Birding Tour Brazil: Southeast Brazil – Atlantic Forest Endemics Paradise

Dates and Costs


08 – 22 October 2023

Spaces Available: 4

Price: US$6,550 / £5,674 / €6,551 per person sharing

Single Supplement: US$675/ £585 / €675


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Tour Details

Duration: 15 days
Group Size: 6 – 8
Tour Start: São Paulo
Tour End: São Paulo

Price includes:

Guiding fees
Entrance fees
All transport while on tour

Price excludes:

All flights
Items of a personal nature, e.g. gifts
Alcoholic drinks
Personal insurance
Gratuities (please see our tipping guidelines blog)

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Southeast Brazil – Atlantic Forest Endemics Paradise
October 2023


This classic southeast Brazil tour offers numerous highlights for those who are fond of spectacular birding sites and a great diversity of birds. Of the 1,868 bird species recorded in Brazil, 1113 have been recorded in southeast Brazil, and a total of 147 endemics (61 percent of all endemic birds of Brazil) are known to occur in southeast Brazil. Despite being quite heavily populated with 75 million people, a multitude of great birding sites can be found both in the vicinity of metropolitan areas as well as in remote areas of this fascinating part of the country. Join Birding Ecotours on this new 15-day tour to explore three main birding sites in this part of Brazil.

Southeast Brazil - Atlantic Rainforest birding toursGreen-headed Tanager is one of the many tanagers we will target on this tour (photo Riccardo Boschetti).


First we will visit Intervales State Park, one of the finest places in south-eastern Brazil, where many amazing-looking birds can be found, such as Swallow-tailed Cotinga, Crescent-chested Puffbird, Large-tailed Antshrike, White-bearded Antshrike, and Hooded Berryeater among many other specialties.

We then will continue to the well-known Ubatuba area, where we will be delighted by species like Blond-crested Woodpecker, Bare-throated Bellbird, Spotted Bamboowren, Fork-tailed Tody-Tyrant, and Festive Coquette.

Finally we will spend a few days exploring Itatiaia National Park, one of the most famous birding sites in southeast Brazil. With a list of 357 species and comfortable accommodation it is an excellent place to look for some sought-after species such as Green-crowned Plovercrest, Brazilian Ruby, Saffron Toucanet, Black-and-gold Cotinga, Slaty Bristlefront, Surucua Trogon, Green-billed Toucan, and a nice selection of colorful tanagers like Green-headed, Gilt-edged, Brassy-breasted, and Red-necked Tanagers.

After 15 days of great birding in Brazil you will be transferred to São Paulo to connect with your homebound flight.

Southeast Brazil - Atlantic Rainforest birding toursA number of toucans and toucanets can be seen on this tour, including Saffron Toucanet.


This tour can be combined with our preceding Birding Tour Brazil: The Best of Brazil – Cerrado, Pantanal and Atlantic Forest, which in turn is preceded by our Birding Tour Brazil: The Amazon pre-tour, and/or with our following Birding Tour Brazil: Cerrado Endemics, Brazilian Merganser and Maned Wolf.



Itinerary (15 days/14 nights)


Day 1. Arrival at São Paulo

At your arrival at the São Paulo airport (GRU) in the afternoon you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel.

Overnight: Matiz Aeroporto Guarulhos Hotel, São Paulo

Southeast Brazil - Atlantic Rainforest birding toursRed-necked Tanager — one of the many tanager species we should see on this tour (photo Riccardo Boschetti).


Day 2. Transfer to Intervales State Park and birding around the lodge

We will have an early start for a long drive to Intervales State Park. Our lodge is located inside the park. During our stay at Intervales State Park we will have the opportunity to see Black-fronted Piping Guan, Purple-crowned Plovercrest, Sao Paulo Tyrannulet, Giant Antshrike, White-bearded Antshrike, Squamate Antbird, Ochre-rumped Antbird, Hooded Berryeater, Oustalet’s Tyrannulet, Pavonine Cuckoo, Helmeted Woodpecker, Pallid Spinetail, Cinnamon-vented Piha, Chestnut-backed Tanager, and Red-ruffed Fruitcrow. At night we have chances for Long-trained Nightjar, East Brazilian Pygmy Owl, and Rusty-barred Owl.

Overnight: Intervales State Park


Days 3-4. Two full days birding at Intervales State Park

We will spend two full days birding the Intervales State Park, looking for Bertoni’s Antbird, Rufous-breasted Leaftosser, Rufous-capped Spinetail, Grey-hooded Flycatcher, Scalloped Woodcreeper, Half-collared Sparrow, Eared Pygmy Tyrant, Blue-bellied Parrot, Black Hawk-Eagle, White-collared Foliage-gleaner, Star-throated Antwren, Cinnamon-vented Piha, Red-necked Tanager, Tufted Antshrike, Slaty-breasted Wood Rail, Serra do Mar Tyrant-Manakin, and many more.

Overnight: Intervales State Park

Southeast Brazil - Atlantic Rainforest birding toursThe cute eared Pygmy Tyrant.


Day 5. Transfer to Tapiraí and birding Toucan’s Trail

Toucan’s Trail is a private reserve of about 70 hectares, and the lodge offers great experiences in terms of observation and photography of the most beautiful birds of the Atlantic Forest. A great attraction is the large number of feeders that attract a good selection of species. Perhaps the main attraction here is the most wanted Atlantic Royal Flycatcher, an endemic species, found only in places with clear water and preserved forest.

We will look for species such as Variegated Antpitta, Brazilian Ruby, Spot-billed Toucanet, Green-billed Toucan, Maroon-bellied Parakeet, Yellow-fronted Woodpecker, Surucua Trogon, Black-throated Grosbeak, Olive-green Tanager, Magpie Tanager, and Azure-shouldered Tanager, and at night we will try for Black-capped Screech Owl and Tawny-browed Owl.

Overnight: Toucan’s Trail Lodge, Toucan’s Trail


Day 6. Birding Toucan’s Trail

We’ll have a full day birding the lodge grounds.

Overnight: Toucan’s Trail Lodge, Toucan’s Trail


Day 7. Transfer to Peruíbe

After breakfast we will transfer to Guaraú in Peruíbe, located in the Juréia-Itatins Ecological Station, a paradise composed of a mosaic of different ecosystems. About 320 species are found in Guaraú, including 30 species endemic to Brazil and 11 species that are globally threatened.

Pousada Waldhaus has a rustic infrastructure with panoramic views of the ocean and the Serra dos Itatins, and forests with trails and lot of birds surround it. The beach can be reached by walking only five minutes. The most wanted bird here is the endemic Red-tailed Amazon.

Overnight: Pousada Waldhaus, Guaraú


Day 8. Birding Peruíbe

We will spend the full day looking for Red-tailed Amazon, Black-backed Tanager, White-breasted Tapaculo, Black-legged Dacnis, White-banded Mockingbird, Yellow-throated Woodpecker, Robust Woodpecker, Buff-bellied Puffbird, Bicolored Conebill, and many more.

Overnight: Pousada Waldhaus, Guaraú


Day 9. Transfer to Ubatuba

After breakfast we will leave Peruíbe and drive to the Itamambuca Eco Resort in Ubatuba, located in a private reserve of 100,000 square meters/25 acres within the Atlantic Forest at a river junction with the sea. The reserve holds a very rich flora and fauna; more than 250 bird species have been listed, and wildlife such as Capybara, armadillos, and opossums are present in the reserve. The mangroves of the reserve are home to about 15 species of crabs, among them the beautiful Blue Land Crab (Cardisoma guanhumi) with its enormous blue shell. There is also a great marine diversity of fish, turtles, crustaceans, and dolphins.

We will spend three nights at Ubatuba to maximize our chances to see all the specialties such as Festive Coquette, Saw-billed Hermit, Reddish Hermit, Brown-backed Parrotlet, Blond-crested Woodpecker, Crescent-chested Puffbird, Dusky Leaftosser, Scaled Antbird, Salvadori’s Antwren, Unicolored Antwren, Spot-breasted Antvireo, Slaty Bristlefront, Black-cheeked Gnateater, Fork-tailed Tody-Tyrant, Spotted Bamboowren, Sao Paulo Tyrannulet, Buff-throated Purpletuft, Long-billed Wren, Red-necked Tanager, Brazilian Tanager, and Green Honeycreeper, and at night with luck we could find Black-capped Screech Owl, Striped Owl, and Mottled Owl.

Overnight:  Itamambuca Eco Resort, Ubatuba

Southeast Brazil - Atlantic Rainforest birding toursBrazilian Tanager, another outrageously colored tanager we’ll target on this tour (photo Riccardo Boschetti).


Days 10-11. Two full days birding at Ubatuba

We will spend two full days birding Ubatuba, looking, in addition to the species listed above, for Buff-bellied Puffbird, Pale-browed Treehunter, Black-capped Foliage-gleaner, Bare-throated Bellbird, Blue Manakin, Planalto Tyrannulet, Green-headed Tanager, Olive-green Tanager, Brazilian Tanager, Eye-ringed Tody-Tyrant, Greenish Schiffornis, White-throated Spadebill, Grey-hooded Attila, Spot-billed Toucanet, Ochre-collared Piculet, Green-billed Toucan, and if we are lucky Sharpbill and the secretive Solitary Tinamou.

Overnight: Itamambuca Eco Resort, Ubatuba


Day 12. Transfer to Itatiaia National Park

Today we will transfer from Ubatuba to Itatiaia National Park. The vegetation of the park is exuberant, as is the avifauna. Itatiaia provides many of Brazil’s endemic species. Specialties in the park include Saffron Toucanet, Green-billed Toucan, Green-crowned Plovercrest, Surucua Trogon, Blond-crested Woodpecker, Itatiaia Spinetail, Slaty Bristlefront, Brazilian Laniisoma, and Black-and-gold Cotinga.

Overnight: Hotel Do Ypê, Itatiaia

Southeast Brazil - Atlantic Rainforest birding toursBlond-crested Woodpecker can be seen in Itatiaia National Park (photo Riccardo Boschetti).


Days 13-14. Two full days birding at Itatiaia National Park

We will spend two days looking for Green-crowned Plovercrest, Frilled Coquette, Brazilian Ruby, Saffron Toucanet, Pileated Parrot, Yellow-fronted Woodpecker, Rufous-tailed Antbird, Itatiaia Spinetail, Serra do Mar Tyrannulet, Black-and-gold Cotinga, White-bibbed Antbird, Grey-capped Tyrannulet, Velvety Black Tyrant, Pin-tailed Manakin, Brown Tanager, Brassy-breasted Tanager, Gilt-edged Tanager, and Speckle-breasted Antpitta, and at night we’ll try again for Long-trained Nightjar, Tawny-browed Owl, and Black-capped Screech Owl.

Overnight: Hotel Ypê, Itatiaia


Day 15. Departure

Today we will have an early transfer back to São Paulo to connect with your international flight.



Please note that the itinerary cannot be guaranteed as it is only a rough guide and can be changed (usually slightly) due to factors such as availability of accommodation, updated information on the state of accommodation, roads, or birding sites, the discretion of the guides and other factors. In addition, we sometimes have to use a different international guide from the one advertised due to tour scheduling.

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