Exploring Environmental Place Attachment of Tourists and Caiçara in Paraty, Brazil
Within the Juatinga Ecological Reserve, located in the south of Rio de Janeiro state, lies a small indigenous community of Caiçara known as Praia do Sono. The community of Praia do Sono has recently become an area of considerable interest due to an increased tourism presence and the desire to protect the rich biodiversity within the fragmented Atlantic Rainforest. This study explores the concept of Place Making Theory and how tourists and the Caiçara develop symbolic relationships to nature and the community. The results of this work introduce the idea of two new concepts associated with Place Attachment theory: Depth of residency, as the driver behind the development of these relationships, and place detachment, as the means by which these relationships breakdown over time.