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Southern Pantanal & Emas National Park Tour, Brazil - 10 Days

Southern Pantanal & Emas National Park Tour, Brazil
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Birding in Southern Pantanal and Emas National Park, Brazil

This 10-Day Southern Pantanal & Emas National Park Tour, Brazil takes nature lovers, to two of Brazil’s most famous habitats and will produce an amazing number of birds and animals.  During the tour, expect to see over 300 bird species and other Brazilian wildlife.

We will fly into Campo Grande in the Southern Pantanal and the first part of our tour will be based in Emas National Park. Emas, though not as well known internationally as some other areas, contains a unique and declining Brazilian habitat, open green grasslands – campo limpo.

Like many other unique habitats, Emas has its own special variety of birds and mammals. This is one of the best places in Brazil to see the Maned Wolf, and we should also see the Giant Anteater amongst others. Rheas and screamers are found in this habitat as well as many raptors and parrot species, as the Blue-and-yellow Macaw.

In this Southern Pantanal Tour, From Emas, we will have a long drive south to Aguape Lodge in the Southern Pantanal, our base for the next few days of this tour. Aguape, as well as being a superbly placed lodge for naturalists, is also a working ranch, where the traditional Pantanal cattle farming methods can be observed from the breakfast terrace – which is often shared with Hyacinth Macaws, Nanday Parakeets and Toco Toucans, making the best possible start to the day.

One of the beauties of this Southern Pantanal tour is that there is no pre-determined itinerary. We will check the local conditions and decide on a programme the night before based on local knowledge. One of the mammals we will certainly be hoping to see is the endangered giant river otter which frequents the area. One of the pleasures of birding the Pantanal is that, as well as rare and skulking species, it has an array of confiding, colourful species which can be observed at close quarters giving spectacular views and photo opportunities.

Southern Pantanal & Emas National Park Tour Highlights include:

  • Cock-tailed Tyrant - This rarity can be easily found at the Emas National Park since the Cerrado biome is the preferred environment of this species. Impress everyone with its incredible tail when it flies.
  • Cone-billed Tanager - It is a critically endangered bird that has remained sixty years unnoticed in the wild. In 2003 it was rediscovered at Emas National Park. There is a good chance to see and hear his beautiful song during our tour.
  • Helmeted Manakin - This is a large and impressive manakin species that can be seen during the tour at Emas National Park or during the boat rides at the Pantanal.
  • Hyacinth Macaw - The largest representative of its family, the Hyacinth Macaw is one of the symbols birds of the Pantanal. They nest and feed near the lodge where we will be staying.
  • Red-legged Seriema - It is easy to find couples hunting in open areas and around the lodges during the trip. It uses her claws to catch and kill snakes, his favourite prey.

If you’d like to try an alternative tour, look at what this Birdwatching Brazil Southern Atlantic Forest Tour has to offer.

Alternative Tour Name: Southern Pantanal & Emas National Park -Mato Grosso do Sul state and Goias State
Day 1
Day 1 - Arrival

An early morning arrival and reception at Campo Grande city airport, Mato Grosso do Sul state. Transfer by car to Chapadão do Céu, a 40 km, four hour drive, from the entrance of the Emas National Park. Check in at the hotel. After lunch we will begin our adventure visiting the park until the end of the day. Night birding for Striped and Short-eared Owl, White-winged Nightjar and Scissor-tailed Nightjar and Nacunda Nighthawk. Dinner and checklist.

Day 2
Days 2 to 4 - Emas National Park

Day 2 and 4 - Emas National Park is one of the last remaining areas of its kind. The “Campos Limpos” (Grass fields) that predominate here shelter some of the most characteristic birds of this habitat.

We will be hoping to find the Greater Rhea, Horned Screamer, Red-winged and Small-billed Tinamou,, Lesser Nothura, Crowned Eagle, Bare-faced Curassow, Red-legged Seriema, Ocellated Crake, Giant Snipe, Yellow-faced Parrot, White-vented Violetear, White-tailed Goldenthroat, Horned Sungem, Spot-backed and White-eared Puffbird, White-wedged Piculet, White Woodpecker, Aplomado Falcon, Blue-and-yellow and Red-shouldered Macaw, Peach-fronted Parakeet, Yellow-faced Parrot, Large-billed Antwren, Rufous-winged and Planalto Slaty-Antshrike, Collared Crescentchest, Russet-mantled Foliage-gleaner, Campo Miner, Pale-bellied Tyrant-Manakin, Helmeted Manakin, Cock-tailed Tyrant, Bearded Tachuri, Sharp-tailed Tyrant, Streamer-tailed Tyrant, Chapada Flycatcher, Tawny-headed Swallow, White-striped Warbler, Yellow-rumped Marshbird, Coal-crested Finch, Lesser Grass-Finch, Black-masked Finch, Curl-crested Jay, White-rumped and White-banded Tanager, Chestnut and Marsh Seedeater, and the nearly mythical Cone-billed Tanager which, for many years, was thought to be extinct. We will also look for mammals such as the Maned Wolf, Pampas Deer, Tapir and Giant Anteater.

Day 5
Day 5 - Pantanal

After an early breakfast we will check out of the hotel and start a long drive to Aguapé Lodge, Mato Grosso do Sul state (7hr drive) , the gateway to the Pantanal. After we check in at the hotel, we will start our Pantanal adventure watching lots of birds until the end of the day. Dinner and checklist.

Pantanal is the largest wetland area in the world featuring a true patchwork of habitats ranging from areas of dry forest, riparian forests, and “cerrados” to swamps. Interesting bird species are Undulated Tinamou, Chaco Chachalaca, Southern Screamer, Jabiru, Plumbeous Ibis, Agami and Capped Heron, Gray-headed Kite, Black-collared and Great Black Hawk, Pied Lapwing, Long-tailed Ground-Dove, Hyacinth Macaw, Blaze-winged and Nanday Parakeet, Gilded Hummingbird, Toco Toucan, Chestnut-eared Aracari, Chaco Puffbird, Blue-crowned Trogon, American Pygmy and Green-and-rufous Kingfisher, Amazonian Motmot, Pale-crested and White-fronted Woodpecker, Laughing Falcon, Mato Grosso Antbird, Rusty-backed Antwren, Red-billed Scythebill, Greater Thornbird, Rufous Cacholote, Chestnut-capped Foliage-gleaner, Chotoy and White-lored Spinetail, Band-tailed Manakin, Bearded Tachuri, Plush-crested Jay, Thrush-like Wren, White-banded Mockingbird and Scarlet-headed Blackbird. During the day we will also have a chance to see interesting mammals such as Giant Anteater, Marsh Deer, Coati and Giant River Otter by the river. At night we will do a spotlight search for Spectacled and Black-banded Owl, Common and Great Potoo, with chances to see also mammals such as the Ocelot, Tapir, Crab-eaten Fox and Puma.

Day 6
Days 6 to 9 - Aguapé Lodge

Day 6 and 9 - Please note, there is no detailed daily itinerary at Aguapé Lodge. Birding activities vary depending on the weather conditions and the birds and mammals that we need to see. In addition, the Lodge Management varies the activities of other groups of visitors, to ensure there is plenty of space for everyone in the observation areas. We will visit a variety of different trails to ensure access to the different types of habitat.

Day 10
Day 10 - Last day

Early breakfast and birding until lunch time. During our last day we will look for species that we have not seen during the tour. After lunch and checklist we will drive to Campo Grande city airport – where our tour ends.

Wildlife species expected to see:

Birds: Greater Rhea, Horned Screamer, Red-winged and Small-billed Tinamou, Lesser Nothura, Crowned Eagle, Bare-faced Curassow, Red-legged Seriema, Ocellated Crake, Giant Snipe, Yellow-faced Parrot, White-vented Violetear, White-tailed Goldenthroat, Horned Sungem, Spot-backed and White-eared Puffbird, White-wedged Piculet, White Woodpecker, Aplomado Falcon, Blue-and-yellow and Red-shouldered Macaw, Peach-fronted Parakeet, Yellow-faced Parrot, Large-billed Antwren, Rufous-winged and Planalto Slaty-Antshrike, Collared Crescentchest, Russet-mantled Foliage-gleaner, Campo Miner, Pale-bellied Tyrant-Manakin, Helmeted Manakin, Cock-tailed Tyrant, Bearded Tachuri, Sharp-tailed Tyrant, Streamer-tailed Tyrant, Chapada Flycatcher, Tawny-headed Swallow, White-striped Warbler, Yellow-rumped Marshbird, Coal-crested Finch, Lesser Grass-Finch, Black-masked Finch, Curl-crested Jay, White-rumped and White-banded Tanager, Chestnut and Marsh Seedeater, Cone-billed Tanager, Undulated Tinamou, Chaco Chachalaca, Southern Screamer, Jabiru, Plumbeous Ibis, Agami and Capped Heron, Gray-headed Kite, Black-collared and Great Black Hawk, Pied Lapwing, Long-tailed Ground-Dove, Hyacinth Macaw, Blaze-winged and Nanday Parakeet, Gilded Hummingbird, Toco Toucan, Chestnut-eared Aracari, Chaco Puffbird, Blue-crowned Trogon, American Pygmy and Green-and-rufous Kingfisher, Amazonian Motmot, Pale-crested and White-fronted Woodpecker, Laughing Falcon, Mato Grosso Antbird, Rusty-backed Antwren, Red-billed Scythebill, Greater Thornbird, Rufous Cacholote, Chestnut-capped Foliage-gleaner, Chotoy and White-lored Spinetail, Band-tailed Manakin, Bearded Tachuri, Plush-crested Jay, Thrush-like Wren, White-banded Mockingbird, Scarlet-headed Blackbird, Black-banded Owl, Spectacle Owl, Striped Owl, White-winged Nightjar, Scissor-tailed Nightjar, Nacunda Nighthawk, Common Potoo, Great Potoo.

Mammals – Giant Anteater, Marsh Deer, Coati, Giant River Otter, Ocelot, Tapir, Crab-eaten Fox, Puma, Jaguar, Maned Wolf, Pampas Deer, Tapir.

What is included?

  • All accommodation or lodgings based on double occupancy
  • Professional bi-lingual guide and support staff
  • Specialist guide fees
  • 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 including water and soft drinks
  • 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)
  • Departure taxes
  • Travel & medical insurance (incl. personal equipment and repatriation)
  • Medical costs or hospitalisation
  • Items of personal nature (incl. binoculars and telescopes)
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Laundry & telephone Charges
  • Room service
  • Optional tour extensions where applicable
  • Tips & gratuities
  • Alcoholic beverages or bottled drinks
  • Anything else not mentioned in “What is included”

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Why book with Avesfoto Birding Tours?

With twenty years of experience working in the field, we know where the birds are, and have the fieldcraft skills to find them for you, especially the skulking endemics. This we do with unrivalled skill and commitment, and always with enthusiasm and a sense of humour.

Is this tour really for me?

We have been constantly upgrading this tour over the past twenty years and are now confident we can find all the key species, as well as studying the more common and colourful birds of Brazil. Whether you are a first timer to South America. or a seasoned campaigner, we can find something special for you. We put in as many hours as is needed to get the bird, and ensure you have you a fantastic trip. We specialize in small group sizes, speak fluent English, and insist on enjoying ourselves. Many of our customers come back time and time again, and have become good friends over the years.

Do you need a minimum fitness level to join this tour?

We will adjust the pace of the tour based on client requirements. We will do our birding from established trails and dirt roads, always with the safety of our clients uppermost.

Can you cater for special dietary requirements?

Yes, Brazil has a wonderful variety of foods to offer, and we will sample many regional specialities during this tour. The restaurants in the lodges where we will stay will meet all types of requirements. Quality is the keyword throughout our tour.

What will be the level of connectivity or WiFi access during this tour?

WiFi at the lodges and accommodation is usually very good. WiFi quality while out in the field is variable, especially in some of the more remote areas, but it is usually possible to get access via a mobile hotspot connection.

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This tour is operated by: Avesfoto Birding Tours
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  • Southern Pantanal & Emas National Park - Goiás State and Mato Grosso do Sul State
  • On Request
  • Private Tour
  • Birds
  • 2 to 6px
  • 10 days
  • April to November
  • 8 years
  • Moderate
  • No
  • English and Portuguese
  • Guarulhos International Airport (GRU)
  • Guarulhos International Airport (GRU)
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