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Bird Photography in South East Brazil 8 days


This is a shorter version of our 11 day trip to SE Brazil,  and here we concentrate our effort to great places for bird photography, especially hummingbirds and tanagers. But there is also good general birding. The idea was to create a trip one could do between two weekends and still get most of the SE Brazil endemics, as well as get excellent opportunities for photographing birds.

Although, this is marked as a bird photography trip, it is as much a birding trip, because of the excellent infrastructure with feeders at the lodges, and local guides who know both how to photography birds, how to get them close and recognise their songs and calls, this tour will make both photographers and a more traditional birders happy. 

Many of the main meals outside of the lodges are in self service restaurants. Excellent value, either as much as you can ear, or you pay per weight of the food. There are ample options for vegetarians or people with special diets. 

No Departures for this Tour

If the departure dates don't fit you, please suggest another date.


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. Vinaceous-breasted Parrot, Rusty-barred Owl

Drive 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 night birding session with for example Tropical Screech-Owl, Rusty-barred Owl, Stygian Owl and Long-trained Nightjar. Here is a checklist for the Campos do Jordao areas. Breakfast included.

Day 2: Campos do Jordao. Swallow-tailed Cotinga and Black-and-Gold Cotinga

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. Frilled Coquette and Tawny-browed Owl

Bird photography 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, Frilled Coquette, Black Jacobin, Violet-capped Woodnymph, Versicolored Emerald, White-throated Hummingbird and Brazilian Ruby, Saffron Toucanet, Magpie, Olive-green and Burnished-buff Tanager, Dusky-legged Guan, Surucua Trogon, Red-breasted Toucan, Pileated Parrot, Velvety Black-Tyrant, etc.

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 Elaenia, 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: Agulhas 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. Here is a checklist for Itatiaia NP including Agulhas Negras road.  In mid-morning we continue to drive the long way to Ubatuba. We shall look for Black-hooded Antwren,  Spot-billed Toucanet, Channel-billed and Red-breasted 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. Here is a checklist for the Ubatuba areas

Day 6: Ubatuba-Los Tucanos

After additional bird photography in Ubatuba, we drive most of the day back to Sao Paulo and on to Trilhas dos Tucanos Lodge south-west of São Paulo. Breakfast and dinner included. 

Day 7:  Trilhas dos Tucanos all day

Fantastic set-up for bird photography with many species of hummingbirds, including Festive Coquette, tanagers, toucans and aracaris. Here is a checklist with all species recorded from Trilhas dos Tucanos. All meals included (some departures will replace this day with a night at Fazenda Intervales instead to have better chance of additional species)

Day 8: Trilhas dos Tucanos to Sao Paolo

Los Tucanos in the morning and transfer a Sao Paolo for flights to Cuiabá or international flights. 

DAY 1 Drive to Campos do Jordao
DAY 2 Campos do Jordao.
DAY 3 Itatiaia NP
DAY 4 Agulhas Negras and Drive to Ubatuba
DAY 5 Ubatuba. Fazenda Angelim and Casa Jonas, Folha Seca
DAY 6 Ubatuba-Trilhas dos Tucanos
DAY 7 Trilhas dos Tucanos all day
DAY 8 Trilhas dos Tucanos to Sao Paolo

Price: US$ 2740 (Minimum 5 people).
Less than 5 people: (see pricing)
Single supplement: 240 US$
Includes guiding from Kolibri Expeditions, transport, checklist, all hotels and meal plan according to the itinerary.


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