Overview

Brazil - one of the most biodiverse countries on the planet, is a dream destination for general naturalists, photographers and birders alike. Home to swathes of Amazon Rainforest, the vast majority of the continent's savannah, endemic-rich Atlantic Rainforest, and the highly celebrated Pantanal, few destinations can offer such great variety and abundance in such a short space of time.

Our 11 day tour of the pristine Amazon rainforests surrounding Alta Floresta focus on three primary lodges in the heart of the verdant southern Amazon basin - each boasting in excess of 500 species each! From the crystal clear waters of the Rio Sao Benedito II that flows through Rio Azul to the Rondonia specialists of Sao Nicolau and the canopy tower of the fishing lodge of Pousada Thaimacu – good accommodation and excellent food will supplement our bird filled days at each step of our journey. Unlike many forays to Alta Floresta, this is no mere extension, but an in-depth tour focussing on both the common and rarely searched for.

2022 Prices are an estimate, dates are not confirmed and may change.

Tour Facts Top Birds
Black-chested Tyrant, Tapajos Hermit, Crimson Topaz, Peacock Coquette (rare), Crested and Harpy Eagles, Slate-colored, White & White-browed Hawks, Cryptic and Slaty-backed Forest Falcons (rare), Crestless (Lesser Razor-billed) & Bare-faced Curassows, Spix’s & Red-throated Piping Guans, Scarlet, Red-and-Green, Red-bellied, Blue-winged, Blue-and-Yellow & Chestnut-fronted Macaws, Bald, Red-fan & White-bellied Parrots, Kawall’s Amazon, Santarem & Crimson-bellied Parakeets, Bronzy, Blue-cheeked & Paradise Jacamars, Tapajos, Alta Floresta (rare) & Amazonian Antpittas, Pompadour & Spangled Cotingas, Green-tailed Goldenthroat, Sungrebe, Sunbittern, Black, Snow-capped, Flame-crowned, Fiery-capped & Red-headed Manakins, Pavonine Quetzal, Black-tailed, Black-throated, Green-backed, Amazonian & Blue-crowned Trogons, Blackish Nightjar, Tawny-bellied Screech Owl, Ocellated Poorwill, Spectacled & Crested Owls, Amazonian Pygmy Owl, Curl-crested & Red-necked Aracaris, Gould’s Toucanet, Collared and Rufous-necked Puffbirds, Hoatzin, Dark-winged Trumpeter, Cream-colored, Chestnut, Yellow-throated & Golden-green Woodpeckers, Glossy, Plain-winged, Saturnine & Natterer’s Slaty Antshrikes, Yellow-browed, White-breasted, Rufous-faced, Striated, Manu, Grey, Band-tailed, Rufous-faced, Chestnut-tailed, Rondonia Warbling, Xingu Scale-backed & Bare-eyed Antbirds, Plain-throated, White-eyed, Pygmy, Sclater’s, Long-winged, Grey, Ash-winged, Ornate & Rufous-winged Antwrens, Hoffman’s & Rondonia Woodcreepers, Para Foliage-gleaner, Zimmer’s Tody-Tyrant, Para Gnatcatcher, Dotted Tanager
Top Mammals
Jaguar, Puma, White-lipped Peccary, Gray Brocket Deer, Giant Otter, numerous monkeys
Habitats Covered
primary, terra firme, varzea, riparian, bamboo and white sand forests, rivers, cerrado scrub
Expected Climate
warm to hot with high humidity
Max Group Size
8 with 1 Rockjumper leader & local birding leader
Tour Pace & Walking
moderate, with much time spent on trails
Accommodation
good to excellent
Ease of Birding
moderate with many tricky species
Photographic Opportunities
average to good
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The trip was excellent, and there is no praise too high for Stephan Lorenz!

Rockjumper Birding Tours again handled everything with professionalism. Serra dos Tucanos Lodge and its setting were beautiful. Andy was an expert guide and helped everyone see the birds, and yet he had a great sense of humour so that every outing and checklist session was fun. I also enjoyed hearing him answer questions about other aspects of living in Brazil as we travelled to our hiking spots. Super tour!

Andy Foster was one of the best bird guides I've ever had. His knowledge of the birds is extensive, and his skills in finding them and getting his group onto them are excellent. Couple this with seemingly inexhaustible energy and unfailing good humour, and you have a close to ideal bird guide.

A fantastic inaugural tour of the Manaus area. As usual, rainforest birding presented its challenges, especially all those skulkers, the names of which invariably begin with ant-! However, our brilliant leader, Forrest Rowland, and his equally brilliant offsider and local guide, Brad, showed endless patience trying to get everyone to see as many species as possible - with almost 500 spp seen in 17 days! We visited a variety of habitats in addition to terra firme forest, including varzea, campinarana and riverine islands, each with a different suite of birds. The trip went off without a hitch with efficient van and boat transport, comfortable accommodation and delicious local food.

Rich Lindie was excellent and very helpful.  His knowledge of the birds & wildlife of Brazil was phenomenal; in addition he told us much about other areas of the world. [W]e had a great time.

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