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Visit Brazil: Reserva Ecológica de Guapi Assu (REGUA)

Staging site


REGUA wetland

Key activities, species and places of interest

  • Birding, trail walking, guided walks. Guests at the Guapi Assu Bird Lodge have access to low and high altitude forest and the reserve wetlands.
  • Birds include: Shrike-like Cotinga, White-necked Hawk, Salvadori's Antwren, Fork-tailed Tody-Tyrant, Russet-winged Spadebill, Black-legged Dacnis and Giant Snipe.
  • Mammals include: Brown-throated Three-toed Sloth, Brown Howler Monkeys and the rare Southern Woolly Spider Monkey (Muriqui).
  • The Guapi Assu Bird Lodge run excursions to a variety of other habitats for species not found at REGUA.

REGUA is situated only 80km North-East of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil in the Serra dos Órgãos Mountains. The reserve spans from around 30m above sea level at the wetland areas up to 2000m, thus providing a range of unique habitats and it is one of the last locations where original Atlantic Forest remains intact at all altitudes.

Fitness level required

REGUA has an extensive network of scenic trails which provide wildlife and outstanding birdwatching opportunities. They have three grades of trail, easy, moderate and difficult. The "easy" trails are considered suitable for most levels of fitness. Learn more about the trails on the REGUA website.


The Guapi Assu Bird Lodge offers excellent accommodation and is non-profit making; your stay will contribute towards REGUA's conservation work which includes habitat restoration, biodiversity monitoring, species reintroductions and education and community projects.

Guapi Assu Bird Lodge ####

  • The lodge is equipped to a very high standard
  • Sleeps up to 18 (six double, two twin and two single rooms) all with own bathrooms
  • Full board with breakfast, lunch and dinner included
  • Excellent library
  • Small swimming pool
  • 24 hour electricity
  • Hot solar heated water
  • Free satellite internet access nearby
  • About 2 hours from Rio de Janeiro Galeão-Antônio Carlos Jobim International Airport
  • Mini-bus transfer service to and from the airports or hotels in Rio
  • Season information: July to November - busiest time. March to June - quieter, weather slightly cooler. Flights also cheaper but check the Rio Carnival dates as this will push up prices.

See website for more information:
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Enquiries: Nicholas and Raquel Locke at


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