Overview

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.

Tour Facts Top Birds
Hyacinth, Red-and-green and Golden-collared Macaw, Bare-faced Currasow, Chestnut-bellied Guan, Chaco Chachalaca, Zigzag Heron, 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 and Caatinga Puffbird, Toco Toucan, Campo Flicker, Pale-crested Woodpecker, Great Rufous Woodcreeper, Grey-crested Cacholote, White-lored and Chotoy Spinetail, Black-bellied Antwren, Mato Grosso Antbird, White-rumped Monjita, Rufous Casiornis, White-naped Xenopsaris, Chapada Flycatcher, Band-tailed & Helmeted Manakin, Collared Crescentchest, Purplish and Curl-crested Jay, Fawn-breasted Wren, Shrike-like Tanager, Coal-crested Finch, Scarlet-headed Blackbird, Black-throated Saltator, Blue Finch.
Top Mammals
Jaguar, Giant Anteater, Giant River Otter, Brazilian Tapir, Capybara, Maned Wolf, Marsh Deer, Black-and-gold Howler Monkey, Bearded Capuchin, Black-tailed Marmoset, Tapeti, Yellow-toothed Cavy.
Habitats Covered
forest trails, grasslands, rivers and Pantanal wetlands, dry Cerrado scrub, deciduous forest.
Expected Climate
warm to hot and humid
Max Group Size
12 with 1 Rockjumper leader & local birding leader
Tour Pace & Walking
moderate pace, undemanding walks
Accommodation
comfortable lodges
Ease of Birding
easy but with numerous challenging species
Number of Species Expected
+-300
Other Attractions
Jaguar search by cruising the waterways of the Pantanal, night spotting for birds and mammals, scenic waterfall, visiting the Geodesic centre of South America.
Photographic Opportunities
excellent
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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.

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.

Rob Williams was helpful above and beyond the call by going out of his way to make it an enjoyable tour.

Rob Williams was knowledgeable about all kinds of animals, and went out of his way to point out lizards he spotted that I would otherwise have missed. I greatly appreciate that. Some of the best moments on the trip for me included sightings of Jaguars, otters, Crab-eating Fox, agoutis, Guinea Pigs, Capybaras and Tegu Lizards. Iguazú Falls was spectacular.

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.

Dates, Leaders and Pricing
2022 DEPARTURES
2023 DEPARTURES
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