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Harpy Eagle Tour, Brazil - 6 Days

Harpy Eagle Tour, Brazil

Harpy Eagle Nest Tour in Brazil

Join us on this fabulous 6-Days Harpy Eagle Tour in Brazil which is leisurely paced and available on request. In this tour, you get the opportunity to observe and photograph the mighty Harpy Eagle! We are lucky enough to have access to an active Harpy Eagle nest, which all being well will remain active until November 2022.

The nest site is located some 5 hours drive from Cuiaba. Once at the location, you will have access to a tower that has been constructed at a safe distance opposite the nesting tree, allowing fantastic photographic opportunities of this amazing raptor!

On this Harpy Eagle Tour in Brazil, you will be able to see the young eagle at the Lambari nest will be 5 months old on 1st July 2022 and at THAT point, it is the full size of its parents, so it qualifies as a "full-grown, adult-sized" Harpy Eagle.

The young eagle will hop around in its nest tree, from branch to branch for a few weeks, and then when it is approximately 6 months old (in early August) it should start to fly to trees near its nest tree and then fly back to the nest tree. In the period from 1st August to 1st November, the young eagle should be in its nest tree for part of each day, with a smaller percentage of the time in the nest tree as time passes. By November, it might be returning to its nest tree for only 5% or 10% of the day, but it should return.

Guests who want to maximize their chance of seeing either this full-grown young eagle or its parents need to spend ALL day on top of the tower.

The Harpy tower manager will be on the tower all day, but about 8-12 stairs down, to see if one of the full-grown eagles appears during the day and will alert the group.

At a typical Harpy nest, the probabilities of seeing a Full Grown eagle (full mature adult or full-sized juvenile) are:

1) hatchling to 45 days of age, the chance of seeing an adult is 100% per day until 30 days old and 90% per day until 60 days.

2) from 61 to 90 days, the chance of an adult showing up at the nest during 12 hours of observation from sunrise to sunset is 60%.

3) from 91 days to 150 days, the chance of an adult showing up is 30% per day.

4) at 150 days of age, meaning 5 months of age, the young eagle is then the size of its parents and is a "full-grown Harpy Eagle".

The probability of an adult eagle visiting the nest when the young bird is 5 to 10 months of age is 15-25%.

These are the probabilities at "normal nests" of Harpy Eagles.

The adults at this Lambari nest, however, have proven to be much more doting, more present than the adult birds at most other nests that have been observed. Specifically, during the last nesting event of this "Lambari pair", one or the other of the adult birds was at the nest on 50% or more of the days until the young was 150 days old. We are not sure if this higher percentage of probability will happen again in this nesting event, but it seems likely that it will.

The Harpy Camp will open from 14th March 2022 until 15th November 2022. The Harpy Camp is 1000m from the nest tree, so you can drive in 3 minutes from the camp to the parking spot to then walk 100m, then take a boat for 30m and walk an additional 40m to the tower.

Facilities at the Harpy Camp are basic but comfortable and allow you the best opportunity to spend some time with this truly amazing species.

All Harpy Eagle photos with the kind permission of Lailson Marques and Ernane Junior.

If you have a little more time to spend on your holiday, maybe you’d consider a longer trip like this Northeast Brazil Birding Tour.

Alternative Tour Name: Brazil Harpy Eagle Tour
Day 1
Day 1 - Arrival into Cuiaba

Arrival at the airport in Cuiaba and transfer to a hotel near the airport. Overnight with dinner included.

Day 2
Day 2 - Transfer to the Harpy Camp

Breakfast and transfer to Lambari do Oeste (approximately 355km/220miles), a six hour drive. Overnight Harpy Camp. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 3
Day 3 - Full day at the Harpy Eagle Nest and Tower

Full day at the Harpy Camp. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

You will have full access to the tower opposite the Harpy Eagle nest ALL DAY

Day 4
Day 4 - Full Day at the Harpy Eagle Nest and Tower

Full day at the Harpy Camp. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

You will have full access to the tower opposite the Harpy Eagle nest all day

Day 5
Day 5 - Return to Cuiaba

Breakfast and transfer to Cuiaba. Overnight at the hotel near the airport. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 6
Day 6 - Cuiaba Airport and onward Flight

Breakfast and transfer to the airport in Cuiaba. End of tour. Breakfast included.

This tour is exclusively designed and aimed at spending time observing and getting photographs of the Harpy Eagles.

What is included?

  • All accommodation or lodgings based on double occupancy in local hotels and tents at the Harpy Camp
  • Single occupancy available for an additional charge/cost
  • Professional bi-lingual guide
  • Local transfers and all ground transport throughout the tour
  • Entrance fees to all National Parks, Nature Reserves and/or use of Hides where applicable
  • All meals throughout the tour
  • Water throughout the tour
  • All activities as specified within the tour itinerary
  • All Applicable Taxes

What is not included?

  • All international or domestic airfares
  • Visa Fees (if applicable)
  • Travel & medical insurance (incl. personal equipment and repatriation)
  • Airport departure taxes or visa fees
  • Items of personal nature
  • Items of personal nature (incl. binoculars and telescopes)
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Laundry & telephone Charges
  • Optional trip/tour/safari extensions where applicable
  • Tips & gratuities
  • Any other drinks not mentioned above, or
  • Alcoholic beverages or bottled drinks
  • Anything else not mentioned in the itinerary and “What is included”

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Why book with Serra dos Tucanos Birding Tours?

Serra dos Tucanos Birding Tours has been offering Brazil Bird Watching and Wildlife Tours since 2002, specialising in birding trips in the Atlantic Forest. We also go to the Pantanal, North-East Brazil, Iguazu Falls and Cristalino Jungle Lodge in the Amazon.

How long does the journey take from Cuiaba airport to the Harpy Eagle camp?

The transfer from Cuiaba to the Harpy Eagle camp is approximately a six hour drive.

When is the best time to travel and why?

We are expecting the Harpy Eagle nest to remain active until late October 2022, but please read the information on the "Overview" page for further information.

What are the conditions like at the Harpy Camp?

The tented accommodation at the Harpy camp is simple, but allows you direct access to the nest site.

Will I be accompanied by a guide?

Yes, this tour is fully guided with a bilingual local guide.

You can send your enquiry via the form below.

6 Days

Price & Availability

USD2,525 / per person
Single Supplement USD 180
This tour is operated by: Serra dos Tucanos Birding Tours

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Tour Facts

  • Cuiaba, Brazil
  • On Request
  • Multi-Day Tour
  • Birds
  • 1-6 pax - Prices based on minimum of 2 pax, please enquire for single price. Discounts for 3+ pax.
  • 6 days
  • April - October 2022
  • Leisurely
  • No
  • English and Portuguese
  • Cuiabá International Airport or Contact Us to Know
  • Cuiabá International Airport or Contact Us to Know