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.
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 a pre-tour extension to Cristalino Jungle Lodge, which is surrounded by almost 30,000 acres of pristine, Amazonian rainforest; and a post-tour extension to the incredible Iguazú Falls!
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.
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.
forest trails, grasslands, rivers and Pantanal wetlands, dry Cerrado scrub, deciduous forest.
warm to hot and humid
moderate pace, undemanding walks
Jaguar search by cruising the waterways of the Pantanal, night spotting for birds and mammals, scenic waterfall, visiting the Geodesic centre of South America.
What our clients say about tours to Brazil
- 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
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.SL, Brazil – Manaus