Explore Brazil’s largest biological reserve, a lakeside and seaside wonderland full of tropical birds, mammals and reptiles, some of them exceptionally exotic.
Departing from the pier, you will drive south toward Taim Ecological Station, the largest biological reserve in Brazil. Taim is situated on a thin strip of land tucked between the Atlantic Ocean and Lake Mirim, making it an ideal setting for water birds.
While walking the reserve’s trails, you may spot Rio Grande’s official symbol, the black-necked swan, and the glittering-bellied emerald, one of many hummingbirds found here. If you see a hard-baked mud nest in the treetops, it probably belongs to a rufous hornero, a type of ovenbird that is the national bird of both Argentina and Uruguay. There are also plenty of migratory birds in Taim that fly in from the Arctic and Antarctic regions.
Chances are, you will also see an abundance of other wild animals. Broad-snouted caimans are often spotted basking in the sun. Turtles swim around the water hyacinths in the lake, and capybaras love the swampy riverbanks. The largest rodent in the world, the capybara looks like a shaggy-haired barrel with legs.
Following the wildlife outing at Taim Ecological Station, you will proceed to the nearby village of Capilha for a short but scenic walk. A snack box will be provided before driving back to the pier via the seaside resort city of Cassino.
Please note: This tour includes over 3-hours of travel by coach and approximately 90-minutes of moderate walking that may include some uneven ground. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and not considered suitable for those with mobility concerns. Light-weight clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; insect repellant; a bottle of water from the ship; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Wildlife sightings, while likely, are not guaranteed.