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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. The State has in excess of 750 species, with over 100 endemics. Most of these endemics are to be found in the Atlantic forest.
On this tour we will discover the beauties, colors and all the biodiversity that the Atlantic Forest reserves for us!
– 07 in Rio de Janeiro with half board
– Private transfers and excursions with English tour guide
Not Included: COVID test, International flights and taxes, toiletries, laundry service, room service, tips or gratuity, medical expenses (not covered for evet insurance), alcoholic drinks, international phone calls, activities not included in the itinerary, extensions of a trip due to circumstances beyond our control.
* Our itinerary may change only in case of unfavourable weather conditions, in which case we will change to an alternative activity or move the date of the missed tour to the day off.
* Our team in Brazil is always at your service to check on any emergency arised or to solve any problems come upon within the group during the trip.
* Tours are exclusive to our groups only. Our groups are formed by 2 people, and may reach a maximum of 06 people. Our tours are carried out in a comfortable minibus, and the groups are always accompanied by a translator.
Accommodation: Our hotels and lodges vary in quality but all are within close proximity to many of areas we wish to go birding or to see wildlife HARPIA TOURS, just operate high quality tours, in this case you can be sure that hotels ad lodges will be from good to high quality, safe and clean. For more details about hotels that we use in this tour, please write us or call us
Today we will welcome our guests at the international airport of Rio de Janeiro and head to our home, where our visitors can rest from the long journey.
An easy-walk hiking trail in a friendly place in order to see the birds of the “Restinga” ecosystem, and also a visit to the newly opened Birding Tower. In addition to the birds, we can also observe caimans and capybaras. In the afternoon we will offer tours on some wild beaches in Rio. For those not willing to beach-going, staying in the hotel will be an option, with the possibility of observation of some birds at the hotel area.
Key Species: Spoonbill, Cocoi Heron, Greater Ani, Gray-necked Wood-Rail, Ringed Kingfisher, Squirrel Cuckoo, Yellow-eared Woodpecker, Green-barred Woodpecker, Chestnut-backed Antshrike, Sooretama Slaty-Antshrike.
E-bird Hotspot: https://ebird.org/hotspot/L8315393
Located in the heart of Rio de Janeiro, with access to the city’s northern, southern and western zones, Tijuca National Park protects the largest urban forest in the world with an area of 3,953 hectares of the Atlantic Forest. As a result of one of the most successful reforestation projects in Brazil, the PNT forests are now home to a wide variety of endemic species of the Atlantic Forest.
Key Species: Frilled Coquette, Stripe-breasted Starthroat, White-necked Hawk, Saffron Toucanet, Crescent-chested Puffbird, including endangered birds likes White-browed Woodpecker, Ochre-marked Parakeet and Maroon-faced Parakeet.
E-bird Hotspot: https://ebird.org/hotspot/L3107704
Jardim Botânico do Rio is the oldest Botanical Garden in Brazil, with more than 200 years of history. Occupying an area of 540,000 square meters, the Garden has more than 3,400 species of different plants, coming from different regions of the world, making this area a true paradise for birds, which use the arboretum as a place of feeding, breeding and nesting.
Key Species: Channel-billed Toucan, Green-headed Tanager, Red-necked Tanager, Chestnut-bellied Euphonia, Orange-bellied Euphonia, Maroon-bellied Parakeet, Jandaya Parakeet, Red-shouldered Macaw, Plain Parakeet, Striated Heron.
E-bird Hotspot: https://ebird.org/hotspot/L494684
For birdwatchers, one remarkable attraction on the park is a hanging jetty with more than 1km long. From there, the birdwatcher can observe the middle layer of the forest at eye level. The landscape is dominated by native bamboo and there are still several juara palm trees. It is a great place to observe typical species of the mountain forest, especially birds that eat bamboo leaves.
Key Species: Rufous-backed Antvireo, Brassy-brested Tanager, Pin-tailed Manakin, Brazilian Ruby, Brown Tanager, Salvadori’s Antwren, Black-cheeked Gnateater and Buff-bellied Puffbird.
E-bird Hotspot: https://ebird.org/hotspot/L612846
After breakfast we’ll drive back to the city and head to the inn Cantinho das Garças, where we will spend two more nights. In the afternoon the group will be free to choose its individual activities, we will stay around for questions and/or inquiries.
A pleasant walk, overlooking the sea, by the foothill of Sugarloaf. Therein we’ll probably be watching great sightings of Brazilian tanagers through an easy walking path. After bird watching we go up to the famous Sugar Loaf, for beautiful views of the entire city.
E-bird Hotspot: https://ebird.org/hotspot/L3592545
This is the day to say goodbye to our guests and sadly we will take them to the international airport of Rio de Janeiro. Saudades !