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The Best of Brazil's Atlantic Rainforest

Tour Code: BRA05

A relaxed 10-day birdwatching tour of Brazil's endemic-rich Atlantic rainforests, enjoyed from the comfort of two comfortable eco-lodges.

10 days from £2495(inc flights) Land Only Price: £1595 SRS: £295


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

Food

All food is provided. Some of the lunches will be in picnic form.

Accommodation

All accommodation is provided at Ecolodge Itororo lodge and REGUA lodge. Twin rooms have en suite facilities. There is a natural swimming pool at the lodge.

Green-headed Tanager (Dani Free)

Green-headed Tanager (Dani Free)

Outline Itinerary Download

Day 1 Depart UK

Day 2 Ecolodge Itororo

Day 3 Pico de Caladonia

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

Day 10 Arrive UK

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. 

Swallow-tailed HummingbirdSaffron ToucanetBlond-Crested WoodpeckerBananquit (Dani Free)Black-capped Donacobius (Dani Free)Violet-Capped WoodnymphViolaceous Euphonia (Dani Free)Three-toed Jacamar (Dani Free)Swallow-tailed Hummingbird (Dani Free)Surucua TrogonSpot-billed ToucanetPlain Parakeet (Dani Free)White-faced Whistling Duck (John Caddick)Wattled Jacana (John Caddick)Violaceous euphonia (John Caddick)Sombre Hummingbird (John Caddick)Sunset (John Caddick)Owl Butterfly (John Caddick)Maroon-bellied Parakeet (John Caddick)Stream (John Caddick)Forest (John Caddick)Green-headed Tanager (John Caddick)Great Kiskadee (John Caddick)Crested-becard (John Caddick)Chestnut-bellied Euphonia (John Caddick)Blue-naped Chlorophonia (John Caddick)Blue-naped Chlorophonia (John Caddick)Maroon-bellied Parakeet (Dani Free)Green-headed Tanager (Dani Free)Green Honeycreeper (Dani Free)Golden-chevroned Tanager (Dani Free)Chestnut-bellied Euphonia (Dani Free)Brazilian Tanager (Dani Free)Blue-naped Chlorophonia (Dani Free)Blue Dacnis (Dani Free)
S.C.
Oxfordshire
The professional guiding by Andy, so knowledgeable in every aspect. The Lodges especially the locations, the friendliness of the staff and managers, excellent food. A very full on tour.
Mr & Mrs C
Cornwall
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.
S.B.
Pembrokeshire
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.
P.S.
Lincolnshire
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.
G.C.
Moray & Nairn
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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.
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Fri 1st December 2017 - Sun 10th December 2017

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Fri 26th January 2018 - Sun 4th February 2018

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Fri 12th October 2018 - Sun 21st October 2018

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The professional guiding by Andy, so knowledgeable in every aspect. The Lodges especially the locations, the friendliness of the staff and managers, excellent food. A very full on tour.
S.C., Oxfordshire