Itatiaia – Pantanal and Chapada Dos Guimaraes
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.
|Blue-billed Velvety Black-tyrant|
|Chestnut Eared Aracari|
|Great Rufous Woodcreeper|
|Green headed Tanager|
|Red Pileated Finches|
|Red-throated Piping Guans|
|Rufous-sided Pygmy Tyrant|
|Serra do Mar Tyrannulet|
|Serra do Mar Tyrant-manakin|
Departure / Return Location
Aeropuerto Internacional São Paulo-Guarulhos - IATA: GRU, OACI: SBGR
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.
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