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“Great Brazilian Bird Lodge”
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The Lodge at REGUA
Reviewed July 16, 2013

The Guapi Assu Bird Lodge is a great place to stay. Run by Nicholas and Raquel, this couple has done so much to help conserve this stunning area of Atlantic Rainforest. The lodge itself is not too large and is comfortable and welcoming. The views from the lodge across to the forest covered hills are lovely. The food was excellent and the swimming pool ideal to help cool off in the hot afternoons. If you are a birder then the trails which can be accessed directly from the lodge are superb. The two local bird guides employed here are also top-notch, knowing every squeak, call and song that came from the forest.

I have visited many lodges all over the world and I can rate this highly in my Top Ten. Visit Guapi Assu Bird Lodge - you won't be disappointed.

Nigel Jones - MD of Ornitholidays

Room Tip: Rooms one and two have large double beds and balconies.
  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 2, 2013

This is an excellent example of eco-tourism with revenue from guests at the lodge contributing to the running of a fantastic rain forest project. Under the leadership of manager, Nicholas, 160,000 trees have been planted here over the past 10 years restoring former farmland to valuable rain forest and wetland. The wetland is very close to the lodge and there are plenty of trails easily accessible close by, all of which are comprehensively outlined on the lodge's website.

We arranged our stay direct with the lodge. Nicholas was helpful and efficient, reply straight away to emails.

We were picked up at the airport by Alcenir who is a great character and proved to be friendly and helpful throughout our stay. He made a real effort to show us lots of birds on the way from the airport.

Wildlife abounds at the lodge. Three species of Hummimgbird, Marmosets, Masked Water-Tyrant, Violaceous Euphonia, Blue Danis, Maroon-bellied Parakeet, and Sayaca, Brazilian and Ruby-crowned Tanagers were regular in the gardens around the feeders. Here we also saw many other birds including eg Burnished-buff and Hooded Tanagers, Rusty-margined Guan, and White-bearded Manakin.

There are two bird guides employed by the Lodge, who are available to guide visitors for a charge. Both are very helpful and real experts with superb skills in finding and identifying birds often imitating calls or using ipods. Under Adilei's guidance we saw an excellent variety of birds in the Regua area including specialities such as Shrike-like Cotinga, Tawny-browed Owl and Giant Snipe. Leo led an excursion which we went on to Sumidouro where he found us many birds including the scarce endemics: Three-toed Jacamar and Serra Antwren, plus some great views of Black-necked Aracaris.

The lodge itself is clean and tidy with well-maintained rooms, a nice dining area, lounge, swimming pool and library all close together. The staff were friendly and helpful (although there were a few minor hicups in organisation during our stay). Food was tasty home-cooked and generally catered well for the two vegetarians in my family party eg veggy lasagne, rice, salads, eggs etc. The freshly squeezed fruit juice was excellent and the complementary Caipirinha on the veranda each evening were very welcome!

Filtered water is provided free of charge and other drinks are available on a tab basis from a fridge in the dining area.

This is a great place to enjoy wildlife while supporting its conservation in comfortable surroundings. We would like to thank Alcenir, Leo, Adilei, Ian (volunteer) and Nicholas for making this an enjoyable and memorable stay.

Room Tip: There are a variety of rooms, some with a balcony / outside area, others without. One room has a hot...
  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 23, 2013

This is a fantastic place and very easy to access from Rio. We stayed for 5 nights in June and could have stayed much longer. Whilst I think many people go in Sep/Oct, June was great for us as it was really quiet- we were the only people there for two nights and it really felt like we had the reserve to ourselves. The weather was lovely too- not too hot and it didn't rain at all during the day. We saw lots of wildlife- capybaras, herons, caimans, sloth, marmosets etc etc around the wetland and many birds in the woods around - we especially liked seeing all the manakins, spot billed toucanets, mixed flocks of tanagers, channel billed toucan, etc etc... and were lucky to see howler monkeys crossing over the 4 x 4 trail. A highlight - hundreds of egrets flying in to roost in the wetland to roost every evening. It's a fantastic place for a properly relaxing holiday- beautiful surroundings, lovely lodge, very well-marked trails which you can wander round (and great guiding if you want it). We're vegetarian and were catered for very well - they really listen to what you want from your holiday here and do their best to make sure you get it!

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Panamaholidaymaker
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Reviewed March 27, 2013

I just returned from a whirlwind tour of several eco-lodges in Brazil and Guapi Assu, our first and most luxurious stop, was such an amazing place to visit. Nicholas and Raquel are warm, wonderful hosts who are so inspirational in their commitment to conservation. They have created something really special at the lodge which is staffed by friendly, hard-working, lovely people who made my stay so enjoyable. The rooms are clean and spacious boasting all the comforts of home and the food was divine. I am a vegan and so I brought snack bars thinking I would not be able to eat much but they made so much delicious fare for me that I didn't eat even one of those bars! The views from the lodge are incredible and sitting right on the veranda you can see hummingbirds and marmosets and then they have these amazing trails that will take you through wetlands, forests, and waterfalls. We saw so many birds and amphibians and even a sloth! The guides are experts at their craft and they were a joy to spend time with- I learned so much. At night, you could take a dip in the pool while relaxing with a Caipirinha (refreshing and potent Brazilian margaritas!) or go out with the guides for some owl or great snipe hunting! The reserve is just a short two hour drive from Rio so if you are in the area, you really have to stop here for at least a night. It is a must visit for nature lovers!

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with friends
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3  Thank NickiLeaEcoGirl
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Reviewed November 16, 2012

Recently went there with my 5 year old daughter. We loved wandering the trails and paths, it is an amazing Garden of Eden! Saw so many birds, frogs, bugs, butterflies, a sleeping sloth, a porcupine, and more. The house and rooms is lovely and well kept, the hosts and staff very warm and caring. I recommend it for non-professional bird watchers like us! We will be back!

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 29, 2012

We just returned from 7 days in paradise at Guapi Assu. Fantastic hosts in Nicholas and Rachel and wonderful accomodation. Loved the Caipihrainias at the end of a long birding day. Leo our guide was tremendous, knowing every little peep and calling in some great birds. The sunrises were spectacular and every day was packed with more and more birds, 283 in all. We could have stayed even longer to get some of the rarer species. Best part of the trip was meeting Robert Ridgely and his team who were staying for a few days while working on another field guide. It was an honour. I highly recommend this lodge for access to all the endemic Atlantic Rainforest species and many other gems.

Room Tip: Room # 1 is the best in the house, however even the smaller rooms are very cosy and packed with all...
  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 18, 2012

Regua is one for the bucket list. We only spent three days there but could have spent weeks, and will definitely go back. The charm of Regua is that it offers so much: incredible birding, hiking into the mountains in search of the woolly spider monkey (one of the world’s rarest primates), leisurely walks around the wetlands and into the forest, trips into Rio (only a couple of hours away) – and for those who just want to sit and relax – breakfast on the veranda of their lovely Gaupi Assu Lodge, a converted farmhouse with breaktaking views, in the company of marmosets, hummingbirds and numerous other feathered visitors, many of them endemics.
And this is not just another tourist destination. Most of the forest is now owned by the World Land Trust, but prior to that, it was in Nicholas Locke’s family for over a hundred years, and they’ve taken the conservation of this most endangered habitat very seriously. The Lockes have replanted hundreds of hectares of rainforest, and restored the extensive wetlands below the lodge. They’re very involved with the local community, and run really well organised volunteer and educational programmes. Our whole visit was inspiring and what is so great is that by staying there, you not only have the most wonderful time but you are also contributing to conservation. And, by the way, the food, service and accommodation are all outstanding. Viva Regua!

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: Estrada Guapiacu, Cachoeiras de Macacu, State of Rio de Janeiro 28680, Brazil
Location: Brazil > State of Rio de Janeiro > Cachoeiras de Macacu
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Ranked #1 of 20 Specialty Lodging in Cachoeiras de Macacu
Number of rooms: 10
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