BIRDWATCHING IN ESPÍRITO SANTO
BIRDWATCHING LOCATIONS AND CONTACT WITH NATURE
The ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AREA MESTRE ALVARO is located in the municipality Serra in Espírito Santo, Brazil. It is about 25 km from the state capital Vitória. It can be reached by the highway BR-101. With an area of 3,470 hectares and at 833 meters, the Serra-Sede area is a typical example of the remaining coastal Atlantic Forest.
The mountain Mestre Alvaro is considered one of the biggest coastal elevations along the Brazilian coast line. In 1991 the environmental protection area (APA) Mestre Alvaro was created. The area is very rich in fauna, flora and water resources. The Mestre Alvaro is a natural monument of extraordinary beauty and a known local landmark. It is a site of historical events for African, European and indigenous cultures. Every year, it attracts many tourists and hikers who venture along the dozens of kilometers of trails and paths.
THE ASCENT OF THE MESTRE ALVARO - TRAILS
The Mestre Alvaro has easily accessible trails from the Serra and restricted access to other trails from south. The main trail is a well marked path, but not very clean due to misuse. It is a simple hike, but full of steep hills bordering the valley and a waterfall. The first half of the trail is a relaxing walk over the hilltops, windy just right before the highest peak. The trail takes about 4 hours at an easy pace and with strategic stops for snacks and rehydration; people in good physical condition can make it in less than 2 hours.
Recently, the group Guardiões do Mestre (Guardians of the Mestre) have begun to map trails and waterways. They are eager to find out more about the stories behind those trails.
HOW TO GET THERE
BY PLANE: Airport Eurico Sales (VIX), then public transportation.
BY BUS: If you know any details, send us a message.
BY CAR: Highway BR-101 'Rodovia do Contorno'
BY BIKE: If you know any details, send us a message.
ON FOOT: Not recommended. Please use public transportation and ask for directions until reaching the observation sites.
Conductor of the local community.
- Junior Nass +55 (27) 9 9631-2337.
* Not a birding expert.
YOUR NAME HERE!
Are you a local conductor? Let us know!
(Institutions and/or people who helped put together this site)
Leonardo Merçon - Wildlife Photographer and President of the Instituto Últimos Refúgios.
Junior Nass - Member of the NGO "Amigos do Mestre Alvaro" (Friends of the Mestre Alvaro)
*PICTURES TAKEN ON SITE*
(see complete list of occurrence on the specific observation pages)
DID YOU VISIT THIS PLACE? LEAVE A MESSAGE AND LET US KNOW ABOUT YOUR BIRDING EXPERIENCE!