On this tour we will be staying in two comfortable lodges, both within protected areas of Brazil’s Atlantic rainforest. Half of the 103 bird species designated as ‘endangered’ in Brazil occur in the Atlantic forests and many other rare species are known only from this area. Our first base, Eco-lodge Itororo, is situated at an altitude of 1200 metres within the Tres Picos State Park. We will spend the first four days going in search of this area’s dazzling array of bird species before transferring to our second base, the Guapi Assu Bird Lodge which overlooks the Reserva Ecologica de Guapi Assu (REGUA). The reserve provides an excellent contrast in habitats and species from Tres Picos and we’ll explore the wetlands as well as lowland Atlantic forest, together with Serra dos Orgaos National Park in search of owls such as Tawny-browed Owl, cotingas including Shrike-like Cotinga, a dazzling array of hummingbirds and many more species.
- Explore the stunning Atlantic Rainforest
- Enjoy a host of exotic species, from Toucans to Hummingbirds
- Over 60 species of endemic birds possible
- Comfortable lodges, with a flexible programme
- Unique Atlantic rainforest
- Expertly guided by Andy Foster
All food is provided. Some of the lunches will be in picnic form.
All accommodation is provided at Ecolodge Itororo lodge and REGUA lodge. Twin rooms have en suite facilities but the very limited number of single rooms have shared bathroom (one between two rooms). There is a natural swimming pool at the lodge.
Green-headed Tanager (Dani Free)
Day 4 Three-toed Jacamar Excursion
Day 5 Portao Azul and Theodoro Trail
Day 6 Ecolodge Itororo/Regua
Day 7 The Green Trail at Regua
Day 8 Serra dos Orgaos National Park
Day 9 Regua Wetlands and transfer to Rio
The Atlantic rainforests of south-eastern Brazil offer the visiting birder a wealth of species that include a large number of endemics. Less than 7% of the original forest cover now remains in the state of Rio de Janeiro but, thankfully, the majority of this is now protected. Half of the 103 bird species designated as ‘endangered’ in Brazil occur in the Atlantic forests and many other rare species are known only from this area. This rare habitat provides a wonderful base for this new tour, our time here being split between two very comfortable lodges, both situated in protected areas.
Eco-lodge Itororo, located in the Tres Picos State Park, is situated at an altitude of 1200 metres and offers the perfect location from which to observe a whole host of endemic birds. Over 150 species of bird have been recorded in the lodge’s grounds alone and the feeders here offer a quite remarkable opportunity to photograph a stunning mixture of colourful tanagers, parakeets and toucanets. Using the lodge as a base, we will access the higher altitude areas for the first four days of the tour, where we can expect to see a dazzling array of species, with highlights likely to include Spot-billed and Saffron Toucanets, Swallow-tailed Cotinga, Black and Gold Cotinga and the stunning Plovercrest.
The Guapi Assu Bird Lodge is beautifully situated on a small hill overlooking the restored wetland area of the Reserva Ecologica de Guapi Assu (REGUA). The wetlands, together with the surrounding lowland forests, provide the perfect contrast to the higher areas explored earlier in the tour and here we are likely to encounter an exciting variety of new species. Exploring the lowland areas of the Atlantic forest, together with the Serra dos Órgãos National Park, new birds are likely to include Rufous-sided Crake, Giant Snipe, Rufous-capped Motmot, Channel-billed Toucan, Tawny-browed Owl, Swallow-tailed Hummingbird and Shrike-like Cotinga.
Based in two very comfortable lodges, with a plethora of birds on their doorsteps, excellent photographic opportunities, and a flexible itinerary that allows you to opt in and out of the daily excursions, this tour is designed for those of you that enjoy birdwatching, but do not want to be tied in to a rigidly fixed programme.
Mr & Mrs C
Andy is a great birder and we enjoyed his company and humour.
The contrast in the 2 areas and the small lodges, of which we had almost exclusive use, good group of people - we all got on well.
Two lovely eco-lodges, was nice being based at just two places instead of moving location everyday. Andy was an excellent guide, working very hard to find the endemic birds. The staff at both lodges were very helpful and made us very welcome.
Andy Foster is an outstanding leader. and bird guide. His ability, patience and willingness to ensure that all saw each bird in the difficult environment of the rainforest was commendable.
Tour leader, accommodation and of course the birds made this an outstanding trip.
Moray & Nairn
Andy Foster is brilliant, not only expert at calls and identification, he has the patience of Job and a great acerbic sense of humour. Very good group mix that worked well throughout.