Serra dos Órgãos National Park
|Habitats:||Atlantic Forest lowlands, Atlantic Forest mountains|
|Duration:||Full day, return for dinner|
|Journey time:||2 hours each way (to arrive when the park opens)|
|What to take:||Binoculars, camera, sunscreen, hat, plenty of water, sturdy walking boots, a waterproof jacket. A light fleece can be useful in the early morning between May to August.|
|Useful info:||Transport is via air-conditioned minibus. Please bring your passport with you on this excursion. A packed lunch is included in the excursion price.|
|Price:||US$110 per person (includes the admission fee of R$12 per person)|
Established in 1939, Serra dos Órgãos is Brazil’s third oldest national park and is located on the outskirts of Teresõpolis – a small city about an hour and a half drive from REGUA. Extending over almost 12,000 hectares of mountainous country, the park has an Atlantic pluvial tropical forest and some of the most spectacular scenery in all the Serra dos Órgãos mountain range. The park includes lowland and highland forest.
The park trails pass through both lowland and highland Atlantic Forest. This excursion concentrates on the lowland forest. We spend the morning birding an elevated boardwalk offering excellent views of birds mid-canopy as well as forest-floor species below us. After lunch we bird part of the cobbled driveway near the entrance of the park.
For those feeling particularly energetic, we can organise birding part of the Pedra do Sino Trail – a high altitude long distance trail that reaches 2,263 m above sea level. This trail includes several steep hill climbs so a reasonable level of fitness is required. Grey-winged Cotinga is present here above 1,800 m. However to reach the site involves a at least a three hour continuous hike and this is a much less reliable place than Pico da Caledônia, therefore we focus on other high altitude specialities here.
The park is open to the public from Tuesday to Sunday between 08:00 and 17:00 and weekends can be very busy with hikers so we strongly recommend a weekday visit.
Shear-tailed Grey Tyrant