Brazil, one of the most biodiverse countries on the planet, is a dream destination for any naturalist – and especially so for a birding tour! During this remarkable and thoroughly rewarding adventure we will be birding the celebrated Pantanal, the planet’s largest tropical wetland, encompassing 96,500 square miles (250,000 square kms) of emerald forests, savannas, swathing rivers and shallow lagoons; as well as exploring the scenic Chapada dos Guimarães with its Cerrado habitat full of local specialties. Our journey will expose you to the superb birding that this region is famous for, as well as some of the best mammal watching in South America! For those wishing to maximise their time spent in Brazil, we have also created an Amazon Rainforest extension set amongst thousands of acres of pristine forest and an extension to the incredible Iguazú Falls on the Brazil and Argentina border.
Hyacinth, Red-and-green & Golden-collared Macaw; Bare-faced Currasow; Chestnut-bellied Guan; Chaco Chachalaca; Zigzag & Agami Herons; Red-legged Seriema; Greater Rhea; Southern Screamer; Jabiru; Maguari Stork; Sunbittern; Sungrebe; Black-collared Hawk; King Vulture; Nanday Parakeet; Yellow-faced Parrot; Nacunda Nighthawk; Horned Sungem; Swallow-tailed Hummingbird; White-eared & Caatinga Puffbirds; Toco Toucan; Campo Flicker; Pale-crested Woodpecker; Great Rufous Woodcreeper; Grey-crested Cacholote; White-lored & Chotoy Spinetails; Black-bellied Antwren; Mato Grosso Antbird; White-rumped Monjita; Rufous Casiornis; White-naped Xenopsaris; Chapada Flycatcher; Band-tailed & Helmeted Manakins; Collared Crescentchest; Purplish & Curl-crested Jay; Fawn-breasted Wren; Shrike-like Tanager; Coal-crested Finch; Scarlet-headed Blackbird; Black-throated Saltator; Blue Finch.
Jaguar; Giant Anteater; Giant River Otter; South American Tapir; Capybara; Marsh Deer; Grey Brocket; Black Howler Monkey; Bearded Capuchin; Black-tailed Marmoset; Tapeti; Azara's Agouti; Yellow-toothed Cavy; Crab-eating Fox; South American Coati; Greater Bulldog Bat.
forest trails, grasslands, rivers and Pantanal wetlands, dry Cerrado scrub, deciduous forest.
warm to hot and humid
12 with 1 Rockjumper leader & local birding leader
moderate pace, undemanding walks
easy but with numerous challenging species
Jaguar search by cruising the waterways of the Pantanal, night spotting for birds and mammals, scenic waterfall, visiting the Geodesic centre of South America.
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.
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 !!!
WOW – this was an entirely different trip than the main trip. The Pousada facility was a little more rustic than some of the other accommodations but nothing we couldn’t handle. It was certainly better than a hammock at the guard headquarters which Bradley indicated was the only thing available prior to Pousada. This portion required what seemed like a lot more walking and climbing over tree falls than anywhere else on the trip. It seemed that more of the birds were skulkers but then we were focusing on “ant-somethings” which are notoriously secretive. Again, it was disappointing there was not a single ant swarm and the mixed flocks were generally small and moved away from the trails fairly quickly. It was also frustrating that the best of the three trails (Capelinha) in the park was not available to us due to an on-going mammal-use survey. But, none of these things were within the control of Tuomas, Bradley, or our local guide. They were pros at adapting and modifying to take advantage of the trails that were available to us. By my count the main trip list was about 446 and we gained 81 sp on the extension, however, 40% of those were lifers, so worth the effort and expense, in my opinion. Our local guide, Gilberto, was indispensable. His recent knowledge was invaluable to know where to go for the target species.
I had the very best time on tour with Stephan. He is an excellent leader and a lovely, kind human being. In terms of his technical ability as a birding leader, his eyesight and hearing skills are excellent, which coupled with his first class fieldcraft and ID skills, meant that we saw/heard over 500 species during our tour. He also gelled well with the local guide Caio , so that in terms of finding, IDing and showing the birds to the group, we were treated to splendid views of our target species plus many many 'bonus birds' too. Stephan was also very patient with group members, some of whom for a variety of personal reasons, were less able to see the birds than the majority of the group-so that wherever possible-every group member who wanted to, had the opportunity to see every bird.
02 Aug 2024 - 11 Aug 2024 (10 days)
BRL23,995 - Spaces Available
22 Aug 2024 - 31 Aug 2024 (10 days)
BRL23,995 - Spaces Available
05 Sep 2024 - 14 Sep 2024 (10 days)
BRL30,995 - No Spaces Available
Tour Leader: Carlos Sanchez
01 Aug 2025 - 10 Aug 2025 (10 days)
BRL25,000 - Spaces Available
21 Aug 2025 - 30 Aug 2025 (10 days)
BRL25,000 - Spaces Available
04 Sep 2025 - 13 Sep 2025 (10 days)
BRL33,000 - Spaces Available
Tour Leader: Alexander Alvarado
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