In 2003, I embarked on a mission to find paradise on Earth and, after crossing 3,500 km of beaches,dunes, bays and islands, I have found it. A place where life seems to pass at a slower pace and every single moment delivers blissful sunshine and spiritual peacefulness. I was surrounded by incredible nature: 6.5 km of beach, mangrove forest and animals. In the nearby village, Baía Formosa, I met amazing people with breath-taking traditions, colourful culture and a simple, but inspiring philosophy: finding happiness in simple things. I felt: this is a place that I should protect and these are people whom I would like to support.