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Cascada Pantanal

Itatiaia – Pantanal and Chapada Dos Guimaraes

Itatiaia – Pantanal and Chapada Dos Guimaraes

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Brazil is an immense country with several different ecosystems. This tour is mainly focused on two of the richest habitats in the American continent. For 13 days we will look for a wide variety of mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians at the Brazilian Pantanal –the world’s largest wetland, and the Cerrado scrubland.

 

Located in the middle of South America, Pantanal mostly spreads within the Brazilian territory, but part of it penetrates neighboring Bolivia and Paraguay. Pantanal is considered the best and easiest place in South America to get in touch with the most incredible and diverse array of Neotropical wildlife. Wide-open areas facilitate the spotting of animals such as the rare Brazilian Tapir, Marsh Deer, Giant Anteater, Capybara, Black-and-gold Howler-Monkey, Yellow Anaconda, Ocelot, Margay and Jaguar. While this impressive cat occurs over a wide range, the Pantanal is the only place where chances of seeing a Jaguar are not just reasonable, but quite high.

 

The Cerrado, or Campo Cerrado, with its very characteristic vegetation, corresponds to the arboreal savanna of other tropical continents. It spreads over an area of more than 2 million square kilometers, taking in 23.5 % of Brazil’s territory. This habitat covers most of Brazil’s west-central region, stretching way into Paraguay. Sparsely scattered low trees and bushes with twisted branches, thick grooved bark, and leathery leaves give shape to this distinctive woodland. Reddish-colored termite nests are prominent on the trunks and these are a great attraction to nesting Campo Flicker and Peach-fronted Parakeet, who tunnel into their depths. The bird specialties include Stripe-tailed Yellow-Finch, White-rumped and White-banded tanagers, Coal-crested Finch, Red-legged Seriema, Red-winged Tinamou, Yellow-faced Parrot, the secretive Collared Crescentchest and the endemic Rufous-winged Antshrike.

Key Species

Agami Heron
Amazon Kingfisher
Ashy-headed Greenlet
Band-tailed Manakin
Bat Falcon
Bay-chested Warbling-finch
Black Jacobin
Black-and-Gold Cotinga
Black-capped Piprites
Black-goggled Tanager
Black-throated Saltator
Blue Finch
Blue Manakin
Blue-billed Velvety Black-tyrant
Blue-fronted Parrot
Brassy-breasted Tanager
Brazilian Ruby
Brazilian Tanager
Buff-bellied Hermit
Buff-browed
Campo Oriole
Chapada Flycatcher
Chestnut Eared Aracari
Chestnut-bellied Euphonia
Chestnut-bellied Guan
Coal-crested Finch
Collared Crescentchest
Cream-coloured Woodpecker
Cryptic Antthrush
Diademed Tanager
Dusky-legged Guan
Euler’s Flycatcher
Ferruginous Antbird
Fiery-capped Manakin
Gilt-edged Tanager
Golden-chevronned Tanager
Grayish Saltator
Great Rufous Woodcreeper
Greater Rheas
Greater Thornbird
Green headed Tanager
Green Kingfisher
Green-and-Rufous Kingfisher
Green-billed Toucan
Green-crowned Plovercrest
Green-headed
Greenish Schiffornis
Green-olive Tanager
Grey-chested Cacholote
Guira Cuckoo
Helmeted Manakin
Horned Sungem
Hyacinth Macaw
Itatiaia Spinetail
Large-headed Flatbill
Little Nightjar
Long-tailed Antshrike
Long-tailed Ground-Dove
Magpie
Maroon-bellied Parakeet
Ochre-rumped Antbird
Orange-backed Troupial
Orange-winged Parrot
Ornate Hawk-Eagle
Pale-crested Woodpecker
Pallid Spinetail
Palm Tanager
Pauraque
Pavonine Cuckoo
Peach-fronted Parakeet
Pectoral Sparrow
Pheasant Cuckoo
Planalto Woodcreeper
Purplish Jay
Pygmy Kingfisher
Pygmy Kingfisher
Red Pileated Finches
Red-billed Scythebil
Red-legged Seriema
Red-rumped Warbling-Fincg
Red-throated Piping Guans
Red-winged Tinamou
Ringed Kingfisher
Rough-legged Tyrannulet
Ruby-crwoned Tanager
Rufous Gnateater
Rufous-backed Antvireo
Rufous-capped Motmot
Rufous-crowned Greenlet
Rufous-sided Pygmy Tyrant
Rufous-tailed Antbird
Rufous-tailed Antthrush
Rufous-winged Antshrike
Russet-crowned Crake
Saffron Toucanet
Scale-throated Hermit
Sepia-capped Flycatcher
Serra do Mar Tyrannulet
Serra do Mar Tyrant-manakin
Sharp-billed Treehunter
Sharp-tailed Streamcreeper
Shear-tailed Tyrant
Shrike-like Tanager
Small-billed Tinamou
Sooty-fronted Spinetail
Southern Antpipit
Speckle-breasted Antpitta
Spot-breasted Antvireo
Spot-tailed Nightjar
Star-throated Antwren
Streak-capped Antwren
Streaked Xenops
Sunbittern
Sungrebe
Surucua Trogon
Swallow Tanager
Tataupa Tinamou
Thick-billed Saltator
Toco Toucan
Uniform Finch
Versicolored Emerald
Violet-capped Woodnymph
White Woodpecker
White-backed Fire-eye
White-collared Foliage-gleaner
White-rimmed Warbler
White-rumped Tanager
White-shouldered Fire-eye
Whitethroated Hummingbird
White-throated Spadebill
Yellow-chevroned Parakeet
Yellow-legged Thrush
Yellow-lored Tody-flycatcher
Yellow-tufted Woodpecker
Zig-Zag Heron

Highlights

  • The best place in Latin America to observe the mighty Jaguar, the chance of seeing it is 90% at the indicated time of year.

  • Pantanal is the largest wetland in the world, located in the Mato Grosso region of the Brazilian South and reaching at its extremes as far as Paraguay and Bolivia, with a total extension of 340,500 km².

  • The Pantanal is possibly the richest ecosystem in the world in biodiversity of flora and fauna.

  • More than 3,500 known plant species, including the greatest diversity of aquatic flora concentrated anywhere on the planet, grow in the pantanal.

  • Ornithological diversity is also important, with some 650 species of tropical birds, many of them endemic.

  • The region has been called “an ecological paradise” and “a sanctuary of unparalleled wildlife, and of spectacular beauty”, with species of flora and fauna as dense and diverse as those of the Amazon rainforest. Like the Amazon area, the Greater Pantanal is one of the most densely populated hydro-ecological systems in the world.

  • Destination
  • Departure / Return Location
    Aeropuerto Internacional São Paulo-Guarulhos - IATA: GRU, OACI: SBGR
  • Tour Code
    This is a fairly standard birding tour with early morning starts and evening finishes to each day. One some days we may take picnic lunches in order to no waste time during the middle of the day or having to leave site. The weather can be unpredictable with rain and sunshine both likely. At higher altitudes it can be chilly. We have an amazing photo opportunity for many species of hummingbirds and other species coming to feeders, we will also be looking for a good number of species that are very rare and seldom seen, but we will be going to areas that hold these sought-after species.
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Day 1. São Paulo to Itatiaia National Park
Day 2. Itatiaia National Park
Day 3. Itatiaia National Park
Day 4. Itatiaia National Park to SP and Flight to Cuiaba
Day 5-6. Chapada dos Guimarães.
Day 7. Chapada dos Guimarães to Pantanal.
Day 8. Northern Pantanal, Pouso Alegre. Morning boat trip at Rio Claro
Day 9. Transfer to Porto Jofre. Lunch at Pixaim
Day 10. Pantanal – Porto Jofre and Cuiabá River.
Day 11. Pantanal - Pixaim River.
Day 12. Pixaim River To Piuval
Day 13. Pantanal - Piuval
Day 14. Pantanal To Cuiabá, Flight to Sao Paulo

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