The Atlantic rainforests of southern Brazil are home to some of the highest concentrations of endemic species in the country. With this tour specially designed for photographers, Birding Experience will allow you to access different reserves and sites in the Mata Atlantica, where a veritable feast of birds awaits you in the birdhouses, hummingbird gardens and other feeding sites, making it easy to take photographs.

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7 days
From 1550 US$
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Day 1: Sao Paolo - Intervalles

Departure from Sao Paolo to our first observation areas; the southern Brazilian Atlantic forests. The most important endemic hot spot of the country. During the next few days we will be walking between different reserves and lodges of ornithological importance that will allow us to maximize our photographic captures without too much fatigue. The Intervales Park protects a large part of these lush forests where an extraordinary number of endemic species live. We will start this first afternoon by exploring the main road and the areas around our lodge, both by day and by night. We will spend two nights in a charming lodge.

Dinner and overnight stay in a standard lodge.

Bilingual guide, private transport

Key species: Orange-breasted Thornbid, Rufous-capped Antshrike, Green-headed Tanager, Green-barred Woodpeckers, Rufous Hornero, Southern Lapwing, Cliff Flycatcher, White-rumped Swallow, Picazuro Pigeon, Buffy-fronted Seedeater, Rusty-barred Owl, Long-trained Nightjar.

Day 2: Parque Estadual Intervales

The Intervales Park, located in the Serra de Paranapiacaba mountain range, is famous for its excellent forest condition, multitude of trails and sightseeing sites and the presence of a large number of bird species. Accompanied by a local guide, we will search for rare pearls at the various sites of interest, including the numerous feeding stations and blinds. Inside the park, even the most closed areas are suitable for wildlife and bird photography. The various trails are wide enough to let in a decent amount of light, allowing us to photograph many of the birds in optimal conditions. Night birding is also promising and we will spend some time each evening doing this.

Dinner and overnight in a standard lodge.

Bilingual guide, private transport

Key species: Solitary Tinamou, Black-fronted Piping Guan, Mantled Hawk, Spot-winged Wood-Quail, Red-and-white Crake, Rusty-breasted Nunlet, Spot-billed Toucanet, Saffron Toucanet, Helmeted Woodpecker, Yellow-fronted Woodpeckers Pale‑browed Treehunter, Giant Antshrike, White‑bearded Antshrike, Squamate Antbird, White-breasted Tapaculo, Swallow-tailed Cotinga, Sharpbill, Sao Paulo Tyrannulet, Temminck’s Seedeater, Hooded Berryeater, Chestnut-back Tanager, Black-legged Dacnis, Least Pygmy-Owl, Mottled Owl, Long-tufted Screech-Owl

Day 3: Parque Estadual Intervales

Early in the morning, we will head to a new observation area for a new photographic session of some of the rare undergrowth species that come to the feeders on a regular basis; tanagers, toucans, treecreepers, antpittas, etc... During the rest of the day we will complete our observations and photography on complementary areas in order not to lose any of the diversity of the place. We will also try some aquatic species around the lagoon. Last night out around our lodge before dinner.

Dinner and overnight at the same lodge

Bilingual guide, private transport

Key species: Yellow-legged Tinamou, Spot-winged Woodquail, Variegated Antpitta, Red-and-white Crake, Russet-winged Spadebill, Pin-tailed Manakin, Serra do Mar Tyrant-Manakin, Cinnamon-vented Piha, Bare-throated Bellbird, Swallow-tailed Cotinga, Red-ruffed Fruitcrow, Azure-shouldered Tanager, Golden-chevroned Tanager, Olive-green Tanager, Black-legged Dacnis, Brown Tanager, Golden-winged Cacique.

Day 4: Intervales – Trilha Dos Tucanos

Early breakfast to finalize our last shots on the highest trails of the reserve before heading north to our new destination, the private reserve Trilha dos Tucanos. After a three hour drive, we arrived at the lodge where we quickly settled in to enjoy the various facilities installed for birders and photographers. The different feeders for fruit, seeds and nectar attract a wide range of colourful species, some of which are endemic and much sought after by photographers. Here you can see callistas, aracaris, tangaras, woodpeckers, organ grasses, toucanets, as well as a large number of hummingbirds and some mammals.

Dinner and overnight in a standard Eco-Lodge.

Bilingual guide, private transport

Key species: Scale-throated Hermit, Brazilian Ruby, Violet-capped Woodnymph, Black Jacobin, Versicolored Emerald, White-throated Hummingbird, Azure-shouldered, Tanager, Golden-chevroned Tanager, Green-headed Tanager, Ruby-crowned Tanager, Black-goggled Tanager, Magpie Tanager, Olive-green Tanager, Chestnut-bellied Euphonia Violaceous Euphonia, Golden-winged Cacique, Red-rumped Cacique, Rufous-bellied Thrush, Plain Parakeet.

Day 5: Trilha Dos Tucanos

The 70 hectare private reserve of Trilha dos Tucanos Lodge is historically an important conservation area. It is home to a similar but complementary fauna to that of our previous lodge. We will plan this day according to the species missing from our photographic record. We will spend time on the trails of the reserve but also in the special blind to target some of the undergrowth birds. A night out will bring us to meet new species of owls.

All meals and overnight at the same lodge.

Bilingual guide, private transport

Key species: Atlantic Royal Flycatcher, Variegated Antpitta, Brazilian Ruby, Spot-billed Toucanet, Red-breasted Toucan, Maroon-bellied Parakeet, Yellow-fronted Woodpecker, Surucua Trogon, Black-throated Grosbeak, Olive-green tanager, Azure-shouldered Tanager, Black-capped Screech-Owl, Tawny-browed Owl

Day 6: Trilha Dos Tucanos

Last day in the Brazilian Atlantic forests, to try to culminate our portfolio of the local fauna is endemic to this region of Brazil. Depending on the climate and the group's wishes, we will decide on the pace of the day, between trails, lookouts, main roads, blinds or feeders, we will try during the whole day to complete or improve our shots of Brazilian birdlife.

All meals and overnight at the same lodge.

Bilingual guide, private transport

Key species: Bay-chested Warbling Finch, Diademed Tanager, Blue-billed Black Tyrant, Rufous-tailed Antbird., Grey-winged Cotinga, Serra do Mar Tyrannulet, Swallow-tailed Cotinga, Black and Gold Cotinga, Brazilian Antthrush, Mouse-colored Tapaculo. Itatiaia Thistletail., Rufous-backed Antvireo, Large-tailed Antshrike, Green-crowned Plovercrest, Bay-chested Warbling-Finch, Red-legged Seriema.

Day 7: Trilha Dos Tucanos - São Paulo

At dawn this morning we will be able to complete our observations around the lodge before heading back to São Paulo to the international airport for our return flight.

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Prices per person

2 travelers 4 travelers 6 travelers 8 travelers
2,890 US$ 1,890 US$ 1,550 US$ 1,430 US$

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  • Private transport (petrol, road taxes, parking, insurance for vehicle and passengers).
  • Entrance fees to the sites mentioned in the itinerary
  • All transfers as mentioned.
  • Bilingual naturalist guide for the entire mainland
  • Local guide for some reserves
  • 24-hour assistance
  • Accommodation in double room, private bathroom - (Hotels, Fazendas, Pousadas and lodge of charm and standard category)
  • All meals as mentioned picnic for some hikes.
  • Telescope at disposal with possibility of digiscoping

Not included

  • International and domestic flights. (You can consult our list of tour operators offering dry flights).
  • Luggage weight supplements for flights (23 kg allowed on internal flights)
  • Single room supplement (subject to availability)
  • Soft and alcoholic drinks for all meals.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Personal insurance.
  • Bank commissions for payments.

Important note

Itineraries may be subject to last minute changes due to natural events or changes in domestic legislation. The visitor must take into account and accept the possibility of last minute changes in the organisation of the trip. The operator therefore reserves the right to make any changes necessary to ensure the safety and integrity of the travellers and to comply with the laws in force. The hotels are given as an indication subject to availability at the time of booking the tour. In case of unavailability, a hotel of the same category will be proposed

* In US dollars based on double room accommodation. These rates are valid for the dates offered but may be subject to increase at the time of booking and depending on the tourist season and local holidays. Our quotations are calculated in US Dollars and we are committed to this amount. The equivalent value in Euros or in any other currency is therefore indicative and calculated on the basis of the exchange rate on the day of the offer.


Photo credits: Dusan Brinkhuizen, Xavier Amigo

Your guide for this trip

Xavier Amigo

Xavier Amigo

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A great enthusiast of the neo-tropical environment, he has now resided for more than 25 years in Ecuador, where he founded Nature Experience. A self-taught ornithologist and naturalist, he holds a diploma in Conservation Strategy and Techniques in the neo-tropical zone, an active member of several conservation foundations and a founding member of the National Bird Watch Network ( RedAvesEcuador). He will help you in the elaboration of your natural, ornithological and professional requests. He will also share with you his experience of more than fifteen years as a guide in Colombia, Ecuador, Brazil but also in Peru and the Galapagos.

Characteristics of the trip

Travel theme

Birdwatching and Photography


Bilingual specialist guide


from 4 to 8 participants

Arrival city

São Paulo

Departure city

São Paulo


Charming Hotels, Lodges, Pouzadas and Fazenda

Physical condition

none to moderate (some walks in open areas, although slow, can be tiring due to hot weather conditions)
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