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Brazil

Tour Code: BRA01

A 10-day exploration of Brazil's endemic-rich Atlantic rainforests, based in a guesthouse in the heart of Tres Picos State Park.

10 days from £2195(inc flights) Land Only Price: £1500 SRS: £175


A remarkable number of endemic birds frequent the last remnants of Brazil's once extensive Atlantic Rainforest. During this ‘Bargain Birdwatching tour’ we will be based at the renowned Serra Dos Tucanos Lodge which offers comfortable accommodation in the Tres Picos State Park where many of these endemic birds occur. Excursions into the surrounding areas provide the opportunity to observe over 60 endemic bird species, including the much prized Three-toed Jacamar, as well as a stunning mixture of tanagers, parakeets, trogons, woodcreepers, flycatchers and many other representatives of characteristic Neotropical bird families.

  • Over 60 species of endemic birds
  • A focus on the birds of Brazil’s Atlantic rainforests
  • Comfortable lodge run by a British birder
  • Unique, and fast disappearing Atlantic rainforests
  • Expertly guided by a British or local ornithologist

Food

All food is provided at Serra dos Tucanos lodge. Some of the lunches will be in picnic form.

Accommodation

All accommodation is provided at Serra dos Tucanos lodge.

Chesnut-bellied Euphonia (John Caddick)

Chesnut-bellied Euphonia (John Caddick)

Outline Itinerary Download

Day 1 Fly Rio de Janeiro

Day 2 Serra dos Tucanos /Cedae Trail

Day 3 Serra Dos Tucanos grounds

Day 4 Theodoro Trail & Portao Azul

Day 5 Wetlands Excursion

Day 6 Serra Dos Orgaos (Grade C for higher elevations)

Day 7 Three-toed Jacamar excursion

Day 8 High Altitude Trail

Day 9/10 Fly Heathrow

The destruction of the Atlantic Rain Forests of Brazil was dramatically highlighted by the 1999 British Birdwatching Fair at Rutland Water which donated funds to support the local efforts to preserve these remarkable forests. Half the 103 bird species designated as 'endangered' in Brazil occur in the Atlantic forests and many other very rare species are known only from this area. These threatened forests form the basis of this biannual tour and during a week based at a comfortable lodge adjacent to prime tracts of forest we will be able to enjoy a stunning variety of Nearctic birds including many of the local specialities. Owned and managed by Andy Foster, Serra dos Tucanos is a small birding lodge in the Atlantic forest of South-East Brazil. Situated at an elevation of 400 metres it provides the perfect location from which to observe a whole host of endemic and non endemic birds. Hummingbird feeders, together with regularly stocked bird tables ensure that many species can be seen throughout the day from the comfort of the lodge itself; however, the following tour incorporates altitudinal variation and different local habitats to ensure that we see as many bird species as possible during the week. Most walks are undemanding but some of the trails, particularly in Serra Dos Orgaos National Park are both steep and wet underfoot which could present a challenge for anyone unused to walking in montane or hilly terrain.

Snail Kite (John Caddick)Great Kiskadee (John Caddick)Masked Water-tyrant (John Caddick)Blue-naped Chlorophonia (John Caddick)Mountain view (Jhn Caddick)Brazilian Tanager (John Caddick)Crested Becard (John Caddick)Owl Butterfly (John Caddick)Wattled Jacana (John Caddick)Stream at the lodge (John Caddick)Naturetrek walk (John Caddick)Our lodge (John Caddick)Sombre Hummingbird (John Caddick)Blond-crested Woodpecker (John Caddick)Sunset over rainforest (John Caddick)Violaceous Euphonia (John Caddick)Green-headed Tanager (John Caddick)Tropical Screech Owl (John Caddick)Tarantula (John Caddick)Maroon-bellied Parakeet (John Caddick)View from the lodge (John Caddick)Chestnut-bellied Euphonia (John Caddick)White-faced Whistling Duck (John Caddick)Snowy Egret (John Caddick)Bananquit (Dani Free)Black-capped Donacobius (Dani Free)Blue Dacnis (Dani Free)Blue-naped Chlorophonia (Dani Free)Brazilian Tanager (Dani Free)Golden-chevroned Tanager (Dani Free)Green-headed Tanager (Dani Free)Green Honeycreeper (Dani Free)Maroon-bellied Parakeet (Dani Free)Plain Parakeet (Dani Free)Room at Serra dos Tucanos (Dani Free)Serra dos Tucanos Lodge (Dani Free)Swallow-tailed Hummingbird (Dani Free)Three-toed Jacamar (Dani Free)Violaceous Euphonia (Dani Free)Squirrel Sp. (Dani Free)Serra dos Tucanos Grounds (Dani Free)Serra dos Tucanos Double Room (Dani Free)
R.F.
Lothian
The lodge had everything I needed; it was clean and comfortable and the food was plentiful and good. Andy, our guide, worked extremely hard to ensure we saw as many of the birds as possible. I finished with an endemics-seen list of 78! We visited a number of different habitats (rainforest, wetland, high altitude, open country). Andy was helpful and good-humoured throughout. He and his staff at the lodge were friendly and helpful always.
E.R.
Norfolk
Serra dos Tucanos was an excellent base to stay at, providing a warm welcome with generous food and drinks always available. Lovely to be able to relax on the verandah and watch so many brilliant birds at the garden feeders.
J.M.
Bristol
A thoroughly enjoyable and very successful trip. Great place to stay and (a) varied and well-planned itinerary kept the new birds coming right until the last morning.
A.P.
Oxfordshire
A very good trip, good location, good guide and great birds.
G. & B.W.
Buckinghamshire
...We had a wonderful holiday, possibly the best (and certainly the most relaxing) birdwatching holiday we have done, and will probably be travelling with Naturetrek again soon!
A.H.
Cheshire
Andy Foster is an excellent guide. He has exceptional hearing and eyesight and can pick up birds quickly. He has a thorough knowledge of the birds in this area of Brazil and was never troubled identifying species.
N.V.
Edinburgh
The lodge is very comfortable and the evening meals were good. Lovely grounds, bird table stocked with fruit and a great swimming pool!
J.T,.
Buckinghamshire
Andy and Christina were the perfect hosts, and Pete, the perfect guide. Thanks to them all for making this week very special.
R. & M H.
Hertfordshire
Andy Foster is an excellent host and guide. He ensured a very smooth running trip. The lodge is of a very high quality, clean and friendly.
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Fri 3rd October 2014 - Sun 12th October 2014

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Fri 13th March 2015 - Sun 22nd March 2015

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Fri 2nd October 2015 - Sun 11th October 2015

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The lodge had everything I needed; it was clean and comfortable and the food was plentiful and good. Andy, our guide, worked extremely hard to ensure we saw as many of the birds as possible. I finished with an endemics-seen list of 78! We visited a number of different habitats (rainforest, wetland, high altitude, open country). Andy was helpful and good-humoured throughout. He and his staff at the lodge were friendly and helpful always.
R.F., Lothian