2021 Prices are an estimate, dates are not confirmed and may change.
Never heard of Tocantins? How about Goias? Few people realize that the capital of Brazil is not Sao Paulo, nor is it Rio de Janeiro. This tour kicks off in the actual capital of Brazil, Brasilia, established in 1960. It seems impossible that a country explored more than 500 years ago only just declared its capitol 50 years back, but Brazil’s history is as mysterious and interesting as its birdlife. The latter is our focus of this tour, as we travel north from the capitol of this vast country in search of the countless endemics of this staggeringly diverse region. Ranging from isolated mountain ranges amidst cerrado savanna on the central plateau, west to the only recently discovered Araguaia River plain and Bananal Island, into the vast rainforests of the eastern Amazon, this tour is among the most exciting pioneer tours on offer. This unique expedition offers a truly rural, though very comfortable, Brazilian experience headlined by some of the rarest species in the World including Horned Sungem, Ocellated Crake, Buff-fronted Owl, Golden, Pfrimer’s and Pearly Parakeets, Maranhao Hermit, Bananal and Manu Antbirds, Araguaia River Spinetail, Crimson-fronted (Araguaia) Cardinal, the amazing Kaempfer’s Woodpecker, Dark-winged Trumpeter, Harpy Eagle, Dot-eared Coquette, Fiery-tailed Awlbill, White-tailed Cotinga, Black-bellied and Hooded Gnateaters, Red-and-black Grosbeak, and so many more!
Horned Sungem, Pfrimer’s Parakeet, Kaempfer’s Woodpecker, Maranhao Hermit, Bananal & Manu Antbirds, Araguaia River Spinetail, Crimson-fronted (Araguaia) Cardinal, Pearly Parakeet, Harpy Eagle, Brasilia Tapaculo, Jandaya, Golden-winged, Santarem Parakeets, Planalto Slaty Antshrike, Sao Francisco (Caatinga) Black Tyrant, Ultramarine Grosbeak, Collared Crescentchest, Blue Finch, Dark-winged Trumpeter, Fiery-tailed Awlbill, Black-bellied Thorntail, Dot-eared Coquette, Hyacinth, Red-bellied, Scarlet, Red-and-Green & Chestnut-fronted Macaws, Variegated, Snethlage’s & Amazonian Antpittas, Caatinga, SPotted, Pied, Collared, Rufous-necked & Eastern Striolated Puffbirds, Checkered, Yellow-tufted, White-throated, Green-barred, Waved & Chestnut Woodpeckers, Sharpbill, Guianan Red Cotinga, Purple-breasted, Spangled & White-tailed Cotingas, White & Bearded Bellbirds, Fiery-capped, Helmeted, Blue-backed & Opal-crowned Manakins, Blue-cheeked & Great Jacamars, Para Gnatcatcher, Striped Owl, Stygian Owl, Buff-fronted Owl, Barred, Cryptic & Slaty-backed Forest Falcons, Natterer’s Slaty, Spot-winged, Plain-winged, White-shouldered and Cinereous Antshrikes, Plain-throated, White-eyed, Ornate, Pygmy, Long-winged, Grey and Rufous-winged Antwrens, Spix’s Warbling Antbird, Banded, Blackish, Grey, Black-faced, Rufous-faced, Wing-banded, Spot-backed and Xingu Scale-backed Antbirds, Black-spotted Bare-eye, Black-bellied & Chestnut-belted Gnateaters, Spot-throated, Long-tailed, Cinnamon-throated, Black-banded, Brigida’s, Carajas, Elegant, Spix’s & Layard’s Woodcreepers, Peruvian Recurvebill, Rufous-rumped, Rufous-tailed, Cinnamon-rumped & Para Foliage-gleaners
high savannah, cerrado, altiplano, gallery forest, dry forest, caatinga, Amazonia, flood plain, hilltop primary forest, short-stand terra firme
hot and humid. Sunny periods are interspersed with overcast cloud and fairly regular rain fall.
fairly fast paced with some long drives and long days in the field
What our clients say about tours to Brazil
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! – PH
Rob Williams was helpful above and beyond the call by going out of his way to make it an enjoyable tour.
A Fantastic experience!! Considerably better than I had expected. Guides were fantastic!! And the inclusion of local Brazilian guide – Leo – was a real plus. He worked great together with Forrest Rowland, and his knowledge of the country and the vegetation was a real plus. The mammals and other critters were a real plus…
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.…
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.
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.
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…