REGUA - Reserva Ecológica de Guapiaçu

REGUA - Reserva Ecológica de Guapiaçu, Cachoeiras de Macacu: Address, Phone Number, REGUA - Reserva Ecológica de Guapiaçu Reviews: 4.5/5

REGUA - Reserva Ecológica de Guapiaçu

REGUA - Reserva Ecológica de Guapiaçu
Reserva Ecologica de Guapiacu (REGUA) is a Brazilian non-profit non-governmental organisation and nature reserve located within the Atlantic Forest of south-east Brazil. REGUA's mission is the long-term conservation of the forests of the upper Guapiacu river basin in the state of Rio de Janeiro. REGUA has visitor accommodation - Guapi Assu Bird Lodge - where wildlife enthusiasts, particularly birdwatchers, can explore the Atlantic Forest. The lodge is non-profit making, with all income generated going towards our conservation work. NB: Please note the pin on the map on our TripAdvsor listing is correct but the postal address is not - our actual postal address is: REGUA Caixa Postal 98112 CEP 28680-000 Cachoeiras de Macacu-RJ Brazil
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Asheville, NC28 contributions
Great place for a wildlife adventure
Nov. 2019
A wonderful place to stay in the Atlantic Rainforest. The house/lodge sits atop a hill with a wide selection of trails leading into the forest and around the wetland. Birding is excellent and one also has the chance of running into a Tapir, which are part of a reintroduction program. Local guides don't speak a lot of English, but are excellent birders. Rooms are simple but comfortable and the food is deliciously prepared by the staff. And who could forget the Capirinhas before dinner every night?
Written 17 December 2019
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East Bergholt, UK48 contributions
Superb birding lodge, great food, great staff and great birds!
Jul. 2019
We stayed here for 11 nights in July/August 2019. We had room 1, which had a large balcony that overlooked the banana feeders so we could watch the marmosets without leaving the room. The kitchen staff were brilliant - making sure there was enough vegan/vegetarian food for my family. The food was also really nice - buffet style. Room was clean, beds comfortable and there were screen doors with insect netting so you could leave the doors to the balcony open at night if you wanted to listen to the rainforest. Great hot and powerful showers. Air conditioning when it got too hot. The wildlife was simply stunning - several very well-marked and easy trails from the Lodge on which you'd easily get well over 100 species in a couple of days. We did multiple day trips out too, so ended on 299 species in 10 days. The REGUA guide and driver we had were both brilliant. Very comfortable air-conditioned minibus too. The work they do at REGUA is also important - re-planting lost rainforest is a worthy cause to support. Highly recommend this place as a gentle introduction to Brazil - especially as it is less than 2 hours from Rio airport.
Written 10 August 2019
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Kyrenia N.Cyprus314 contributions
Great day trip from Rio
Jun. 2019 • Friends
As part of our organized tour in Brazil a day trip to Regua while we were staying in Rio had been arranged for us. Just wish we could have had longer there - like a couple of days.
A few hours walking tour was nowhere long enough to really grasp the incredible work being done here by Nick, Raquel and their team.
Lovely Raquel took us for a walk around the re-estabished wetlands pointing out so many different birds, dragonflies and butterflys that have recolonised the area (bit hard to miss the cute capybaras) sadly the tapirs are still not ready for visitors.

After a super lunch we were due to leave but miraculously Mateus one of the rangers knew just where there was a good chance of us seeing a sloth. Into the truck and off with Raquel and Mateus, a fair drive away and sucess, Mateus found our sloth , sleeping up in a tree.He even took our photos for us as you had to lean back and try to balance extended lens (not easy when you are over 70!!)
A brilliant day. would love to return.
Raquel and Nick I hope you got your olive oil ok?
Written 8 July 2019
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Scottsdale, AZ4 contributions
Spectacular Birding!
Dec. 2018
We stayed here as a part of a longer birding trip. The birding was great and so was the staff. Don’t miss sitting at the outdoor table in the afternoons and evenings watching for the monkeys, tapirs, and hummingbirds.
Written 22 March 2019
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Des Langford
Yorkshire94 contributions
Wonderful nature reserve
Feb. 2019 • Solo
Stayed in the lodge at REGUA , which was very comfortable. This reserve is fantastic for beautiful well marked walks around the wetlands on the numerous trails.A birder's paradise which also had tapirs and marmosets and capybaras in the grounds.
Written 28 February 2019
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Barry D
Frankfurt, Germany77 contributions
Marvelous birds but lots more
Sep. 2018 • Couples
This jungle lodge is famous for the birdwatching, but you can encounter lots of other wildlife in the garden and on the trails in addition: mammals (possum, tapir, marmosets, capybara), reptiles (cayman, Tegu lizards) and butterflies of all kinds. The lodge is amazing, clean beautiful rooms, great food, friendly and helpful staff, and the other guests are going to be nature fans and are fun to interact with. And don't forget the legendary Caipirinha "happy hour". All in all, an amazing way to experience Brazil's extraordinary Atlantic Forest.
Written 27 October 2018
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Geneva, Switzerland104 contributions
A birder's paradise and a wonderful Lodge
Sep. 2017 • Couples
We stayed three nights in this fabulous place and we had a great great time !
Rooms are quite good, the common area and the pool are very confortable. The food was hearty, generous and tasty.
The complimentary caipirinha before dinner was a real treat, even more because it was offered with such a generous mind.
The nature there is just fantastic and I saw so many birds !
I have to say that I had the luck to meet two great volunteer guides, Kaitlin and Bob, who allowed me to have some exceptional sightings.
The owners, Raquel, Nicholas and their son Thomas, are excellent people who offered us their hospitality in the warmest and kindest manner.
They are doing a wonderful job promoting and expanding this amazing reserve where
I can only hope I can go back one day.
Written 14 October 2017
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Isle of Mull, UK28 contributions
A Home from Home
Jul. 2017 • Friends
Thank you, thank you, thank you! What wonderful stay we had! Absolutely perfect - the venue (paradise), the photo opportunities - all landscape, fauna, flora and even some fungi are incredible to see and the staff are all really friendly and helpful. Within just a few moments of arrival, we felt as if we were at home - everything runs at your pace with everything you need to get all your birding or photography needs close at hand, directly from the veranda if needed! Even my impromptu guitar playing and singing was politely appreciated! I cannot speak highly enough of all the staff, Nicholas and Raquel must be quite rightly proud of all of them as well as themselves for the OUTSTANDING work they are doing (please check out their website). Thank you all xx (Martin & Stella).
Written 7 July 2017
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Cleveland, OH12 contributions
Bird Lodge, eco retreat in driving distance to Rio de Janeiro
Apr. 2017 • Friends
My adult daughter, spent 4 nights a the REGUA bird lodge ( in April and May 2017. In our limited time, we decided to spend less time in Brazilian airports getting to the Pantanal and instead come here. What a great choice!! We both love nature, hiking and were interested in the incredible birds that can be found in this area. While most visitors to REGUA are serious and knowledgeable bird watchers, we considered ourselves novices and totally loved this place! The lodge is very comfortable with 10 rooms and communal meals. The other guests were from the UK, Switzerland, S. Africa, Brazil and made our experience even better. The hospitality of Thomas and his team were top notch! It was personal and personalized to our preferences. Thomas helped us decide when and where to hike, when to take a bird guide and checked in with us several times a day. The food was fresh and local, prepared by 3 sisters, served at the big dining table together, where we shared plans and stories of the day with the other guests. A full accessible library of bird guides, nature, plant, moth, and Brazil guides stocked the shelves for our use. Every evening before dinner we shared a pitcher of the best caipirhanas we ever had! One evening we asked Nicholas Locke to share his presentation of the history of REGUA. REGUA is a Brazilian non- profit focused on conservation and restoration of the Atlantic Rainforest. It is a fascinating tale of a Brazilian ranch that has been in his family from the early 1900's that is now an area of conservation and reclamation of an area that is on the edge of the remaining 7% of the Brazilian Atlantic rainforest. Funding in part by the World Land Trust helps in efforts to save this amazing area. Lodging fees also support conservation. The incredible variety of bird species found here are the real attraction to visitors. We enjoyed the well marked, easily walked trails, encountering capybara and marmosets and giant sloth, toucans and more! We found this through a search for ecolodges, bird watching and saw it listed with strong recommendations in the Lonely Planet guidebook. Book at or through Serra dos Tucanos Birding Tours, in the UK I paid by bank transfer in advance , covering food, lodging and ground transport to and from the Rio airport with a local driver. There is a nice pool and open porch area where birds are always stopping. Quiet and relaxing, there was wifi to keep in touch with home. It is about a 2 hour drive from GIG airport. We can't wait to return along with our like minded nature loving friends! It is a great place if you only have a few nights to get out into the wild of Brazil without another flight. Seriously, what could be better than by supporting conservation while you enjoy a great holiday?
Written 22 May 2017
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Guildford, UK4 contributions
Tropical Birding paradise
Feb. 2017 • Solo
Wonderful lodge with superb hospitality , great home cooking , fantastic facilities in a magnificently peaceful and wildlife rich setting. Hummingbirds and monkeys over breakfast and owls after dinner
Written 25 February 2017
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