Lagoa do Peixe (Fish Lake)

Lagoa do Peixe has received international recognition as one of the most important areas for migratory birds in South America. Its protection is essential for the existence of this fantastic biological mechanism that guarantees the life cycle of a great number of fauna and flora species that make these migrations possible. This environment is a real ecological paradise.

Lagoa do Peixe is located in the Tavares district and is only five km away from the hotel.

Parque Nacional da Lagoa do Peixe was founded in 1986.
In 1991, it was included in the Hemisphere Net for Shorebirds - Wetlands for the Americas.
In 1992, it was recognized by UNESCO as a core zone of biosphere reserves along with the Atlantic Coastal Forest Project.

In 1993 in Iran, the Ramsar Convention protected it for its value to migratory birds.
Projects are continually being developed by international organizations like World Wildlife Foundation (WWF) working together with Brazilian universities.

The park is managed by the Instituto Chico Mendes - ICMBio


The lake is 35 km long and 1.5 km wide. It’s waters are shallow, just 10 to 60 cm deep. It follows the coast, winding through dunes and sandbanks and patches of native bush.

There are 34000 hectares of natural paradise, where swamps, native forests, dunes, lagoons and beaches offer a rich diversity of habitats. With a high concentration of nutrients, shellfish species, algae, plankton, crabs, finfish and shrimp flourish and guarantee plenty of food for birds. The lagoon is linked with the Atlantic Ocean by a two-meter-deep bar. This huge natural nursery shelters 181 different species of birds, among them 26 bird species are visitors from North Hemisphere and 5 from Southern Hemisphere.

ONE OF NATURE’S MYSTERIES, migratory birds discovered Lagoa do Peixe, and made it a mandatory stopping point and their greatest refuge in Latin America.

Among the 5 species of migrate birds of the South Hemisphere the most fascinating is the Flamingo. When winter sets in throughout the southern hemisphere, flamingos leave their nests and chicks located in Chile and Patagonia in search of a warmer climate. Lagoa do Peixe is the only place in Brazil where flamingos can be watched the whole year round, especially between the months of August and December.


These birds are a magnificent spectacle of nature and watching them is an amazing experience. You will witness incredible scenes such as large flocks of sterna dancing across the sky. You will have the opportunity to see a huge variation of birds from all over the world.

The best time for bird watching is in the months of March, April and May, and in October and November.

Lagoa do Peixe is a great place for bird watching. The flat landscape means there are very few visual obstacles.

 

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