Serra dos Tucanos Birding Tours has now been established for 15 years and offers expertly led birding tours to the Atlantic rain forest of south-east Brazil. For the last 13 years we have owned and been based at Serra dos Tucanos Lodge, but just recently we have relocated and are now based at the Itororo Eco-Lodge just 40 minutes away from our previous location. Serra dos Tucanos Lodge is now closed and we will be running all future tours from our new location.
The new lodge is located within the 58,790ha Tres Picos State Park and is tucked away in its own private valley of 50 acres at an altitude of 1150m. Surrounded by forest, the lodge sits in a truly privileged and quiet location and has its own trail network, providing guests with the opportunity of seeing many species within a short distance from the lodge.
A distant view of Itororo Lodge located in its own peaceful valley © Andy Foster
Itororo Lodge will be the new base for all of our birding tours © Andy Foster
The Lodge offers accommodation for up to 12 people, making it small enough not to interfere with the surrounding environment and to be managed in such a way that guests feel like they are staying at a true home from home. The lodge is situated in large landscaped gardens and surrounded by forest, there is also an orchid and bromeliad garden and an array of flowering and fruting trees and plants that attract a wealth of fauna into the lodge grounds. For those wishing to explore further we have a number of trails within the grounds that offer a variety of walks and excellent opportunities to search for various species of birds. We also offer an extensive range of expertly guided birding excursions to local trails at all altitudes within the local area, this ensures that you get the opportunity to see as many species as possible during your stay with us.
From June 2015 we will be offering fixed itineraries with a minimum 7 night stay with us, we may have some flexibility if you just want accommodation, so please enquire for further details.
Spot-billed Toucanet © Alan Jones
In the 50 acre grounds of the lodge we have recorded over 150 species, of which 50+ are Atlantic forest endemics! The grounds also have a number of bird tables, feeding stations and hummingbird feeders, which offer a chance to see a number of species close-up and provide some great photographic opportunities!
During the past 15 years we have gained a wealth of knowledge of the local birds including calls, seasonal movements, breeding sites and stake outs for particularly sought after species. Having spent countless hours in the field we are extremely knowledgeable and experienced in ensuring that our guests have a great time and see numerous species of birds well, including many of the rarities and endemics. You can either book a trip with us independently or join one of the many well known bird tour operators that now chose to stay with us.
Itororo Lodge nestles within its own 50 acres of Atlantic rain forest © Andy Foster
Serra dos Tucanos Birding Tours is owned and managed by Andy and Cristina Foster. Andy leads all of the tours and has been birding and guiding in Brazil since 1995, he has an excellent knowledge of the birds around the lodge and local area. Born and raised in the UK, Andy worked at Pagham Harbour Local Nature Reserve on the south coast where he was responsible for the biological recording for the site. Originally from Romania, Cristina moved to the UK in 1990 where she later graduated with a degree in Business and Tourism from Canterbury University.
Green-headed Tanager© Andy Foster
The lodge is located just 2.5 hours from Rio de Janeiro and offers very easy access to all of the other local birding sites. Great birding, stunning surroundings, comfortable accommodation, easy access and friendly staff make it the best location from which to explore the wealth of flora and fauna of the Atlantic rain forest.
Why not contact us and let Serra dos Tucanos Birding Tours share with you the wonderful birds of the Atlantic rain forest!
Brazilian Tanager © Ron Brown