BRAZIL RAINFOREST PHOTO TOUR
This photo tour focuses on photographing the prolific birdlife of the Atlantic Rainforest of Brazil. It’s our favorite location to photograph a variety of toucans, tanagers, parakeets and many more birds which come to feeders. In addition we will do some multi-flash hummingbird photography. We will stay at 5 different hotels/lodges all which offer a different assortment of beautiful birds to photograph. While birds are the focus of the photo tour we will also photograph mammals, reptiles and amphibians when we find them.
Number of Participants: Maximum of 6 photographers.
Cost and Logistics
$4,800 per person, $500 single supplement, $4,300 Nonphotographer spouse/companion. Deposit to reserve your spot $1,200, remainder due 90 days before the tour starts. This includes all lodging, meals, drinking water, transportation, guiding and park fees. It does not include flights to get to Brazil, tips, other beverages or items of a personal nature such as laundry and phone calls. 2024 cost: $5,200 per person, $600 single supplement, $4,700 Nonphotographer.
Sep 18th – Arrival to Sao Paulo, Brazil. Most flights arrive in the morning, we will pick you up at the airport and head off to the beach resort of Ubatuba. Accommodation: A nice hotel in Ubatuba
Sep 19th – We will visit a very special feeding station which attracts many birds including 2 special hummingbirds, the Festive Coquette and the Saw-billed Hermit. In addition to several species of hummingbirds there are beautiful tanagers, such as the Brazilian and Green-headed as well as the striking Blond-crested Woodpecker. Walks in the forest can produce rare antbirds and many other species. Accommodation: A nice hotel in Ubatuba
Sep 20th – Morning photography in Ubatuba followed by a 4.5 hour drive to Peruibe, farther south on the coast. The feeding stations here attract some localized rarities, such as the Black-backed Tanager. Accommodation: A nice hotel outside of town in the forest.
Sep 21st – This morning we will visit a colony of Red-tailed Parrots, this is a spectacular site, then we will have a 2.5 hour drive during which we will see some birds on the way to Petar. Petar has had a pair of Ornate Hawk Eagles nest there every year for the past several years. It is close enough to allow for good photographs. Accommodation: A nice boutique hotel in the forest.
Sep 22nd – We will spend the full day at Petar, it’s a good location for multi-flash hummingbird photography. Some of the species we should get on the multi-flash include Versicolored Emerald, Black Jacobin, Brazilian Ruby and Violet-capped Woodnymph. Accommodation: A nice boutique hotel in the forest.
Sep 23rd – We spend the morning at Petar which also has a feeding station for rarely seen tinamous. Then we transfer to Intervales State Park. At Intervales some elusive birds come in to a feeder including Solitary Tinamou, Spot-winged Wood Quail and crakes. We may have a look for the endangered Southern Wooly Monkey here. Lodge: Intervales State Park.
Sep 24th – This morning we look for 2 species hummingbirds which have leks here, the gorgeous Violet-capped Plovercrest and the Dusky-throated Hermit, then we check out and head to our next lodge, Toucan’s Trail. Afternoon bird photography at the very active fruit feeders. Lodge: Toucan’s Trail.
Sep 25th-26th- 2 full days of bird photograph at Toucan’s Trail. Their feeders attract up to 4 species of toucans, beautiful tanagers, Blond-crested and Yellow-fronted Woodpeckers, Plain and Maroon-bellied Parakeets and more. The birds are so tame here that if you hold up a banana, many tanagers will land on your hand, we also had 2 species of toucan and Blond-crested Woodpecker come to our hands here. There are trails to explore in the forest with the guide as well. Lodge: Toucan’s Trail
Sep 27th – We will spend the morning photographing at Toucan’s Trail, then we will transfer to to Pousada Fazende, a lodge north of Sao Paulo in the dry forest. 2 of the special hummingbird species here are the Stripe-breasted Starthroat and the Frilled Coquette. Lodge: Pousada de Fazenda
Sep 28th – We will try some multi-flash photography at this lodge. Other hummingbird species present here include Planalto Hermit, Swallow-tailed Hummingbird, White-vented Violetear, Gilded Saphire, Amethyst Woodstar and Sapphire-spangled Emerald. Lodge: Pousada de Fazenda
Sep 29th – Morning photography at Pousada de Fazenda followed by transfer after lunch back to the Sao Paulo airport for your return trip home. Most flights leave in the evening. If anyone wants to arrive a day early or needs to stay an extra night we can arrange a nice hotel near the Sao Paulo airport for you.
Guilherme is a Brazilian photographer, birder and biologist.
Javier Zurita is a full time photographer and tour leader based out of Quito, Ecuador. He is an innovator in multi-flash photography and bird photography blind design.