The Fernando de Noronha Archipelago is composed of twenty islands covering an area of 26 square km. The main island, 17 square km with 545 km of beautiful coastline, is the only inhabited island with a population of 3,000 people. The habitants devised a system of “sustainable tourism,” creating an opportunity to experience the balance between man and nature on one of the of the most important ecological sanctuaries of the world. With each passing year more and more tourists seek out this tropical paradise, developing an alternative economy for the local population. The vast majority of the inns on the island are rustic and simple yet very comfortable, featuring amenities such as air conditioning, TVs, refrigerators, and private bathrooms.