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“Paradise for birders with winkers, less interesting for their partners or people with a broad interest in other aspects”
2 of 5 bubbles Review of Serra Dos Tucanos

Serra Dos Tucanos
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Serra Dos Tucanos
Dunkirk, France
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“Paradise for birders with winkers, less interesting for their partners or people with a broad interest in other aspects”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2013

Location along a busy and noisy road. But let's be honest. Most of Brazil sounds like this.
Free cachaça at 5.30 pm. Choice from 8 different brands.
Artificial fruit juice. Absolutely incredible, every Brazilian b&b, bar or restaurant has a stock of frozen portions of exotic fruits, allowing them to make tasty fruit juices. And most of them have a selection of a few seasonal fruits for truly fresh fruit juice. But not here! It's just coloured powder.
Walks: Expensive. In lots of other eco-lodges, they're included in the price.
Food: Normal, but it would be tastier if the day activities were a little bit more intense.
Guiding: It's all about the birds. Don't dare to ask the guide what kinds of colourful fruit are growing near the entrance of the farm you're passing by. He doesn't know them, because he knows only birds.
Tracks: Dissappointing. The one closeby is along an old concrete road, counts only 500 metres, and then you have to return exactly the same way. Boring.
Birds: Lots, but check my fellow reviewers for that.

Stayed October 2012, travelled with friends
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Preston, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2012

My husband and I have just returned from a four-night stay here. We were really looking forward to going having seen the Malcolm Ryder DVD about the place and read glowing reports. In retrospect, we would have been better staying for longer at REGUA and just spending one or maybe two nights here to investigate the grounds and feeders. Firstly, we were dis-satisfied with the location. The lodge, though well-situated in relation to the National Park, is just off an extremely busy and dangerous trunk road that has traffic thundering up and down day and night. The noise was horrendous and you could not get away from it even whilst walking the badly-signed trails in the grounds. Secondly, we paid a lot extra for the de-luxe room overlooking the feeders which has a whacking great palm-tree in the way! Absolutely no chance of enjoying a relaxing time on the balcony watching the birds feasting on bananas etc.Thirdly, you felt like you were at boarding school with threats of being fined 30 reals if you irrevocably stained the sheets or having your washing removed if you left in sight of the other guests. Not only that, but it would be put through the system and you would have to pay for it - a tad expensive when they charge 3US$ to wash a pair of socks! it rained all the time we were there (not Andy's fault) but there was nowhere to hang your clothes for them to dry out and certainly not out of sight. The food was OK to good - no real problems. Packed lunches consisted of 2 sandwiches, a piece of fruit and a choice of snack bars. There are organised birding tours you can go on but there is only one guide, Cirillo. He knows his birds and recognises his calls but you cannot have exclusive use of his time. Everyone has to share so try not to book whilst there is a big birding group staying. Pleasant lad. Speaks excellent English. The tours can be expensive. Our first one lasted 2 hours and cost 120reals (£40) each).. A day trip at 160 or 180 is better value. We had to abandon one of our day trips because of the weather and we were only charged for half a day which is to their credit. Tea, coffee and water are freely available all day and there is a covered verandah from which to watch the feeders or just relax generally. You can also sit inside on comfortable sofas (so long as your clothes are clean). Soft drinks (3US$) and alcoholic drinks are also available on a trust basis i.e. sign in the book for what you have taken. Free local rum is served at about 17h30. There are plenty of reference books available but you must not take them outside. You will have to print off your own bird list before you come - they are not available at the lodge and neither is the little book of birds of the area. You have to buy that n advance too, We found it invaluable.Lots of little niggles but the birding is quite good and some of the trips out are really good. There is also a photo hide in the garden and there is a swimming pool though this was filthy at the time of our visit. We did enjoy listening to the frog chorus throughout the night - particularly the hammer frogs - and there were some nice orchids in the grounds. The river is nice. Everywhere was clean though the rooms smelt horrid, possibly because of the damp. Please note too that you can't really walk anywhere from the lodge - the road is too dangerous with no pavement and accidents daily and there is nowhere to walk to anyway! it is easy enough to get a taxi to the nearest town, however, or to go birding independently and the lodge will arrange that for you.

Room Tip: The de-luxe room at the front has 2 wasps' nest on it so you cannot sit on the balcony. Ask for...
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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Lincolnshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2012

Andy Foster, the English proprietor was very helpful in assisting me to put together a tour of Brazil in August'12; apart from accommodating my wife and I at Serra dos Tucanos he also went out of his way to put me in touch with other reliable guides and tours throughout Brazil- Ubatuba,Itatiaia,Iguazu,Chapada and the Pantanal ( I wish I'd taken up his suggestion for the latter!).
The stay at Serra dos Tucanos was excellent - it is located within a national park with good birding on the trails and many fabulous birds frequent the well maintained gardens and the feeders. With Cirilo as a great bird guide we also took some wonderful excursions to different terrains within easy driving distance. The lodge itself is set in beautiful surroundings with a large veranda where you can relax and watch the birds and the friendly staff provide very good food, service and accommodation.
We would certainly recommend Serra dos Tucanos for birding and relaxation within driving distance of Rio; Andy arranged for us to be picked up by Eugenio who provided a wonderful 2 day tour of Rio including not only the major sights but also great birding in the Botanic Gardens and Tijuca Park.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Peterborough
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20 reviews
14 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2012

I had the pleasure of staying at this lodge for seven nights this March. and found the experience utterly delightful. Travelers that stay at the "Serra do Tucanos" must be aware that this establishment is designed particularly for the birding enthusiast and that is where it really excels. Throughout the grounds and on the side of the actual building there are bird tables and Hummingbird feeders that attract a whole host of different species of birds.
Sitting on the porch just watching the hugh variety is a birders dream.

I found my room clean and comfortable, and the meals (although a little limited in choice) extremely good. It had been said in previous reviews that the rooms at the back of the building are exposed to the sound of traffic. Personally, I didn`t notice as I was more aware of the sound of the river, and that had a soporific effect, so no problem there.

This is a well run Lodge with very frienly staff. I would highly recommend "Serra dos Tucanos" to any body traveling in this part of Brazil, especially if they are interested in wildlife.

Room Tip: The rooms that face the garden are quieter.
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with friends
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2012

The lodge is within the Tres Picos State Park and owned by a friendly and helpful English couple Andy and Christina.
We stayed here for 10 days in October 2011 on an organised birdwatching tour. All of our food and day trips were included in the price. We went out each day to various habitats with the lodge English speaking guide Cirilo, who helped us to find the birds.
We paid extra and stayed in one of the two superior rooms upstairs with our own balcony overlooking the hotel entrance and some busy bird feeders. Our room had a double bed, large wardrobes, dressing table and en-suite shower room. The only problem we had was that the weather was unseasonably wet and cold. There is no heating in the hotel and nowhere to dry wet clothes so everything felt damp. There is a main road close by so noise was an issue for the first couple of nights.
The food in the restaurant was OK and there was plenty of it. The breakfast was the same every day which got a bit dull. The deserts at dinner were usually the food highlight of the day. There were different types of rum provided in the evening before dinner, free of charge. Tea, coffee, hot chocolate and drinking water were available all day free of charge.
There was a useful selection of reference books available in the guest lounge and free Wifi to those who had brought their laptops.
In the grounds there is a photo hide next to some bird feeders that attract a large variety of birds. We got lots of excellent pictures from here. There is a lovely looking swimming pool in the gardens but the weather was so cold nobody on our tour braved it!
Transfers to the airport which is about one and a half hours away can be arranged with the lodge at 230 Brazilian Dollars (about £80 sterling for upto 3 people) .

Room Tip: Rooms overlooking the garden at the rear are quieter than the room on the front.
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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with friends
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Toronto
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90 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2012

Our group of eight stayed for 3 nights on a 31/2 week birding trip in Brazil. Our room faced the courtyard so we could get our surfeit of the dozens of hummingbirds constantly buzzing around the feeders. The room was large and comfortable with an adequate bathroom. Since we did not expect gourmet food we were not disappointed in the meals. There was lots of it and tasty. The salads were the same every evening. One of our group was a vegetarian and she was well fed with excellent meals. The free happy hour liquors were interesting with some different flavors. The snacks, beer, wine and pop was were on the honour system and reasonably priced.
If you are a birder this place is nirvana. With the feeders and fruit as well as the forest edge there was a constant supply of many different species including many Atlantic Rain Forest endemics. Cirilo our guide was excellent. He has a great ear. He took us on many walks both around the lodge and higher up in the Park. The blind is a great place to get close up photos of birds. Keep your eyes open since there were new birds in the yard everyday. The whole Tres Picos park is well worth a visit. If we go back we will stay there again.
The staff does not speak English but does understand Spanish. They were helpful and friendly.

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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Kentucky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2010

My wife and I, both leisurely birders, spent four and one-half days at Serra dos Tucanos at the end of May 2010. Serra's grounds are located in a lush valley within the mountainous and protected Tres Picos National Park. A former banana plantation which has been allowed to regrow into forest, the grounds are lovely and many tanagers, honeycreepers, euphonias, hummers and a couple of toucanet species can easily be found at the feeders. A bird blind offers the chance for good photos.

Serra offers eleven excursions, so if it rains--and it did for two days--you can go over the mountain to the dry areas and bird there. We did just that--taking the Three-toed Jacamar excursion which got us 44 species (the record for that trip is 124) including the rare jacamar, Red-legged seriema (eating a snake), Black-capped donacopius, Streamer-tailed tyrant, and Firewood-gatherer with its enormous nest. The new guide, Cirilo, is quite good. Surucua trogons and blue manakins are among the species easily found in the forest.

The lodge is reasonably priced, the food is quite good and plentiful (with free cachacas (rum) samples before dinner) and Serra is easily accessible (the lodge will transport you to and from the Rio airport--about a two-hour drive).

Only six percent of the Atlantic Rainforest remains (its mountainous terrain responsible for what's left). It is beautiful countryside with some spectacular birds, and this is a very nice place to observe them.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: Serra Dos Tucanos
Address: Cachoeiras do Macacu, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Region: Brazil > State of Rio de Janeiro > Rio de Janeiro
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Ranked #276 of 761 Speciality Lodging in Rio de Janeiro
Number of rooms: 8
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