Tourism and geosciences
the decade 90 tourism has been experimenting a process of growth never
known before, becoming the greatest people movement ever happened in
mankind history. It has also appeared as the main economic activity
all over the world, surpassing traditional sectors as the petroliferous,
the electronic, the pharmaceutical and the automotive industries.This
tourism needs today more attention because it has become more exigent
with the product, there is more exigency of quality, contents and environmental
conscience. As a result there has been an increase in natural tourism.
i.e. the conscience and the desire of information about environment
which interfered with the choice of destinations.
is a link between ecotourism and cultural tourism. The first had its
apogee at the end of the '90 and was characterized by the contact with
nature and the search for experiences and feelings; the second one has
an enticing contents of knowledge aggregated to touristic destination,
as in museums, churches and architectural works. Geotourism proposal
is to put togheter both geoscientific knowledge and natural patrimony.
tourist places already known as Iguaçu or Corcovado, the geological
information presented in a didatic way gives the tourist the chance
to bring with him this information, in this way he contributes to spread
it with his cultural addition and the visitor enlargement of environmental
conscience and improvement of local economy.
geotourism situation is the possibility to transform a geological interest
place into a touristic attraction. The best example, in Paraná,
are glacial grooves in Witmarsum, Palmeira County, included in the muleteers'
route (Rota dos Tropeiros). A sandstone outcrop showing marks of glaciers
existence in the past of the region has received from the local community,
the infrastructure implantation, explanatory outdoors and folders from
Mineropar, explaining processes and geological events happened there.
This outcrop, once menaced of destruction for lack of information, has
been visited by students and specialized visitors from many places of