Birding Northern Pantanal and Cerrado


8 Days – 7 Nights

Starts and ends in Cuiabá


What our clients say!

On their 2005 private tour to Iberá Marshes

… “This is by way of saying thank you very much indeed for organizing such a splendid holiday for us… The ranch was splendid – all that we could have hoped for. For the first time in my life I spent 15 kilometers on the back of a horse with no ill effects!!!

The birding was excellent and as always the organization by “Birding Argentina” was excellent.

We will have no hesitation in recommending your services to anyone thinking of visiting South America.

Memories are great – starting to look at the photographs – thanks for everything!

Best wishes to you both -look forward to seeing you at Rutland
Cheers – Bob

Bob and Anne Scott






This tour will take you birding the famous Brazilian Pantanal and to the less known but equally rewarding Cerrado, for enjoying their great diversity of bird specialities. Pantanal is the biggest wetland on Earth, and one of South America’s prime wildlife hotspots. Spanning all the way from central-western Brazil into eastern Bolivia and Paraguay, it covers an enormous area of 142,500 sq. km. On the other hand, the Cerrado is a dry savannah, with plants adapted to survive in poor water conditions, and withstanding regular fires. It is considered one of the world’s top 25 hotspots of biodiversity. Our group size limit for this tour is 8 participants with one tour leader.



Tour runs on request – Prices based on group size.

This tour will take you birding the famous Brazilian Pantanal and to the less known but equally rewarding Cerrado, for enjoying their great diversity of bird specialities. Pantanal is the biggest wetland on Earth, and one of South America’s prime wildlife hotspots. Spanning all the way from central-western Brazil into eastern Bolivia and Paraguay, it covers an enormous area of 142,500 sq. km. On the other hand, the Cerrado is a dry savannah, with plants adapted to survive in poor water conditions, and withstanding regular fires. It is considered one of the world’s top 25 hotspots of biodiversity. Our group size limit for this tour is 8 participants with one tour leader.

Our tour commences by exploring the Brazilian Pantanal, along the legendary “Transpantaneira,” the only road across northern Pantanal, which extends for nearly 150 kilometers from the small village of Poconé to Porto Jofre, on the northern shore of the Cuiabá River. Being raised above the level of the flooding marshes and lagoons, and with 126 wooden bridges along its way that can be easily used as convenient lookout platforms, this dirt road offers superb chances for roadside birding and fauna viewing. There is nothing like spending time birding along the Transpantaneira searching for such astonishing birds like Hyacinth Macaw, Helmeted Manakin, Sunbittern, Capped Heron, Black-collared Hawk, American Pygmy Kingfisher and the endemic Chestnut-bellied Guan. Pantanal is a Ramsar Site and UNESCO has declared it a World Heritage Site and World Biosphere Reserve.

The Cerrado, or “Campo Cerrado”, with its very characteristic vegetation, corresponds to the “arboreal savannas” of other tropical continents. It occupies more than 22 % of Brazil’s land area. This habitat dominates west-central Brazil, and spans into Paraguay. Sparsely scattered low trees and bushes with twisted branches, thick grooved bark, and leathery leaves shape this dry savannah, only interrupted by prominent reddish-colored termite nests that provide shelter and a reliable food source to several birds that tunnel into their depths for termites and to build their nests. Unfortunately the Cerrado is threatened by a constant expansion of the agricultural frontier. Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park was created in 1989 to protect 33,000 hectares of this unique habitat. Nestled in a plateau 860 meters above the sea level and only 60 km to the northeast of Cuiabá, sits the small village of Chapadas, our base for exploring the Cerrado, looking for some wonderful birds like Red-legged Seriema, White-rumped Tanager, Collared Crescentchest and Crested Black Tyrant to name but a few.

From savannahs and palm groves to semi-deciduous woodlands and riverine forests; we will enjoy birding rivers and streams by boat, exploring forest trails and searching for a great variety of birds along the Brazilian roads. This is fantastic birding adventure, and a “must do” for those who enjoy birding the Neotropics!

Our Itinerary in a Nutshell

You’ll, be met by your Trogon Tours’ leader at the airport of Cuiabá in the afternoon of day 1. From here, we will drive the Pantanal, to spend the first two nights in our selected lodge at the entrance of the Transpantaneira. We will devote day 2 to explore the gardens, forests and trails around our lodge. On day 3 we will bird our way down to central Transpantaneira, to spend the following two nights. The habitat is different here, and therefore bird species change. We will begin day 4 with an early boat trip along the Pixaim River, followed by a delightful walk along a bird-rich forest trail. We will continue south on day 5 to finally reach the heart of Pantanal, with its dense forests and wet grasslands. We will spend the night in a lodge not far from the Cuiabá River. On day 6, we will leave Pantanal for Chapada dos Guimaraes, where we’ll spend the last two nights of the tour. This afternoon we will explore the beautiful red sandstone cliffs outside town and have our first contact with the birds of the Cerrado. Day 7 we will be spent birding different Cerrado patches in the vicinity of Chapada. We will leave Chapada dos Guimaraes on day 8, and drive to Cuiabá, where our tour ends at the local airport.


Some birds we’ll look for

Hyacinth Macaw, Red-and-Green Macaw, Sungrebe, Sunbittern, Agami Heron, Blue-throated, Red-throated Piping-Guans, Chesnut-bellied Guan, Red-winged Tinamou, Bare-faced Curassow, Helmeted Manakin, Blue and Yellow Macaw, Pheasant Cuckoo, White-collared Swift, Rufous-tailed Jacamar, Chestnut-eared Aracari, Lettered Aracari, Sharp-tailed Streamcreeper, Black-faced Tanager, White-rumped Tanager, White Woodpecker, Red-billed Scythebill, Pauraque, Mato Grosso Antbird, Collared Crescentchest, Orange-backed Troupial and Coal-crested Finch.


Best time to go

This tour is only possible during the dry season (June to November). Southern hemisphere summers here are very hot and rainy, rendering the tour difficult or impossible to run.


What is included?

Private transportation for all transfers and excursions. Boat trips as per program. Accommodations on a twin/double basis. Single supplements on request. Full time Trogon Tours’ leader to accompany the group from day 1 in Cuiabá to day 8 in Cuiabá. All breakfasts, lunches or box-lunches and dinners with one non-alcoholic drink included. Admission fees to all national parks and nature reserves.


What is not included?

International and domestic airfares and airport taxes. Tips to guides, drivers, hotel & restaurants personnel, etc. Drinks with your meals. Personal travel and medical insurance. Anything not specified in “What is included?”


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