Atlantic Rainforests, SE Brazil

      Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

      VB
      Ventures Birding Tours
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      90 reviews
      Nov 24 - Dec 7, 2023
      Group size: 5 - 8
      Atlantic Rainforests, SE Brazil
      Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

      Ventures Birding Tours
      • Email address verified
      90 reviews

      Nov 24 - Dec 7, 2023
      Group size: 5 - 8

      About this trip

      This trip is part of our shorter tropical birding breaks. We will be staying the first week at Reserva Ecológica de Guapi Assu’s (REGUA) lodge 50 miles north of Rio de Janeiro. This amazing lodge is home to 460 bird species, including Blue-bellied Parrot, Shrike-like Cotinga and the elusive Solitary Tinamou. REGUA is also a non-profit making organization and all income from the lodge directly supports their conservation activities. REGUA owns and administrates an area of 9,000 hectares (see the photo) and the reserve protects a cross section of the Atlantic rainforest protecting many endemic bird species that are to the Atlantic forests. Lowland forest species, such as Giant Snipe and Masked Duck are regularly seen and substantial area of primary forest at higher altitudes protects species such as Bare-throated Bellbird, Star-throated Antwren and Gray-winged Cotinga. Red-billed Curassows have been re-introduced into the reserve, as well as Black-fronted Piping Guan marking a significant gain for conservation.

      Our second week will be at Itororo Lodge. “Itororó” means “The Whispering of the Waters” in the Tupi-Guarani Language. According to the lodge, their aim is to help protect Brazil’s Atlantic Rainforest so that it continually gives its waters room to whisper and allows those interested in it, to listen, see and experience nature in its purest form.

      There are many options for activities on the grounds of Eco Lodge Itororó and in this region of southeast Brazil. The Três Picos State Park is just 30 minutes away. Atlantic Rainforest, Mountains and high-altitude areas are easily reached in less than one hour. The region is considered to be one of Brazil’s best for hiking, birdwatching and photography. 

      Situated at 1200 m in elevation, the trails at Itororo offer some quite different birding to our stay at Regua. Our first full day will be spent enjoying what the lodge has to offer, including Surucua and Black-throated Trogon, Spot-winged Wood-quail, Pallid, Chicli and Gray-bellied Spinetail, Chestnut-headed, Black-goggled, Brassy-breasted and Burnished-buff Tanagers and many more. The remaining time will be spent exploring a range of different habitats in the area. 

      What’s included

      • Food
      • Accommodation
      • Ground transportation
      • Guide services

      What’s not included

      • Airfare
      • Alcoholic beverages
      • Laundry
      • Gratuities
      • Items of personal nature

      Available Packages

      Double Occupancy

      Room-sharing

      $2,975
      Deposit: $300
      Single Traveler

      For those wanting their own room

      $3,425
      Deposit: $300


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      VB
      Ventures Birding Tours
      90 reviews
      Small travel company based in Asheville, NC, specializing in birding & nature tours both locally & worldwide.

      Reviews

      I had a great time on this tour. Clifton did an outstanding job in taking us to excellent areas to see and hear birds. What I thought made this trip special was that not only did Clifton guide us, but he shared his knowledge about birds to helps those of us attending to have a better understanding of bird habitat, and why birds are found in certain areas at different times of the year. I found this aspect of the tour very rewarding. Again, I felt that Clifton did an out standing job.
      By James G for Birding the Great Smoky Mountains on Jul 16, 2024
      Wonderful tour with 90 lifers. Great food and nice lodges. Simon and local guides were outstanding. Alan
      By Alan L for Trinidad & Tobago - Piping Guans, Bellbirds & More on Apr 20, 2024
      JA
      Awesome adventures in Trinidad!! In addition to amazing birding the Local guides provided a deep dive into the culture with visits to several homes of friends, favorite restaurants and wonderful lodges. We saw over 200 species of birds which allowed me to add over 100 to my life list.
      By Julie A for Trinidad & Tobago - Piping Guans, Bellbirds & More on Apr 20, 2024
      The evening dinners on the porch overlooking Port of Spain were lovely and romantic. Dining on a boat watching the scarlet ibis drift in, while we also saw flamingoes, was one of the most memorable moments of the whole trip. Food was good, oilbird hike amazing. The lodge in Tobago, with palm tanagers flying through the kitchen, was a lovely quiet place to bird.
      By Barbara R for Trinidad & Tobago - Piping Guans, Bellbirds & More on Apr 13, 2024
      Enjoyable day of birding. My first experience with a guided trip. I will be coming back
      By Andrea R for Afternoon at Mills River Park on Apr 12, 2024
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