Atlantic Rainforests, SE Brazil

      Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

      VB
      Ventures Birding Tours
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      85 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
      85 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
      85 reviews
      Small travel company based in Asheville, NC, specializing in birding & nature tours both locally & worldwide.

      Reviews

      MC
      Great trip. Vicky knows her ducks and other waterbirds and where to find them. We look forward to more trips with her as a guide
      By Mike C for Duck Day in Asheville on Feb 13, 2024
      The trip was very enjoyable, in spite of the cold weather. Michael Werndley is a great guide and fun to be with. The main attraction was the chance to see up to ten species of owls, many of which can often be seen after migrating down from more northern areas in Canada. The group saw a Snowy Owl, Hawk Owl, Barred Owl, and (the major attraction) two impressive Great Gray Owls! Other local species included Snow Buntings, Common and Hoary Redpolls, a Northern Shrike, Canada Jay, Pine Grosbeaks, Golden Eye, numerous Bald Eagles, and a Merlin (sitting atop our hotel in Minneapolis). In addition, the group saw many winter species common to our own area. An unexpected treat was the sight of three wolves totting along the frozen harbor shoreline in Duluth! A great time was had by all!
      By Peter H for Northern Minnesota 2024 - Owls & Winter Finches on Feb 05, 2024
      Weather was a lot better than I anticipated, but even if it had been exceptionally cold, this trip is definitely worth it. To see the snow-covered landscape scenes, the beauty of the Black Spruce trees, all the native habitat for the Great Gray Owl, was an exciting and enjoyable experience. The food choices were fantastic as were the views of Lake Superior. Dress warmly and go for it!
      By Shirley A for Northern Minnesota 2024 - Owls & Winter Finches on Feb 04, 2024
      This was our second trip with Keith Watson and it was very special - he is wonderful to bird with, and to just be with. Our group was small and it made the trip that much more meaningful. We saw beautiful places, beautiful birds, and had lots of good food and good company. We had difficult weather at times and Keith was able to keep our spirits up and make it feel adventurous rather than adverse. Very grateful.
      By RHONDA B for Cranes Galore at Hiwassee on Feb 03, 2024
      This was a uniquely wonderful birding trip. Great group and great birding, with fantastic local guide, Sean, and always wonderful, Simon Thompson. We had our own chefs, one of whom traveled with us, with wonderful food and some Suriname local food. The Surinamese people were warm and welcoming. Fantastic trip!1
      By Toni M for Suriname 2023 on Dec 15, 2023
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