Mato Grosso, Brazil: Jun 22—Jul 04, 2008

Pantanal Safari & Chapada dos Guimaraes

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Departs: Cuiaba
Tour Limit: 8
Operations Manager: Erik Lindqvist
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Andrew Whittaker

Andrew Whittaker was born in England but considers himself to be Brazilian, having moved to ...


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Jaguar, female hunting

Jaguar, female hunting— Photo: Andrew Whittaker

Tour of the fabled Brazilian Pantanal, one of the premier wildlife spectacles in the world. Seasonally flooded savannas brimming with birds and mammals, and an excellent chance of seeing Jaguar (our last 12 tours have been successful); easy birding in one of the birdiest locations on the planet, for spectacular Hyacinth Macaws, Jabirus, Bare-faced Curassows and many others. Time also in scenically spectacular Chapada dos Guimarães, where campo and cerrado specialties abound.

Lying in the seasonally flooded basin of the Paraguay River, the vast lowlands of the Pantanal are home to countless numbers of waterbirds, raptors, and other wildlife. The abundance and diversity of large mammals—Jaguar, Capybara, Marsh Deer, Black Howler Monkey, Giant Anteater, Brazilian Tapir, Giant Otter, Crab-eating Fox, Coatimundi, and Ocelot—coupled with throngs of herons, ibis, storks, raptors, and kingfishers—is reminiscent of Africa.

VIDEO: Jaguars of the Pantanal, by Andrew Whittaker

Among the prizes we will seek are Greater Rheas, Snail Kite, Maguari Stork, Jabiru, Plumbeous Ibis, Southern Screamer, Chaco Chachalaca, Blue-throated Piping-Guan, Chestnut-bellied Guan, Bare-faced Curassow, Sunbittern, Sungrebe, the incomparable Hyacinth Macaw, Yellow-collared Macaw, Nanday Parakeet, Turquoise-fronted Parrot, Toco Toucan, Pale-crested and White woodpeckers, Great Rufous Woodcreeper, Chotoy Spinetail, Red-billed Scythebill, Gray-crested Cacholote, Mato Grosso Antbird, Yellow-billed Cardinal, Orange-backed Troupial, and countless others.

Hyacinth Macaw

                     Hyacinth Macaw— Photo: Andrew Whittaker

The Chapada National Park is situated near the western rim of Brazil’s Planalto Central—a land of beautifully eroded and fractured red rimrock formations, drained by spectacular waterfalls and dissected by deep ravines containing fingers of Amazonian forest. This specialized habitat of cerrado is home to many specialties including Blue-winged Macaw, Horned Sungem, White-rumped and White-banded tanagers, Collared Crescentchest, and two species of puffbird. Special attention will be made to locate the recently described (2001) Chapada Flycatcher discovered by Kevin Zimmer and Andrew Whittaker.

Good accommodations and good food throughout; two nights in the Pantanal based on a river boat with air-conditioned cabins with private bathrooms (hot showers); easy terrain; most birding along lightly traveled gravel roads or on good, flat trails; full mornings of birding, with significant post-lunch breaks on most days; afternoon boat trips on multiple days in the Pantanal, with two mornings of river trips focused on searching for Jaguars as well as birds; generally warm to hot, dry climate.