Intervales State Park is a protected managed by Fundação Florestal (Forestry Foundation), an organization linked to the São Paulo State Environmental Secretariat. It comprises an area of about 41.700 hectares and it was created in 1995, although the area had been protected since 1987 (former Fazenda Intervales). The Park is situated on a 3300 ft high escarpment the Serra do Mar, that runs parallel to the Atlantic coast of SE Brazil, and is located between the following reserves:
All these areas above contains pristine Atlantic forests over an altitudinal gradient from nearly sea level to 3300 ft. elevation, covering more than 150000 hectares, known as "Continuum de Paranapiacaba". See the map below.
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The size of the "Continuum de Paranapiacaba" has contributed to minimize the negative impacts on the enviromment in Intervales, as it is located in the middle of it, making a perfect destination for birdwatchers looking for the Atlantic Forest Ecosystem, more than 430 species of birds have been recorded in the park and its buffer zone, this number is attributed to the good status of conservation . The other good thing is the birdwatching trail system that Intervales has to offer to the guest, most of them can be accesseble by 2x4 car at any time, making Intervales one of the most productive birding site in SE Brazil.
Take time to really enjoy this unique rainforest and its sounds.
This trail begins just in front Pica-pau Lodge and goes up for 2,5 km, with an altitude varying from 2.800 to 3.000 ft. At the end of the trail is possible to see a beatiful sight of the hilly landscape of the "Continuum de Paranapiacaba". Highlights include White-bearded Antshrike, Bertoni's Antbird, Ferruginous Antbird, Such's Antthrush, Short-tailed Antthrush, Spotted Bamboowren and Atlantic Royal Flycatcher ( nesting by the Lago Negro).
The most reliable trail for species suchs as: Blue-bellied Parrot (May/June), Oustalet's Tyrannulet, Mottle-cheeked Tyrannulet, Russet-winged Spadebill, Crescent-chested Puffbird.
Carmo Road is a 35 km driving path, which begins at the central area of the park (2.800 ft. elevation) and ends at Alecrim ranger station (600 ft. elevation), only the first 10 kms of the road can be accessed by 2x4 car, the road goes through well preserved forest, surrounded by Palm trees (Euterpes edulis), and bamboo (Guadua tagoara), attracting a great variety of species such as: Solitary Tinamou, Mantled Hawk, Black-faced Piping-Guan (most reliable place), Blue-bellied Parrot, Rusty-breasted Nunlet, Crescent-chested Puffbird, Saffron Toucanet, Helmeted Woodpecker (most reliable place), Slaty Bristlefront, Tufted Antshrike, White-bearded Antshrike, Star-throated Antwren, Scaled Antbird, Squamate Antbird, Such’s Antthrush, Speckle-breasted Antpitta, White-collared Foliage-Gleaner, Pale-browed Treehunter, Grey-capped Tyrannulet, Oustalet’s Tyrannulet, Brown-breasted Bamboo-Tyrant, “Atlantic” Royal Flycatcher, Pin-tailed Manakin, Serra do Mar Tyrant-Manakin, Hooded Berryeater, Cinnamon-vented Piha (common at Carmo), Bare-throated Bellbird (abundant), Brown Tanager, Buffy-fronted and Temminck’s Seedeater, (both abundant when the bamboo is flowering) Red-rumped Cacique and Golden-winged Cacique.
Barra Grande Road
Ribeirão Grande Road
This road which links Ribeirão Grande City to Intervales is also good for species which are not common in the park. Spotted Nothura, Small-billed Tinamou, American Kestrel, White-tailed Hawk, Red-legged Seriema, Burrowing Owl, Short-eared Owl (seen occasionally), White-eared Puffbird, Yellowish Pipit (always on the fence post), Gray Monjita (always on the fence post), Streamer-tailed Tyrant, Grassland Yellow-finch, Wedge-tailed Grass-Finch, White-browed Blackbird, Chestnut-capped Blackbird and Yellow-rumped Marshbird are some of the species you are likely to see on the way to the park.
In order to access all the trails and find those wanted species, Intervales has three excellent local birding guides to accompany the visitors, they were born and raised in the park and have an unrivalled knowledge of the area, they know the calls and the scientific names of all the birds in the region and where to find them.
Luis Avelino started working with bird researching in 1987, since then Luis has gathered a great experience.
Betinho Rodrigues began his career working as bird guide in 2002, he is also a good photographer.
Faustino Avelino has been working as bird guide since 2004, leading people from all around the World.
All the trails except the self-guided trail must be accompanied by a birdwatcher guide from the Park.
*We do recommend that you book the guides in advance.