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Guapi Assu Bird Lodge

Rio & the Coast

Rating: Mid-range    

Guapi Assu Bird Lodge overview

Guapi Assu Bird Lodge is situated in the heart of the Atlantic Forest, or Mata Atlântica, in south-east Brazil. Part of the REGUA project, Guapi Assu Bird Lodge was opened to provide high quality accommodation for visitors to the reserve. The lodge is non-profit making, with all income generated going towards our conservation work.

Guapi Assu Bird Lodge provides good accommodation for anyone interested in birdwatching, conservation or those who simply wish to experience the rainforest and it's wildlife. The lodge is small, with a relaxed and informal atmosphere.

The lodge is beautifully situated on a small hill at the edge of the restored wetlands, overlooking the forested Serra dos Órgãos mountains, and is set against a fantastic backdrop of forested mountains. Guests have access to low and high altitude forest and the reserve wetlands and they run excursions to a variety of other habitats for species not found at REGUA.

The Atlantic Forest is one of the most threatened biomes on earth with only 7% of the forest remaining. Classified by BirdLife International as an Important Bird Area and Bird Lodge Endemic Bird Area, the Atlantic Forest supports about 680 of Brazil's 1,700 or so bird species and contains some of the highest endemism of any biome on earth, with 199 bird species found nowhere else.

To date over 435 bird species have been recorded at REGUA including 63 Brazilian endemics and 111 Atlantic Forest endemics.

REGUA (Reserva Ecológica de Guapiaçu) protects one of the last stands of tropical rainforest left in the severely depleted Atlantic Rainforest.

REGUA's objective is to protect the remaining forest and biodiversity from deforestation, hunting and over-extraction of natural resources. To be effective there needs to be an understanding of what species are present and their status, and so REGUA is developing a comprehensive monitoring programme. REGUA also aims to improve biodiversity by restoring lost and damaged habitats and reintroducing lost species where practical. Their Environmental Education Programme is critical to the long-term success of the project and they work very closely with local communities, especially children, to convince them of the importance of this work.


Open:  Guapi Assu Bird Lodge is open all year.

Location:  Guapi Assu Bird Lodge is located in the heart of the Atlantic Forest, on a small hill at the edge of the restored wetlands. It is 80kms from the airport in Rio de Janeiro, about a 2 hour drive

Rooms:  The lodge has 6 double, 2 twin and 2 single rooms accommodating up to 18 people. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms with hot showers and flushing toilets, are air conditioned and have screened windows. Bottled water is provided. The premier double rooms have private balconies.   

Activities:  The lodge offers a range of bird watching excursions in a range of different locations, walking along the numerous trails which vary in length and grade. Guides are available to escort guests (pay locally) and can lead night walks . Horse riding can be arranged.

Facilities: There is a spacious lounge, large dining area, library with reference books and journals about birds and natural history. There is a small swimming pool. All accommodation is on full board basis. Soft and alcoholic drinks are available for a charge. The lodge offers a laundry service (pay locally). 2 local naturalist guides are available. There are lovely gardens which attract lots of birds.

Dining:  Meals are taken communally.

Children:  Children of all ages are welcome.

Health:  The Atlantic Forest is not a malarial area.

Communication: There is free satellite internet access at the reserve office near the lodge.

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This small bird lodge aims to conserve the Upper Guapi Assu watershed. They also run a great recycling project which gives an income to a local family.

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client reviews

Dave C

"Again the room was good, as was the food. The volunteer guide Henry escorted round the Wetland trail and provided excellent identification of birds. Unfortunately day 2 was a \"wash out\" and the planned trip was aborted."

Sally Thorburn
"This place is hard to beat for dedicated birdwatchers looking for Mata Atlantica species - it's a wonderful, very comfortable lodge, with excellent home-cooked food, a great atmosphere and outstanding guides. We had one of the 2 upstairs rooms which have balconies with lovely views. Nicholas and Raquel are exceptional hosts and are doing amazing work to restore the forest - they have already planted 200,000 trees and aim to make this a million in their lifetime. In addition to running the lodge, they host a band of volunteers, some carrying out studies, some doing hands-on work, and we really enjoyed being able to meet this interesting and diverse group of people, learning a lot from them. There are optional excursions to higher level sites but a nice range of hikes can be done from the lodge and we really enjoyed these. A special place, but probably best suited to those wanting to concentrate on birds."
Anthony Marsh
"Comfortable room - owners very welcoming. Superb and knowledegable guide - excellent birds despite rainy weather. Food excellent"
Michael Hammond-Kosack
"The location of this lodge is stunning, surrounded by mountains of Atlantic rainforest, a lot of which are already part of the reserve (REGUA). The garden hosts a lot of hummingbirds, flitting between the various feeders, but occasionally resting on a tree branch to give the photographer a brief chance. Hard to believe that this Lodge is only 2 hours drive north of the sprawl of Rio. As we were the only guests (maximum possible 10) we got the best room and felt very privileged. A very nice touch was the jug of cold caipirinha waiting for us after the days excursions, always followed by an excellent meal."
Mr. Robert Lee
"Excellent room on the 1st floor overlooking the reserve. Meals and evening drink of caipirinhas most enjoyable. Well laid out trails rich with wildlife. Nice birding on the drive up to the start of the walk to the waterfall. The falls were impressive and the location and seclusion made it a special experience. "

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