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4 Days the Pantanal Birdwatching and Wildlife Tour in Aquidauana, Brazil

Pousada Aguape, Aquidauana, Brazil

The Pantanal Birdwatching in Brazil

Enjoy a short getaway in Pousada Aguape where you can observe wild animals at the Pantanal, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil. Grab the opportunity to watch many bird species and enjoy a photographic safari to spot various animals in their habitat. Create unforgettable memories in the Pantanal area of MatoGrosso do Sul State, the largest continuous wetland in the world.

Key information

  • Group and private safari possible, rates will vary depending on this.
  • Children of all ages are allowed to participate under the supervision of a parent or guardian.
  • English-speaking guides
  • All park fees are included

Highlights

  • 3 birdwatching sessions
  • Enjoy a morning photographic safari
  • Opportunity to see various bird species in the area
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • Daily meals

Styles


4 activity days
Group size: Maximum of 8 participants
Airport transfer included: Campo Grande International Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
13:00

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Cell phone rental
  • Internet access
  • Meeting room

During the holiday, you will stay at Pousada Aguape. The area belongs to the same family for over 150 years, since 1989 diversified its activities, continuing to livestock, working on ecological tourism and fishing and by supporting projects such as the Hyacinth Macaw Project and organic farming.

Located in a rich area formed by the typical vegetation of the Pantanal, merged with savannah vegetation, bays (lakes), ebb, corixos, and the river Aquidauana with lush riparian vegetation; enabling the visitor at any time of year, in full or in dry, know the riches of the Pantanal. It is a great environment for birdwatchers (over 300 species already registered).

The Aguapé Lodge is located 195 kilometers from Campo Grande. The nearest town is Aquidauana about 54 kilometers to the lodge. The last 50 kilometers of access is on a dirt road.

Features

  • 15 apartments with air-conditioning, ceiling fans, minibar, and a private bathroom with hot water – electrical shower (some rooms are already equipped with solar water heater). The rooms are for 1 to 4 people.
  • 1 room is handicap-accessible
  • Total capacity: 45 people
  • Swimming pool
  • Meeting room (capacity: 50)
  • Sand volleyball court
  • Hammocks area
  • Thatched-roof kiosks to relax
  • Quiosques
  • Internet access – free WIFI available at the common areas
  • Cell phone - just Vivo (mobile phone service provider) at the reception
  • Airstrip for small planes (S) South 20º 5' 40.0" - (W) West 055º 57' 52,6"
  • Souvenir store
  • Living room with TV
  • Games room
  • Restaurant

Program

Sample schedule

Day 1

  • Check-in at 2 p.m.
  • Afternoon snack
  • Afternoon birdwatching tour to start between 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. depending on the time of sunset
  • 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Dinner

Day 2

  • 6:30 Breakfast
  • Morning birdwatching tour starts at 7 a.m.
  • 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. Lunch
  • 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Dinner

Day 3

  • 6:30 a.m. Breakfast
  • Morning birdwatching starts at 7 a.m.
  • 12:00 p.m. - 1 p.m. Lunch
  • 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Dinner

Day 4

  • 6:30 a.m. Breakfast
  • Morning photographic safari tour starts at 7 a.m.
  • 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. Lunch
  • Check-out at midday 1200hrs

Note

All the activities are scheduled by the lodge at the appropriate time of the day and are subject to the dry and wet season. Please note that the times can vary, depending on the season, and the order of the tours can be changed.

Photographic safari

The photo safari is done in a 4x4 open vehicle. This tour gives you the opportunity to cover more territory of the farm going through different landscapes like cerrado (patches of stunted vegetation), open grasslands, “vazantes” (low-lying areas that are often seasonally flooded), “brejos” (swamps) and bays which are permanently flooded areas. It is also a perfect tour to see and observe the wildlife of the Pantanal.

This tour lasts approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes to 3 hours and may or may not be combined with the nocturnal, depending on the time of the sunset.

Pousada Aguape recommends the use of:

  • Sunscreen
  • Repellent
  • Cap or hat
  • Closed shoes (sneakers or boots)

Bird watching

Brazil encompasses a wide variety of habitats and is the third country in terms of the number of bird’s species. The Pantanal is an excellent environment for birds; over 600 species have been listed.

For some years there are guests at Pousada Aguapé that visit the lodge whose aim is to observe the birds (birdwatching). Because of this, nowadays the lodge has a special program for these guests with exclusive guide and tours schedule. In the area, more than 300 species have been cataloged.

Bird list

  • Greater Rhea
  • Undulated Tinamou
  • Small-billed Tinamou
  • Red-winged Tinamou
  • Spotted Nothura
  • Southern Screamer
  • Fulvous Whistting-Duck
  • White-faced Whistting-Duck
  • Black-bellied Whistting-Duck
  • Muscovy Duck
  • Brazilian Duck
  • Chaco Chachalaca
  • Red-throated Piping-guan
  • Blue-throated Piping Guan
  • Bare-faced Curassow
  • Commom Cormorant
  • Anhinga
  • Rufescent Tiger-Heron
  • Stripe Backed Bittern
  • Striated Heron
  • Cattle Egret
  • White-necked Heron
  • Great Egret
  • Whistling Heron
  • Capped Heron
  • Snowy Egret
  • Little Blue Heron
  • Black-crowned night-heron
  • Boat Billed Heron
  • Green Ibis
  • Bare-faced Ibis
  • Plumbeous Íbis
  • Buff-necked Íbis
  • Roseate Spoonbill
  • Jabiru
  • Wood Stork
  • Maguari Stork
  • Turkey-vulture
  • Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture
  • Black-vulture
  • King Vulture
  • Osprey
  • Pearl Kite
  • Snail Kite
  • Bicoloured Hawk
  • Crane Hawk
  • Great Black Hawk
  • Savanna Hawk
  • Black-collared Hawk
  • Roadside Hawk
  • White-tiled Hawk
  • Grey-headed Kite
  • Black-and-white Hawk-Eagle
  • Plumbeous Kite
  • Swallow-tailed Kite
  • Crested-caracara
  • Yellow-headed Caracara
  • Laughing Falcon
  • American Kestrel
  • Bat Falcon
  • Aplomado Falcon
  • Limpkin
  • Grey-necked Wood-rail
  • Spotted Rail
  • Commom Gallinule, Moorthen
  • Purple Gallinule
  • Azure Gallinule
  • Sungrebe
  • Red-legged Seriema
  • Wattled Jacana
  • White-backed Stilt
  • Pectoral Sandpiper
  • Cayenne Plover
  • Southern Lapwing
  • South American (Magellan) Snipe
  • Giant Snipe
  • Lesser Yellowlegs
  • Solitary Sandpiper
  • Yellow-billed (Amazon) Tern
  • Large-billed Tern
  • Black Skimmer
  • Ruddy Ground-Dove
  • Scaled Dove
  • Picui Ground-Dove
  • Plain-breasted Ground-Dove
  • Blue Ground-Dove
  • Long-tailed Ground-Dove
  • Picazuro Pigeon
  • Pale-vented Pigeon
  • Eared Dove
  • White-tipped Dove
  • Hyacinth Macaw
  • Blue-and-yellow Macaw
  • Red-and-green Macaw
  • Red-bellied Macaw
  • Golden-collared Macaw
  • Red-shouldered Macaw
  • Blue-crowned Parakeet
  • White-eyed Parakeet
  • Peach-fronted Parakeet
  • Black-hooded Parakeet
  • Blaze-winged Parakeet (Conure)
  • Monk Parakeet
  • Blue-winged Parrolet
  • Yellow-chevroned Parakeet
  • Scaly-headed Parrot
  • Yellow-faced Amazon
  • Turquoise-fronted Parrot
  • Orange-winged Parrot
  • Squirrel Cuckoo
  • Little Cuckoo
  • Greater Ani
  • Smooth-billed Ani
  • Guira Cuckoo
  • Pheasant Cuckoo
  • Pavonine Cuckoo
  • Striped Cuckoo
  • Barn owl
  • Tropical Screech-Owl
  • Spectacled Owl
  • Great Horned-Owl
  • Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl
  • Striped Owl
  • Burrowing Owl
  • Black-Banded Owl
  • Great Potoo
  • Common Potoo
  • Band-tailed Nightjar
  • Nacunda Nightjar
  • Pauraque
  • Little Nightjar
  • Scissor-tailed Nightjar
  • White-collared Switt
  • Ashy-tailed (Sick`s) Switt
  • Planalto Hermit
  • Swallow-tailed Hummingbird
  • White-vented Violetear
  • Glittering-bellied Emerald
  • Fork-tailed Woodnymph
  • Gilded Sapphire (Hummingbird)
  • Black-throated Mango
  • Blue-crowned Trogon
  • Ringed Kingfisher
  • Amazon Kingfisher
  • American Pygmy Kingfisher
  • Green Kingfisher
  • Green-and-rufous Kingfisher
  • Blue-crowned Motmot
  • Rufous-tailed Jacamar
  • White-eared Puffbird
  • Spot-backed Puffbird
  • Toco Toucan
  • Chestnut-eared Aracari
  • White-wedged Piculet
  • White Woodpecker
  • White-fronted Woodpecker
  • Little Woodpecker
  • Golden-green Woodpecker
  • Green-barred Woodpecker
  • Campo Flicker
  • Pale-crested Woodpecker
  • Cream-colored Woodpecker
  • Lineated Woodpecker
  • Crimson-crested Woodpecker
  • Great Antshrike
  • Barred Antshrike
  • Variable Antshrike
  • Rusty-backed Antwren
  • Mato Grosso Antbird
  • Olivaceous Woodcreeper
  • Great Rufous Woodcreeper
  • Planalto Woodcreeper
  • Narrow-billed Woodcreeper
  • Red-billed Scythebill
  • Pale-legged Hornero
  • Rufous Hornero
  • Chotoy Spinetail
  • Sooty-fronted Spinetail
  • Pale-breasted Spinetail
  • Plain-crowned Spinetail
  • Rusty-backed Spinetail
  • Yellow-chinned Spinetail
  • Rufous-fronted Thornbird
  • Greater (Yellow-eyed) Thornbird
  • Gray-crested Cacholote
  • Chestnut -capped Foliage gleaner
  • Streaked Xenops
  • Pearly-vented Tody-Tyrant
  • Rusty-fronted Tody-Flycatcher
  • Common Tody-Flycatcher
  • Southern Beardless Tyrannulet
  • Grey Elaenia
  • Large Elaenia
  • Yellow-bellied Elaenia
  • Small-billed Elaenia
  • Lesser Elaenia
  • Chaco Suiriri
  • Mouse-colored Tyrannulet
  • Bearded Tachuri
  • Bran-coloured Flycatcher
  • Fuscous Flycatcher
  • Vermilion Flycatcher
  • Yellow Browed Tyrant
  • Gray Monjita
  • White-rumped Monjita
  • White Monjita
  • Streamer-tail Tyrant
  • Black-backed Water-Tyrant
  • Masked Water-Tyrant
  • White-headed Marsh-Tyrant
  • Cattle Tyrant
  • Piratic Flycatcher
  • Streaked Flycatcher
  • Rusty-margined Flycatcher
  • Great Kiskadee
  • Lesser Kiskadee
  • Boat-billed Flycatcher
  • White-throated Kingbird
  • Tropical Kingbird
  • Fork-tailed Flycatcher
  • Rufous Casiornis
  • Swainson’s Flycatcher
  • Brown-crested Flycatcher
  • Helmeted Manakin
  • Band-tailed Manakin
  • Black-crowned Tityra
  • Black-tailed Tityra
  • Green-baked Becard
  • White-winged Becard
  • White-naped Xenopsaris
  • Rufous-browed Peppershrike
  • Red-eyed Vireo
  • Purplish Jay
  • Plush-crested Jay
  • White-winged Swallow
  • White-rumped Swallow
  • Brown-crested Martin
  • Grey-breasted Martin
  • South Rough-winged Swallow
  • Barn Swallow
  • Bank Swallow
  • Black-capped Donacobios
  • Thrush-like Wren
  • House Wren
  • Fawn-breasted Wren
  • Masket Gnatcatcher
  • Rufous-bellied Thrush
  • Pale-breasted Thrush
  • Creamy-bellied Thrush
  • Chalk-browed Mockingbird
  • White-banded Mockingbird
  • Yellowish Pipit
  • Bananaquit
  • Cinnamon Tanager
  • Fawn-breasted Tanager
  • Hooded Tanager
  • White-rumped Tanager
  • Gray-headed Tanager
  • Silver-beacked Tanager
  • Sayaca Tanager
  • Palm Tanager
  • White-banded Tanager
  • Burnished-buff Tanager
  • Swallow-Tanager
  • Blue Dacnis
  • Guira Tanager
  • Chestnut-vented Conebill
  • Rufous-collared Sparrow
  • Grassland Sparrow
  • Safron Finch
  • Wedge-tailed Grass-Finch
  • Blue-black Grassquit
  • Rusty-collared Seedeater
  • Tawny-bellied Seedeater
  • Lined Seedeater
  • Double-collared Seedeater
  • White-bellied Seedeater
  • Dark-throated Seedeater
  • Lesser Seed-Finch
  • Saffron-billed Sparrow
  • Red-crested Finch
  • Red-crested Cardinal
  • Yellow-billed Cardinal
  • Greyish Saltator
  • Black-throated Saltator
  • Tropical parula
  • White-bellied Warbler
  • Crested Oropendula
  • Solitary (Black) Cacique
  • Epaulet Oriole
  • Troupial
  • Chopi Blackbird
  • Scarlet-headed Blackbird
  • Unicolored Blackbird
  • Bay-winged Cowbird
  • Giant Cowbird
  • Shiny Cowbird
  • White-browed Blackbird
  • Screaming Cowbird
  • Chestnut-caped Blackbird
  • Bobolink
  • Purple-throated Euphonia
  • Common Waxbill
  • House Sparrow

Location

The Pantanal

The Pantanal area of MatoGrosso do Sul State is the largest continuous wetland in the world. It has an area of 140,000 square kilometers of floodplain in Brazil and it also spreads through Paraguay, Bolivia, and Argentina. It was formed between 2 and 5 million years ago as a large sedimentary basin and now is an isolated plain surrounded by several mountain areas. It is considered as a world heritage site.

The Pantanal has a diverse aquatic animal life; hundreds of different fish guarantee a rich bird population (more than 600 species live in the area). There is also a huge population of reptiles and mammals such as caimans, capybaras, monkeys, jaguars, armadillos, coatis and anteaters.

Over a period of more than 200 years of occupation by farmers, the Pantanal’s biodiversity and landscape are basically the same as they were in their ancestor’s time. The Pantanal is an untouched and beautiful wilderness with open grasslands, “vazantes” (low-lying areas that are often seasonally flooded), “brejos” (swamps), “caapões” (which in the Tupi Indian language means: caa = forest + pon = round that are patches of slightly elevated ground that are not subjected to inundation).

There's also “cordilheiras”(larger than caapões), “corixos” and bays which are permanently flooded areas. In these uncommon Pantanal habitats, there is a rich flora and exuberant fauna which delights everyone. Those who have the opportunity to visit this hidden tropical paradise in the heart of South America and to experience even for a little while, the wildlife and lush vegetation as well as to get to know the people, will see the world with different eyes.

The Pantanal goes through three cycles every year that changes its landscape. They are:

Rainy or flood season

Summer rainfall between November and March causes the flood. Most of the animals search for higher areas such as “caapões” and “cordilheiras”. It is a good period to go on a boat ride to see the spectacular landscape and to go through the flooded meadows on horseback.

“Vazante” (intermediate season)

It usually happens from April to June. The meadows start drying and the water collects in the bays and lakes; the fish, animals and birds stay around these areas.

Dry season

This is an excellent time to visit the Pantanal. The land dries out with lack of rain making movement easier. Many species can be seen walking around searching for waterholes. Different types of animals get together around the few remaining water pools.

Features

Activities

  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Volleyball court

General

  • Hammock
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant

Services

  • Cell phone rental
  • Internet access
  • Meeting room

Food

At Aguapé Lodge, breakfast, lunch, and dinner follow the regional tradition: typical dishes, meats, fish, bread, cheese, and sweets all made with care in the kitchen. Fresh cheese, yogurt, cakes and sweets are made with products of the farm and this gives a special taste to the food.

The typical food like cheese bread, rice with dry meat, piranha soup, Paraguayan soup, rice with chicken and pasta with dry meat help you learn a little bit more about the culture and habits of the people from Pantanal.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks

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

  • 3 nights accommodation in a room with air conditioner and ceiling fan
  • 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 snack, 1 dinner every day
  • 3 birdwatching tours and 1 photographic safari, accompanied by an English speaking guide
  • Transfer in/out - Campo Grande - Pousada Aguapé - Campo Grande

What's not included

  • Other expenses

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Campo Grande International Airport (CGR). Aguapé Lodge is located 195 kilometers (121,17 mi) from Campo Grande (International Airport) the capital of the state of MatoGrosso do Sul and 50 kilometers (30 mi) from Aquidauana, which is known as the gateway to the Pantanal.

Driving directions from Campo Grande

  • Leave Campo Grande towards Aquidauana (BR 262).
  • Leaving the airport it´s just to turn left and stay at the same road following the indications to Aquidauana/Anastácio.
  • Campo Grande is located 140 km (90 mi) from Aquidauana and more 55km (34 mi) from Aquidauana to Aguape Logde.

Driving directions from Aquidauana

  • If you are coming from Campo Grande almost arriving in Aquidauana there is a bridge (Taquarussu River) and just after the bridge, there is access to the city (do not enter in the city).
  • Continue straight ahead. In about 2 kilometers, there is another entrance to the city and a bifurcation to other roads.
  • Continue directly in the direction of Miranda and Corumbá.
  • Continue for more 4 kilometers and there is a sign Pousada Aguapé access 500 meters. The access road it is not pavement and it is located at the right side of the road.
  • There is a sign of the lodge at the beginning of the road (49 km), and also more signs during the way.

Driving directions from Miranda

  • Leave Miranda towards Aquidauana (72 kilometers – 45 mi).
  • About 68km (37 mi) from Miranda there is the entrance of the road (access road to the lodge).
  • The access road is not paved and it is located at the left side of the road. There is a sign of the lodge in the beginning of the road (49 km), and also more signs during the way.

Driving directions from Bonito

  • Bonito is located 200 kilometers (186 mi) from Aquidauana.
  • Leave Bonito towards Guia Lopes da Laguna, the next city is Nioaque and then Aquidauana.
  • Arriving in Aquidauana, there is an entrance to the city (do not enter in the city) and a bifurcation to other roads.
  • Take the direction of Miranda and Corumbá.
  • Continue for more 4 kilometers and there is a sign, Pousada Aguapé access 500 meters.
  • The access road is not paved and it is located at the right side of the road. There is a sign of the lodge in the beginning of the road (49 km), and also more signs during the way.
Airport: Campo Grande International Airport Airport transfer included: Campo Grande 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 on arrival.
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This tour is available as a private tour as well. Private option incurs an extra charge of 330 BRL per day / per booking (not per person).

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