Pre-Symposium Excursions

For the Pre and Post Symposium excursions, please remember to include in your travel plans the airfare from or to the city where the excursion will start. In some cases this could be your arrival point in Brazil.
 

Long Pre-Symposium Excursions

Excursion 1: Caatinga - Catimbau National Park (07 – 11/06) - 5 days

Departure and Arrival:  Recife, Pernambuco (a 2 ½ hour flight from Brasilia).
 



Group Leaders: Dr. Marcelo Tabarelli and Dr. Inara Leal (Federal University of Pernambuco)

Number of Participantes: Minimum = 4 , Maximum = 8

Price: BRL $1500.00.  If the organizer has confirmed your place in this excursion, please use this PayPal form to submit payment for registration.  You will be asked to select your excursion from the drop down menu.  Please see cancellation policy below.


Principal attractions – one of the last preseved areas of caatinga (thorn shrub forest) in Brazil. The Park cover over 600 km2 and ranges in altitude from 700 to 900 m. Aside from biological diversity, the Park is Brazil´s second largest archaeological site. The excursion will be based at a central point within or near the Park and on each day a different area of the Park or region will be visited.

Important note: Due to logistical restrictions, the number of participants in this excursion is limited to 8.

**UPDATE** “The participants will be picked up by the excursion organisers at the airport of Recife on June 7 between 12:00 and 14:00. The excursion will arrive back to the same airport on June 11 by 12:00, so that participants can travel to Brasília. Prof. Marcelo Tabarelli (mtrelli@ufpe.br) may be contacted for additional information and other arrangements.
 
 

Excursion 2: Atlantic Rainforest (06 – 11/06) - 6 days

In this excursion you will have the chance to visit the Atlantic Rainforest from the coast (dune, mangrove, restinga vegetation), going up to see the Montane Atlantic Rainforest until 1840m, where we are going to visit the Pedra da Macela. Remember that it will be cold in June (for Brazilians it is very cold!), but it is drier than during the summer.
Departure and Arrival: Guarulhos airport – São Paulo (1 ½- 2  hours flight to Brasília)



Group Leader: Julio Lombardi, Reinaldo Monteiro, and Alessandra Fidelis (Universidade Estadual Paulista – Rio Claro). For more information, please contact afidelis@rc.unesp.br

Number of Participantes: Minimum =    , Maximum = 20

Price: BRL 2550.00.  If the organizer has confirmed your place in this excursion, please use this PayPal form to submit payment for registration.  You will be asked to select your excursion from the drop down menu.  Please see cancellation policy below

 

Daily Schedule

Day 1 (06/06): Arrival in São Paulo (14:00), travel to Paraty (RJ)

Day 2 (07/06): Núcleo Picinguaba, Ubatuba (SP) (http://www.ambiente.sp.gov.br/parque-serra-do-mar-nucleo-picinguaba): dune and coastal vegetation (Restinga), interface sand/restinga dominated by terrestrial bromeliads (Bromelia) and low shrubs. Moving inland we find small to medium trees of different species, the same found on the slopes of the mountains chain of Serra do Mar. Lowland Atlantic Rainforest, tall trees (Ficus, Hymenaea) and lots of epiphytic species (mostly cactus, orchids, and aroids), presence of Euterpe edulis and tree ferns (Cyathea, Dicksonia, Alsophyla), with a species composition very different from the restinga forest and somewhat similar of the forest on the mountains slopes.

Day 3 (08/06): Mangrove (Rhizophora, Laguncularia, and Avicennia trees) and coastal vegetation (restinga).
 


Day 4 (09/06): travel to Cunha (Estrada Real); trekking to Pedra da Macela (1840 m a.s.l)

Day 5 (10/06): Núcleo Cunha (http://www.ambiente.sp.gov.br/parque-serra-do-mar-nucleo-cunha/): montane and upper montane Atlantic Rainforest (100-1200 m a.s.l) with a high diversity of Lauraceae species, and areas under regeneration. We will be able to see areas with different forest structure: 1) trees from 9-12m (Myrceugenia, Persea, Ocotea, Byrsonima, Ouratea), rich in epiphytes and the lower stratum is dominated by terrestrial tank bromeliads; 2) trees >12m (Drymis, Weinmannia, Ilex, Clethra), no presence of terrestrial bromeliads, lower species richness of epiphytes. Most important families are Lauraceae, Myrtaceae, Melastomataceae and Aquifoliaceae. The area under regeneration is an abandoned pasture (>20 years), with dominance of Alchornea).