Brazil - Pantanal & Chapada dos Guimaraes
Hyacinth Macaws & Jaguars
9 September to 20 September 2017
Leaders: Nigel Jones and local guides
Maximum of nine clients.
2017 Cost £4,899 single room supplement £450
We will begin our journey in the spectacular tablelands of Chapada dos Guimaraes where Cerrado birds take centre stage. Red-legged Seriema, Horned Sungem, White-rumped Tanager, Collared Crescentchest and Whiteeared Puffbird are just a few of the birds typical of this rarely visited habitat and we will make a special effort to see these during our stay here as well as experiencing the marvellous scenery this spectacular part of Brazil has to offer. Then it is to Serra das Araras which has become famous as having one of the most accessible Harpy Eagle’s nest in South America. We are hoping that in 2017 the nest will be active and both parents will be in attendance.
The Mato Grosso has so much to offer birders as it is blessed with vast wetlands and large tracts of Amazonian rainforest – in the wetlands of the Pantanal we can watch Jabirus, Sunbitterns, Hyacinth Macaws (right outside one of our lodges) and large gatherings of herons, egrets and storks right next to our hotels in this birding paradise. We’ve been visiting the Pantanal for more than 10 years now and in recent years we have encountered Jaguars during our birding excursions along the Transpantaneira and from boats on the banks of rivers as we watched Bare-faced Curassows, Chestnut-bellied Guans and Nanday Parakeets with Band-tailed Nighthawks gathering to feed over the river as dusk fell! We may be lucky again this year but the chances of other mammals like Giant Otters, Giant Anteaters or Tapirs are good too - a couple of years ago we even saw a Puma. But it’s not all wetland birding in the Pantanal as we will also spend some time in gallery forest in search of Helmeted Manakin, Rufous Casiornis and Palecrested Woodpeckers.
This tour can be taken in conjunction with our other Brazilian itinerary to REGUA in September– please ask us for a costing.