Serra dos Tucanos Birding Tours

Atlantic Rain Forest - South East Brazil


During your birding trip with us you will be staying at the lovely Itororo Eco-Lodge. Itororo means the "The Whispering of the Waters" and the property was originally established as a base by Dr. Fritz Dungs who used it as a starting point for numerous tours and expeditions into the Atlantic rain forest for the study and the protection of orchids. During the course of his pioneering work he published two volumes of "Orchidaceae Brasilienses" together with G.F. Pabst, these books are regarded as a fundamental work about the Brazilian Orchids. The concept for setting up the lodge for botanical tours was Dr. Fritz Dungs' son Rainer. Rainer now lives at and manages the lodge full time, he has a wealth of botanical knowledge and is always on hand to answer any botanical questions you may have.

The lodge offers simple but comfortable accommodation, and the location is truly beautiful! Situated in its own private valley surrounded by forest at an altitude of 1200m the lodge provides the perfect base from which to explore the abundant bird life that this area supports.

Itororo Lodge suites 1 and 2 © Andy Foster

One of our en-suite rooms © Rainer Dungs

One of our en-suite rooms © Rainer Dungs

One of our en-suite rooms © Rainer Dungs

One of our en-suite rooms © Rainer Dungs

One of our en-suite rooms © Rainer Dungs

One of our en-suite rooms © Rainer Dungs

Well located just 2.5 hours from Rio de Janeiro the lodge has various types of accommodation. We are pleased to be able to offer 7 well appointed twin or double en-suite rooms, some with their own open fireplaces to help keep you warm during those cooler winter evenings! All of the en-suite rooms can also be used as single rooms for those that prefer, please enquire for further details.


There is a small veranda at the front of the main lodge that is the perfect place to sit and watch some of the feeders, this together with the decking area provides comfortable areas to sit and relax upon our return from a great days birding in the field! The dining room is located within the main lodge and each of the larger log cabins has its own lounge area, this is where we will often base ourselves to run through the days bird checklist. There is also an extensive collection of bird reference books at the lodge which guests are free to browse through.


There are several feeding stations located around the main lodge and another couple located on one of the main forest trails, right on the edge of the primary forest. All feeders attract a variety of colourful birds from Parakeets to Tanagers, these together with the hummingbird feeders offer some great photographic opportunities. For those interested in the local flora there is also a beautiful Orchid and Bromeliad garden.


The decking area at the Lodge provides a comfortable area in which to relax in truly stunning surroundings! © Andy Foster

The lodges water supply is from a natural mineral water spring located further up the mountain, this provides fresh water directly to the lodge and also feeds a natural swimming pool within the lodge grounds. This offers a superb place to cool off during the heat of the day or to refresh yourself upon returning from a days birding in the forest!

Natural swimming pool at the Lodge © Rainer Dungs

WiFi internet connection is also available free of charge to guests but please note that the connection is only sufficient enough to check e-mails only.

Early breakfasts are always available together with a cooked lunch or a packed lunch if you are going out for the day. In the evening we offer our guests the opportunity to run through the daily bird checklist, after which a delicious home cooked dinner is served. We also cater for vegetarians and any other dietary requirements, but please let us know before your arrival.

Dining area at the Lodge © Rainer Dungs

View of the spectacular primary forest © Andy Foster


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