PRICE - All costs are in US Dollars
$6450 per person sharing a double/twin room based on maximum of 8 people on the trip
$550 single supplement (if you do not mind sharing a room I can sometimes organise this to avoid paying the supplement)
Maximum 8 people on this trip
$1500 per person
All prices include accommodation, meals, English speaking guide, drivers and/or boatmen, ground transport within the trip specification, bottled water, entry fees to National Parks and/or Conservation Projects within the itinerary.
Prices do not include flights, insurance, alcoholic drinks, tips, souvenirs, anything of a personal nature including laundry, any additional activities not listed in the itinerary.
1st May – International Flight into Sao Paulo followed by an internal flight to Florianopolis where we will be met at the airport for a transfer to our hotel with an evening meal for the full group to introduce everyone.
2nd May – AM Visit to the Rehabilitation area for Vinaceous Amazons at Florianópolis with a talk about the conservation project by Vanessa Kanaan.
Transfer from Florianopolis to Urupema for an afternoon with the Red-spectacled Amazons. These parrots arrive here on their migration from Rio Grande do Sul to feed on the pinhão seeds. During this period thousands of these birds adorn the skies of Urupema.
Overnight at Eco Pousada Rio dos Touros
3rd May – Urupema - All day Red-spectacled Amazons.
Today we will be moving around this area to find these Amazons whilst they are eating and flying trying to get as close as possible for the very best views for photos and video.
You will be delighted with the show provided by the flight of Charões (local name for the Red-spectacled Amazons), after all there are more than 20,000 individuals who come here every year to enjoy the seeds of the araucaria.Summary: besides the Red-spectacled Amazon (Amazona pretrei), the other birds in this location are Striolated Tit-Spinetail (Leptasthenura striolata), Long tailed Cinclodes (Cinclodes pabsti), Freckle breasted Thornbird (Phacellodomus striaticollis), Gray-throated Warbling-Finch (Microspingus cabanisi), Planalto Tapaculo (Scytalopus pachecoi), Mottled Piculet (Picumnus nebulosus), Hellmayr's Pipit (Anthus hellmayri), Chestnut-backed Tanager (Tangara preciosa), Black and White Monjita (Xolmis dominicanus), Saffron cowled Blackbird (Xanthopsar flavus) and more.
Overnight at Eco Pousada Rio dos Touros
4th May – Urupema to Ponte Serrada
Once again we will take in the spectacle of the Red-spectacled Amazons (pun intended) during the morning.
Afternoon transfer to Ponte Serrada.
Overnight near Ponte Serrada
5th May – Ponte Serrada
All day Vinaceous Amazons
We will be joining Vanessa Kanaan, Project Leader for the Vinaceous Amazon Project.
This time we will be in the habitat for these Parrots to see them in the wild.
Overnight near Ponte Serrada
6th May – Ponte Serrada to Joinville During our transfer to Joinville we will have chances to stop en-route if we see any wildlife along the roads.
Late afternoon Golden Conures.
The natural habitat for the Golden Conure is lowland rainforest in northern Brazil however there is a small population in this area of the Atlantic Rainforest. Possibly released birds after a confiscation by authorities of illegally held birds but that is only a theory. To our advantage it means that we have another species of parrot to photograph or observe, and what a special parrot this is.
Summary: Other birds in Joinville are the shy Yellow-legged Tinamou (Crypturellus noctivagus), Brown Tinamou (Crypturellus obsoletus) and Ruddy Quail-Dove (Geotrygon montana). We will also look for the Hooded Berryeater (Carpornis cucullata), the spectacular Scarlet Ibis (Eudocimus ruber), Restinga Tyrannulet (Phylloscartes kronei), Brassy-breasted Tanager (Tangara desmaresti) and two bamboo specialists; White-Collared Foliage-gleaner (Anabazenops fuscus) and Bertoni’s Antbird (Drymophila rubricollis).
7th May – All day Golden Conures and possibly Red-capped Parrots
Today we have more opportunities with the Golden Conures although we will also now be concentrating on spotting the Red-capped Parrots.
This is one of my favourite species. I used to keep and breed these little Parrots and it was these that started my quest for parrots in the wild when I first went to Brazil. Not easy to find but when you do they are adorable little birds.
8th May – Joinville to PETAR State Park
A morning transfer to the PETAR State Park where the main parrot species we will be looking for are the Red-capped and also the Blue-bellied Parrots.
The Blue-bellied Parrot is another special parrot that comes high on my appreciation list.
Overnight near PETAR State Park
9th May – Full day at PETAR State Park
Once again we will be looking for the Blue-bellied and Red-capped Parrots.
Both these parrots are sexually dimorphic, meaning that males and females are differently coloured making it easy to tell the sexes of all the ones we see.
The male Red-capped has a red band across his forehead into his eye whereas the female does not have any red on her at all and the male Blue-bellied has a blue belly and the female all green as in the Red-capped so both species pretty much as their names imply, Red-capped and Blue-bellied but only the males.
Overnight near the PETAR State Park.
10th May –PETAR State Park to Tapiraí
Here there are 5 trails, each with different characteristics such as Stream, lake, bridge, forest house, in addition to the deck with bird feeders and drinkers.
We will be exploring the trails looking for the parrots and other birds.
There are more than 350 different species of birds on this reserve including a number of parrots such as White-eyed Conure, Maroon-bellied Conure, Blue-winged Parrotlet, Plain Parakeet, Brown-backed Parrotlet, Red-capped Parrot, Scaly-headed Parrot and Blue-bellied Parrot.
Many birds including the Maroon-bellied Conures and Plain Parakeets come down to the feeders directly outside the balcony of the lodge so we will be able to get some really close up views and photos.
The Plain parakeet looks very similar (size and colour) to the female Red-capped Parrot.
Overnight at Trilha dos Tucanos.
11th May – Tapiraí to Guaraú
We will again explore the local trails looking for the elusive species.
It would be nice to find both Parrotlet species (Blue-winged and Brown-backed) here.
After lunch we will transfer to Guaraú where we will overnight.
12th May – Full Day with the Red-tailed Amazons.
As with the Spectacled Amazon this is the best time of year to see the larger groups of the Red-tailed Amazons so we will take advantage to observe, photo and video these Parrots as they feed, fly and roost.
13th May – Guaraú to Campos do Jordão
Here we have chances of some better views of Vinaceous Amazons and Red-capped Parrot.
We can also see many other bird species including Channel-billed Toucan, Red-breasted Toucan, Spot-billed Toucanet, Saffron Toucanet, Azure jay, Golden-chevroned Tanager, Azure-shouldered Tanager, Green-headed Tanager, Black-backed Tanager, Chestnut-backed Tanager, Green Honeycreeper, Diademed Tanager, Hepatic Tanager, Blue-and-Yellow Tanager, Violacous Euphonia, Chestnut-bellied Euphonia, Thick-billed Saltator and much more!
Overnight Campos do Jordão
14th May – Campos do Jordão to Sao Paulo.
Morning for Trails again with afternoon transfer to Sao Paulo for the International Airport for flights home
PLEASE NOTE:- IT IS POSSIBLE TO DO THIS TRIP AND THEN GO ONTO THE PANTANAL AND NORTH EAST BRAZIL STRAIGHT AFTER TO SEE THE HYACINTH AND LEAR'S MACAWS AMONGST MANY OTHERS.
Parrots to be seen on this Ecotour
Blue-winged Macaw (Illiger’s) - Primolius maracana
Red-shouldered Macaw - Diopsittaca nobilis
Golden Conure - Guaruba guarouba
White-eyed Conure - Psittacara leucopthalma
Golden-capped Conure - Aratinga auricapillus
Peach-fronted Conure - Eupsittula aurea
Maroon-bellied Conure - Pyrrhura frontalis chiripepe
Blue-winged Parrotlet - Forpus xanthopterygius
Brown-backed Parrotlet - Touit melanonotus
Golden-tailed Parrotlet - Touit surdus
Plain Parakeet - Brotogeris tirica
Yellow-chevroned Parakeet - Brotogeris chiriri
Red-capped Parrot - Pionopsitta pileata
Blue-bellied Parrot - Triclaria malachitacea
Scaly-headed Parrot - Pionus maximiliani
Mealy Amazon - Amazona farinose farinosa
Red-spectacled Amazon - Amazona pretei
Vinaceous Amazon - Amazona vinacea
Red-tailed Amazon - Amazona brasiliensis
I cannot guarantee seeing all or any of these Parrots however we will have a great guide to help us in every way possible.
We will see lots of other bird and animal species.