Trans-Brazil trail raises hopes for future of Atlantic Forest

France 24 | Aug 16, 2019 at 2:59 AM
  • Luiz Pedreira walks with other hikers beneath the Atlantic Forest’s thick canopy in Brazil, where an 8,000-kilometre (5,000-mile) trail stretching the full length of the country is being opened up.
  • A water crisis forced then Brazilian emperor Dom Pedro II to seize the land and reforest it, creating what is today Tijuca National Park.
  • Brazil’s authorities hope the long-distance track will draw more foreign travellers to the country — already a tourist hotspot — to generate much-needed revenue and jobs.