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Saffron Toucanet. Photo by Eduardo Patrial. BRAZIL!
Atlantic Forest &
Southern Specialties

With Eduardo Patrial!

March 27 - April 11, 2018

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Festive Coquette. Photo by Eduardo Patrial. All serious birders know that BRAZIL is a MUST VISIT country!
This tour, designed by top guide Eduardo Patrial explores southern Brazil and the finest and most preserved areas of the rich and world-threatened Atlantic Forest. The famed Atlantic Forest offers a good number of avian specialties and endemics and further south you can find unrivaled birding spectacles and a host of range restricted species. Eduardo introduced us to this area in 2015 and we can’t be back there soon enough!

From São Paulo south to Porto Alegre, the capital of Rio Grande do Sul state, our itinerary investigates a vast array of bird-filled habitats including the montane forests along the hills of Serra do Mar, coastal lowland forests, mangroves and estuary, grasslands, unique Araucaria woodlands, high plateaus, and the coastal Pampa with its spectacular freshwater environments reminiscent of the Pantanal. With more than four hundred species of birds on offer, this trip offers chances to see more than a hundred Brazilian endemics with plenty of hummingbirds, cotingas, antbirds and more. The many highlights of this tour include the famed Intervales State Park and Paranaguá’s Bay for Red-tailed Amazon and the Scarlet Ibis spectacle.

Eduardo Patrial. Photo by Gina Nichol. Join us for exceptional birding and the chance to see astonishing landscapes and the avian treasures of the Atlantic Rainforest and Southern Brazil.

Eduardo Patrial
This tour will be led by one of the top guides in Brazil, Eduardo Patrial (Photo: Gina Nichol).  Eduardo is our very good friend and though he is in high demand, he is pleased to lead our Pantanal tour with his extensive knowledge and field experience. Eduardo lives in Londrina in southern Brazil and guides all over the country. Eduardo's early ornithological experience includes banding and surveying birds and conducting field research in several regions of Brazil including the Pantanal, the Caatinga, the Amazon and the Atlantic Forest among others. His years in the field have resulted in his superb understanding of bird habits and habitats. He is an avid bird sound recordist and has an extraordinary knowledge of bird songs. Eduardo is simply a master at finding birds! His excellent English, pleasant personality, good humor and way with people make him a fabulous tour guide.

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Day 1 – Arrival in São Paulo (Guarulhos International Airport, Airport code: GRU). Transfer to Intervales State Park.

Day 2 - 5 – Intervales State Park
Located in the hills of Serra do Paranapiacaba, Intervales is, for many, the best place to visit in the Atlantic Forest. The park offers basic but comfortable accommodation with three different lodges (Pica-pau, Esquilo and Onça Pintada). A huge system of trails offers good access to the forest and expert local guides keep track of and deliver some of the most sought after Atlantic Forest species. Bird composition is very similar to Trilha dos Tucanos but we shall be looking for many other species that do not occur there. Highlights include Solitary Tinamou, Spot-winged Woodquail, Red-and-white Crake, Grey-bellied Hawk, Pavonine Cuckoo, Black-capped and Long-tufted Screech Owls, Rusty-barred and Stygian Owls, Long-trained and Silky-tailed Nightjars, Purple-crested Plovercrest, Dusky-throated Hermit, Rufous-capped Motmot, Buff-bellied Puffbird, Helmeted and Robust Woodpeckers, Giant, Spot-backed, Large-tailed, Tufted and White-bearded Antshrikes, Bertoni’s, Dusky-tailed, Ferruginous, Ochre-rumped and Squamate Antbirds, Orange-breasted Thornbird, Spotted Bamboowren, Slaty Bristlefront, Hooded Berryeater, Bare-throated Bellbird, Variegated Antpitta, Short-tailed and Cryptic Antthrushes, Russet-winged Spadebill, Sharpbill, Brassy-breasted, Red-necked, Chestnut-backed and Brown Tanagers, Green-chinned Euphonia, Temminck’s and Buffy-fronted Seedeaters and more. We will have 2 full days to explore the Park and find its avian treasures.


Day 5– Early transfer to Curitiba, capital of Paraná State
Positioned in the proper South Region of the Brazil, we will spend one night in the Paraná capital to look for the few targets species we need here in the Araucaria mixed forest like the uncommon Canebrake Groundcreeper and Chestnut-headed Tanager. There is also the chance to spot Olive Spinetail, Grey-throated Warbling Finch, Araucaria Tit-Spinetail and Grey-bellied Spinetail. Curitiba is famous by its several ‘Churrascarias’ (steak houses) and we shall try one for dinner.

Day 6 – Morning at Graciosa Road / Afternoon with boat trip at Paranaguá’s Bay for Red-tailed Amazon and Scarlet Ibis
We will spend a morning covering the beautiful Graciosa Road that cuts the Serra do Mar from the top down to the foothill town of Morretes. On the hilltop we will be enjoying similar birds to Intervales, but with emphasis to find the secretive Speckle-breasted Antpitta. Driving to lower elevation we will be looking for the loud Azure Jay, the endemic Long-billed Wren, Unicolored Antwren, Black-capped Foliage-Gleaner, loads of Red-necked Tanagers and more.

After a lovely lunch in the little historical town of Morretes, we will reach the Paranaguá’s Bay, the largest bay in the South Region. Taking a fast boat at Pontal do Sul we will cross the bay enjoy superb scenery through mangroves with the Serra do Mar in the background. By the edge of a little island we will wait for hundreds of our main target species coming to roost, the threatened and localized Red-tailed Amazon. To finish the boat trip we will enjoy another roosting site with near three hundred Scarlet Ibis, making that an unforgettable sunset. Back to land we drive more half an hour to the town of Caiobá for overnight at Caiobá Praia Hotel.


Day 7– Full day covering Itapoá and Volta Velha Reserve
From Caiobá we take a ferry of fifteen minutes to cross the Guaratuba’s Bay and reach the municipality of Itapoá in Santa Catarina State. At our first stop around Barra do Saí, we will search for the localized endemics like Restinga Tyrannulet, Kaempfer’s Tody-Tyrant and Black-backed Tanager, with chances to see many other species such as Rufous-winged Antwren, White-bearded Manakin, Three-striped Flycatcher, Azure Jay, Unicolored Antwren, Eye-ringed Tody-Tyrant and more.

The rest of morning will be spent at Volta Velha Reserve and its stunning humid forest. Open areas should provide the endemic Scaled Chachalaca, loads of Brazilian Tanagers and chances for Grey-breasted and Ash-throated Crakes. The Reserve’s fruit feeder always bring a good collection of colorful species as Green-headed, Red-necked and Black-backed Tanagers and Violaceous and Chestnut-bellied Euphonias. In the forest we expect the presence of the endemic and very shy Yellow-legged Tinamou plus Green-backed Trogon, Crescent-chested Puffbird, Robust Woodpecker, Spot-backed Antshrike, Scaled and Squamate Antbirds, Pale-browed Treehunter, Rufous-capped Antthrush, White-breasted Tapaculo, Eye-ringed and Kaempfer’s Tody-Tyrants, Restinga Tyrannulet, Riverbank Warbler and more. In the afternoon we will visit the locality of Pontal to see the endangered endemic Parana (Marsh) Antwren. The rest of day at Volta Velha Reserve. Night birding offers good chances for Mottled Owl and Black-capped Screech Owl. Overnight at Volta Velha.


Days 8 - 10 – Morning transfer to Urupema in Santa Catarina State, Eco Pousada Rio dos Touros.
This charming little lodge on the high plateau dominated by grasslands and Araucaria woods in southern Santa Catarina is certainly the highlight place of the tour. Beautiful landscapes, good food (and local wines) and great birds make Urupema and Rio dos Touros a top bird watching destination. At the lodge we will be looking for hundreds, maybe thousands of Red-spectacled Amazon (a seasonal species due to the Araucaria seeds) and also a good number of Vinaceous-breasted Amazon, plus Mottled Piculet, Araucaria Tit-Spinetail, endemic Striolated Tit-Spinetail, Olive Spinetail, Scalloped Woodcreeper, Planalto Tapaculo and feeders with Chestnut-backed, Red (Lowland Hepatic) and Diademed Tanagers and Thick-billed Saltator. Areas of grassland will provide the endemic Long-tailed Cinclodes, Freckle-breasted Thornbird, Firewood Gatherer, the stunning Black-and-white Monjita, Yellow-rumped Marshbird, Long-tailed Reed Finch, Lesser Grass Finch, Pampa Finch and if we’re lucky, the uncommon Saffron-cowled Blackbird and Crowned Solitary Eagle. We’ll also hope to see the seasonal endemic Black-bellied Seedeater. At hilly forest we will look for Rufous-tailed Antthrush, Serra do Mar Tyrannulet and Bay-chested Warbling Finch. Night birding counts on Giant Snipe, Rusty-barred Owl, Long-tufted Screech Owl and small chances for the rare Sickle-winged Nightjar.


Day 11 – Early transfer to Vacaria, Rio Grande do Sul State (overnight at Hotel San Bernardo)
Driving south through the same domain of grasslands and Araucaria Woodland we cross the state border into Rio Grande do Sul. Nice areas of grasslands and marshes around Vacaria will offer extra chances to find Sickle-winged Nightjar and Saffron-cowled Blackbird, plus some other uncommon target species such as Marsh Tapaculo, Sharp-tailed Grass Tyrant, Glaucous-blue Grosbeak and if we’re lucky, the rare Tropeiro Seedeater (a seasonal species – chances in March and beginning of April).


Day 12 – Early transfer to São Francisco de Paula with birding around Bom Jesus / Afternoon visit to São F de Paula National Forest (overnight at Hotel Veraneio Hampel);
Leaving Vacaria towards São Francisco de Paula we should cover some grassland around Bom Jesus after the rare Tropeiro Seedeater. Marshes on the way should provide the nice Straight-billed Reedhaunter and Black-and-rufous Warbling Finch. In São Francisco de Paula, we will visit the good Araucaria Forest of the National Forest, a special place to look for the rare Black-capped Piprites and other several species such as Mottled Piculet, Striolated Tit-Spinetail, Sharp-billed Treehunter, Mouse-colored Tapaculo, Giant Antshrike, White-throated Woodcreeper, Speckle-breasted Antpitta, Greenish Tyrannulet, the rare Blue-bellied Parrot, uncommon Long-trained Nightjar, the poorly known Buff-fronted Owl among others.


Day 13 - Full day at Cambará do Sul (Itaimbezinho and Fortaleza) and São F de Paula National Forest
Our next full day in the area we will spend at the neighbor town of Cambará do Sul to visit the amazing canyons of Itaimbezinho and Fortaleza from Aparados da Serra and Serra Geral National Parks respectively. Two astonishing places for landscape photos. The mixture of Araucaria Woodland and grassland will offer the same sort of birds from the other places with an extra chance for Planalto Tapaculo, Long-tailed Cinclodes, Eastern Slaty Trush, Hellmayr’s Pipit and with luck, the rare Ochre-breasted Pipit. Overnight at Veraneio Hampel Hotel.

Days 14 & 15 – Early transfer to Mostardas, Lagoa do Peixe National Park (overnight at Pousada Pouso Alegre);
From São Francisco de Paula we head south down the hills to the coast reaching the Pampa biome. Habitats and birds change almost completely providing a new array of species for our last area on this tour. Sand beach, dunes, coastal marshes, reeds, lagoons and short grasses compose this rich area and birding may remind the Pantanal at some point. There’s a lot of water-birds such as Maguari Stork, Bare-faced and Plumbeous Ibis, Coscoroba and Black-necked Swans, Ringed, Silver, Yellow-billed and Brazilian Teals, Yellow-billed Pintail, White-faced and Fulvous Whistling-Ducks, Rosy-billed Pochard, Southern Screamer, Greater Rhea, Spotted Nothura, Giant Wood Rail, Plumbeous and Spotted Rails, Spot-flanked Gallinule, Rufous-sided and Dot-winged Crakes, Pinnated Bittern, Long-winged Harrier, Snail Kite, Great Black Hawk, Great Horned Owl, South American Snipe, South American Painted Snipe, Two-banded Plover, Tawny-throated Dotterel, Large-billed and Snowy-crowned Terns, Gilded Sapphire, Chilean Flamingo, Hudson’s Canastero, Curve-billed Reedhaunter, Bay-capped Wren-Spinetail, Wren-like Rushbird, White Monjita, Spectacled Tyrant, Warbling Doradito, Many-colored Rush-Tyrant, Austral Negrito, Brown-and-yellow Marshbird, Red-crested Cardinal, Scarlet-headed Blackbird, Tawny-headed Swallow, Masked Gnatcatcher, Correndera and Short-billed Pipits and many more. Fresh seafood will be the best option for our last days at Mostardas.


Day 16 – Morning birding at Mostardas / Afternoon transfer to Porto Alegre International Airport (Airport code: POA) for evening flights out.


Spot-billed Toucanet
Spot-billed Toucanet

Variegated Antpitta
Variegated Antpitta

Atlantic Royal Flycatcher
Atlantic Royal Flycatcher

Yellow-fronted Woodpecker
Yellow-fronted Woodpecker

Azure Jay
Azure Jay

Bay-capped Wren Spinetail
Bay-capped Wren Spinetail

Black-capped Screech Owl
Black-capped Screech Owl

Top photos:  Saffron Toucanet, Festive Coquette.
All photos by Eduardo Patrial.

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BRAZIL: Treasures of the Atlantic Rainforest & Southern Specialties
March 27 - April 11, 2018
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TOUR PRICE: $4995.00 per person/double occupancy based on 6 passengers from Guarulhos International Airport, São Paulo (Airport code: GRU). NOTE: The tour starts at Guarulhos International Airport, São Paulo (Airport code: GRU) and ends at Porto Alegre International Airport (Airport code: POA).

Deposit: $500 per person. Note: Tour deposits can be paid by credit card via PayPal.  Use this link to make your credit card payment.  Please advise when you have made payment. 

Single Supplement: $495.00 per person (subject to availability)

Group Size: Minimum 6, Maximum 8

Included in cost: Group airport transfers, private transportation during the tour, all accommodations, meals beginning with breakfast on Day 2, professional guide services, local guides, local park and reserve entrance fees, and river trip to look for Jaguar.

Not included: Cost does not include roundtrip airfare to and from Brazil from your home airport, passport/visa fees, insurance, departure taxes, items of a personal nature such as: laundry, telephone, beverages, or gratuities for porterage or personal services.

Transportation/Travel Planning: You will be responsible for making your travel plans to Cuiaba. Information will be forthcoming about timings for arrivals and departures.

RESERVATIONS: To reserve your place on this tour, complete the Registration & Release Form and mail it with your deposit of $500.00 per person to Sunrise Birding, LLC.  Instructions are on the form. Reservations are held with a deposit on a first-come, first-served basis.   >Download & print the Registration Form 

Final payment is due by November 27, 2017 and must be paid by check or bank transfer. Check or bank transfer are preferred but credit card payments are possible (surcharges of up to 5% are added depending on amount to cover credit card company fees).

**Please note: Tour prices are based on quoted costs from ground operators (in their local currency), estimated fuel costs, and the rate of exchange the time of itinerary publication. The erratic nature to global financial markets makes it difficult to predict changes in costs and foreign currency exchange rates over the long term. Since tours are priced well in advance of the actual operation of the tour, tour costs, fuel costs and exchange rates can change, sometimes drastically. Depending on the extent of such changes, it may be necessary to implement a surcharge on this tour. If a surcharge is necessary, every effort will be made to minimize the amount.

Cancellations and Refunds: All cancellations must be made in writing. In the event that you must cancel your booking at any stage, all payments you have made to Sunrise Birding, LLC will be retained by us, except at our discretion. You may have the opportunity to transfer your booking to another tour or another person, provided you are unavoidably prevented from coming on the tour. In this case, you will bear any extra costs that such changes may incur. There are no refunds once the trip is confirmed to go ahead and no refunds will be made for unused meals, accommodations, or other trip features. Sunrise Birding, LLC cannot accept liability for airline cancellations or delays or penalties incurred by the purchase of non-refundable airline tickets or other expenses incurred by tour participants in preparing for this tour.

Insurance: Sunrise Birding, LLC recommends that you purchase a travel protection plan to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected. Travel protection plans can include coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay and more.

For more information on the available plans or to enroll, click on the link below or contact Travelex Insurance Services at 800-228-9792 and reference location number 07-0025.

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Questions? Contact Gina Nichol at 
Phone: 203.453.6724

Scarlet Ibis

Red-tailed Amazons


Canyon Fortaleza


Sunset Paranaguá’s Bay