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First of all, thanks to everybody who visit this website, visitors from 158 different countries (The United States' State Department recognizes 195 independent countries around the world!) are interested on what we have to offer, the best wildlife safaris and birding tours in Brazil. We also thanks the people who watch our YouTube channel to see our videos, more than two million visits show us that we are not the only ones who enjoy our amazing wildlife around here.
For nearly 20 years, the Pantanal Bird Club promotes tours in the Brazilian pantanal and other important areas in South America. We firmly believe ecotourism can be use as a tool for conservation and your visit to the pantanal or any protected area will make a difference.
The best example was the rediscovery of the near mythical Cone-billed Tanager during one of our tours at Emas NP. Known from a single skin, never was seen alive, but we brought this bird back to the birdlists, and not only this but put Emas NP in the travelers circuit to enjoy this bird and other wonderful wildlife found there. We can show this bird in almost every tour we go to Emas NP in our Cerrado Specialties birding tour.
After nearly two decades organizing birding trips in the Mato Grosso region, now we feel confident to ensure you the same quality of tours all over Brazil and soon to Bolivia as well. We visited and explored every single destination we are offering, found several territories of local specialties and use this local knowledge in the field.
Our goal was to incentive several graduate students to develop the study and the passion for birds. Today there is a group at the local university working with birds and ready to take long-term projects. Most of them (if not all) very close friend of us. We are proud to be part of this local ornithological movement.
Step one is done, and now starts step two: the purchase of land to be converted in nature preserves. Despite its critical importance for so many species, only 2% of this unique ecosystem is officially protected. This leaves too much of the Pantanal vulnerable to increasing threats, like intensive agricultural production. We started buying 210 acres, but our future goal is to increase this preserve as much as we can. Our heritage for future generations, because they have the right to enjoy the pantanal the same way we do right now.
In order to incentive all Pantanal visitors to enjoy our wildlife we printed a pocket guide which illustrate 151 species, nearly all big mammals, reptiles, amphibians and birds. This pocket guide could be find in all souvenir store of lodges in the northern pantanal. Of course, all our clients will receive a free copy. This pocket guide is very handy for our safari Mammals of Central Brazil.
After nearly 30 years organizing and guiding tours, we were glad to guide people who really can make the difference, due to their fame, influence or roll in the society. Showing them our passion for what we do and our beliefs in what must to be done. We firmly believe that a tourist must come out of the forest knowing more about nature than before. The main goal of ecotourism is teach people how ecosystems work and why they must be preserved. It is more than traveling in natural area. It involves learning about nature. We want to turn our clients into enthusiastic advocates for nature preservation.
We are based in Cuiabá, capital of Mato Grosso State and probably the best place to live if you like nature in all its forms, within a 160km (100 miles) range you can find all kind of habitats and nature activities; check out what we consider the Top Nature Spots around Cuiabá.
You can explore our Brazil's Destination Map and realize how big this country is and how we cover it quiet well, offering the best from each area.
Join one of our Birding Tours and be part of it as well.
Due to our vast experience chasing birds in the pantanal and cerrado habitats, we encounter several big mammals and manage to know their territories, it was great fun to see other fauna and show them to our clients. Some of them enjoy them so much that we started to had some requests on organize "safari style" tours, with big emphasis looking for mammals, especially the South American Big Five. It was the start to our successful Mammals of Central Brazil: A safari in search of South American Big Five tour. We offer this tour with fixed departures only three times a year, and in private basis at anytime between July-September. If you have a partner not so deep into birds, this safari is going to be the best choice. To have the safari feeling we customized and own unique open safari vehicles in the entire pantanal or Brazil!
Hope you enjoy our website and the information is within.
The Pantanal Bird Club team.
Long isolated from Amazonia by the dry brushlands of central Brazil (left in the wake of receding glaciers during the last ice age), the avifauna of southeast Brazil has radiated in a myriad of directions. Today there are more than 170 species of endemics that are found nowhere else in the world. This truly is a must destination for birders. As one moves south in the Atlantic Forest of the southeast, there is a significant change in the bird life as numerous species are replaced by their southern, sister-species. The Serra do Mar, with its steep, forest-cloaked mountains, offers some of the most pristine montane forest left in Brazil. Although weather is often clear and spring-like, it is also quite likely that we’ll hit some rain spawned by moist sea breezes rising against the wall of the serra. Seeking to avoid the rush of too many localities, we have settled on just three main stops—all offering world-class birding and with good accommodations in close proximity to the best birding spots. All three spots are well-known for its avian riches and for sheltering a large number of endemics and endangered species of the Atlantic Forest biome. Our local knowledge will be available in monthly fixed departure tours confirmed with just ONE single participant from June to October! Atlantic Rainforest: Intervales, Itatiaia NP & Ubatuba The Best of the Pantanal: Birds and Jaguars Cerrado Specialties Mammals of Central Brazil in Search of South American Big Five Cristalino Reserve
Long isolated from Amazonia by the dry brushlands of central Brazil (left in the wake of receding glaciers during the last ice age), the avifauna of southeast Brazil has radiated in a myriad of directions. Today there are more than 170 species of endemics that are found nowhere else in the world. This truly is a must destination for birders. As one moves south in the Atlantic Forest of the southeast, there is a significant change in the bird life as numerous species are replaced by their southern, sister-species. The Serra do Mar, with its steep, forest-cloaked mountains, offers some of the most pristine montane forest left in Brazil. Although weather is often clear and spring-like, it is also quite likely that we’ll hit some rain spawned by moist sea breezes rising against the wall of the serra. Seeking to avoid the rush of too many localities, we have settled on just three main stops—all offering world-class birding and with good accommodations in close proximity to the best birding spots. All three spots are well-known for its avian riches and for sheltering a large number of endemics and endangered species of the Atlantic Forest biome. Our local knowledge will be available in monthly fixed departure tours confirmed with just ONE single participant from June to October! Atlantic Rainforest: Intervales, Itatiaia NP & Ubatuba
Atlantic Rainforest: Intervales, Itatiaia NP & Ubatuba
The Best of the Pantanal: Birds and Jaguarsis a must to anybody considering a tour to Brazil. Great birds and amazing mammals in an easy way, the "Safari Style". During the dry season (July-October) our safari to the pantanal will cover the area dramatically, the Transpantaneira is the only road to penetrate deep into the Pantanal, crossing a wide range of habitats: dry grasslands and open scrub in the north gradually give way to large semi-deciduous forests and extensive swamps. This habitat gradient means that each lodge along the road has its own distinctive wildlife offering, it thus makes sense to stay at three widely separated lodges: there is easily enough excitement for one to two weeks. This tour is a perfect combination of bird and mammal watching providing an exciting selection of birds plus the thrill of searching for the majestic Jaguar. One of these locations is based at the best habitat to see jaguars, indeed every single tour we took since 2010 saw a jaguar or more, 100% success rate seeing jaguars for more than 3 consecutives years. Hyacinth macaws, golden-collared macaw, Mato Grosso antbird, white-lored spinetail, fawn-breasted wren, jabiru, large-billed antwren, helmeted manakin, great rufous woodcreeper, plumbeous ibis, rufous casiornis, long-tailed ground-dove, pale-crested woodpecker are some birds we are going to see during our stay. No other tour operator offers a proper open safari vehicle in the pantanal, this is not a low budget, low level tour - its simply The Best of the Pantanal in Safari Style!.
Cerrado SpecialtiesSouth of the Amazon Basin lies a series of high plateaux where you can see for ever. The ground is carpeted in grasses and shrubs, and there are small, gnarled trees with fire-resistant thick, corky bark. This vast area of grassland and scrub is known as cerrado and it is far more endangered than the Amazon rainforest. Today, less than half of the original cerrado remains but only 2% of this is protected as either national park or a reserve. It is in these remnant areas that you can get a glimpse of what the cerrado was like decades ago, oases for wildlife and wildlife watchers alike. Most of other tour operators visits Cerrado habitat as a left over to the Pantanal, staying only two nights in Chapada dos Guimaraes NP. Some others offers a short extension to Emas NP. Both great spots by themselves, but a unique experience when combined. This is what only us are doing, a complete week exploring the endless grasslands of Emas NP and the cliffs of Chapada dos Guimaraes NP. The most threatened habitat in Brazil with spectacular birds such as cock-tailed tyrant, chapada flycatcher, red-legged seriema, collared crescentchest, white-banded tanager, yellow-faced parrot, curl-crested jay, rufous-winged antshrike, white-eared puffbird, and also some rare ones such as blue-winged macaw, rufous-sided pygmy-tyrant, white-winged nightjar and the near-mythical cone-billed tanager (rediscovered during one of our tours in 2003!). This tour is the natural complement to our pantanal tour, both in birds and mammals.
Mammals of Central Brazil in Search of South American Big FiveThis is the closest of an African safari you can experience in South America. This safari focuses in a unique region of South America where wildlife is still abundant and easy to see. From the lowlands of the Pantanal to the endless grasslands of Emas NP, we will look for South American "Big Five". It is hard to say what experience is more impressive in the wild: see the elusive Jaguar along a riverbank, the odd-looking Giant Anteater digging termite mounts with its long claws in an endless grassland environment, a family of Giant Otters chasing fish in a pristine river; the heavy weight Brazilian Tapir on its nocturnal routine, or even the long-legged Maned Wolf on its solitary hunt through the grasslands looking for food. Now, imagine all these scenes in one single tour, the South American “Big Five”, the most sought after mammals in this continent dominated by birds. And birds will be seen as well, not just “little brown jobs” or skulkers, but huge Greater Rheas, odd-looking Red-legged Seriemas, world’s largest Hyacinth Macaw, flocks of Blues-and-yellow Macaw, colorful parrots, all three South American storks, all five South American kingfishers, Sunbittern, Bare-faced Curassow, Brazilian endemic Chesnut-bellied Guan, several kind of egrets, herons, raptors and many, many more...
Cristalino Reserveis a well known destination for birders in the Brazilian Amazon. Not only because have two 50 meters canopy towers where you can enjoy amazing views of canopy mix flocks, offers top-end services as a lodge (probably the best Amazonian lodge in South America!), has a supreme cuisine (you must to go there to understand what i say) but it is a "must-to-go-there place to every birdwatcher who wants to see the holy grail of Neotropical birding: a Ground-Cuckoo. Size of a chachalaca, elusive as a tinamou, always see you first far before you ever notice it, and then you only hear the clapping bill sound and that's it, the ground-cuckoo vanish it into the forest. Certainly, during 20 years guiding birders into the Amazon I was happy to show this phantom to a handful lucky clients, all the times we manage to put our eyes on it, it was after long hours of hide-and-seek playback approach, just because we heard it vocalizing otherwise was impossible. But those days hopefully are left behind, now our local partners (boatmen guides) found a better strategy, they found a place where a couple of Scaled Ground-cuckoo roost during certain time of the year. They still come in silent and are capable to see us far before we do. When this happen, they change the route and vanish as always they do. They tried to build a palm leaves hide, but without roof and being open in both side, we are still visible and are easy targets to all source of mosquitoes and deer-flies, impossible to stay quiet while we wait for them. In order to solve this problem, we build a portable hide, 3x2 meters, mesh roof, zip windows for lenses or scopes, bug-free environment and the results were just amazing...check out our video and sign up for this adventure!
One important thing to be taken in consideration is that any tour fee is the sum of all cost with logistics such as lodging, meals, car rental, boat rental, guide services, driver services, etc. There is no way to offer a competitive tour fee if we, as tour operators, MUST to hire all these services. We are the only tour operator which owns its vehicles (both air-conditioning mini van and open safari vehicles) and motorized boats to chase jaguars.
Our Video Collection at You Tube
Pictures are nice but videos are even better to give you an idea how we see our birds. We found You Tube a nice way to show you some of our wonders, take in consideration that all videos uploaded were taken during our tours, so it was the way our clients saw the birds and other wildlife or landscape. Every tour we will include at least a new video, so this will tend to increase with time. You can enjoy Our Video Collection at You Tube Channel (click in the link above), these are a sample of over 1.580 (and counting) videos you can find there. Hope you enjoy it. If you signed up YouTube, be a subscriber in our channel.
Brazil is the fifth largest country in the world, and by far the largest in South America. It has continental proportions and nearly 1800 bird species lives here. In this vast area, naturally there are literally hundreds of places of biological importance in which to enjoy these wonders and we pride ourselves on knowing where to go. Different from other tour operators, we restrict our area of operation to Brazil simply because this is the region we have thoroughly explored and have come to know intimately.
“This landmark guide represents a major milestone for birding and conservation in the American tropics. Nowhere does bewildering avian diversity combine with staggering abundance as magically as in the Pantanal and Cerrado regions of Brazil’s interior. Finally, we have a field guide covering all the birds of this region, richly illustrated by the best in the business and complete with detailed notes and photographs describing the unique ecology and conservation issues of this captivating piece of paradise. Birding in Brazil just became a whole easier and more rewarding.”
- John W. Fitzpatrick
Louis Agassiz Fuertes Director, Cornell Lab of Ornithology