Tag Archives: Itatiaia National Park

Drosera montana

In one relatively short stretch of the road on the plateau of Itatiaia National Park there’s a dense population of this species. Unfortunately somebody had dug trenches to drain the water, thus destroying much of the population. I was shocked to see the ignorance of people behind this. This is after all a national park, […]

Drosera montana

In one relatively short stretch of the road on the plateau of Itatiaia National Park there’s a dense population of this species. Unfortunately somebody had dug trenches to drain the water, thus destroying much of the population. I was shocked to see the ignorance of people behind this. This is after all a national park, […]

Bladderwort (Utricularia reniformis)

The leaves are large and very healthy, so this location must be particularly rich in insects. This is a carnivorous plant after all! Altitude: 2460 metres.

Galium humile

This is the second species of galium I encountered on the plateau of Itatiaia National Park. Altitude: 2460 metres.

Galium humile

This is the second species of galium I encountered on the plateau of Itatiaia National Park and it was also in fruit, opposed to the other species. Altitude: 2460 metres.

Galium humile

This is the second species of galium I encountered on the plateau of Itatiaia National Park, and is densely haired compared to the other species. Altitude: 2460 metres.

Bladderwort (Utricularia reniformis)

The previous day I found one individual high up on a ledge. An unnecessary climb, as there is a veritable garden here – you just have to walk a little further. On one stretch of the road – past the dam – there is a very dense population of this species! I’ve never seen so […]

Itatiaia plant 31

The very last couple of kilometres of road to the plateau of Itatiaia National Park is blocked by the park entrance, and even though you can drive to the camping site by the small dam, it’s not worth it! You’ll miss all the magnificent flora and fauna along the dirt road. In the rainy season […]

Itatiaia Spinetail (Asthenes moreirae)

I heard the song of this species during both my days on the plateau of Itatiaia National Park, but it’s really hard to see as it prefers to stay well hidden in the vegetation. I was in luck as this one was observing me out in the open from this lichen-clad berberis. Altitude: 2460 metres.

Itatiaia plant 30 (Lycopodium)

On the way to the Itatiaia park entrance, towards Agulhas Negras, you’ll find the only sturdy man-made construction – a bridge painted in white. From here you have great views of the montane forest, the land below and the shrubs and small trees in the gully below in particular. However, there is yet another location […]

Esterhazya splendida

On the way to the Itatiaia park entrance, towards Agulhas Negras, you’ll find the only sturdy man-made construction – a bridge painted in white. From here you have great views of the montane forest, the land below and the shrubs and small trees in the gully below in particular. However, there is yet another location […]

Esterhazya splendida

On the way to the Itatiaia park entrance, towards Agulhas Negras, you’ll find the only sturdy man-made construction – a bridge painted in white. From here you have great views of the montane forest, the land below and the shrubs and small trees in the gully below in particular. However, there is yet another location […]

Itatiaia Gecko 02

The second of many species of Gecko in the park. Altitude: 1021 metres. Please help me identify it – leave a comment 🙂

Itatiaia lepidoptera 23

During my 4 nights at Hotel do Ype, this night stood out as a particularly busy in regard to number of insects. It was very humid – the clouds were low – and this seemed attractive to the insects. Add the large windows in the restaurant, and you have a perfect insect trap! Altitude: 1021 […]

Itatiaia lepidoptera 22

During my 4 nights at Hotel do Ype, this night stood out as a particularly busy in regard to number of insects. It was very humid – the clouds were low – and this seemed attractive to the insects. Add the large windows in the restaurant, and you have a perfect insect trap! Altitude: 1021 […]

Itatiaia lepidoptera 21

During my 4 nights at Hotel do Ype, this night stood out as a particularly busy in regard to number of insects. It was very humid – the clouds were low – and this seemed attractive to the insects. Add the large windows in the restaurant, and you have a perfect insect trap! Altitude: 1021 […]

Itatiaia lepidoptera 20

During my 4 nights at Hotel do Ype, this night stood out as a particularly busy in regard to number of insects. It was very humid – the clouds were low – and this seemed attractive to the insects. Add the large windows in the restaurant, and you have a perfect insect trap! Altitude: 1021 […]

Itatiaia lepidoptera 19

During my 4 nights at Hotel do Ype, this night stood out as a particularly busy in regard to number of insects. It was very humid – the clouds were low – and this seemed attractive to the insects. Add the large windows in the restaurant, and you have a perfect insect trap! Altitude: 1021 […]

Itatiaia lepidoptera 18

During my 4 nights at Hotel do Ype, this night stood out as a particularly busy in regard to number of insects. It was very humid – the clouds were low – and this seemed attractive to the insects. Add the large windows in the restaurant, and you have a perfect insect trap! Altitude: 1021 […]

Itatiaia lepidoptera 17

During my 4 nights at Hotel do Ype, this night stood out as a particularly busy in regard to number of insects. It was very humid – the clouds were low – and this seemed attractive to the insects. Add the large windows in the restaurant, and you have a perfect insect trap! Altitude: 1021 […]

Itatiaia lepidoptera 16

During my 4 nights at Hotel do Ype, this night stood out as a particularly busy in regard to number of insects. It was very humid – the clouds were low – and this seemed attractive to the insects. Add the large windows in the restaurant, and you have a perfect insect trap! Altitude: 1021 […]

Itatiaia Gecko 01

As with buildings in Pantanal and the Amazon rainforest, there are geckos here in the buildings of Hotel do Ype. This night was particularly rich in insects attracted to the lights coming through the large windows of the restaurant – a feast for a gecko! Altitude: 1021 metres. Please help me identify it – leave […]

Itatiaia lepidoptera 15

During my 4 nights at Hotel do Ype, this night stood out as a particularly busy in regard to number of insects. It was very humid – the clouds were low – and this seemed attractive to the insects. Add the large windows in the restaurant, and you have a perfect insect trap! Altitude: 1021 […]

Itatiaia lepidoptera 14

During my 4 nights at Hotel do Ype, this night stood out as a particularly busy in regard to number of insects. It was very humid – the clouds were low – and this seemed attractive to the insects. Add the large windows in the restaurant, and you have a perfect insect trap! Altitude: 1021 […]

Itatiaia lepidoptera 13

During my 4 nights at Hotel do Ype, this night stood out as a particularly busy in regard to number of insects. It was very humid – the clouds were low – and this seemed attractive to the insects. Add the large windows in the restaurant, and you have a perfect insect trap! Altitude: 1021 […]

Itatiaia lepidoptera 12

During my 4 nights at Hotel do Ype, this night stood out as a particularly busy in regard to number of insects. It was very humid – the clouds were low – and this seemed attractive to the insects. Add the large windows in the restaurant, and you have a perfect insect trap! Altitude: 1021 […]

Itatiaia lepidoptera 11

During my 4 nights at Hotel do Ype, this night stood out as a particularly busy in regard to number of insects. It was very humid – the clouds were low – and this seemed attractive to the insects. Add the large windows in the restaurant, and you have a perfect insect trap! Altitude: 1021 […]

Itatiaia lepidoptera 10

During my 4 nights at Hotel do Ype, this night stood out as a particularly busy in regard to number of insects. It was very humid – the clouds were low – and this seemed attractive to the insects. Add the large windows in the restaurant, and you have a perfect insect trap! Altitude: 1021 […]

Itatiaia lepidoptera 09

During my 4 nights at Hotel do Ype, this night stood out as a particularly busy in regard to number of insects. It was very humid – the clouds were low – and this seemed attractive to the insects. Add the large windows in the restaurant, and you have a perfect insect trap! Altitude: 1021 […]

Itatiaia lepidoptera 08

During my 4 nights at Hotel do Ype, this night stood out as a particularly busy in regard to number of insects. It was very humid – the clouds were low – and this seemed attractive to the insects. Add the large windows in the restaurant, and you have a perfect insect trap! Altitude: 1021 […]

Itatiaia lepidoptera 06

During my 4 nights at Hotel do Ype, this night stood out as a particularly busy in regard to number of insects. It was very humid – the clouds were low – and this seemed attractive to the insects. Add the large windows in the restaurant, and you have a perfect insect trap! Altitude: 1021 […]

Itatiaia lepidoptera 07

During my 4 nights at Hotel do Ype, this night stood out as a particularly busy in regard to number of insects. It was very humid – the clouds were low – and this seemed attractive to the insects. Add the large windows in the restaurant, and you have a perfect insect trap! Altitude: 1021 […]

Rhinoceros Beetle

During my 4 nights at Hotel do Ype, this night stood out as a particularly busy in regard to number of insects. It was very humid – the clouds were low – and this seemed attractive to the insects. Add the large windows in the restaurant, and you have a perfect insect trap! Altitude: 1021 […]

Itatiaia lepidoptera 04

During my 4 nights at Hotel do Ype, this night stood out as a particularly busy in regard to number of insects. It was very humid – the clouds were low – and this seemed attractive to the insects. Add the large windows in the restaurant, and you have a perfect insect trap! Altitude: 1021 […]

Itatiaia lepidoptera 03

During my 4 nights at Hotel do Ype, this night stood out as a particularly busy in regard to number of insects. It was very humid – the clouds were low – and this seemed attractive to the insects. Add the large windows in the restaurant, and you have a perfect insect trap! Altitude: 1021 […]

Itatiaia National Park

Wherever there’s a crack in the rock plants grow, albeit stunted and bonsai-like as seen here. Do you see the Caracara? Altitude: 2460 metres.

Fernseea itatiaiae

The very last couple of kilometres of road to the plateau of Itatiaia National Park is blocked by the park entrance, and even though you can drive to the camping site by the small dam, it’s not worth it! You’ll miss all the magnificent flora and fauna along the dirt road. In the rainy season […]

Fernseea itatiaiae

The very last couple of kilometres of road to the plateau of Itatiaia National Park is blocked by the park entrance, and even though you can drive to the camping site by the small dam, it’s not worth it! You’ll miss all the magnificent flora and fauna along the dirt road. In the rainy season […]

Pico das Agulhas Negras

The plateau is at around 2400 metres altitude and is very wet, soggy and bog-like, as you can see from this picture there is lot’s of water during the rainy season, and also quite moist in the dry season due to all the moss and vegetation that act like a sponge. During my two days […]

Macela (Achyrocline satureioides)

The very last couple of kilometres of road to the plateau of Itatiaia National Park is blocked by the park entrance, and even though you can drive to the camping site by the small dam, it’s not worth it! You’ll miss all the magnificent flora and fauna along the dirt road. In the rainy season […]

Macela (Achyrocline satureioides)

The very last couple of kilometres of road to the plateau of Itatiaia National Park is blocked by the park entrance, and even though you can drive to the camping site by the small dam, it’s not worth it! You’ll miss all the magnificent flora and fauna along the dirt road. In the rainy season […]

Pico das Agulhas Negras

Even though I never got a full view of the peak I was not disappointed as the clouds gave it an even more dramatic look than with a blue sky!

Pampa Finch (Embernagra platensis)

An omnivore that knows how to harvest left overs from tourists, and this one was definitely accustomed to people as it was keeping a close eye on my lunch. It quickly turned its attention to a huge earthworm, and I wondered why and what it could possibly do with such a huge slippery tube of […]

Itatiaia plant 28 (Asteraceae)

The very last couple of kilometres of road to the plateau of Itatiaia National Park is blocked by the park entrance, and even though you can drive to the camping site by the small dam, it’s not worth it! You’ll miss all the magnificent flora and fauna along the dirt road. In the rainy season […]

Itatiaia plant 28 (Asteraceae)

The very last couple of kilometres of road to the plateau of Itatiaia National Park is blocked by the park entrance, and even though you can drive to the camping site by the small dam, it’s not worth it! You’ll miss all the magnificent flora and fauna along the dirt road. In the rainy season […]

Agarista hispidula

The very last couple of kilometres of road to the plateau of Itatiaia National Park is blocked by the park entrance, and even though you can drive to the camping site by the small dam, it’s not worth it! You’ll miss all the magnificent flora and fauna along the dirt road. In the rainy season […]

Agarista hispidula

The very last couple of kilometres of road to the plateau of Itatiaia National Park is blocked by the park entrance, and even though you can drive to the camping site by the small dam, it’s not worth it! You’ll miss all the magnificent flora and fauna along the dirt road. In the rainy season […]

Itatiaia lepidoptera 02

The very last couple of kilometres of road to the plateau of Itatiaia National Park is blocked by the park entrance, and even though you can drive to the camping site by the small dam, it’s not worth it! You’ll miss all the magnificent flora and fauna along the dirt road. In the rainy season […]

Lupinus gilbertianus

The very last couple of kilometres of road to the plateau of Itatiaia National Park is blocked by the park entrance, and even though you can drive to the camping site by the small dam, it’s not worth it! You’ll miss all the magnificent flora and fauna along the dirt road. In the rainy season […]

Lupinus gilbertianus

The very last couple of kilometres of road to the plateau of Itatiaia National Park is blocked by the park entrance, and even though you can drive to the camping site by the small dam, it’s not worth it! You’ll miss all the magnificent flora and fauna along the dirt road. In the rainy season […]

Hippeastrum morelianum

The very last couple of kilometres of road to the plateau of Itatiaia National Park is blocked by the park entrance, and even though you can drive to the camping site by the small dam, it’s not worth it! You’ll miss all the magnificent flora and fauna along the dirt road. In the rainy season […]

Hippeastrum morelianum

The very last couple of kilometres of road to the plateau of Itatiaia National Park is blocked by the park entrance, and even though you can drive to the camping site by the small dam, it’s not worth it! You’ll miss all the magnificent flora and fauna along the dirt road. In the rainy season […]

Itatiaia plant 27

The very last couple of kilometres of road to the plateau of Itatiaia National Park is blocked by the park entrance, and even though you can drive to the camping site by the small dam, it’s not worth it! You’ll miss all the magnificent flora and fauna along the dirt road. In the rainy season […]

Itatiaia plant 27

The very last couple of kilometres of road to the plateau of Itatiaia National Park is blocked by the park entrance, and even though you can drive to the camping site by the small dam, it’s not worth it! You’ll miss all the magnificent flora and fauna along the dirt road. In the rainy season […]

Itatiaia plant 26 (Cerastium)

The very last couple of kilometres of road to the plateau of Itatiaia National Park is blocked by the park entrance, and even though you can drive to the camping site by the small dam, it’s not worth it! You’ll miss all the magnificent flora and fauna along the dirt road. In the rainy season […]

Itatiaia plant 26 (Cerastium)

The very last couple of kilometres of road to the plateau of Itatiaia National Park is blocked by the park entrance, and even though you can drive to the camping site by the small dam, it’s not worth it! You’ll miss all the magnificent flora and fauna along the dirt road. In the rainy season […]

Maldonada Redbelly Toad (Melanophryniscus moreirae)

The very last couple of kilometres of road to the plateau of Itatiaia National Park is blocked by the park entrance, and even though you can drive to the camping site by the small dam, it’s not worth it! You’ll miss all the magnificent flora and fauna along the dirt road. In the rainy season […]

Eriocaulon majusculum

The very last couple of kilometres of road to the plateau of Itatiaia National Park is blocked by the park entrance, and even though you can drive to the camping site by the small dam, it’s not worth it! You’ll miss all the magnificent flora and fauna along the dirt road. In the rainy season […]

Eriocaulon majusculum

The very last couple of kilometres of road to the plateau of Itatiaia National Park is blocked by the park entrance, and even though you can drive to the camping site by the small dam, it’s not worth it! You’ll miss all the magnificent flora and fauna along the dirt road. In the rainy season […]

Cortaderia sp

This species of grass is more than 2 metres tall, and when they grow close like this, it’s like walking in a forest of grass!