Birding Pantanal 14 days

The Pantanal is the largest wetland in South America and the largest wetland in the world that has not been substantially modified by humans. The sheer abundance of large birds, reptiles, and mammals mark its importance as a huge reservoir of biodiversity. The Pantanal covers an area of 66,100 square miles, that is 10 times the size of Florida Everglades. Sediment cores suggest that 13,000-23,000 years ago, the Pantanal was covered by sandy desert. The name “Pantanal” comes from the Portuguese word “pântano,” meaning wetland, bog, swamp or marsh. Average yearly rainfall in the Pantanal reaches up to 40 to 55 inches. Seventy-eight percent of the Pantanal is submerged during the rainy seasons. The Pantanal is home to about 3,500 plant species, 656 bird species, 325 fish species, 159 mammals, 53 amphibians and 98 reptiles.

The best place to see Jaguar in the wild. Jaguars are rare, secretive, and mostly nocturnal; they have been hunted for hundreds of years by farmers and poachers, and thus the chances of actually coming across one are very low. However.

Our tour will begin in the Pantanal just as water levels are receding and hundreds of Jabirus, Wood Storks, Limpkins, Roseate Spoonbills and thousands of other waders, Paraguayan Caiman and Capybaras congregate around the shrinking ponds. We will keep our eyes peeled for these massive cats on quiet, relaxing boat trips packed with kingfishers, curassows, Agami Herons, Sungrebes, and Sunbitterns and a family of Giant Otters.

We will take walks through the forest to see everything from Hyacinth Macaws to woodcreepers, antbirds, and spinetails. On drives along the Transpantaneira park road, which we will cover from beginning to end.

And for the end of the tour, we will extend our birding time to Chapada dos Guimaraes and Part of the Amazon located no too far from Cuiaba City

Join us for this amazing adventure!

  • Day 1: Arrive in Cuiaba, Mato Grosso - to The Pantanal Pouso Alegre

We will pick you up from your hotel or airport (matechal grondon) in Mato Groso-Cuiba and then we will start our drive along Transpantaneira Highway to get our first lodge. There are several kinds of birds to see where we can stop to get a better view or a nice photo.  Night at Pouso Alegre

  • Day 2-3: Full Days Birding

We will check out the extensive low-lying marsh right behind our lodge and surroundings. After dinner we can try for: Nacunda Nighthawk, Scissor-tailed Nightjar, and some nocturnal mammals such as Crab-eating Fox and, with great luck, Giant Anteater and Ocelot. Nights at Pouso Alegre.

  • Day 4: Drive to Porto Jofre 

After breakfast, we will start our birding drive to Jofre area where is popular for fishing and jaguar expeditions along the Rio Cuiaba. We will see capybaras, caiman, Maguari Stork, Southern Screamer, Scarlet-headed Blackbird and many others birds along the road on the way to Porto Jofre. Dinner and Night at Posada do Neco.

  • Day 5-6: Birding and Jaguar search full days

After breakfast, we will have two full morning boat trip searching for the king of the Amazon THE JAGUAR and for sure several birds species, a family of Giant Otters and caimans along the riversides. After lunch, we will explore along the lodge surrounding and road for some extra species and some owling before dinner. The next morning we will do our second time searching for wildlife by boat. Nights at Posada do Neco.

  • Day 7: Drive to Pousada Piuval

After breakfast, we will begin making our way back towards the beginning of the Transpantaneira with plenty of time to appreciate the congregations of waterfowl along the way. We will reach our lodge by for lunch and go out in the afternoon for Yellow-breasted Crake, Least Bittern, Azure Gallinule, and several others. We will try also for Tropical Screech-Owl, Great Potoo, and some others Nocturnal wildlife. Night in Posada Piuval.

  • Day 8: Birding and drive to Chapada dos Guimaraes

Today we will do some birding early morning for some missing species around the lodge and along the road. Then we will start our drive to the north of Cuiaba. We usually arrive late afternoon for some birding after our accommodation. Dinner and night in Chapada dos Guimaraes

  • Day 9-10: Cerrado and dry forest

We will have an early breakfast and drive a few kilometers out into cerrado habitat to bird for several hours this morning. After a break at the pousada, we will bird another patch of Cerrado in the afternoon in search of any species we may have missed in the morning and we will look for our target species White-rumped and White-banded tanagers, Coal-crested Finch, Curl-crested Jays, and many other cerrado endemics that are not likely to be seen on other areas of the tour and we good luck Maned Wolf will be there. Night in Chapada dos Guimaraes.

  • Day 11: Birding and drive to Sao Jose do Rio Claro 

Early Birding for some missing species. And then we will head to the Brazilian Amazon area, this part we will drive for about 4 hours to get to our next birding spot. After our accommodation, we will try for some birding surrounding the lodge. Dinner and night in Pousada.

  • Day 12- 13: Full days Birding

We will have two full days to explore the trails and lodge surrounding all amazonian specialties found along the area. We will have the chance to see Black-girdled Barbet, Tooth-billed Wren, Goulds Toucanet, Black-tailed, Collared, and Green-backed Trogons, Red-necked Woodpecker, Rufous-capped Nunlet, Paradise, Yellow-rumped, and Turquoise Tanagers, and Spixs Warbling-Antbird, Bare-necked Fruitcrow, Cinereous Antshrike, Elegant Woodcreeper, Red-headed, Snow-capped, and Flame-crested manakins, Black-spotted Bare-eye, White-backed Fire-eye, and Scale-backed Antbird, Cone-billed Tanager, Amazonian Umbrellabird, Pompadour Cotinga, Brown Jacamar. Nights in Pousada

  • Day 14: Birding, back to Cuiaba

Early birding for some extra species and then we will back to Cuiaba in time for your flight and other connections to home.

Have a nice trip!

GROUP SIZE From 2 to 8 People
TOUR DATES From July to September with fixed and custom dates - TOUR CALENDAR
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT US$ 500.00 (we do not charge this; hotels and lodges do)
ACCOMMODATION Comfortable places with private toilet, hot water, AC, WI-FI 
EASY OF BIRDING Easy to moderate with some challenging species
INCLUDE Hotel, lodges, full meals, soft drinks, train, entrance fee, private land, and boat transport, driver and birding guide
NOT INCLUDE International / Domestic flights, any alcoholic drinks, laundry, phone calls, extra activities




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