Frequently Asked Questions
Below are some of the most frequently asked questions about the lodge. If you have any further questions then please do not hesitate to contact us.
How do I get to the lodge?
When is the best time to visit for birds?
What is the climate like?
What are the entry requirements for Brazil?
What inoculations do I need?>
What literature should I bring?
What else should I bring?
Is there a laundry service available at the lodge?
Are vegetarian meals available at the lodge?
Are there telephone and internet facilities at the lodge?
Is there power to charge my camera and laptop?
Do the lodge staff speak English?
Are there any shops nearby?
How do I make a booking?
The nearest international airport to us is Rio de Janeiro Galeão - Antônio Carlos Jobim, about 80 km away. Note that many airlines do not fly direct to Rio, but via São Paulo. From Rio there are three ways to get to us: by hire car, public bus or our transfer service. The journey time is approximately two hours. See our location page for further details and a map.
Any time of year is good, with different times of the year providing different opportunities. In south-east Brazil, late October to March is summer, when many birds are breeding and much more vocal, making them much easier to find. Between April and September less birds are calling but this is the peak time for large mixed species flocks. These flocks are often so large and contain so many species that you can easily spend an hour or more sorting through them. The temperature at this time is cooler and so the birds are also often highly active throughout the day. Many birders visit between late July and October, when mixed flocks are still common and many species such as Bare-throated Bellbird have started calling.
Most of the trails at REGUA are at a relatively low altitude and therefore the climate is warmer than higher up in the mountains. Between October and March the temperature is hot and rain is frequent. The winter months of April to September bring cooler and drier weather, often with prolonged periods with no rain.
To visit Brazil on holiday British nationals do not require a visa and may stay in Brazil for up to 90 days. If your passport has less than 90 days until expiry on the date you arrive in Brazil, you may be refused entry. Similarly, you may be refused entry if you plan to travel to other countries from Brazil and your passport has less than six months until expiry. Furthermore, some airlines will not allow you to fly with less than six months remaining on your passport. Check with your travel agent if you have any doubts. Note that it is Brazilian law that you carry your passport (or a photocopy) with you at all times, including on all lodge excursions.
We recommended that you contact your doctor or a travel clinic for advice on which inoculations you will need. Note that if you are entering Brazil from a country that is known to have yellow fever and you cannot prove you have been vaccinated, you may be denied entry.
The best field guide currently available to the birds of the Atlantic Forest region is the new Guia de Campo: Aves do Brasil Oriental / Birds of Eastern Brazil, Tomas Sigrist, 2007 (ISBN-13: 9788560120024). To buy a copy visit our literature page. We have teamed up with NHBS in the UK who will pay us a small commission towards our conservation work for every book purchased from this page. From the literature page simply click on the link for the item you wish to buy and you will be taken to the NHBS website (worldwide delivery is available).
For those hiring a car, the best map to use is the Brazilian Mapa Rodoviario 2006 Rio de Janeiro (1:500,000), published by Guia Quatro Rodas (www.guia4rodas.com.br). This map covers all of Rio State, shows the national parks and also includes good city maps and a distances chart as well. This map is available in the UK at Stanfords.
Other essential items to bring include:
- Field guide
- Good quality walking boots/shoes
- Light-weight waterproof jacket
- Light-weight and quick-drying trousers
- Long and short-sleeved T-shirts or shirts
- A rimmed hat or cap
- Insect repellent (the most effective contain at least 30% DEET)
- Sun-tan lotion
- A small rucsac
- Swimwear for the pool
- Two pin plug adaptor
There are free satellite internet facilities available for guests to use at the REGUA office, about a 3 minute walk from the lodge. Unfortunately the telephone may only be used by guests for emergency calls. However, there are public telephones in Guapiaçu village (about a 50 minute walk away) and also in the nearby town of Cachoeiras de Macacu (about a 40 minute drive away). Also some mobile phone networks work at higher elevations on the reserve.
To make an enquiry or a booking please contact Nicholas and Raquel Locke by email or post. Please see the contact us page for details.