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
Max Group Size
6 with 1 Rockjumper leader
Tour Pace & Walking
moderate pace, undemanding walks
Ease of Birding
easy but with numerous challenging species
Number of Species Expected
Jaguar search by cruising the waterways of the Pantanal, night spotting for birds and mammals, scenic waterfall, visiting the Geodesic centre of South America.
This was a really wonderful trip, so rich in birds, mammals, scenery and food. I really valued the outstanding knowledge all three guides shared with us, their constant awareness of our needs, and their senses of humor. We covered a lot of ground but there was always plenty of time for birding and we were always well fed. I really loved this trip and would recommend it to everyone who wasn't to see plenty of birds.
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.
Rob Williams was helpful above and beyond the call by going out of his way to make it an enjoyable tour.
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.
Lev was a well kept secret from Rock Jumper ....incredible birder , bird guide, and overall naturalist . Would book another trip with Lev