Brazil is a huge South American country, which perhaps then unsurprisingly, lays claim to one of the largest bird lists of any country in the world. Only Colombia can beat Brazil in terms of overall bird diversity. It is impossible to do this mega birding country justice in a single tour, and therefore we offer four separate tours, in order to capitalize on some of the most fascinating areas of the country. Of the four tours, three are directed towards birders, while one is targeted at bird and wildlife photographers. Brazil hosts such extraordinarily different areas, from the vast Amazon Basin to the largest natural wetland area on Earth, the Pantanal, to the unique Atlantic Forests, which are home to some of the most threatened animals on the planet. On top of that you have a myriad other habitats including wet montane forest, salt lagoons, and coastal scrub, to name but a few, and our tours are designed to give you a good insight into the rich variety of Brazilian birding sites.
Which tour should I pick?
There are three tours which are designed for birders, although two of these are often taken together, the Brazil: The Atlantic Forest Introtour and Brazil: The Pantanal and Amazon. The Atlantic Forest Introtour, is a short tour, which is based at just two excellent lodges in Southeast Brazil. The Brazil: The Atlantic Forest Introtour is a shorter, more relaxed pace, version of the intense Southeast Brazil. In spite of the slower pace, and the time constraints on this tour though many endemics (over 40) are to be expected, and a good list of just under 300 species. By operating a shorter trip like this we have also designed this to be able to be taken in conjunction with Brazil: The Pantanal and Amazon, so that the great ecosystems of the Amazon, the Pantanal, and the unique Southeastern Atlantic Forests can all be seen in a single trip.
Brazil: The Pantanal and Amazon, can also be taken as a stand alone tour, where it not only covers the Amazon and Pantanal of its name, but also spends some time in the vastly different dry cerrado, which adds a whole swathe of species near to the starting city of Cuiabá. The Pantanal section offers the largest parrot on Earth, with the deep blue Hyacinth Macaw, one of South America’s must-see species, but is also appealing for mammal enthusiasts too, as special boat trips are included to search for Jaguar, which, due to intimate local knowledge of specific animal’s habits, and a good communication network, we now expect to see. The megadiverse Amazon region is one of the must-visit places on Earth for any bird or nature enthusiast. The Amazon offers many varied experiences, from birding by canoe for flooded forest species, to searching for toucans, parrots, and raptors from canopy towers, to walking forest trails in search of army ant swarms, and their attendant birds. By combining these very different areas we will experience some of the best the region has to offer.
Southeast Brazil; this tour is an intense tour covering the most ground of any of the tours, targeting a huge swathe of endemics to both the Atlantic Rainforest region as well as Brazil as a whole, which harbor some of the most impressive species on the continent, such as Blond-crested Woodpecker, Giant Antshrike, Swallow-tailed Cotinga, Black-and-gold Cotinga, Pin-tailed Manakin, and Bare-throated Bellbird.
The Brazil Photo Journey focuses on the best area in this vast country for nature photography, the Pantanal. Aside from marquee birds to shoot, like Jabirus, Sunbitterns, and Hyacinth Macaws, there will be plenty of waterbirds like jacanas, herons, egrets, which could include such treasured species as Agami Heron and Sungrebe. There are also gallery forests, which is loaded with songbirds too like the spectacular Helmeted Manakin. However, this is not purely a bird photography trip, as other animals abound there too, such as caimans in numbers that cannot be comprehended until you have been there, Giant Otters, monkeys, and most importantly of all, Jaguar. A few days will be spent cruising rivers by boat in search of South America’s most formidable predator, and we’ll have a great chance to spend some significant time observing and photographing them.
What about a custom tour?
Brazil is an enormous country and the options for custom tours are almost limitless. Tropical Birding can organize a custom tour to any of the locations in our set-departure itineraries as well as many others. Custom tours are a great option if there are friends and family you prefer to travel with, you can only travel during very specific dates, or you want to do something off the beaten path. Some additional destinations for custom tours could include:
Northeast Brazil for Lear’s Macaw, Araripe Manakin and many other spectacular birds of the caatinga and northern Atlantic Rainforest.
Southern Brazil for several localized endemics like Striolated Tit-Spinetail, Vinaceous Parrot, Red-spectacled Parrot, Long-tufted Screech-Owl, and Azure Jay.
Remote parts of the Amazon for some hard-to-find birds like White-tailed Cotinga, Black-bellied Gnateater, or White-crested Guan.
Please contact our office and let us know where you want to go, what you want to see, what kind of trip you want, and we’ll give you a quote.