Picnic with Bird Watching – RPPN Rio Brasil
Explore this Nature Reserve and discover rare species of birdlife - and maybe even a harpy!
RPPN Rio Brasil is located in one of the most biodiverse and threatened areas of the world. Within the central corridor of the Atlantic Forest, the RPPN houses more than 200 bird species of the most varied colours and shapes, many of them endangered globally – including signs of harpy returning to the region.
Replicating the internationally recognized experience at Fazenda Bananal (offered by our Pousada Literária de Paraty), we combine the large set of hiking trails and observation points of the reserve, to offer an excellent birding experience.
The duration of the activity is 4 hours, guided by employees of the Pousada and RPPN Rio Brasil.
Trails and Picnic
Different trails to explore this Nature Reserve - by foot or by bike.
RPPN Rio Brasil offers 8 alternatives of trails, with distances and levels from simple, and moderate to professional challenges, a beautiful lookout point for nature, walkways and a special area for rest. In several areas of the trails there is support from the staff of the Pousada and service of water and towels so that the guest can cool down.
At the end of the activity picnic is served by the staff of the Pousada, with a menu prepared by our chef. The environment can be as diverse as the reserve itself: in the forest area, where we have na old site with Cabruca system (cacao plantation shaded by the forest) and some huge centenarian trees that draw much attention; In the viewpoint, from where one can see a little of the beach and the exuberant view of the Atlantic forest; Or in the deck area, on the banks of Rio Norte – one of the tributaries of the Rio da Barra/Rio Brasil.
The activity can be done by walking or bike, with equipment offered by the team of guides of bike tour partners of the Pousada Tutabel.
Visit to the a Pataxo Village
An unique opportunity to spend the day with an authentic indigenous Pataxó tribe
In the middle of the 20th century, a good part of the ancestors of the Indians that today form the villages of the region of Porto Seguro was decimated in a great massacre, and therefore had to flee to the cities. However, 3 still adolescent girls who did not agree with the loss of indigenous culture as a result of their approach to urban centres decided to go out and create their own village where customs would be maintained and respected.
Today, this village has become the Jaqueira Reserve – a sacred place for the Pataxó people, a true oasis with 827 hectares of Atlantic Forest located 12 km from the center of Porto Seguro, where 32 families live in the traditional way, that receive visitors to enjoy moments of conviviality with this captivating people (still with the presence of the 3 girls who originated the village!), and contemplate the nature preserved and perceive the sounds of the forest.
Through a partnership with accredited agency, we offer a unique experience of living in this village where Brazil was born. Upon arrival at the village, the young Indians of the village receive guests and visitors and direct them to the place where the cacique (leader) speaks in his own language and in Portuguese about his history and his traditions – the mystical force of intimacy with nature, sounds, the sacred songs, dances and rituals (AWÊ), the prayers and symbolisms, the language (PATHXÔHÁ), the arts and the forms of expression.
The visit lasts 6 hours in total (with 1 hour of road in each direction), with total flexibility, if the guest or visitor chooses to shorten the visit (may include lunch prepared by the Indians with their local ingredients, especially fish ). There is still the option of overnight, for those who enjoy the contact with nature, the break of urban comfort and a unique experience.
It offers 4 options of experiences: Return to the Origins, Indian Day without overnight, Indian Day with overnight and the Route of the Pataxó Villages.
Private Natural Heritage Reserve (RPPN) Rio Brasil
Visit one of the oldest areas of occupation and settlement in Brazil.
Located 25 km and 30 minutes by car from Pousada Tutabel – in Trancoso, Bahia – RPPN Rio do Brasil is in the region known as the Coast of Discovery by the Portuguese and one of the oldest areas of occupation and settlement in Bahia and Brazil.
In addition, it is part of the Central Atlantic Biodiversity Corridor of the Atlantic Forest and conserves precious 975 hectares remaining from one of the planet’s most exuberant and biodiverse tropical forests. The RPPN is home to specimens of fauna and flora threatened with extinction, and there they inhabit animals that only exist in the Atlantic Forest.
The name Rio do Brasil honours the river that crosses the property, being the first river baptized by the Portuguese in Brazil and that appears in the first map, elaborated in 1502. The RPPN Rio do Brasil is of the same property of the Pousada Tutabel.
Search of Humpback Whales
Spot one of the most impressive species in the World!
In an approximately 2-hour tour on the coast of Porto Seguro led by a biologist guide, expert on the behaviour of humpback whales, and in boat for up to 40 people or in smaller boats for more exclusive groups, we offer to the guests a exploration in search of humpback whales – one of the most impressive species in the world.
The best period is from July to September and may last until October.
Kayak Exploration of Rio Brasil
Explore in kayaks the first river ever mapped in Brazil, in 1502!
Explore the first river ever mapped in Brazil!
In approximately 2h30 of duration, and in groups of up to 4 people accompanied by a local guide, the kayak trip through Rio Brasil (which passes through the RPPN and others) is quiet and without rapids, allowing the appreciation of the surrounding nature, and the vegetation typical of the extreme south of Bahia.
Finished at the beach, there is the possibility of a meal in the Rio da Barra hut which is at the end of the river.