Trip report: Brazil: The Pantanal and Amazon (Jun-Jul 2015) by Tropical Birding

Guided by Andrés Vásquez. This was a set departure tour.

During 2014 and 2015 we had run many tours to this region, more than any other years in the past. Maybe people just started to realize how amazing this destination is and how many magical moments birding this region creates. Due to high demand this year we opened new dates for this destination and the tour filled quickly. The other tour was guided by Nick Athanas and just overlapped with this one that I guided. Both were just as successful as they normally are and the participants were very happy at the end. Of course, how can anybody no be more than pleased after having seen, as highlights, Pompadour Cotingas close and at eye-level, Hyacinth Macaws flying repeatedly over our heads, constant flocks of brightly colored tanagers coming to feed on the fruiting tree next to the canopy towers in the Amazon, walking along a group of Red-legged Seriemas until running into a magnificent Giant Anteater in the same grass field, bumping into a Giant Armadillo while walking to the restaurant for dinner, or getting to admire every lazy movement of three different Jaguars (photo of one of them to the right) we found resting carelessly on the banks of the Cuiabá River during two boat rides.

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