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Rio de Janeiro

Tawny-browed Owl
Tawny-browed Owl Pulsatrix koeniswaldiana ©Lee Dingain Website

Rio de Janeiro is a state in the South East of Brazil.

The State of Rio de Janeiro has much to offer the visiting birder from the coastal Restinga to the high altitude peaks of the Atlantic rainforest rising to a rugged and impressive 2,400 metres. The vast range in altitude is reflected in the high number of bird species one can encounter within the State. Unfortunately due to destruction of the Atlantic forest that started in the 1500's only an estimated 6% of primary forest is left intact. Although 6% sounds very little it still covers a vast area and where accessible there are many opportunities for birding, further exploration and for seeing some quite spectacular species. This combined with direct flights to Rio de Janeiro from the UK and USA makes this State of Brazil within easy reach for many travelling birders.

The State has in excess of 500 species, with over 100 endemics. Most of these endemics are to be found in the Atlantic forest. These range from the tiny Black-breasted Plovercrest to the majestic Mantled Hawk. There are many sought after target species within this area, some of these include Saw-billed Hermit, Three-toed Jacamar, Saffron Toucanet, Black-billed Scythebill, Itatiaia Spinetail, Spot-backed Antshrike, Large-tailed Antshrike, Rufous-backed Antvireo, Streak-capped, Star-throated and Unicolored Antwren, Rufous-tailed, Scaled, Ochre-rumped, Squamate and White-bibbed Antbird, Black and Gold Cotinga, Grey-winged Cotinga, Hooded Berryeater, Black-headed Berryeater, Buff-throated Purpletuft, Pin-tailed Manakin, Black-capped Piprites, Green-headed, Red-necked, Gilt-edged, Brassy-breasted, Brazilian, Olive-green, Chesnut-headed and Brown Tanagers and Bay-chested Warbling Finch.

If you are considering a trip to south-east Brazil you should allow yourself a minimum of 12 days to cover some of the key areas, habitats and sites. The following information should help you in planning a trip to Rio de Janeiro State and south-east Brazil.

Vale das Taquaras Lodge is in the Atlantic Forest mountains near Nova Friburgo, 3 hours from Rio de Janeiro. Our speciality is high altitude birds - the Lodge’s excellent trails offer easy montane forest access. The 251 species recorded include endemics such as Blue-bellied Parrot, White-bearded Antshrike, Rufous Gnateater, Swallow-tailed Cotinga, Stygian Owl and Bare-throated Bellbird. Guests enjoy luxurious rooms and delicious home cooking, or can stay on a B&B basis and bring their own food which we can cook for them! Our Lodge is well-equipped with excellent photographic opportunities at some of the best hummingbird feeders in the region! We offer excursions to nearby Macaé de Cima for Black-and-gold Cotinga. Click the picture for our website…

Top Sites

Carmo

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This is a reliable site for Three-toed Jacamar Jacamaralcyon tridactyla and Rio de Janeiro Antbird Cercomacra brasiliana. Take the road from Além Paraiba (on the Rio de Janeiro / Minas Gerais state border, where the BR 116 crosses the Rio Paraíba do Sul) to Carmo. Just as you get to Carmo, there is a petrol station on the left. Take the dirt road to the left, beside the petrol station. After 2.5km, when you get to a place with forest on both sides of the road, look for the jacamars. A good way to see them is by walking along the track to the right, just after the patch of forest, playing a tape to them from the hillside. 5.2km further on there is a wooden gate on the left. Rio de Janeiro Antbird can be found in the thick vegetation just before the gate and the jacamar is here too.

Itatiaia - Agulhas Negras Road

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The upper part of the park is above the tree-line, but the road that takes you there starts within the forest. This road is famed for being one of the easiest places to find the Itatiaia Thistletail, but there are many other interesting birds to look for including White-rumped Hawk, Plovercrest, Araucária Tit-Spinetail, Black and Gold Cotinga, Black-capped Piprites, Serra do Mar Tyrannulet, Serra do Mar Tyrant-Mankin and Diademed Tanager. The Agulhas Negras road is accessed off the BR354 which in turn is accessed off the main Rio de Janeiro to São Paulo highway BR116 at turnoff 330A

Itatiaia - Lower Park

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The first national park in Brazil, this magnificent place is a must for birders visiting south-east Brazil. The forest climbs from deep in the valley up to the tree-line, and the variety of birds that can be found is mouth-watering. There is good accommodation within the park, the main hotels being the Hotel Donati and the Hotel Ypê, the highest hotel in the park. There are excellent trails into the forest and birding from the main track can be rewarding. The main trail is the Três Picos trail where some of the sought after species can be found. The old Jeep Trail in Forrester's book can now only be accessed with written permission. The Hotel Ypê can arrange this.

Perequê

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The best site for the Black-hooded Antwren Formicivora erythronotos is near the town of Perequê, between Paratí and Angra dos Reis. Turn inland off the BR-101 into the town of Perequê (first town west of the nuclear power station). Drive up the main street till the end of the asphalt (1.4 km) and turn right. Continue for several blocks and turn left immediately after the football pitch (“Campo da Gringa”) on the left (1km). Drive along a dirt road and after 1km Rick Simpson found a pair of antwrens in Jan 2009 Since then he has found them to be relatively common along the raod, listen for their distinctive song. The ‘traditional’ spot for the antwrens is a further 4 kms along the road. After the third bridge there is an open shed on the right with a dirt track to the left in front of it; the site is 200m further along the main road, through a barbed wire gate on the right, with a big tree on the edge of the road (three different becards nest in this tree). The antwrens are not found along the track anymore, but it is well worth a walk as the birding is first class. Spotted Bamboowren, Orange-eyed Thornbird, Fork-tailed Tody-tyrant, Buff-bellied Puffbird, Rufous-tailed Jacamar, Robust Woodpecker, Black-throated Grosbeak can all be found.

Reserva Ecológica de Guapi-açu - REGUA

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REGUA is a non-governmental association with a mission to save the forests of the upper catchment of the Guapiassu river basin located within the municipality of Cachoeiras de Macacu in Rio de Janeiro state. The majority of the initial funding and direction for the project came from the Brazilian Atlantic Rainforest Trust (BART), a UK based charity, but in 1996 the REGUA association was registered under Brazilian law and is now responsible for the management and development of the project. The association is comprised of local landowners and community members although BART maintains a close involvement in its management and funding. At the new Schincariol brewery just south of Cachoeiras de Macacu, on the road from Niterói to Nova Friburgo, turn left onto the road to Guapi Mirim. After 3km, at Funchal, opposite the Shogum petrol station, turn right (north). Follow this dirt road for 11,3km and at a fork with a number of signs pointing right to Guapi Açu, bear left. Cross a bridge and continue straight ahead (do not turn left at sign to Fazenda São João). Pass the Schincariol water catchment dam and a small cemetery and after 6,3 km you reach the fazenda of Nicholas Locke (tel. 021-9986-4715); where REGUA has accomodation for visitors. REGUA's representative here in March 2006 was Alan Martin. The published list [420+] for the reserve can be seen on their website [see below].

Teresópolis - Garrafão

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The place where Ricardo Parrini and a few others saw the Kinglet Calyptura Calyptura cristata in 1996 (no one has seen it since) is just before you get to Teresópolis, coming up the serra from Rio. 200m after the Garrafão petrol station, at a sharp left curve, turn right off the main road onto a rough track. Wind down the hill for about 500m. The calyptura was seen at a fork where the main track goes straight ahead and a paved track goes steeply down the hill to the right. This latter track goes through some good forest where there is a Dusky-throated Hermit Phaethornis squalidus lek.

Teresópolis - Parque Nacional da Serra Dos Orgãos

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You can enter the park between 8:00 and 17:00. In July 1999 the cost for six people to camp one night on the Trilha da Pedra do Sino, leaving the car at the barragem (dam) was R$70 (US$35). The road up to the dam (about 2km) runs through good forest. Leave the car at the dam (altitude 1100m - 3,600ft). The walk to the first campsite at 1900m (6,200ft) takes three hours, without stopping. The second camp site is at 2100m (6,900ft) after a further 1 1/2 hours. There is excellent forest all the way up to the first camp site, the trees becoming lower as you get higher. Near the second camp site you get above the tree line. Hooded Berry-eater Carpornis cucullatus occurs up to about 1500m, Black-and-gold Cotinga Tijuca atra and Swallow-tailed Cotinga Phibalura flavirostris from 1500m to 1800m, and Grey-winged Cotinga Tijuca condita from 1800m upwards. Recently the most reliable place for Grey-winged Cotinga has been on the hillside opposite the first camp site.

Contributor

Jeremy Minns

São Paulo

jeremyminns@uol.com.br

Number of Species

Number of bird species: 835

As at November 2016

Endemics

Number of endemics: 4

Planalto Slaty-Antshrike Thamnophilus pelzelni, Restinga Antwren Formicivora littoralis, Pelzeln's Tody-Tyrant Hemitriccus inornatus & Seven-colored Tanager Tangara fastuosa

Useful Reading

Books, CDs, DVDs etc.

See the main Brazil page for guides etc. covering the whole country…

DVD - Birding Brazil - Atlantic Rainforest

Beautiful but bizarre birds - goat-eyed, bar-coded bills… a description that captures the essence of just one of the special birds - the spot-billed toucanet that Malcolm & the team are striving to find in the Atlantic Rainforest of south-eastern Brazil. Buy direct from the filmmaker: http://www.wildlifevideos.net/birding_brazil.html

Useful Information

Birding Guide

Ricardo Parrini
rparrini@hotmail.com

Guides & Tour Operators

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Ricardo Gagliardi

Tour Operator

Ricardo works in partnership with Birding Rio - direct contact: ricardo-gagliardi@uol.com.br An accredited local guide for Tijuca Forest National Park, Serra dos Órgãos National Park and other places near Rio de Janeiro city like Teresópolis, Tinguá, Vale do Paraíba, etc. The website now has an English section & a gallery of paintings of some local birds…

Richard Raby - Brazil Birding

Tour Operator

Come and spend a few days or even a couple of weeks at our new lakeside Naturalist`s Lodge, a purpose-built guesthouse uniquely situated amid a variety of Tropical habitats (Lake, water-side, sea-shore, coastal scrub restinga and low-level mata atlantica rainforest), all of which are rich in exciting and exotic species…

Rick Simpson Birding Services

Tour Operator

If you are reading this then the chances are that you have already decided on Brazil as your next birding destination. This being the case there is no better starting point than Ubatuba. A small town nestling on a quiet bay within easy reach of São Paulo airport and surrounded by Atlantic Rainforest teeming with endemic birds, a perfect introduction to your Brazilian adventure…

Serra dos Tucanos

Tour Operator

The gardens and trails of the lodge provide excellent birding opportunities. However, for those wanting to get out and explore more, we offer the following guided birding excursions…

Wise Birding

Tour Operator

This tour is a one-base tour staying at the very comfortable Guappi Assu Bird Lodge. The beauty of this lodge is that you can see so many species and within just a short walk from the lodge. Over 450 species have been recorded on REGUA land and ncludes species such as Giant Snipe, Shrike-like Cotinga and Spot-billed Toucanet…

Trip Reports

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CloudBirders

Trip Report Repository

CloudBirders was created by a group of Belgian world birding enthusiasts and went live on 21st of March 2013. They provide a large and growing database of birding trip reports, complemented with extensive search, voting and statistical features.

2007 [02 February] - Helen Heyes

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2007 [10 October] - Lee Dingain

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After spending a few months in 2006 working as volunteers at Reserva Ecologica de Guapi Assu (REGUA) in the Brazilian Atlantic Forest, we decided to return there this year on a birding trip, but this time at the beginning of the austral summer. This enabled us to compare the birding here in October with the winter birding we experienced last year. On this trip we spent most of our time birding the trails at REGUA, but we also made of couple of excursions to nearby Vale das Taquaras at Rio Bonito de Cima, and Pico da Caledonia in search of high altitude species. Most nights we stayed at the excellent Guapi Assu Bird Lodge at REGUA…

2009 [12 December] - Derek Kverno - Reserva Ecologica de Guapiacu

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As if living and working in Ecuador wasn't enough of a privilege for a birder, I have also been fortunate enough to travel during my vacations to other South American countries, such as Peru and Suriname, thanks to Aimee's position at Lonely Planet. When she told me that she was being considered as one of the writers to update the Brazil guidebook, my head started spinning with possibilities…

2010 [01 January] - Andy Foster

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…we went straight out onto the veranda and patio area and begun to watch the many species of tanagers and hummingbirds that come to the feeders. The rest of the day was spent around the lodge gardens. Species of note for the day included: Black-and-white Hawk-eagle, Maroon-bellied Parakeet, Plain Parakeet, Rufous-breasted and Saw-billed Hermits, Black Jacobin, Versicolored Emerald, Violet-capped Woodnymph, Sombre Hummingbird, Crescent-chested Puffbird, Blond-crested Woodpecker, Grey-hooded Atilla, Grey-capped Tyrannulet, Long-billed Wren, Green Honeycreeper, Green- headed, Red-necked, Golden-chevroned, Brazilian and Ruby-crowned Tanagers…

2010 [02 February] - Kevin Tubb

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During loading of the van our first Brazilian birds presented themselves – a few Blue-and-white Swallows and a couple of falcons perched on the airport buildings which turned out to be a pair of Aplomado Falcon…

2010 [02 February] - Marlene & Gary Babic

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This was a three-week birding trip that covered several sites around the Rio de Janeiro area. The goal was to focus on the endemics and specialties of the region, and others we had not seen. We were very pleased, with 272 species seen including 81 of our target birds. There are too many highlights to list here, but long views of eight Brazilian Mergansers has to rank highly…

2010 [03 March] - Lars Olausson & Hans-Erik Persson

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After having visited south east Asia and Africa several times in the last decade we decided it was time to do a family trip to South America. The question was - where to find a place that suited us all? We soon realized that Ubatuba in south-eastern Brazil with all its surrounding beaches and some birding hot spots close to the town was ideal. Though we have never been to South America the birding around the Posada’s Corner would be more than rewarding, with the possibility of new species almost everywhere…

2010 [10 October] - Robert & Angela Page - Vale das Taquaras

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Vale das Taquaras lodge, set in 34 hectares / 84 acres of private land adjacent to the Macaé de Cima Reserve, is an excellent location to see many of the birds found in the higher altitude areas of the South East Atlantic rainforest, including those between 1800-2000 metres / 5905-6562 feet above sea level on Pico da Caledônia…

2010 [11 November] - Gary & Marlene Babic

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Our guide for the trip was Ricardo Parrini, who is based in Rio de Janeiro, and we recommend him without reservation. His e-mail is: rparrini@hotmail.com. We flew into Rio, met Ricardo, picked up our rental car and followed the itinerary as detailed below. An important issue for our trip is that all rental car companies apply a very large surcharge if you want to drop off a car in a city other than where it is rented. Apparently each location is an individual business that has its own cars. It appears they have someone fly to the pickup city and drive the car back to the rental location…

2016 [03 March] - Andy Foster

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...What a great morning it turned out to be! We had bird activity almost the whole morning, with many good views of lots of great birds, most of which were lifers for the group! Highlights included Yellow-browed Woodpecker, Ochre-rumped Antbird, Dusky-legged Guan (on the feeders as usual), Azure-shouldered Tanager, Blond-crested Woodpecker (on the feeders for the first time!), Scale-throated Hermit, Black Jacobin, Plovercrest, White-throated Hummingbird, Brazilian Ruby, Surucua Trogon, Yellow-eared Woodpecker, Dusky-tailed Antbird, Orange-eyed Thornbird, Scaled Woodcreeper, Rufous-backed Antvireo, White-shouldered Fire-eye, Pin-tailed Manakin, Blue Manakin, Rufous-crowned Greenlet, White-rimmed Warbler and Green-winged Saltator....

2016 [07 July] - Nick Athanas

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...The group was rather small this time, only four apart from myself, and we all had a fun time. I didn’t do a formal vote for “bird of the trip”, but a few favourites mentioned at the end, in no particular order, were Brazilian Tanager, Saffron Toucanet, Large-tailed Antshrike, Streamer-tailed Tyrant, Rusty-barred Owl, Such’s Antthrush, and Firewood-gatherer...

2016 [09 September] - Richard Coomber

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...We were not disappointed with great views of an immature Rufescent Tiger Heron, a party of three Black-capped Donacobius and a male Saffron Finch. Snowy Egret was the other addition to the list. During the walk we also had good views of a pair of Purple Gallinules and an adult Striated Heron tackling a fish that looked somewhat too large, but did it swallow it? It did....

2016 [May] - Andy Foster

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...We got off to a good start with good views of a nice male Pin-tailed Manakin, this was followed by an Ochre-rumped Antbird, Yellow-legged Thrush, Scaly-headed Parrot, Orange-eyed Thornbird, Squirrel Cuckoo and then a nice flock of Brassy-breasted tanagers in a fruiting tree together with a Chestnut-crowned Becard...

Places to Stay

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Casa de campo em Macaé de Cima

Accommodation

We are located in the Macaé de Cima Environment Protection Area in the district of Lumiar. The place is quiet and safe and there is potable water that comes from our own spring. The house is beside a river beach that has a very good place to swim, walk and see exotic flora (orchids, broméliads, etc) as well as birds You can stroll to the waterfalls and tracks lead into the preserved part of the Atlantic Forest habitat nearby. The nearest cities from the house are Lumiar (14 KM), Muti ( 17 Km)…

Eco-Lodge Itororó

Accommodation

The Eco-Lodge Itororó offers simple and cozy accommodation options in inviting log houses. There, a nearby brook with the purest spring water provides the inn’s cold and warm water supply. Its secluded location and surroundings also offer both, the possibility to relax and pursuit new possibilities: taking long walks, hiking tours, horseback riding and swimming in the crystal-clear natural pool. Or still: calmness for simple relaxation. Phone: 0055-22-9907-4912 Email: info@ecolodge-itororo.com

Guapi Assu Bird Lodge

Accommodation

Guapi Assu Bird Lodge is situated in the heart of the Atlantic Forest in south-east Brazil. Part of the REGUA project, Guapi Assu Bird Lodge is non-profit making, with all income generated going towards REGUA's conservation work. REGUA has some of the highest bird diversity of any site in the Atlantic Forest with over 435 species now recorded, including 63 Brazilian endemics. We have two excellent local bird guides and offer guided birding excursions both on and off reserve…

Hotel Casa Alpina

Accommodation

Beaches, sand and heat are not the only landscapes you can enjoy in Brazil. Only a three hour drive from Rio you can find Visconde de Mauá, nested into lush mountain forest 4000 feet above sea level. You find nature, ecology, adventure, rivers, waterfalls. The Hotel Casa Alpina Mauá was built faithfully in the style prevalent in the Alpine mountains…

Hotel Casa Encantada - Penedo

Accommodation

No pólo turístico de Penedo você estará melhor instalado no Hotel Casa Encantada. Por quê? Porque ele está bem no centro de Penedo, à beira do Rio das Pedras, juntinho à Vila da Gula, da Casa do Papai Noel e artesanatos…

Hotel da Cachoeira - Penedo

Accommodation

O Hotel Cachoeira surgiu de um sonho. E da visão de uma empresária paulista que se encantou com a região das Agulhas Negras e fez do lugar a sua razão de viver…

Hotel do Campanário - Penedo

Accommodation

O objetivo do Hotel do Campanário é proporcionar ao hóspede paz, conforto e tranqüilidade…

Hotel Donati - Itatiaia

Accommodation

Green covered mountains, crystalline waterfalls and 1.200 species of animals running free in the natural reserve of the Itatiaia National Park. Discover all the nature's beauty walking through the hotel's trails…

Hotel Fazenda Rosa dos Ventos - Teresópolis

Accommodation

Numa área de 1 milhão de metros quadrados, o hotel tem 42 apartamentos e suítes - todos com facilidades para informática , com no máximo 2 camas por quarto, quatro restaurantes, duas cozinhas, totalizando 6 mil metros quadrados de área construída…

Hotel Fazenda São João - Nova Friburgo

Accommodation

The HFSJ is located 1,010 m of altitude in the middle of a valley on the bottom of São João mount, that is 1,820 m high. The distance from Rio de Janeiro across the Rio-Niterói Bridge is 144 km. The district of Macaé-de-Cima is considered a forest reservation of the Atlantic Jungle and it is inside this area that the hotel occupies about 500 ha of one of the most preserved environments. The fauna and flora are typical of the tropical forest. There are 25 species of humming-birds together with other varieties of birds. Pacas, coatis and armadillos, as well as margays, squirrels and different types of monkeys which are present in the surroundings of the hotel. Trout can be fished at the fish-and-pay lake of the hotel. Wonderful ecological tours can be taken on foot or by horse, being possible to take a refreshing bathe in the crystal waters of several waterfalls and rivers.

Hotel Fazenda Três Pinheiros - Itatiaia

Accommodation

Queremos lhe fazer um convite super especial, conhecer um novo hotel. Aliás muito bom, muito agradável. Um lugar onde você e sua família vão desfrutar de momentos deliciosos, junto a natureza. Um hotel novo, dissemos. Na realidade trata-se de um Antigo Novo Hotel, renovou-se às vésperas de completar 60 anos. Sua sede tem mais de duzentos anos, e era pousada, a beira do caminho imperial. Passamos por melhorias que farão você e sua família voltarem sempre.

Hotel Fazendinha - Penedo

Accommodation

E uma de suas maiores vantagens é estar localizado ao lado da Cachoeira de Deus, a cachoeira mais famosa de Penedo!

Hotel Pedra Bonita - Petrópolis

Accommodation

A natureza exuberante do lugar se alia a uma das mais completas estrutura de lazer da região. Afinal, são 280.000 m2 com piscinas, quadras de esporte, cavalos e muito mais… Confira!

Hotel Pequena Suécia - Penedo Itatiaia

Accommodation

The beauty of the journey lies not in the changes of scenery, nor in the escape from everyday life, but in the discoveries of the soul. All this in one of the most beautiful mountain regions in the Rio state, in Penedo an old Finnish colony, next to the Itatiaia National Park with its numerous and exuberant species of animals and plants, only a two hour drive from Rio de Janeiro or three hours from São Paulo…

Hotel Pousada Esmeralda - Itatiaia

Accommodation

The gods live in Paradise. Here, they spend their holidays…

Hotel Serra de Penedo - Penedo

Accommodation

Piscina Natural e Térmica com cascata ,sala com totó e sinuca,churrasqueira, sala de tv , sauna, quadra poliesportiva gramada.Cachoeiras, pesque-pague e passeios a cavalo próximos ao Hotel…

Pousada Capim Santo - Itaipava

Accommodation

A 750 metros de altitude, cercada de verde por todos os lados, a Pousada é uma ilha de tranquilidade onde se recebe com charme e requinte.

Pousada Enseada das Garças - São Pedro da Aldeia

Accommodation

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Pousada Mata Atlântica - Petrópolis

Accommodation

Cottages in the mountain range, close to the last natural and preserved Reserve of Mata Atlantica. You still find a hospitable environment set in the middle of greenery, in amild and healthy climate. The inn of Mata Atlantica is totally natural, with ample lawns, gardens, wonderful barbecue fixtures, swimming pool, society soccer field, volleyball court, walking area for jogging. Cozy cottages with TV, frigobar and private access to the garden.

Pousada Piemonte - Penedo

Accommodation

A pousada está localizada no Jardim Martinelli, bairro nobre de Penedo, próxima à Rodovia Presidente Dutra e a 5 minutos do centro, onde se encontram vários restaurantes típicos e artesanatos variados. Oferecendo ainda fácil acesso a várias cachoeiras e pontos turísticos conhecidos na região: Parque Nacional do Itatiaia; Parque da Serrinha; região de Visconde de Mauá, trutários, haras com passeios eqüestres programados etc…

Pousada Praia da Ribeira Club - Angra dos Reis

Accommodation

Lodging in Angra dos Reis with pool, barbecue and bar…

Pousada Serra da Índia - Itatiaia

Accommodation

Localizada a 2 Km do centro de Penedo, em ampla área verde, com linda vista panorâmica da Mata Atlântica.

Pousada Vale do Aconchego - São Pedro da Serra

Accommodation

Localizada na região de São Pedro da Serra, distrito de Nova Friburgo, o local é rico em natureza e paz. Com paisagem de montanhas e vegetação de mata atlântica a pousada oferece chalés à beira de um riacho, ideal para aqueles que preferem descansar e curtir a natureza.

Pousada Vrajabhumi - Teresópolis

Accommodation

Basic contact info.

Quinta do Lago - Itaipava

Accommodation

Ruas calçadas, energia elétrica, rede de água e infra-estrutura de lazer concluídas, tornam a Quinta do Lago o melhor investimento imobiliário de Itaipava. Sede pronta e funcionando, com mais de 40 casas habitadas. Ao escolher a Quinta do Lago você está demostrando que pertence a uma categoria especial de pessoas, que valorizam a sensibilidade e o bom gosto…

Serra dos Tucanos Lodge

Accommodation

Serra dos Tucanos is a small lodge within the Tres Picos State Park in the heart of the Atlantic rain forest, south-east Brazil. Previously a large family home it has now been converted into a lodge catering specifically for birdwatchers, naturalists and those who just want a peaceful break away. Together with large landscaped gardens, the lodge has two rivers winding through the grounds and an array of flowering and fruiting trees and plants that attract a wealth of fauna…

Tannourin Pousada - Petrópolis

Accommodation

Flores, ar puro, vista deslumbrante, paz e silêncio. São 12.000 m2 de área arborizada e de belos jardins. Isso tudo a poucos minutos de Itaipava e Petrópolis…

Vale das Taquaras Lodge

Accommodation

Vale das Taquaras Lodge is located in the Atlantic Forest mountains near Nova Friburgo, just three hours from Rio de Janeiro. Our speciality is high altitude birds and the Lodge has excellent trails offering easy access to montane forest. So far 251 species have been recorded including endemics such as Blue-bellied Parrot, White-bearded Antshrike, Rufous Gnateater, Swallow-tailed Cotinga and Bare-throated Bellbird. The Lodge is very well equipped, has luxurious rooms and guests enjoy delicious home cooking. We have some of the best hummingbird feeders in the region, providing excellent photographic opportunities. We also offer excursions to nearby Macaé de Cima for Black-and-gold Cotinga.

Museums

Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro

http://www.ufrj.br/

Reserves

Parque Nacional da Serra da Bocaina

Website

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About 300 species of birds have been recorded in the park including such gems as tawny-browed owl, the swift-of-time and the blue-billed black tyrant

Parque Nacional da Tijuca

Website

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As a result of floristic change that has occurred over the past 400 years, and the lack of connection with other forests, the park does not have all the animals that characterise similar sites of Atlantic slope of the Serra do Mar.

Parque Nacional do Itatiaia

Webpage

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The Itatiaia National Park is a conservation area that protects important remnants of the Atlantic Forest Biome. Located in the Itatiaia Massif in the Mantiqueira Mountains, between the states of Rio de Janeiro and Minas Gerais, it includes part of the cities Itatiaia and Resende in Rio de Janeiro, and Bocaina de Minas and Itamonte in Minas Gerais.

Parque Nacional Serra dos Orgâos

Website

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Serra dos Órgãos comprises an extensive area of ​​20,000 hectares covering the municipalities of Teresopolis, Petropolis, Magé and Guapimirim.

Reserva Biológica de Poço das Antas

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Migratory bird species include swallow-tailed kite (Elanoides forficatus), plumbeous kite (Ictinia plumbea), blue ground dove (Claravis pretiosa), dark-billed cuckoo (Coccyzus melacoryphus), white-collared swift (Streptoprocne zonaris), Sick's swift (Chaetura meridionalis), black jacobin (Florisuga fusca), black-throated mango (Anthracothorax nigricollis), white-rumped monjita (Xolmis velatus), yellow-browed tyrant (Satrapa icterophrys), rusty-margined flycatcher (Myiozetetes cayanensis), streaked flycatcher (Myiodynastes maculatus), piratic flycatcher (Legatus leucophaius), fork-tailed flycatcher (Tyrannus savana), white-winged becard (Pachyramphus polychopterus), red-eyed vireo (Vireo olivaceus), lined seedeater (Sporophila lineola) and sooty grassquit (Tiaris fuliginosus).

Reserva Biológica do Tinguá

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The Biological Reserve Federal Tinguá extends over an area of 26,000 hectares and covers six municipalities, most of which are within the municipality of Nova Iguaçu. In 1997, the reserve was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and is included in the reserve of the biosphere of the Atlantic Forest.

Reserva Ecológica de Jacarepiá - Saquarema

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... Numerous species of birds, such as golden woodpecker, Burrowing owl, Semipalmated plover, egrets, herons and others found in swamps..

Reserva Ecológica de Macaé de Cima

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Reserva Ecológica de Macaé de Cima lies near the city of Nova Friburgo and comprises an area of montane forest reaching an altitude of c.1,400 m. On this excursion we make several stops at various altitudes, with most of our time spent at this private reserve at the top of the mountain, known for the work of the late renowned orchid expert David Miller. The forest here offers some of the easiest access to high altitude Atlantic Forest specialities, with most of the birding done from the access road. Reserva Ecológica de Macaé de Cima also has hummingbird feeders that provide excellent photographic opportunities of highland species.

Reserva Ecologica de Guapi Açu (REGUA) - Brazilian Atlantic Rainforest Trust

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The Atlantic Rainforest, or the Mata Alantica of Brazil supports an incredibly diverse, unique and now highly threatened flora and forna. The destruction of this beautiful forest commenced with the colonisation of Brazil in the sixteenth century, but it was the massive destruction during the twentieth century from urban growth, industrialisation and farming practises that has really left us where we are today, with only 6% of the original forest remaining in total and just 2% in the lowlands…

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Aves & Árvores (Birds & Trees)

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The main motivation for its creation came from the personal realization that serious environmental imbalance by passing our planet is deeply rooted in an anthropocentric worldview. Faced with this realization came the desire to encourage people to closer contact with nature, especially through the dissemination of observing activities of birds and nature photography, which I practice as a hobby...

Avifauna Magé

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Diário de Campo – The municipality of Mage is a small town, surrounded by green, coastal, mangroves and near the Parque Nacional da Serra dos Órgãos. Over 200 species of birds have been recorded, and the survey is still being conducted…

Birds from Brazilian

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Photoblog from the Atlantic Rainforest…

Jardim dos Beija Flores

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Ademir Carosia - Paisagista e ambientalista, desenvolve projetos de arborização com espécies da flora que são alimento para beija-flores e diversas outras aves. O intuito é que se tenha espécies de plantas para consumo de aves durante todo o ano. É Secretario de Meio Ambiente da cidade de Arceburgo-MG…

Lee's Birding Blog - Almost Birding

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Birding adventures around Surrey, London, southeast England and REGUA - my patch in Brazil's Atlantic Forest…

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Atlantic Forest Info by Juan Culasso

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Naturalist Photographer and Wild Birds Sound recorder. Juan & Juan -Father and Son (blind person) - work together, getting interesting ornithological records. We have always been interested in birds, not always as intensely as now, but they were ever present and had a profound effect upon our lives.

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Bird Photographer - AluiZio Derizans

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