Birdwatching in Paraty

An enthusiastic local birdwatcher, photographer and state registered tour guide I have put together the following tours for you to experience the full range of birdwatching options in Paraty.

Whether you are after the endangered black-hooded antwren, thought to have been extinct for over one hundred years until 1987, or prefer a mix of birding and local history and nature you will find the right private tour for you here. If not, then let me know what you are looking for and we can put together a customised tour!

Birding spots near town

Paraty´s unique location between the sea and the coastal mountain range means that we can go birdwatching in a variety of environments (coastal, mangrove, forest, altitude) in a relatively small area near the old town.

Tour notes:
On this tour we go birding along roads and trails with some uphill and downhill walking.
Total distance covered by car from Paraty 20km
Average duration 5 hours, tour departs at 6am.
Pickup at your hotel. Fruit and water included.

Itinerary: From your  hotel we will head towards the mangrove of Terra Nova where we will observe sea birds. As the sun gets stronger we will go to the Birds Parati park where we will look for more species in the forest bordering the road. After that we take the Paraty – Cunha road towards the mountain range behind Paraty to altitudes of 500m or more above sea level where a very popular feeder awaits!

Bird List http://www.taxeus.com.br/lista/2181

 

Paraty-Cunha Road

Taking us to spots between 1,000m and 1,500m above sea level the road linking Paraty to Cunha on the other side of the coastal mountain range behind Paraty offers us very different birding opportunities to those sites closer to Paraty.

Tour notes:
Total distance covered by car from Paraty 35km with easy, mostly downhill walking from 1,500m to 1,000 metres above sea leve
Average duration 5 hours, tour departs at 6am.
Pickup at your hotel. Fruit and water included.

Itinerary: After pick-up at your hotel at 6am we head into the coastal mountain range behind Paraty towards the border with the Cunha municipality in the state of São Paulo at an altitude of 1,500m. From there we descend, birdwatching along the road. Later we take a little used dirt road at about 1,100m with excellent birdwatching potential.
Bird list http://www.taxeus.com.br/lista/2182


Birding on the historic Gold Trail

On this tour we combine the very best of Paraty´s unique combination of history and nature. We go birdwatching on one of the most symbolic sites of the municpality, The Gold Trail. Walking along a 4km stretch of the trail in the middle of the forest we get to learn about the history of Paraty and see many of the birds that live in the forest. And you can be sure there are a great many of them!

This birdwatching route has state accreditation through the SEBRAE government organisation and is part of the ¨Imperial Brazil Pathways¨ Project.

Tour notes
Birdwatching on trails mostly downhill but with some uphill walking.
Total distance covered by car from Paraty 20km
Average duration 5 hours, tour departs at 6am.
Pickup at your hotel. Fruit and water included.

Itinerary: After pick-up at your hotel at 6am we take the road towards Cunha into the mountains behind Paraty where we will walk on a 4km stretch of the Gold Trail in the middle of the forest.


Gold Trail Bird list http://www.taxeus.com.br/lista/2182

 

Black-hooded antwren: Mambucaba

The black-hooded antwren was known from 20 specimens that were collected in the 1800s in montane forest habitats of central Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The species had not been reported since that collection until it was rediscovered in 1987 in the Atlantic forest in south Rio de Janeiro. Currently, the only confirmed population is believed to be restricted to remnant patches of forest habitat along roughly 30 km of coast near Paraty. On this tour we go to Mambucaba which has the highest density of pairs of this endangered species.

Tour notes:
Round trip journey by car 80km. Birdwatching from road, mostly flat.
Average duration 5 hours, tour departs 6am.
Pickup at your hotel. Fruit and water included.

Itinerary: Hotel pick-up at 6am. We head to the banks of the River Mambucaba, on the border between the Paraty and Angra dos Reis municipalities, in search of the black-hooded antwren and other species endemic to our region. Expected return to Paraty at 1pm


Bird list http://www.taxeus.com.br/lista/2182

 

BigDayParaty

The Global Big Day is an annual Birdwatching event coordinating birders and nature-lovers around the world. On this the most complete tour we follow the route taken by professional birdwatchers on Big Day Paraty 2016 during which they identified a whopping great 225 species!

Tour notes:
Total distance covered by car from Paraty 180km from sea level to 1,500m altitude. The birdwatching areas are mostly flat or easy downhill walks.
Average duration 13 hours, tour starting at 4am and finishing about 5pm
Pickup at your hotel. Fruit and water included.
Stop for optional lunch (not included in price)

Itinerary: Following pickup at your hotel at 4am we head to the banks of the river Mambucaba on the border between Paraty and Angra dos Reis municipalities where we will go birdwatching for a few hours. After Mambucaba we return to Paraty with mangrove and beach stops along the way. After lunch we go into the mountain range behind Paraty as far as the border with Cunha in São Paulo state, at 1,500m.

Bird list http://www.taxeus.com.br/lista/2182

Important

level of difficulty of the trails is average.

We recommend to bring: bottled water, snacks (fruit / cereal bars), insect repellent and camera. Use light clothing and shoes.

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