Welcome to Parque Nacional do Superagüi
The park is famous for its array of orchids. Hummingbirds and toucans live here, not to mention the roseate spoonbill and the stunning Brazilian tanager. Every evening at sunset, hundreds – sometimes thousands – of red-tailed parrots return to roost in the canopy on Papagaio Island. Dolphins are often sighted in the waters between Ilha do Superagüi and Ilha do Mel. Other mammals are more elusive, but include agoutis, pacas, deer, howler monkeys and pumas. The park is also home to the endangered black-faced lion tamarin, though it is rarely sighted.
The national park is not open to visitors, although boats are allowed to motor around the islands. Boat trips depart from Ilha do Mel and the tiny fishing village of Barra do Superagüi, one of the few settlements within the confines of the protected area. It’s worth spending a day in the village to get a taste of life in a place still relatively untouched by tourism.
There is one boat to Ilha do Superagüi from Paranaguá ($60 return, three hours) Monday to Saturday at 3pm. Expect prices upwards of R$280 to hire a private boat for up to four people. To make transportation arrangements in advance, contact Dalton at Pousada Superagüi.