Day 0. Arrival in Sao Paulo.
Those who come early can make arrangements through us to do some birdwatching or bird photography in the afternoon. Night in Guarulhos close to the airport.
Day 1. Drive to Campos do Jordao.
Picking people at the airport who may have arrived predawn, we continue to Campos do Jordão, a pleasant village in the hills some 3 hours from Sao Paulo. After checking in we shall start exploring the surroundings. Swallow-tailed Cotinga, Araucaria Tit-Spinetail and Aplomado Falcon are among the targets. The Araucaria forest is great for Vinaceous-breasted Parrot which comes to roost at dusk. After sunset we start a spectacular nightbirding session with for example Tropical Screech-Owl, Rusty-barred Owl, Stygian Owl and Long-trained Nightjar. Breakfast included.
Day 2. Morning near Campos do Jordao for Rufous-tailed Ant-thrush, Golden-rumped Euphonia, Surucua Trogon, Bay-chested Warbling-Finch and Diademed Tanager. If we are lucky also Black-and-Gold Cotinga. In the afternoon we drive to Itatiaia and do some general birding of wetlands and fields for Streamer-tailed Tyrant, Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture, White-tailed Hawk, Firewood-gatherer and White-rumped Monjita and Slaty-breasted Wood-Rail. Shooting distance may vary. Night in Night in Itatiaia, just outside the park. Breakfast included.
Day 3. Itatiaia NP Birdphotography all day in the Brazil’s first National Park Itatiaia. At the Hotel Ype there are wonderful feeders and flowering bushes which attracts Scaly-throated and Planalto Hermit, Saffron Toucanet, Magpie, Olive- green and Burnished-buff Tanager, Dusky-legged Guan, Surucua Trogon, Red-breasted Toucan, Pileated Parrot, Velvety Black-Tyrant
We have an excellent lunch at Hotel Ype. In the afternoon we may explore Tres Picos Trail and the grounds of the old Hotel Simon and do some birding like activities with views Bat Falcon, White- bearded Antshrike, Star-throated Antwren, Ochre-rumped and White-bibbed Antbird, Plain-winged Woodcreeper, Sharp-tailed Streamcreeper, Grey Eleania, Pin-tailed Manakin and White-browed Warbler. Others may just want to stay shooting birds at the hotel. At dusk, we shall try for Tawny-browed Owl near Hotel Ype.
Night in Itatiaia, just outside the park. Breakfast and lunch included.
Day 4. Algulhas Negras and Drive to Ubatuba.
In the morning we shall check the highland Agulhas Negras road in Itatiaia National Park, with good chance of seeing Green-crowned Plovercrest and passerines like Black-capped Piprites, Diademed and Brassy-breasted Tanager and Rufous-tailed Antbird. In mid morning we continue to drive the long way to Ubatuba. We shall look for Toucans and Bare-throated Bellbird en route. Night in Ubatuba. Breakfast included.
Day 5. Ubatuba. Fazenda Angelim and Casa Jonas, Folha Seca.
At Fazenda Angelim we shall work with playback. There are many birds to photograph from the road and the clearing including Buff-throated Purpletuft.
In the afternoon at Folha Seca there are feeders with lots of hummingbirds. Festive Coquette, Violet-capped Woodnymph, Saw-billed Hermit, Brazilian Ruby, Swallow-tailed Hummingbird, Sombre Hummingbird, Versicolored Emerald, Glittering- throated Emerald and White- chinned Sapphire.
Other birds include Ruby- crowned, Brazilian, Azure-shouldered, Green-headed and Red-necked Tanager, Blue Dacnis, Green Honeycreeper and Violaceous and Chestnut-bellied Euphonia. Breakfast included.
Day 6. Ubatuba-Fazenda Intervales. After additional bird photography in Ubatuba, we drive most of the day back to Sao Paulo and on to Los Tucanos Lodge south-west of São Paulo. Breakfast and dinner included.
Day 7. Los Tucanos all day.
Fantastic set-up for bird photography with many species of hummingbirds, tanagers, toucans and aracaris. All meals included
Day 8. Los Tucanos in the morning and transfer a Sao Paolo for flights to Cuiabá or international flights.