The Pantanal of Mato Grosso, a vast grassy lowland at the heart of South America that is home to the greatest concentration of wildlife on the continent is the world's largest freshwater wetland and, therefore, one of the world's best birding areas. The numbers of birds even in the rainy season are very impressive and all specialties are residents. A dead-end dirt road, known as the "Transpantaneira", pierces the Pantanal. Birding from this road can produce over 100 species in a day, and still chances to spot rare mammals such as Giant Anteater, Marsh Deer, Azara's Night Monkey, Giant Otter and even Jaguars.Due to the road conditions, water level and concentration of wildlife during the flooded season we do not go as far as the end of the Transpantaneira road or beyond. We maximize our time in the pantanal exploring our stakeouts for local specialties offering visitors the chance to enjoy the pantanal at maximum of possible comfort. Notice that rainfall is not a problem at all during this flooded season, once our tropical rains do not last for hours or days, it is worth of mention that most of our tours during this period of the year barely face rainfall during our outings. By the way, the flooded season is our favorite to visit the pantanal, once you really can see why the pantanal is the world's largest wetland.
SLOW BIRDING THERAPY Our favorite way to bird is related to the slow food movement: stay local, stay focused, and stay appreciative. Our purpose on this trip is slow birding where we take the time to get to know an area and its birds well. Plenty of time to photograph, watch behavior, understand territories and things like that.
ONE SINGLE LODGE The lodge was a research base for a big Brazilian-Germany project to study the "Ecology of the Pantanal" because has nearly all habitats found in the whole floodplain. Several walks and birding from our vehicle will be a routine here. A single lodge where we can drop our stuff on the room, and feel the magic of being in nature, listening to the birds, and connecting with a very special place.
20 % OFF In order to join us on this therapy we are offering 20% off on our Pantanal Slow Birding tours during Northern Hemisphere Winter (March 1st to May 31st) which may vary from 3 days to a whole week, according your agenda. As we will use one single lodge during our stay, you decide how many nights wanted to stay around and we will provide the outings. We suggest a minimum of two nights to enjoy the wonders we have here.
Pantanal Slow Birding
Pantanal Slow Birding
Tour will start at Hotel reception in Cuiaba at 07:00am. Immediate transfer to the PANTANAL, the first 100km of good paved road crosses a disturbed cerrado transition ecosystem, featuring examples of cerrado vegetation, gallery forests and a unique tall cerrado forest, we will stop for some birding when necessary. The pavement stops just after Pocone, and the Transpantaneira dirt road starts. A different habitat, birds all over, from Greater Rheas to tiny Pearly-vented Tody-Tyrants, the pantanal is full of life and is hard to don't see a bird in any bush we put our binoculars on!
We will see an star bird at the very first day once there are Hyacinth macaws nesting in the near forest island, as well as Golden-collared Macaw, Blue-crowned, Monk & Golden-chevroned Parakeets, Turquoise-fronted & Orange-winged Amazons, Black-fronted Nunbird, Undulated Tinamou, Chaco Chachalaca, the Brazilian endemics Chesnut-bellied Guan and Planalto Slaty Antshrike, Savanna, Black-collared & Great Black Hawks.
Dry forest specialties includes Great Rufous Woodcreeper, Black-bellied Antwren, Sooty-fronted Spinetail, Rufous Casiornis, Spot-backed Puffbird, Red-crested Finch, Saffron-billed Sparrow, White-lined Tanager, White-fronted Woodpecker, Lineated Wodpecker, Planalto Woodcreeper, Planalto Slaty Antshrike just to name a few.
Gallery forest holds Helmeted Manakin, Mato Grosso Antbird, Red-billed Scythebill, Buff-throated Woodcreeper, Blue-crowned Trogon, White-eyed Attila, Plain Antvireo, Large-billed Antwren, White-lored Spinetail, Ashy-headed Greenlet, Gray-crested Cacholote, Pale-crested Woodpecker, Green-backed Becard, Rufous-fronted Tody-Flycatcher and many more.
We will go deep into the pantanal, we already had seen all common birds and several specialties but we want more! Our eyes are used to the birds and we can find them in every stop we do along the road. There are Rufous Hornero, Greater Thornbird, Yellow-chinned Spinetail, Scarlet-headed & Unicolored Blackbirds, Black-capped Donacobius, Plumbeous Ibis, Jabirus.
Boat rides will offer the chance to see all five South American Kingfishers: Ringed, Amazon, Green, Green-and-Rufous and American Pygmy Kingfishers,Rusty-backed Spinetail, Sunbittern and Sungrebe, Gray-cowled Wood-Rail, Lesser Kiskadee, Band-tailed Antbird, Boat-billed Heron and with some Zigzag or Agami Herons as well.
At night, Great Potoo, Common Potoo, Great Horned Owl, Mottled Owl, Black-banded Owl, Tropical Screech-Owl, Ferruginous Pygmy Owl share with Pauraque, Band-tailed Nighthawk our attention in our night outings.
INCLUDED: Our birding tours are all included: lodging, meals from lunch on first day to lunch on last day, outings, ground transportation, professional English-speaking naturalist guide, fauna checklist, fees (except to any source of drinks, available to buy at lodge) and start and end in Cuiaba, Brazil.
NOT INCLUDED: Air tickets to CuiabŠ, any kind of beverages at lodges and hotels, medical costs or hospitalization, insurance, personal expenses as laundry, phone calls.
ACCOMMODATION: The Pantanal lodge used is the Piuval Lodge with private bathrooms, air-conditioning & swimming pool.
GROUP SIZE: Group Size is limited to 06 participants, unless special arrangements are made for private tours. Should only one space remain on a tour, our policy is to accept a couple traveling together, even at the risk of exceeding our stated tour limit.
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