Friends and Partners

  

 

 

 Support Conservation of Golden Lion Tamarins by Visiting Them in Their Native Rainforest in Rio de Janeiro!

 

The Associação Mico-Leão-Dourado (Golden Lion Tamarin Association - AMLD) is providing an opportunity for people who travel to Rio de Janeiro to see the Golden Lion Tamarins (GLTs) in the wild. Proceeds from the tour package help support AMLD’s activities to conserve golden lion tamarins in their natural habitat.  The tour also promotes forest-friendly income generation for the local community, thus contributing to long-term protection of GLT habitat.

The area where you can see GLTs is on a private farm in the municipality of Silva Jardim, a drive of about two hours from the Rio international airport.  The AMLD conservation team members will accompany you and help you learn about our conservation program to save this endangered species in its native habitat. There will be ample opportunity to photograph these beautiful tamarins.

Visits are available only on Mondays and Fridays, and a reservation must be made at least seven days in advance by contacting ecoturismo@micoleao.org.br.  You may also reach a bilingual person by phone at 55-22-2778-2025 between the hours of 8:00 am and 5:00 pm local Rio time.  A minimum 3 and maximum of 20 visitors per day is allowed.

 

There are two options for your visit:

Option One – Complete Package

6:30 a.m. – pick up at your hotel in Rio de Janeiro by a bilingual (English/Portuguese/Spanish) guide and transportation in an air-conditioned van, taking you across the Guanabara Bay toward the town of Silva Jardim (travelling north from the city of Rio de Janeiro).  Along the way, you will see first-hand how much of the Atlantic Forest has been cleared and the ongoing expansion from two lanes to four lanes of the busy BR-101 highway.

 8:30 a.m. -The van will stop to meet the AMLD team at the Queijão Restaurant at km246 of the BR-101 highway.

9:00 a.m – Expected arrival time for observation of wild Golden Lion Tamarins.   During an easy hike through the rainforest, AMLD staff will demonstrate how GLTs are tracked with radio telemetry equipment, ensuring your tour will see a number of tamarins habituated to human observers. Take your camera and binoculars!  You will have plenty of time to watch and photograph a family group as they jump from branch to branch in the canopy overhead.  You may be lucky enough to see the mother and father carry babies – best months to see babies are November to December. This area is also good for birdwatching.

11:00 a.m. - After viewing the tamarins, you will be transported to AMLD’s Education Center in the Poço das Antas Biological Reserve where you can see the exhibits and, if you wish, purchase GLT souvenirs such as t-shirts, caps, and more (all of which support AMLD’s GLT conservation program).  You will have an opportunity to meet additional AMLD staff members who will tell you about their conservation program to restore the forest and the tamarin population assuring this species has a future in the wild. 

1:00 p.m – You will then be transported to a private reserve on a local farm, Fazenda Santo Antonio dos Cordeiros, where your visit will conclude with a leisurely lunch of typical Brazilian cuisine.   Photos of the area of the Fazenda dos Cordeiros and some of the dishes available for lunch can be seen at http://fazendadoscordeiros.com.br/galp-o-do-espantalho

3:30 p.m  Following your lunch at the Fazenda, you will be transported back to your hotel in Rio de Janeiro, arriving at approximately 5:30 pm.

 

Option Two – Basic Package:

The Basic Package does not include transportation, lunch, or availability of a bilingual guide.  Visitors must provide their own round trip transportation to and from Silva Jardim, the forest site for viewing the tamarins, and AMLD’s Education Center.  The basic package does include a member of AMLD staff to guide the visitor(s) from the Quejão Restaurant in Silva Jardim to the area where the golden lion tamarins can be seen, as well as from this viewing area to AMLD’s Education Center.

8:00 a.m. -  meet with AMLD staff at the Queijão Restaurant on Highway BR-101 km 246 in the municipality of Silva Jardim-RJ.  The AMLD car will then lead the visitor’s vehicle to the area for viewing the tamarins.

8:30 a.m. – During an easy hike through the rainforest, AMLD staff will demonstrate how GLTs are tracked with radio telemetry equipment, ensuring your tour will see a number of tamarins habituated to human observers. Take your camera and binoculars!  You will have plenty of time to watch and photograph a family group as they jump from branch to branch in the canopy overhead.  You may be lucky enough to see the mother and father carry babies – best months to see babies are November to December. This area is also good for birdwatching.

10:30 a.m. – After viewing the tamarins, you may then drive to AMLD’s Education Center in the Poço das Antas Biological Reserve, following the AMLD car in your own car.  There, you will have the opportunity to see the exhibits and, if you wish, purchase GLT souvenirs such as t-shirts, caps, and more (all of which help support AMLD’s GLT conservation program).  You will have an opportunity to meet additional AMLD staff members who will tell you about their conservation program to restore the forest and the tamarin population assuring this species has a future in the wild.

11:30 a.m. --  You will then be free to return to Rio de Janeiro on your own, merely following BR101 to where you are staying.



 

COST

Prices below are quoted in the local Brazilian currency (Real)

•R$320.00 price per person: Complete Package as described above.  This cost per person is for a minimum of 3 visitors, so if there are fewer than 3, the total cost of R$960 must be met in order to cover the expense of the transportation to and from Rio de Janeiro.

 

•R$150.00 price per person:  Basic Package as described above.  There is no minimum number of visitors required.

PAYMENT METHODS

Wire transfers to:

  •  Itaú Bank
    • Sasplus Operadora Turistica Ltda.
    • Agency 5624
    • Account 07435-6
    • CNPJ 06.100.638 / 0001-80

Credit Card: (Visa / MasterCard)

CANCELLATION AND REFUND

  • Cancellation made from 1 to 6 days prior the reservation: 50% refund.
  • Cancellation made less than 24 hrs.  prior to the reservation is nonrefundable.

   For reservations and information contact:

  • For attention Monday -- Friday between the hours of 8:00 am – 5:00 pm (local Rio de Janeiro time).
  • e-mail:  ecoturismo@micoleao.org.br
  • telephone:  55-22-2778-2025

 

 Note: while planning your trip to Brazil, in addition to a passport valid for at least six months beyond your date of entry, a tourist visa is required for citizens from many countries.  Be sure to check with your nearest Brazilian Consulate for these requirements and allow plenty of time (at least a month or more) to secure a visa should you need one.