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9 Day Birding and Jaguar Tour in Pantanal, Brazil
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Porto Jofre

Birdwatching and Wildlife Safari in Brazil

The largest wetland in the world, the Pantanal, is one of the last major untouched nature reserves on the face of the Earth and a land of superlatives. The wildlife is amazingly abundant here, and its seasonally flooded plains attract immense quantities of birds and caimans and it is also one of the most mammal rich areas of South America. If you are interested in getting an in-depth insight into this amazing Brazilian area, then wait no longer. This is the right safari for you!

Overview

  • Minimum group size: private safari
  • Starting point and ending point: Cuiabá Airport (CGB), Cuiabá, Brazil
  • Main wildlife to be viewed: up to 250 bird species including Hyacinth Macaws, parrots, rare and endemic species, wild jaguars, marsh deers, crab-eating foxes, black howler monkey

Highlights

  • 7 game drives
  • Full time professional guiding services
  • 4x4 VW Amarok or Mercedes Sprinter ground transportation
  • Pantanal Matogrossense and Chapada dos Guimaraes National Parks
  • Up to 250 bird species, wild jaguars, deers, foxes, and monkeys
  • 8 nights accommodation
  • Daily delicious meals
  • Airport transfers

Styles


9 activity days in English
The organizer also speaks: French, Spanish
Airport transfer included: Marechal Rondon International Airport
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Accommodation

During this nine-day trip, you will be based in four different lodges, which gives you better wildlife-viewing opportunities. One of them is Pousada Piuval, a working cattle ranch with more than 15,000 acres of forest, swamps, savannahs, and natural pasture, and stands as one of the best places for birds and mammals in Northern Pantanal. In the plateaus, you will be accommodated at a small and cozy lodge right at the border of the Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park.

Program

The Transpantaneira road transects the Northern portion of the Pantanal and offers the visitors close encounters with jabiru storks, roseate spoonbills, Southern screamers, at least four species of ibises, several species of birds of prey, egrets, herons, and many other animals that come to the ditches along the road in search of water and food, making every drive a great safari.

Key bird species include red-legged seriema, agami and zigzag herons, chestnut-bellied guan, sungrebe and sunbittern, hyacinth macaw, long-tailed ground dove, black-banded owl, white-fronted and pale-crested woodpeckers, white-lored and cinereous-breasted spinetails, Mato Grosso antbird, planalto slaty antshrike, subtropical doradito, helmeted manakin, red-billed scythebill, flavescent warbler, moustached and fawn-breasted wrens, purplish jay, orange-backed troupial, and many others.

Among the mammals possible on this trip are capybara, crab-eating raccoon, South-American coati, Southern tamandua, giant anteater, black howler monkey, black-striped tufted capuchin, crab-eating fox, ocelot, marsh deer, giant otter, Brazilian tapir, and jaguar. While the Pantanal lies in a low-altitude sedimentary plain, Chapada dos Guimarães National Park sits atop the Brazilian Central Plateau, on a very scenic area comprised by cerrado scrubland bordered by huge sandstone cliffs and a lush gallery forest.

This land is home for many of the Cerrado's specialties, such as greater rhea and red-legged seriema, horned sungem, collared crescentchest, rufous-winged antshrike, recently described chapada flycatcher, and some rarities such as the rufous-sided pygmy-tyrant and the yellow-billed blue finch. The red sandstone cliffs are also home for red-and-green and blue-winged macaws, biscutate swifts, and some big raptors too, including ornate and black-and-white hawk-eagles, crowned eagle, and black-chested buzzard eagle.

During this nine-day trip you will be based in four different lodges, which gives you better wildlife-viewing opportunities. Your days should have an early start with full mornings exploring mostly easy terrain, followed by a midday break after lunch. During some nights, you will have night excursions in search of mammals and nocturnal birds.

Day 1: From Cuiabá to the Pantanal

At the arrival at Marechal Rondon Airport (CGB), the clients meet the Birding Pantanal guide and drive to the Pantanal. After driving about one and a half hour on paved road, you hit the Transpantaneira Highway, a dirt road that transects the Northern portion of the Pantanal. The water ditches along the road attract all sorts of birds and mammals and make wildlife sightings easier, making every drive a great safari.

On the drive to your lodge, you may already see such species as jabiru stork, roseate spoonbill, rufescent tiger heron, several species of egrets, plumbeous and buff-necked ibises, Southern screamer, savanna and road-side hawks, scarlet-headed blackbird, and many others. Other creatures might include capybara, marsh deer, and caimans. Your first two nights are along the Rio Claro, a narrow river full of wildlife along its banks. Overnight accommodation will be in Pantanal area, with en-suite bathroom and air-conditioning. During this day, lunch and dinner will be provided.

Day 2: Rio Claro Porto Jofre

Here you have a full morning to explore the river and its surroundings. The Rio Claro is a narrow river surrounded by gallery forest and is one of the most renowned in the Northern Pantanal among birders and photographers. On the boat drive along its quiet waters, you will be looking for (and photographing) great and snowy egrets, cocoy, striated and agamy herons, sungrebe, sunbittern, black-collared and great black hawks, and all five species of South-American kingfishers.

On the feeders, you might get red-crested and yellow-billed cardinals, shiny and giant cowbirds, saffron finch, grey-crested cachalote, chestnut-eared aracari, and nanday parakeets. Other birds that you could find on the trails include helmeted manakin, rufous-tailed jacamar, barred and great antshrikes, Mato Grosso antbird, white-lored and chotoy spinetails, rusty-backed antwren, and many more. After lunch you check out and drive further into the Pantanal.

There should be plenty of wildlife along the road, as you must drive all the way to the end of the Transpantaneira Road, to a place called Porto Jofre, in order to get to your hotel by the end of the afternoon. You will make use of the good afternoon light photographing birds and mammals along the way, and among your targets are Southern screamer, cinereous-breasted spinetail, and subtropical doradito. Overnight accommodation will be in the jaguar area, with en-suite bathroom and air-conditioning. During this day, breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided.

Day 3: Searching for jaguars

You will have a full day devoted to the boat trips in the Cuiaba River and its tributaries in order to maximize your chances of seeing and photographing jaguars. Although jaguar sightings are not guaranteed, this region offers the best chances ever to find these that are among the most powerful and elusive cats in the world. Your outings will always be during the day, when you move along the rivers in search of cats that come to the river banks in search of food, water, or just a cool breeze.

These rivers are also home for a few groups of giant otters, along with many capybaras and caimans. Pied lapwing, black skimmer, large-billed and yellow-billed terns can also be seen along the sand margins, and you might make a few stops to photograph them, as well. Overnight accommodation will be in the jaguar area. During this day, breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided.

Day 4: Porto Jofre to Pantanal area

Today you have a long drive back on the Transpantaneira Road to your next lodge, but you might still spend the morning on the river, depending on the group’s needs. This evening you will be at Pousada Piuval, which will be your home for the next two nights. This property is a working cattle ranch with more than 15.000 acres of forest, swamps, savannas, and natural pasture, and stands as one of the best places for birds and mammals in Northern Pantanal. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided.

Day 5: Pantanal area

Moving to another lodge gives you a chance to find other birds and animals that you might not have seen yet at the previous places. Most of your time here will be spent driving or walking the many trails in the property. You will explore on foot, by horse, boat, or aboard your safari vehicle. You will explore the wetlands, fields, and forests in search of black howler and capuchin monkeys, black-tailed marmoset, crab-eating fox, tapir, and many other mammals.

You should also see birds such as blue-fronted parrots, yellow-chevroned and peach-fronted parakeets, chestnut-bellied guans, the beautiful red-throated pipingguans, red-legged seriemas, and greater rheas. Overnight accommodation will be in the Pantanal area. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided.

Day 6: from the Lowlands to the Plateaus

You will spend the last morning in the Pantanal looking for birds that you may not see on the next part of the trip. After lunch, transfer to Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park is planned. After the Pantanal, this is the region’s leading attraction, reminiscent of the American South West. Its rocky plateau overlooking the flat plain of the Paraguay River and the Pantanal, at 2,600 feet above sea level, offers superb views, monolithic rock formations, caves, stunning waterfalls, and of course some special birds.

These uplands provide some of the many water sources for the Pantanal marshlands below. Here you will stay at a small and cozy lodge right at the border of the national park, with en-suite bathroom and air-conditioning. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided.

Days 7 and 8: Forests and savannahs of Chapada dos Guimarães

You will have two full days birding the cerrado (savannah) and Chapada habitats. The cerrado eco-system with its rough scenery, small and contorted trees, and tablelands offers a rich biodiversity with a scenery, flora, and fauna so rich that the Federal Government created this 33,000 hectare national park.

As you hike the canyons, valleys, and savannahs of this magnificent area, you may expect chances of seeing the blue-crowned motmot, Southern antpipit, band-tailed manakin, planalto slaty antshrike, white-eared puffbird, guira, white-rumped and white-banded tanagers, coal-crested finch, plumbeous seedeater, black-throated saltator, and the recently described chapada flycatcher, among others. When the heat builds up, you might have a chance to have a refreshing swim at some of the many waterfalls in the area.

You will also spend some time birding at Veu-da-Noiva Waterfall with chances to spot the yellow-ridged toucan, lettered aracari, white-collared and biscutate swifts, blue-winged and red-and-green macaw, curl-crested jay, gray monjita, crested black-tyrant, collared crescentchest and blue finch. Overnight accommodation will be in the Chapada dos Guimaraes area. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided.

Day 9: Morning activities and transfer to Cuiabá airport

Today’s activities will depend on the flight schedule of the group, but you might still have time to explore a bit more of the property and search of birds that you may not have seen yet. Clients will be taken to Cuiabá airport at their convenience. On this day, breakfast will be provided.

The lodges and itinerary might still change due to room availability or to best fill the group’s needs. During the tour, daily itinerary might change according to the weather, the group’s needs, or due to unexpected reasons.

Location

This safari will take you to Pantanal Matogrossense and Chapada dos Guimarães National Park, in Brazil.

Food

During the tour, you will be offered three daily meals from day two to day eight included in the price. On the first day, you will be provided with lunch and dinner, while on a ninth day you will be offered breakfast.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • All private activities
  • Full time professional guiding services
  • All ground transportation (4x4 VW Amarok for up to three people or Mercedes Sprinter up to eight people, or similar)
  • Airport transfers from and to Marechal Rondon Airport (CGB)
  • 2-hour boat excursion in Rio Claro
  • 1.5 days of jaguar search by boat
  • Meals as stated in the itinerary
  • 8 nights accommodation

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Beverages
  • Bottled water
  • Departure taxes
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Insurance
  • Laundry
  • Medical costs or hospitalization
  • Room service
  • Telephone calls or other items of personal nature
  • Tips

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Airport: Marechal Rondon International Airport Airport transfer included: Marechal Rondon International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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