Tour Interest: Birding, Natural History, and Photography

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

Birds and Wildlife of the Brazilian Pantanal and Cerrado

Tour Map

Outlined Daily Itinerary

Day 1 – Afternoon meeting at Cuiabá Airport. Drive to Northern Pantanal. O/N Pouso Alegre.

Day 2 – Full day birding Northern Transpantaneira. O/N Pouso Alegre.

Day 3 – Full day birding Northern Transpantaneira. O/N Río Claro.

Day 4 – Morning birding boat tour along the Río (River) Claro. Afternoon birding around the lodge. O/N Río Claro.

Day 5 – Río Claro to Porto Jofre. O/N Porto Jofre.

Day 6 and 7 – Two full days birding and looking for Jaguars at Porto Jofre and Southern Transpantaneira by land and boat. O/N Porto Jofre .

Day 8 – Porto Jofre to Poconé area. O/N Piuval.

Day 9 – Piuval to Chapada dos Guimarães. O/N Chapada dos Guimarães.

Days 10 and 11 – Two full days birding different habitats around Chapada dos Guimarães. O/N Chapada dos Guimarães.

Day 12 – Chapada dos Guimarães to Cuiabá Airport. Tour conclusion.


Some Birds We’ll Look For

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

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


Mammals and Other wildlife

Jaguar, Maned Wolf, Ocelot, Hyacinth Macaw, Brazilian Tapir, Crab-eating Racoon, Red and Gray Brocket deers, Marsh Deer, Black-and-gold Howler-Monkey, Black-tailed Marmoset, Pantanal Cayman and Yellow Anaconda among many others.


Tour Features

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

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.

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 sp. 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.


About Our Selected Tour Dates

Southern hemisphere spring and summer are the rainy months here and therefore most of the Pantanal is inaccessible. June to October is when the Transpantaneira is normally fully open, allowing access to the best birding and wildlife viewing areas. Most tours to the Pantanal and Chapada dos Guimarães are scheduled for September and October. Therefore, July and August are usually quieter months and certainly less crowded. Birds and wildlife are already very active at this time of the year and having less visitors in the area, animals are not so stressed, so wildlife encounters -including those with Jaguars- are usually much more enjoyable.


What’s Included?

Private transportation for all transfers and excursions. Accommodations on a twin/double basis. 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?”