Custom guided birding / birdwatching tours for world birders of South eastern Brazil, based out of Rio de Janeiro led by Richard Raby, Expat bi-lingual bird guide of over 20 yrs South American experience

Agrias Claudina

Fixed Itinerary Butterfly photography trips. Starting January 2012

After some time in preparation, Richard Raby Eco tours is now offering, starting from January 2012, Two popular Butterfly Group trips to South-eastern Brazil during the months of January and February, the hot season (literally!) for Lepidoptera in South-eastern Brazil.

Depending on demand it may be possible to offer two or more different programs.

The first, in the month of January, will visit 3 localities and mix between the lowlands, the 600-900metres intermediate, zones. The December rains produce much brooding in the lowlands towards their finish in early January.

The second, in February, will be based in Two intermediate level and one High level elevation localities (generally considered the best time of year for these higher altitudes).

We would aim to start the lower level group as soon after the new-year as practically possible. The second Trip will commence at approximately mid-month. The maximum number of participants for each itinerary will be set at 10 people per group.

Both trips will be of 14 days duration and pricing will be fixed at 150 day per person, this price will be semi- inclusive (not including occasional evening meals, eaten out at restaurants).

A minimum number of 6 persons will be required to finalize each group.

PS In the event of lower numbers of participants a different daily rate would need to be agreed upon.

January Trip

  • 3 nights spent in the Angra dos Reis coastal region at sea level. Lowlevel jungle.
  • 5 nights at 900meters altitude in the serra da Bocaina, jungle-edge habitat.
  • 5 nights at the 600-1000 meters mark in the Itatiaia massif. Jungle interior habitat

February trip

  • 4 Nights spent at the Serra da Bocaina, set at 900meters altitude, forest edge habitat.
  • 2 Nights spent at the upper Itatiaia national park in the Cloud-forest zone (circa1600-1900meters).
  • 4 Nights spent at the Intervales national park in western Sao Paolo state.
  • 3 Nights spent at the Itatiaia lower park circa 800 meters altitude, forest interior.

Both of these trips will concentrate on the field photography and identification of Lepidoptera and allied insects abundantly distributed during the Brazilian late-spring/ early summer months.

NB* A great investment in expensive DSLR semi-pro. gear IS NOT essential to participate and record this trip. In the age of Digital Photography, excellent results can be obtained with cheap, consumer level cameras (with macro option).

A full list of suitable cameras can be supplied on request.