Date of Graduation


Document Type


Degree Type



Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design


Forest Resource Management

Committee Chair

Robert C Burns

Committee Co-Chair

Jasmine Cardozo Moreira

Committee Member

David Smaldone


The purpose of this thesis was to define the visitor profile of the Brazilian Amazon Basin using data from two different locations: The Tapajos National Forest and Anavilhanas National Park. This study also investigated possible issues regarding crowding. Overall data as well as segmented data were used in the analysis.;The methodology consisted of on-site interviews with survey days spread across weekdays and weekends. A total of 2534 usable surveys were collected from October 2015 to May 2015. All the analysis was conducted on SPSS. Frequencies, valid percentages, and means were used to describe the sample. For comparative analyzes between the two areas independent samples tests and Pearson's Chi-square tests were conducted. For the crowding analysis simple and multiple linear regressions were applied in order to understand the relationship between crowding and other variables.;The findings of this thesis revealed that there were no differences in the number of international visitors in both areas. The percentage of females recreating in the two locations was slightly higher than males. The average age of the visitors was similar although, Tapajos visitors tended to be slightly younger. Anavilhanas visitors held a lower level of education compared to Tapajos. However, in both locations overall education level was found high. Anavilhanas visitors tend to spend more time planning their visit to the area than Tapajos'. In both sites the majority were first time visitors. Tapajos visitors were more likely to visit the forest for a day trip contrary to Anavilhanas visitors who stayed in the park for more time in terms of days. However, compared to the Tapajos, Anavilhanas' day visitors spent less hours recreating in the park. For most of the interviewees, the primary reason for visiting the Amazon were to enjoy nature and experience culture. This result was similar in the two areas. Overall satisfaction was high in the sample. When compared, Tapajos visitors were more likely to report higher level of satisfaction with their experience. Crowding was not found to be an issue in this research and therefore the concept of functional density was explored. Both Tapajos and Anavilhanas visitors reported positive impact of seeing others.;This thesis hopes to contribute to the development and organization of tourism in protected areas through providing reliable data to back up management decisions.