of plants and animals, there is a table with two chairs and a TV set.

Workshop Room

Beach soccer field. Around the place, there is a lawn, and in the background, trees.

Indoor Soccer and Beach Soccer Fields

Trees with hanging notes. It is possible to see messages like 'dialogue'; “affection”, “companionship”.

Tree of happiness

A lake with dark waters is surrounded by big trees.


On a path with trees, with the ground full of leaves, there is a sign with information about Meliponary.


On a concrete ground, there are several beds with cacti. The beds are surrounded by wood and covered with white stones.

Cactus Collection

An employee is accompanied by other people along a trail in a place with a lot of trees.


Vale female employee observes an open drawer. Inside the drawer, there are several butterflies.

Entomological Collection

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In a room lined with wood, there are several “tables”, covered with glass, displaying different kinds of fruits.


In a garden, there are several sculptures of animals from the Atlantic Forest, such as sloths, jaguars and anteaters.

Atlantic Forest Lives Collection

Observation tower, view from down upwards. The structure is tall and made of wood.

Observation Tower (under maintenance)

In a grass space, there are several trees loaded with yellow flowers.

Urban Arboretum

In a place with many leaves on the ground, we have several tall trees, but with relatively thin trunks.


In a lawn, there are several palm trees, some of them very low near the ground.



Bird Watching

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How about getting to know
Vale without leaving home? 

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Usage Rules

To ensure that the experience at the Reserve is the best possible, all visitors must follow some rules of coexistence. Check it out below:
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Photographer: Bruno Coelho - F/Still Fotografia 

  • Be very careful when using bicycles, skates, skateboards, scooters and other similar equipment. Improper use may cause accidents and are the sole responsibility of the visitor.
  • The use of ATVs in the Reserve area is prohibited.
  • We have a flow of wild animals and pedestrians on the roads, so don't exceed the limit of 30 km/h.
  • It is forbidden to stop or park on the access roads and vehicle movement, use the parking lots, it is mandatory to park in reverse.
  • High volume sound is not allowed out of respect for the environment and the people who share this space with you.
  • All garbage must be deposited in appropriate places, always respecting the selective collection.
  • The use of drones is only allowed with the authorization of ANAC and prior permission of the RNV manager.
  • Avoid excessive consumption of alcoholic beverages in the Reserve area.
  • Leafleting and/or advertising is not allowed.
  • It is forbidden to make fire, barbecue, hunt, fish and camping in the Reserve.
  • Do not share single use items. Bring your individual bottle to drink water and stay hydrated, as we do not provide disposable cups at the Reserve.
  • Do not access restricted areas. In case of doubt about the visitor access area, consult our Public Use Map or ask our employees.
  • Self-guided trails must be done with caution and respect for nature.
  • The Pequi Vinagreiro Trail can only be carried out with the accompaniment of the Environmental Instructor at the scheduled times.
  • To go along the trails it is mandatory to be 6 years old or older, wear long pants, shirt and closed shoes.
  • Be careful when walking in the forest, pay attention to where you step and where you put your hand.
  • Do not feed or get close to the animals.
  • The entry of domestic animals is prohibited, as they may cause problems for wild fauna or acquire zoonoses.
  • The works must be carried out within the opening hours of the Reservation (Tuesday to Sunday, from 8:30 am to 4 pm).
  • The use of the space for filming and/or photographs for commercial and/or media dissemination purposes must be previously scheduled and can only be carried out with the authorization of the management.
  • The material damage caused to the space, by the photographer, the video maker or his clients, will be their sole and exclusive responsibility.
  • RNV will not be responsible for equipment, objects and materials left in any premises of the place.
  • The use of electrical power points available in common areas to recharge equipment is the sole responsibility of the customer.
  • Rehearsals wearing bikinis, underwear, lingerie, must be informed in advance.
  • The use of drones is only allowed with the authorization of ANAC and prior permission of the RNV manager.
  • Failure to comply with the rules will result in a 30-day suspension of the right to photograph in the area.
  • It is not allowed to photograph inside the forest without authorization (restricted area).
  • It is forbidden to climb, stick, hang, pierce or nail balloons, banners, flags and any other objects on trees, toys and building structures.
  • Partial and/or total blocking of the bathrooms is not allowed, making access difficult, due to the use of photographic materials, clothes, makeup, hangers, among others.
  • Picnics must be held within the opening hours of the Reservation (Tuesday to Sunday, from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm).
  • Covered structures are not scheduled for picnics (Spaces for rent).
  • The picnic must be held only in the visitation area, being allowed to use the existing wooden tables or bring towels to cover the lawn.
  • All waste generated must be segregated according to selective collection, and it is not allowed to leave bags with waste in any environment.
  • The use of electrical power points available in common areas to recharge equipment is the visitor's responsibility.
  • The Vale Natural Reserve is not responsible for equipment, objects and materials left in any premises of the place.
  • It is not allowed to bring food that refers to lunch.
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Research and scientific production: what has been done?

One of the main actions developed at the Vale Natural Reserve is the work of research and scientific production. Studies on the biodiversity present in the approximately 23 thousand hectares are essential for the conservation and management of the forest, in addition to the educational role for society.
To support some of these studies, the site houses a nursery, an extensive entomological collection, with several species of insects, and a herbarium, with collections of plants.

Find out more about ongoing studies:

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Entomological Collection

1,500 species identified
12,600 specimens of insects

More than 17,000 plant samples.

Hives of different species of stingless bees

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Botanical Collections

Urban Arboretu

185 species of arboreal, shrub or herbaceous plants


330 species of native and exotic trees


Collection of palm trees that includes about 144 species


105 species of fruit trees from different regions of the world

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Check out the annual report

A Vale employee walks with a family in a wood space.

Photographer: Bruno Coelho - F/Still Fotografia 

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Do you want further information about the Vale Natural Reserve?

Contact the team:
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(27) 3371-9702
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(27) 3371-9703
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Research and Bird Watching:

To schedule the activity, contact us by e-mail


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