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BIRDWATCHING IN ESPÍRITO SANTO

VITÓRIA

(CAPITAL OF ES)

BIRDWATCHING LOCATIONS AND CONTACT WITH NATURE

Vitória is the state capital of Espírito Santo, and has a good infrastructure for bird watchers. They city was founded on September the 8th in 1551. With a population of 358,875 inhabitants (IB-GE, 2015) it is the fourth most populous city of ES. Vitória has several urban parks and green areas where various species of interest can be found. Species like the Roseate Spoonbill, Clapper Rail, Boat-billed Heron, Little Wood-Rail and the Common Potoo are easy to observe. In addition to its natural beauty, other parts of the city are worth mentioning, like the Theatre Carlos Gomes, the Metropolitan Cathedral and the Historic Center, for visitors who want to see a little bit more of the city,

BIRDWATCHING LOCATIONS

SUGGESTIONS

UFES - FEDERAL UNIVERSITY OF ESPÍRITO SANTO

The Federal University of Espírito Santo (UFES) is under the Ministry of Education (MEC) and has didactic, scientific, administrative, financial and patrimonial autonomy

UFES is the leading university of higher education in Espírito Santo. It was founded on May the 5th in 1954. The university has four campuses, with its main campus being located in Goiabeiras, Vitória. The Goiabeiras campus has a large green area, encouraging walks and making it a great location for birdwatching. The area has a very rich environment because it is surrounded by mangroves under environmental protection. In addition, the campus is home to several cultural facilities, like a theater, a student radio station, an astronomical observatory and planetarium, a water park, among others. The university has a restaurant, which can also be used by guests at an affordable price. For more gastronomic options, please visit the Rua da Lama, located opposite the campus. The place is known for its wide range of restaurants and traditional pubs.

CITY PARK GRUTA DA ONÇA

Municipal Conservation Unit of Vitória, ES

The City Park Gruta da Onça (Jaguar Cave) is a conservation area with approximately 67,000 m². This remaining refuge of Atlantic Forest in the middle of the busy capital, provides important environmental services such as the protection of slopes reducing erosion, water protection, minimizing heat, greenhouse gas absorption, and providing habitat to fauna & flora. The park has trails with historical attractions which makes it possible to find wildlife in the middle of the city.

CITY MANGROVES

Municipal Ecological Station Ilha do Lameirão (EEMIL)

Inicially created as Criada inicialmente como ecological reserve, the mangroves of Vitória were transformed into an ecological station on September the 15th in 1986. With approx. 891.83 ha, the ecological station Ilha do Lameirão (EEMIL) consists mostly of mangroves (92.66%) followed by Restinga with its rupestre vegetation and flooded areas.

The ecological station belongs to the group of Fully Protected Conservation Units which only allow scientific research. However, it is possible to photograph its surroundings and aquatic birds from boats navigating the water channels.

THE OCEAN AND SEABIRDS

Observation area for seabirds (also known as marine birds).

The Bay of Vitória is a good place for the observation of seabirds. Only very few birders explore the bay and the chances of finding new seabird species for the state of Espírito Santo are great. If you plan your visit during the reproduction period of the humpback whales, it is very likely and possible to do some whale watching as well, because Espírito Santo is their migration route. 

STATE PARK FONTE GRANDE

State Conservation Unit

The State Park Fonte Grande is a conservation unit that belongs to the state Espírito Santo. The park is located in the southeastern region of the city. With an area of 260 hectares, its area covers the hills and small mountains: Fonte Grande, Mulundú, Santa Clara, Pedra do Vigia, Bastos and Pedra dos Olhos. The park is a great place for hiking, family trips and biking. In addition, the park offers the best view points of the capital. Only very little known to bird watchers, the park makes very interesting and unexpected discovery possible.

ILHA DO BOI (THE COW ISLAND)

Residential island district with high occurrence of sea and migratory birds.

The Ilha do Boi (The Cow Island) is one a rich district of Vitória. The island is located near the Vitória Shopping Mall (Shopping Vitória) and the Curva da Jurema. The east side of the island borders the Bay of Vitória and the view of Vila Velha (neighbouring town) is beautiful: view of the Morro do Moreno, the Third Bridge and the Convento da Penha. Below a short wall, the shore is framed by big rocks where migratory birds look for food and can be observed/photographed easily.

VALE BOTANIC GARDEN

Private park open for visitation.

The Vale Botanic Garden has 33 hectares - equivalent to 33 football (soccer) fields. It is part of the Green Belt of the Vale Mining Company, thus a place for recreation and important for the protection of the Atlantic Forest. The park is home to over 140 tree species, like the Brazil wood, Jacaranda trees and Ipê trees, and wild animals like squirrels, opossums, monkeys and birds that can be observed at the five available trails.

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INTERESTING SPECIES

*PICTURES TAKEN ON SITE*

(see complete list of occurrence on the specific observation pages)

HOW TO GET THERE

HOW TO GET THERE BY PLANE

Airport Eurico de Aguiar Salles

Address: Avenida Fernando Ferrari, 3.800 - Goiabeiras - Vitória – ES, CEP: 29.075-920

 

HOW TO GET THERE BY BUS

Bus Terminal Vitória
Address: Avenida Alexandre Buaiz, 350 - Ilha do Princípe, Vitória - ES, CEP 29020-300

Local and nationwide busses
Information about fares, routes and schedules:
http://sistemas.vitoria.es.gov.br/redeiti/#
http://www.ceturb.es.gov.br/default.asp?pagina=15980

HOW TO GET THERE BY CAR

Getting around by car in Vitória is easy. There are street signs for almost all major points of interest. But the main streets are packed with cars during rush hours. Lots of streets have payment stations for parking ticket sale (paid parking). Please, pay attention to fees and maximum parking time in order to avoid fines. Tickets can be purchased directly at the payment stations and sometimes you might even have help from a city worker (even though he or she will most likely not speak english). 

HOW TO GET THERE BY FOOT

Vitória is a small city and its districts are very close, which allows everyday activities can be carried out by foot. But getting around by foot requires special attention from residents and especially tourists, because some locations are high risk areas for burglaries and thefts.

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WHERE TO STAY

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MORE INFORMATION

WEBSITE - CITY OF VITÓRIA

Website only in Portuguese.

WEBSITE - WIKIAVES