Our Amazon Rainforest Birding Extension takes us to the soon to be famous Thaimacu Lodge. Here we will explore the trails and waterways while also scanning from a productive canopy tower in search of Bald Parrot, Razor-billed Curassow, Zigzag Heron, Cryptic Forest Falcon, Curl-crested Aracari, Rufous-faced and Bare-eyed Antbirds, and Fiery-capped, Flame-crested and Band-tailed Manakins to name just a few of the special species we hope to see!
This is a highly recommended addition to our Brazil – Birds & Wildlife of the Pantanal & Cerrado tour for anyone wishing to maximize their time in this vast and beautiful country!
Bald Parrot; Cryptic Forest Falcon; Zigzag & Agami Herons; Dark-winged Trumpeter; Razor-billed Curassow; Kawall’s Amazon; Crimson-bellied & Santarem Parakeets; Collared, Rufous-necked & Brown-banded Puffbirds; Paradise Jacamar; Amazonian Pygmy Owl; Gould’s Toucanet; Black-girdled Barbet; Pavonine Quetzal; Glossy Antshrike; Bare-eyed Antbird; Xingu Scale-backed Antbird; Curve-billed Scythebill; Tooth-billed Wren; Snow-capped, Flame-crested & Fiery-capped Manakins; Alta Floresta Antpitta; Scaled Ground Cuckoo (rare); Pompadour & Spangled Cotingas; Curl-crested & Red-necked Aracaris; Channel-billed & White-throated Toucans; Long-billed Woodcreeper; Amazonian Umbrellabird; White-browed Hawk; Harpy & Crested Eagles (both rare, but occasionally seen from the towers).
Southern Tamandua; Giant & Neotropical Otters; South American Tapir; South American Coati; White-whiskered Spider Monkey; Spotted Paca; Jaguar (rare), Puma (rare).
rainforest trails and canopy, primary tropical forest, mixed savanna with granite outcrops, wetland, and seasonally flooded forest
warm to hot and humid
4 with 1 Local leader
moderate pace, undemanding walks
moderate with numerous challenging species
Guides - in addition to Tuomas we a great local guide - whose bird-finding skills were fully up to Rockjumper standards, so had all the resources needed to get us onto the birds. Highlight of the trip was undoubtedly birding in comfort and style on the river cruise section. Being paddled in a canoe through flooded varzea forest must be the height of birding luxury. Land-based sections of the tour were also rewarding despite the inevitable heat and chiggers (fortunately minimal rain). Overall a very satisfying tour, with more lifers for me than on a longer trip to Colombia in 2019 that also included Amazonian habitat on the Vaupes River. A great bunch of people too.
Overall we were very pleased with the trip. We have been to the tropics in various places in SA but hadn’t really experienced the heat of the Amazon. At first I was concerned about the siesta in early afternoon and the loss of bird time but by the third day I looked forward to it!! The lack of ant swarms, foliage-gleaners and mixed foraging flocks was disappointing. Some of the key target species had not been seen by local guides for several months to over a year. We hope it is not an on-going trend due to climate change but it may be. We felt fortunate to have had the opportunity and hope that others can continue to have this experience. We were pleased with the “tag-team effort” by Tuomas and Bradley. They worked well together with making sure the logistics flowed, everyone had their needs met as much as possible, and kept the pace moving. We were fortunate to have 8 people that had all travelled in groups before and were tolerant of various personalities and their strengths and weaknesses. Both Tuomas and Bradley were patient and talented in getting everyone (usually) in the group to see the target species. I will be giving a presentation to the local Audubon Chapter in November and will be recommending Rockjumper and their various trips to the group.
We had an unbelievably great tour. ALL the guides were extraordinary and fun to be around. They went out of their way to provide us non-birders with very interesting, novel activities. We all enjoyed seeing all the wildlife - it was beyond expectations. The 50th anniversary surprise was an unexpected, delightful treat. We don't know how the tour could have been any better.
The trip was excellent, and there is no praise too high for Stephan Lorenz!
We really appreciated our trip. Our Rockjumper guide, Bobby Wilcox, and the local guides were awesome; always on the lookout for new birds and other animals, even on the long drives. The organization was flawless, the lodges were great and perfectly located. Our triplist and lifers goals were exceeded! The group was great and always well controlled by Bobby. Very well done! Our long sighting of a female jaguar was certainly the peak of this trip !!!
14 Sep 2024 - 19 Sep 2024 (6 days)
BRL17,595 - Spaces Available
Tour Leader: Carlos Sanchez
13 Sep 2025 - 18 Sep 2025 (6 days)
BRL19,000 - Spaces Available
Tour Leader: Alexander Alvarado
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