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.
On this post-tour amazon birding extension we have four full days to explore the environs of our lodge located in pristine forest. During our time here we will be birding a variety of habitats, including primary tropical forest, mixed savanna with granite outcrops, wetland, and seasonally flooded forest. These habitats are accessed by exploring the almost thirteen miles of networked trails on foot and cruising the river by boat. The Cristalino River Basin is truly legendary, with a comprehensive bird list of nearly 600 species. Cristalino lodge has two fantastic canopy towers for birding that we will visit multiple times. Combined with a phenomenal number of localised and endemic specialties (due in part to the areas isolation through two large adjacent river barriers), this is an absolute bird and wildlife heaven. 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!
Cryptic Forest Falcon, Zigzag & Agami Heron, Dark-winged Trumpeter, Razor-billed Curassow, Red-fan Parrot, Kawall’s Amazon, Crimson-bellied & Santarem Parakeet, Collared, Rufous-necked and Brown-banded Puffbird, 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 Manakin, Alta Floresta Antpitta, Scaled Ground Cuckoo (rare), Pompadour & Spangled Cotinga, Curl-crested & Red-necked Aracari, Channel-billed & White-throated Toucan, Long-billed Woodcreeper, Amazonian Umbrellabird, White-browed Hawk, Harpy & Crested Eagle (both rare, but frequently seen from the towers).
Red-nosed Bearded Saki, White-cheeked Spider Monkey, Southern Tamandua, Giant River Otter, Paca, Red Brocket Deer, Collared Peccary, Brazilian Tapir
rainforest trails and canopy, primary tropical forest, mixed savanna with granite outcrops, wetland, and seasonally flooded forest
warm to hot and humid
moderate pace, undemanding walks
What our clients say about tours to Brazil
- SL, Brazil – Manaus
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.JC, Brazil – Atlantic Coastal Forest
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! – PHPH, Serra dos Tucanos 2014
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.EL, Pantanal Cerrado and Amazon Rainforest Ext