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SOUTHEAST BRAZIL: SÃO PAULO TO RIO GRANDE DO SUL

Brazil Birding Tours: our São Paulo to Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil bird watching holiday explores the southern part of the extraordinarily endemic-rich but highly threatened Atlantic Forest region of this great bird watching country. This Brazil birding tour is the second part of our Ultimate Southeast Brazil tour and produces an extraordinarily high proportion of the many endemic specialities of this birdy and vibrant part of the world.

Monday 19th November — Saturday 1st December 2018
(13 days)


Leader: Eduardo Patrial

Group Size Limit: 8

Tour Category: Easy walking for the most part and comfortable accommodations

Southeast Brazil has a wealth of special birds, few more impressive than the tiny Festive Coquette (Pete Morris)

Southeast Brazil has a wealth of special birds, few more impressive than the tiny Festive Coquette (Pete Morris)

Brazil! Everything about this romantic country is impressive – its territory is larger than the whole of Western Europe, more than 3,300,000 square miles or 8,550,000 square kilometres, it contains almost the entire length (4311 miles or 6937km) of the world’s longest river, the mighty Amazon, and its human population of nearly 200 million people represents the greatest racial melting pot on earth.

To most of us Brazil conjures up images of the noise and colour of Carnival, the excitement of the samba, the crowds on Copacabana Beach, unstoppable Pele dazzling his opponents and, most of all, the huge, gleaming white statue of Jesus and the famous sugarloaf mountain that dominate the beautiful harbour of Rio de Janeiro.

Away from the hustle and bustle of the overcrowded cities, where the bulk of Brazil’s ever expanding population are concentrated, are to be found some of the continent’s most magnificent wildlife habitats and some of its finest birding. Brazil contains some of South America’s least known and most endangered birds.

Although birdwatchers tend initially to associate Brazil with the vast Amazonian rainforests and their unbelievable avian diversity, or perhaps with the supreme waterbird spectacle of the Pantanal, it is the southeast corner of the country where Brazil’s richest concentration of localized, rare and little-known birds survive. Through a succession of ice ages and inter-glacial periods the largest concentration of endemic birds to be found on the continent (over 170 species) evolved in the southeastern region of this huge country and immediately adjacent areas, isolated from the mainstream of Amazonian evolution by the dry cerrado and caatinga of central Brazil. Attacked for centuries by its new human colonists, the coastal forests that once covered vast areas have now shrunk to small remnants of what once was. Less than five percent of the original Atlantic Forest remains and this specially designed tour focuses on the highly threatened avifauna of the states of São Paulo, Paraná and Rio Grande do Sul. These coastal forest ecosystems represent the most endangered continental flora and fauna on Earth.

During our travels we shall seek to observe a very high proportion of the fabulous endemic birds, which include a splendid smattering of glittering hummingbirds, skulking antbirds, retiring tapaculos and alluring cotingas. The quality of the birding in this marvellous region of Brazil is rivalled by the excellent standard of the accommodation, food and transportation.

From the metropolis of São Paulo we travel southwards into the pristine forests of the Serra de Paranapiacaba, the largest continuous Atlantic Forest remnant in the wider geographical area known as the Serra do Mar, where our targets include such splendid birds as Black-fronted Piping-Guan, White-bearded Antshrike and Helmeted Woodpecker. After we finally leave the spectacular forested hilly country behind, we will look for Red-tailed Amazons in the coastal forests and mangroves situated below the southern portion of the Serra do Mar.

Further south along the coast, the dense humid bromeliad forest, restinga and marshes are home of peculiar and poorly known inhabitants such as Kaempfer’s Tody Tyrant, Restinga Tyrannulet and Marsh (or Parana) Antwren. Later, as we explore the plateau again, the area surrounding Curitiba, the capital of Paraná state, with its Araucaria-dominated forests will provide unique species like Chestnut-headed Tanager, Canebrake Groundcreeper and Long-tufted Screech-Owl.

Finally we will explore the state of Rio Grande do Sul in southernmost Brazil. The undulating grasslands, impressive Araucaria forests and freshwater marshes of the temperate, southern state of Rio Grande do Sul hold a handful of very special birds. The restricted range Long-tailed Cinclodes is endemic to this remote corner of Brazil, and we should also add spectacular Red-spectacled and Vinaceous Parrots, Mottled Piculet, Black-bellied Seedeater, Green-chinned Euphonia and Chestnut-backed Tanager to the tally.

Birdquest has operated tours to southeast Brazil since 1989.

Accommodation & Road Transport: The hotels/lodges are mostly of good standard, sometimes medium standard. Road transport is by minibus and roads are good.

Walking: The walking effort is easy for the most part, sometimes moderate.

Climate: Generally warm or hot, dry and sunny at lower altitudes, but cool in upland areas overcast weather is quite regular and we may experience rain. It will be quite humid in places.

Bird Photography: Opportunities are worthwhile.

Can be taken together with: SOUTHEAST BRAZIL: ESPIRITO SANTO & RIO DE JANEIRO

Tour Price: £3490, €3970, $4570 São Paulo/Porto Alegre. Single Room Supplement: £240, €273, $314. Deposit: £450, €540, $590.

Includes surface transportation, accommodations, meals, water, entrance fees and tips/gratuities.

Also includes this flight: Curitiba-Porto Alegre.

Base prices for this tour are in US Dollars. The exchange rates applied at the time of costing were: £1 = $1.310 and €1 = $1.150.

Air Travel To & From The Tour: Our in-house IATA ticket agency will be pleased to arrange your air travel on request, or you may arrange this yourself if you prefer.

The endemic Swallow-tailed Cotinga is a highly-sought speciality, and is not always seen in such concentrations! (Pete Morris)

The endemic Swallow-tailed Cotinga is a highly-sought speciality, and is not always seen in such concentrations! (Pete Morris)

Plenty of other splendid species occur such as the Surucua Trogon (Mark Van Beirs)

Plenty of other splendid species occur such as the Surucua Trogon (Mark Van Beirs)

The attractive Hooded Berryeater (Pete Morris)

The attractive Hooded Berryeater (Pete Morris)

And for the family listers, Southeast Brazil is an excellent place to see Sharpbill (Pete Morris)

And for the family listers, Southeast Brazil is an excellent place to see Sharpbill (Pete Morris)

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