Tour Summary

  • Tour Interest: Birding
  • Tour Type: Overland
  • Tour Dates: Runs on request
  • Tour Duration: 12 Days – 11 Nights
  • Starts/Ends: Starts and ends in Cuiabá
  • Best time to go: June to October
  • Prices: Based on group size

Tour Features

Join us on this fantastic birding adventure in the heart end of South America. Our birding adventure begins by exploring the Cerrado habitat in and around Chapada dos Guimarães, to the move on to the world famous Pantanal, where we’ll spend time exploring its northern section, between Poconé and the Cuiabá River.

The Cerrado, or Campo Cerrado, corresponds to the arboreal savanna of other tropical continents. It spans over more than 2 million square kilometers (770,000 sq. mi.), covering 23.5% of Brazil’s land area. This ecosystem dominates west-central Brazil, extending all the way south into Paraguay. Sparsely scattered low trees and bushes with twisted branches, thick grooved bark and leathery leaves shape this habitat. Reddish-colored termite nests are prominent on the trunks and they give shelter to nesting Campo Flicker and Peach-fronted Parakeet, who tunnel into their depths. The bird specialties here include Stripe-tailed Yellow-Finch, White-rumped and Shrike-like tanagers, Coal-crested Finch, Red-legged Seriema, Red-winged Tinamou, Yellow-faced Parrot, the secretive Collared Crescentchest and the endemic Rufous-winged Antshrike.

The Pantanal is considered the easiest place to see and photograph a great variety of tropical animals in the Neotropics. The Pantanal is perhaps the only place on earth where one has reasonable chances to encounter Jaguars in the wild. While mammals are impressive, it is the amazing abundance of birds that gives Pantanal its fame. It is a destination for three major South American migratory routes. The shrinking of vast flooded areas in the beginning of the dry season, concentrate fish for waders such as Jabiru, Maguari and Wood storks, Great and Snowy egrets, numerous herons, five species of ibis and Roseate Spoonbill. Four species of kingfishers, Snail Kite, Black-collared and Roadside hawks and several other raptor species, many parrots, parakeets and macaws and an array of other interesting birds make from this a favorite destination for bird watchers the world over. The ease with which birds can be seen is equally a bonus for the experienced birder and first-time birding tour participant.

  • Day 1 – Afternoon meeting at Cuiabá Airport. Drive to Chapada dos Guimarães. O/N Chapada dos Guimarães.
  • Days 2 and 3 – Two full days birding different habitats around Chapada dos Guimarães. O/N Chapada dos Guimarães.
  • Day 4 – Chapada dos Guimarães to Pouso Alegre. O/N Pouso Alegre.
  • Day 5 – Full day birding Northern Transpantaneira. O/N Pouso Alegre.
  • Day 6 – Full day birding Northern Transpantaneira. O/N Río Claro.
  • Day 7 – Morning birding boat tour along the Río (River) Claro. Afternoon birding around the lodge. O/N Río Claro.
  • Day 8 – Río Claro to Porto Jofre. O/N Porto Jofre.
  • Day 9 and 10 – Two full days birding and looking for Jaguars at Porto Jofre and Southern Transpantaneira by land and boat. O/N Porto Jofre .
  • Day 11 – Porto Jofre to Poconé area. O/N Piuval.
  • Day 12 – Piuval to Cuiabá Airport. Tour conclusion.

Some Birds We’ll Look For

Chapada dos Guimarães: Rufous-winged Antshrike, Blue Finch, Horned Sungem, Coal-crested Finch, Collared Crescentchest, Pheasant and Pavonine cuckoos, Planalto Slaty Antshrike, Tataupa Tinamou, Small-billed Tinamou, Ornate Hawk-Eagle, Yellow-tufted Woodpecker, Blue-winged Macaw, Blue-headed Parrot, Sharp-tailed Streamcreeper, Streaked Xenops, Band-tailed and Fiery-capped manakins, Southern Antpipit, Curl-crestd Jay, Chapada Flycatcher, Swallow Tanager, Shrike-like and White-rumped tanagers, Red Pileated Finch, Black-throated Saltator and Pectoral Sparrow.

Pantanal: Hyacinth Macaw, Agami Heron, Sunbittern, Sungrebe, Helmeted Manakin, Red-legged Seriema, Mato Grosso Antbird, Chestnut-bellied Guan, Toco Toucan, Long-tailed Ground-Dove, Buff-bellied Hermit, Rufous-tailed Jacamar, Red-winged Tinamou, Blue-crowned Trogon, American Pygmy and Green-and-rufous kingfishers, White Woodpecker, Blue-fronted Parrot, Greater Thornbird, Grey-crested Cacholote, Forest Elaenia, Ashy-headed Greenlet and Orange-backed Troupial.

What’s Included?

Private transportation for all transfers and excursions. Accommodations on a twin/double basis. Single supplements on request. Full time Trogon Tours’ leader to accompany the group from day 1 on arrival in Cuiabá Airport to day 12 on departure from that same airport. Local guides where required by law. All breakfasts, lunches, box-lunches and dinners, from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 12 of the tour. No drinks included. Admission fees to all national parks and nature reserves. Boat tours on the Claro and Cuiabá rivers.

What’s 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 under “What is included?”

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