Prices and Booking

 

          All our prices includes three meals: breakfast, lunch and a light dinner. Tea may be served with biscuits for those who feels like it.

          Our guide, Reinaldo Ouverney, has a huge knowledge of nature, and the food chain for birds throught out the year. He can find the bird needed and can call them patiently and quietly to himself. The tape recorder is rarely used. Horse riding is also on the house. All the beds are of the most comfortable type, with eider duvet and pillows. Sheets have at least 200 to 300 threads.

          Once here at the Lodge you have plenty of different trails to walk and no driving is needed. On the other hand if you want to go to Macaé de Cima (20 minutes drive) it can be arranged.

          The main meal is at lunch time but if a group is going for a long trail and wants to take their lunch with them, they will take sandwiches and a fruit. At dinner time they will have their main meal. High season is from the end of July until the beginning of November, when the rainy seasons begin.

Birds don’t sing between December and July as much as the other month.

3 Days package - US$ 1140,00 - paclage for 2 people    

Day one

Transportation Rio/Vale das Taquaras Lodge  - approximately three hours and a half drive, with lovely scenery of Rio’s bay and then the mountains far off with cattle grazing . On arrival at the Lodge, soft drinks and snacks are served on the veranda while you relax and check out the hummers at the feeder – 17 species depending on the time of the year. It includes 3 tiny species like the Frilled Coquette - Sept/Oct, -  the size of bees, 8cm.

For lunch we serve a delicious home cooked three course meal with coffee and then later in the afternoon we set out to explore the Lodge garden and nearby trails.

Sightings may include Grey-hooded Attila, Blue-bellied Parrot (if nearby trees are fruiting), Bare-throated Bellbird, White-winged, Green Backed, Crested, and Chesnut-crowned Becards, Safffron Toucanet, and Surucua trogon and the more shy Black-throated Trogon, two kinds of Greenlets: Rufous-crowned and Grey-eyed Greenlet, and a variety of colourful tanagers such as Azure-shouldered, Golden-chevroned, Brassy-breasted and Cinnamon Tanagers. At nightfall look out for Common Pooto or Short - tailed Nighthawk.

Day two

We depart early to spend the morning birding the Long Trail – a 1,700 metre trail that passes through excellent quality Atlantic Rain Forest with stands of bamboo or taquaras.

Key species to be found here include: Black-hawk Eagle, the rare White-bearded Antshrike (a bamboo specialist), Ferruginous Antbird, White-bibbed Antbird, Rufous Gnateater, Slaty Bristlefront, Black-billed Scythebill, White-collared Foliage-gleaner, White-eyed Foliage-gleaner, Greenish Schiffornis, Temminck’s Seedeater and the locally scarce Half-collared Sparrow.

We arrive back at the Lodge for lunch and a siesta, before heading back out in the late afternoon to walk along one of the unpaved roads. This road has very few passing cars (sometimes none will go by for hours on end) and so is excellent for birds. The idea is to catch the evening burst of bird activity and after dark catch some the night life! Tropical Screech-Owl is very common bird and recently we found the second record of Stygian Owl for Rio State along this road.

Nightjars we hope to see include Rufous Nightjar and the spectacular Long-trained Nightjar! Dinner will be a light one, consisting of soups, breads with cheese and fruit.

The third Day

This day will depend on the time our guests have to leave: if late in the afternoon, we have an early breakfast and go to an unpaved road 10 minutes away, where there is a second chance to see the White-bearded Antshrike along with Plovercrest (a humming bird that only lives in the forest), Eared Pygmy-Tyrant, White throated Spadebill and Hooded Berryeater.

We arrive back at the Lodge for lunch before going to Macae de Cima for a last look at birds and continue on to Rio. For those who will leave at noon, we will have an early breakfast before embarking on a 2 hours visit to Macae de Cima – a nearby area of higher altitude montane forest situated at around 1,400 m above sea level. Key species to try for here include Plovercrest, Giant Antshrike, Rufous-backed Antvireo, Hooded Berryeater, Black-and-gold Cotinga and Bay-chested Warbling-Finch. From here we set off for our journey to Rio, arriving at one pm.

The best time to see these birds is in spring beginning in August and ending in November. Prices for 2 people with all meals included, plus transportation – US$ 860,00. Price includes a Brazilian guide

Prices include breakfast, lunch, tea, dinner and a brazilian guide

Only 2 rooms will share a bathroom and the exceptions are the rooms ensuit.


A single room with shared bathroom, Annex 1 - US$ 110.00 per person


A single room with shared bathroom, At the main Lodge - US$ 110.00 per person


A bedroom with bunk bed, and shared bathroom - US$ 80,00 per person


A bedroom with 2 beds, shared bathroom, in main Lodge - US$ 110,00 per person


Bedroom with 2 single ensuit, in annex 1 - US$ 115,00 per person


A double bedroom, Queen Size bed, ensuit, in annex 2 - US$ 230,00


Double bedroom King Size bed, ensuit, main Lodge - US$ 230,00


Groups:

.Groups of 4 has a total discount of 3% per night.
.Groups of 6/8 has a total discount of 5%.
.Groups of more than 8 has a total discount of 10%.

Transportation

Airport in Rio de Janeiro to the Lodge - US$ 215,00 for 2 people.


Guapi-assu to the Lodge - US$ 100,00


The beginning of the dirt road - US$ 40,00


Macaé de Cima, from the Lodge and back - US$ 20,00


The Lodge to Petropolis - US$ 300,00


Some prices on the dirt road have gone down due to the improvement of it. It is very important to do a health insurance before you leave your country. You will be walking in places that has some danger.

Booking

Booking arrangements will be done by e-mail and well as the arrangements for paying . We do not accept credit card as we are a very small busyness but enjoy giving a good and pleasant service