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Pantanal Birding and Jaguar Tour, Brazil - 10 Days

Pantanal Birding and Jaguar Tour, Brazil
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Pantanal Birdwatching and Mammal Adventure in Brazil

A 10-Day Pantanal Birding and Jaguar Tour which is moderately paced and available on request offer any birder, photographer or wildlife enthusiast the perfect combination of great birding and mammal spotting opportunities together with a “birder friendly” as it’s relatively open which makes birding slightly easier and a little more relaxing.

It is one of the best places in the world to see the endangered and stunning Hyacinth Macaw, 100’s Jabiru Storks, Maguari Storks, Wood Storks, Herons and Ibises, waterfowl and literally 1000’s Caimans, this together with excellent chances of seeing Jaguar, fantastic photographic opportunities and spectacular scenery make a birding trip to the Pantanal a must!

We will spend 8 days within the world's largest freshwater wetland, which covers approximately 195.000 km². During this time we shall travel all the way to the end of the famous Transpantaneira road (145km of dirt road with many bridges along the way), well known for its amazing birds and wildlife. Once at the end of the Transpantaneira road we will spend 3 nights based at the Hotel Porto Jofre where we will take daily boat trips looking for various species of birds and our main mammal target, South America's largest cat…. the Jaguar!

We then move onto the 80,000 acres of Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park for a further 2 nights, this Cerrado habitat (seasonally dry woodland and scrub) will provide us with a change of habitat, more stunning scenery, and further opportunities for a whole host of new bird species.

Our trips can be tailored to your needs, if you prefer a private tour or joining a small group is what you prefer, we can arrange either. We also cater to photographers if this is your main focus, rather than trying to see lots of different species we can spend more time in one spot trying to capture that “perfect” photograph.

Pantanal Birding and Jaguar Tour highlights include:

  • Comfortable lodges throughout the tour.
  • Fantastic photographic opportunities.
  • Great chances of seeing Jaguars and Giant River Otters.
  • Visit one of the most amazing ecosystems in the world.
  • Amazing birdlife throughout the tour, including Hyacinth Macaws.

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Alternative Tour Name: Birding the Pantanal
Day 1
Day 1 - Arrival into Cuiaba and transfer to the famous Transpantaneira road in the Pantanal

After arrival into Cuiaba International airport you will meet your local guide and then set off to your first destination along the Transpantaneira road. After about an hour and a half we arrive at Pocone, the gateway to the Transpantaneira and the Pantanal. This road covers a distance of 145km with various lodges dotted along the way.

Birding along this road is amazing, there is non-stop activity with the roadside pools filled with various species including Anhinga, Large-billed Tern, Yellow-billed Tern, Cocoi Heron, Rufescent Tiger Heron, Striated Heron, Jabiru, American Wood Stork, Bare-faced Ibis, Green Ibis, Sunbittern, Limpkin, Roseate Spoonbill and Black-crowned Night-heron amongst others. Perched up along the roadside we can see both Black-collared Hawk, Great Black Hawk, Snail Kite and Savanna Hawk together with Ringed Kingfisher, Amazon Kingfisher and Green Kingfisher.

We shall check into our first lodge and spend the rest of the day birding the local area.

Day 2
Day 2 - Pantanal

We will set off for a pre-dawn walk to try and find Giant Anteater, this is the best time of day to look for this fascinating mammal. We will then return to the lodge for breakfast and spend a full day birding around the lodge and the surrounding fragmented forest.

We hope to see species such as the stunning Hyacinth Macaw, Jabiru, Roseate Spoonbill, American Wood Stork, Great Rufous Woodcreeper, Straight-billed Woodcreeper, Narrow-billed Woodcreeper, Undulated Tinamou, Glittering-throated Emerald, Black-fronted Nunbird, Bat Falcon, Black-bellied Antwren, Planalto Slaty Antshrike, Saffron-billed Sparrow and Blue-crowned Trogon. We will return to the comfort of the lodge for lunch and have a short break afterwards during the heat of the day before heading back out mid-afternoon. Returning to the lodge early evening we will meet up for dinner and then complete our daily checklist. If conditions are good we will head out for a night drive.

Day 3
Day 3 - Pantanal

After another dawn walk to try and find Giant Anteater we will head back to the lodge for breakfast and then set off to our next lodge. Today we will travel some 120km along the Transpantaneira road with many stops along the way.

Target birds for today include White Woodpecker, Green-barred Woodpecker, Crested Oropendola, Blue-fronted Parrot, Buff-necked Ibis, Plumbeos Ibis, Scarlet-headed Blackbird, Rusty-collared Seedeater, Black-capped Donacobius, Golden-collared Macaws, Lineated Woodpecker, Crimson-crested Woodpecker, Maguari Stork, Laughing Falcon, Whistling Heron, White-faced Whistling Duck, Black-bellied Whistling Duck, Muscovy Duck, Bare-faced Curassow, Blue-throated Piping-Guan, Bay-winged Cowbird, Giant Cowbird, Cocoi Heron, Sungrebe and Sunbittern together will all five species of South American kingfishers, Ringed, Amazon, Green, Green and Rufous and the Pygmy. We will stop half way along the road for lunch and then continue our journey onwards to the end of the Transpantaneira road during the hottest part of the day.

We will take a couple more stops late afternoon as we near our next lodge where we will be staying for the next 3 nights.

Day 4
Day 4 & 5 - Pantanal

We will spend two full days exploring the Pantanal by boat. After our breakfasts we will take boat rides both up and down stream searching for Jaguar and other mammals such as Giant River Otters, Capybaras and the rare Tapir. Some of the target birds for this area include Black Skimmer, Yellow-billed Tern, Large-billed Tern, Pied Plover, Collared Plover, Crested Oropendola, Yellow-rumped Cacique, Black-collared Hawk, White-wedged Piculet, Black-fronted Nunbird, Bare-faced Curassow, Rusty-backed Spinetail, and at the end of the day we hope to see Band-tailed Nighthawks flying above the water.

Day 6
Day 6 - Pantanal

After breakfast and some early morning birding we will drive some 70km back along the Transpantaneira until we arrive at our next lodge in time for lunch. After lunch we will take a short break and then take a motor boat ride along the Pixaim River for a couple of hours. This can be good for seeing more Giant River Otters together with Sungrebe, Black-collared Hawk, Great Black Hawk and Boat-billed Heron. This boat trip also provides excellent opportunities to try for flight shots of several species.

We will return to the lodge late afternoon and meet up for dinner followed by our daily checklist.

Day 7
Day 7 - Pantanal

After breakfast we will spend a full day birding around the hotel and surrounding area, target birds for today include Band-tailed Antbird, Pale-legged Hornero, Rusty-backed Spinetail, Lesser Kiskadee, Southern Beardless Tyrannulet, Green-backed Becard, Golden-green Woodpecker, Plain Antvireo, Rufous-browed Peppershrike, Ashy-headed Greenlet, Helmeted Manakin, Rufous-tailed Jacamar, White-lored Spinetail, Cinereous-breasted Spinetail, Red-billed Scythebill, Flavescent Warbler, Moustached Wren, Buff-bellied Wren, Purplish Jay, Orange-backed Oriole (Troupial), Crested Oropendola, Solitary Black-Cacique, Blue-crowned Trogon, Black-fronted Nunbird, Silver-beaked Tanager, Rusty-collared Seedeater, White-bellied Seedeater and Chestnut-bellied Seed-Finch.

Both lunch and dinner will be served at the lodge today, checklist after our evening meal.

Day 8
Day 8 - Chapada das Guimaraes National Park

We shall have some early morning birding around the lodge before our departure back to Cuiaba and then head in a north-easterly direction for a further 70 km and onto our next destination, the impressive Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park. Upon arrival we will hopefully have time to look for Blue-winged Macaw and Red and Green Macaw that both nest and roost in the impressive sandstone cliffs, Curl-crested Jay, Gray Monjita, Crested Black-Tyrant and Swallow Flycatcher amongst others.

We will arrive at our hotel late afternoon, check in followed by dinner and our daily checklist.

Day 9
Day 9 - Chapada das Guimaraes National park

After an early breakfast we shall watch the sunrise and start our days birding! We will take a short drive before heading off into the Cerrado habitat looking for targets such as Rufous-sided Pygmy-Tyrant, Small-billed Tinamou, White-eared Puffbird, Collared Crescentchest, Horned Sungem, Yellow-billed Blue Finch, Rufous-winged Antshrike, Black-faced Tanager, Red-legged Seriema, White-rumped Tanager, White-banded Tanager, Coal-crested Finch, Plumbeous Seedeater and Black-throated Saltator.

We will have lunch at a local restaurant and take a small break before heading out again where we will be birding at the amazing Bridal’s Veil Waterfall area which is a roost site for both the Blue-winged and Red and Green Macaw, also chances of Yellow-ridged Toucan, Chestnut-eared Aracari and White-collared and Biscutate swifts. We will return to our hotel at the end of the day, have dinner followed by the checklist.

Day 10
Day 10 - Chapada das Guimaraes National Park and departure

Depending upon flight timings we may have some birding in the morning with our targets being Band-tailed Manakin, Fire-crowned Manakin and Southern Antpipit, we may also check a historical nesting site for the Ornate Hawk-Eagle. We then return to our hotel, check out and head back to Cuiaba Airport for our onward flights.

End of tour.

Some of the Wildlife species expected to see:

Jaguar, Anhinga, Large-billed Tern, Yellow-billed Tern, Cocoi Heron, Rufescent Tiger-Heron, Striated Heron, Jabiru, American Wood Stork, Bare-faced Ibis, Green Ibis, Sunbittern, Limpkin, Roseate Spoonbill and Black-crowned Night-heron, Black-collared Hawk, Great Black Hawk, Snail Kite, Savanna Hawk, Ringed Kingfisher, Amazon Kingfisher, Green Kingfisher, Hyacinth Macaw, Jabiru, Roseate Spoonbill, American Wood Stork, Great Rufous Woodcreeper, Straight-billed Woodcreeper, Narrow-billed Woodcreeper, Undulated Tinamou, Glittering-throated Emerald, Black-fronted Nunbird, Bat Falcon, Black-bellied Antwren, Planalto Slaty Antshrike, Saffron-billed Sparrow and Blue-crowned Trogon, White Woodpecker, Green-barred Woodpecker, Crested Oropendola, Blue-fronted Parrot, Buff-necked Ibis, Plumbeos Ibis, Scarlet-headed Blackbird, Rusty-collared Seedeater, Black-capped Donacobius, Golden-collared Macaws, Lineated Woodpecker, Crimson-crested Woodpecker, Maguari Stork, Laughing Falcon, Whistling Heron, White-faced Whistling Duck, Black-bellied Whistling Duck, Muscovy Duck, Bare-faced Curassow, Blue-throated Piping-Guan, Bay-winged Cowbird, Giant Cowbird, Cocoi Heron, Sungrebe, Sunbittern, South American kingfishers, the Pygmy owl, Black Skimmer, Yellow-billed Tern, Large-billed Tern, Pied Plover, Collared Plover, Crested Oropendola, Yellow-rumped Cacique, Black-collared Hawk, White-wedged Piculet, Black-fronted Nunbird, Bare-faced Curassow, Rusty-backed Spinetail,Giant River Otters, Sungrebe, Black-collared Hawk, Great Black Hawk and Boat-billed Heron, Band-tailed Antbird, Pale-legged Hornero, Rusty-backed Spinetail, Lesser Kiskadee, Southern Beardless Tyrannulet, Green-backed Becard, Golden-green Woodpecker, Plain Antvireo, Rufous-browed Peppershrike, Ashy-headed Greenlet, Helmeted Manakin, Rufous-tailed Jacamar, White-lored Spinetail, Cinereous-breasted Spinetail, Red-billed Scythebill, Flavescent Warbler, Moustached Wren, Buff-bellied Wren, Purplish Jay, Orange-backed Oriole (Troupial), Crested Oropendola, Solitary Black-Cacique, Blue-crowned Trogon, Black-fronted Nunbird, Silver-beaked Tanager, Rusty-collared Seedeater, White-bellied Seedeater and Chestnut-bellied Seed-Finch, Blue-winged Macaw and Red and Green Macaw, sandstone cliffs, Curl-crested Jay, Gray Monjita, Crested Black-Tyrant and Swallow Flycatcher, Rufous-sided Pygmy-Tyrant, Small-billed Tinamou, White-eared Puffbird, Collared Crescentchest, Horned Sungem, Yellow-billed Blue Finch, Rufous-winged Antshrike, Black-faced Tanager, Red-legged Seriema, White-rumped Tanager, White-banded Tanager, Coal-crested Finch, Plumbeous Seedeater, Black-throated Saltator, Blue-winged and Red and Green Macaw, Yellow-ridged Toucan, Chestnut-eared Aracari, White-collared and Biscutate swifts, Ornate Hawk-Eagle, Band-tailed Manakin

What is included?

  • All accommodation or lodgings based on double occupancy
  • Single occupancy available for an additional charge/cost
  • Professional bi-lingual birding guide(s)
  • 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
  • Water throughout the tour
  • All activities as specified within the tour itinerary
  • Personalised checklists
  • 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 (incl. binoculars and telescopes)
  • If providing binoculars and telescopes then add within above
  • Laundry & telephone Charges
  • Optional tour extensions where applicable
  • Tips & gratuities
  • Any other drinks not mentioned above
  • Anything else not mentioned in “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 in north-eastern Brazil, Iguazu Falls, and the Cristalino Jungle Lodge in the Amazon.

When is the best time to visit?

The best time to visit the Pantanal is during the months of May through to October when the water levels begin to recede, making birding and mammal observation much easier.

What is the climate like?

The climate in the Pantanal can be very hot, even during the winter months with temperatures ranging between 25 - 38 degrees centigrade. The evenings are cooler. We expect no or very little rain during our tours as they run throughout the "dry" season.

What are the passport and visa requirements?

It is Brazilian law that you carry your passport with you at all times whilst in Brazil, this includes going out on excursions. You may wish to take a photocopy before arriving in Brazil to carry with you on a daily basis. Please note that depending upon your home country you may need a VISA to visit Brazil. Please check before booking with your Brazilian Embassy if this is a requirement.

What vaccinations will I need?

We recommend that you contact your local doctor or travel clinic for up to date advice.

What clothing should I bring?

We recommend that you bring lightweight clothing for your visit. Long sleeved shirts and long trousers are recommended together with a lightweight waterproof jacket and walking boots or other comfortable footwear suitable for walking on trails within the forest. For the evening we suggest jeans / lightweight trousers or shorts and maybe a sweater as some evenings can be cooler. Swimwear is also recommended as some of the hotels/lodges have swimming pools available.

Will I need Insect repellent?

We recommend bringing enough insect repellent for your visit. Mosquitos can be common, especially along the slow flowing rivers where we will be birding some of the time.

Do you cater for vegetarians?

Most lodges offer a buffet style menu with options for vegetarians. Please let us know in advance if you do have any special dietary requirements at all.

You can send your enquiry via the form below.


10 Days

Price & Availability

From
USD5,995 / per person
Based on twin/double room
Single Supplement USD 700
This tour is operated by: Serra dos Tucanos Birding Tours

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Tour Facts

  • The Pantanal and Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park, Brazil
  • On Request
  • Multi-Day Tour
  • Birds
  • 2 to 8 pax (Tour for 1 person is available, please enquire, group discounts for 3+ pax available)
  • 10 Days
  • May through to October
  • +15 years
  • Moderate
  • No
  • English
  • Cuiaba International Airport
  • Cuiaba International Airport