Wildlife of the Brazilian Pantanal and Cerrado
12 Days / 11 Nights

The Pantanal is considered the least difficult spot to see and take pictures of an incredible number of exotic creatures in South America. Wide-open areas accomplish the spotting of wildlife like the rare Marsh Deer, Giant Anteater, Capybara, Black & Gold Howler Monkey, Yellow Anaconda, Ocelot, Margay, and Jaguar. Although this extraordinary cat occurs over a wide range, the Pantanal is probably the only location on the planet in which you have reasonable probabilities of discovering Jaguars in the wild.

While mammals are extraordinary, it is the astounding plethora of birds that provide Pantanal its reputation. This is a location for three main South American migratory routes.

Highlights

  • Highlights: Pantanal – Cerrado – Chapada dos Guimarães – Northern Transpantaneira – Rio Claro – Porto Jofre
  • Activities: Bird watching – Nature and Wildlife
  • Difficulty: Moderate-High
  • Holiday Type: Tailor-made
  • You will visit: Brazil
  • Trip Style: Independent birders – Couples – Small Groups
  • Comfort level: Standard – Luxury
  • Transportation: Minibus – SUV
  • Physical demand: Trip may include activities like walks, hikes and boat rides
  • Group size: Minimum 2
  • Pick up / Drop off locations: Cuiabá City Airport

Trip Map

Resume

  • Day 1: Cuiabá to Chapada dos Guimarães
  • Day 2 & 3: Chapada dos Guimarães
  • Day 4: Chapada dos Guimarães to Pantanal
  • Day 5 & 6: Northern Transpantaneira
  • Day 7: Northern Tranpantaneira Rio Claro
  • Day 8: Drive to Porto Jofre
  • Day 9 & 10: Porto Jofre and Cuiabá River
  • Day 11: Porto Jofre to Northern Transpantaneira
  • Day 12: Northern Transpantaneira to Cuiabá – Departure

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Wildlife of the Brazilian Pantanal and Cerrado Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Cuiabá to Chapada dos Guimarães

Early evening meeting with your Trogon Tours’ leader at Cuiabá City Airport and drive to Chapada dos Guimarães. The route from Cuiabá to Chapada is probably the ideal for bird watching, and there will be plenty of photography opportunities for the most stunning landscaping within this part of Brazil. Chapada dos Guimarães is a location of seasonally dry woodland-savanna spread with magnificent cliff drop-offs and falls. We are going to invest some time bird watching the surroundings, which includes wooded areas which allow possibilities to find such fantastic birds as the colorful Band-tailed and Fiery-capped Manakins, the endearing Southern Antpipit, Tataupa Tinamou, Sharp-tailed Streamcreeper (which we can discover by its striking calling), Streaked Xenops, Sepia-capped Flycatcher and also the eye-catching Pectoral Sparrow. We will spend three nights in Chapada dos Guimarães.

Day 2 & 3

Chapada dos Guimarães

We are going to spend two days discovering this beautiful area. The raucous calls of Blue-winged Macaws and Blue-headed Parrots may welcome us to the breathtaking Veu de Noiva Waterfall, in which Swallow Tanager, the scarce Blue Finch and Bat Falcon also occur. In a nearby wooded area we will look for Euler’s Flycatcher, the frequently vocal White-backed Fire-eye, Yellow-tufted Woodpecker, Ornate Hawk-Eagle calling overhead and also the challenging Russet-crowned Crake, with an outside chance of both Pheasant and Pavonine Cuckoos. Within the more open and thorny surroundings we can look for the localized Chapada Flycatcher, Collared Crescentchest, Rufous-winged Antshrike, Shrike-like and White-rumped Tanagers, Small-billed Tinamou, Sooty-fronted Spinetail, the beautiful Coal-crested and Red Pileated Finches, Black-throated Saltator and maybe even the sleek Horned Sungem.

Day 4

Chapada dos Guimarães to Pantanal

Following the last morning exploring the area of Chapada, we are going to set off for the Pantanal. The initial portion of the route will be all paved before the small village of Poconé, the last town before getting into the Transpantaneira, which is the only road throughout northern Pantanal. From Poconé we shall continue on a couple of kilometers on dirt across the Transpantaneira to finally get to our lodge, Pouso Alegre, and check-in for the next two nights.

Day 5 & 6

Northern Transpantaneira

These Two days should be invested exploring the northern area of the Transpantaneira, that is in some way drier and quite different concerning wildlife than its southern part, near the Cuiabá River. We expect to find a vast number of local birds here such as Red-legged Seriema, Chestnut-bellied Guan, Sunbittern, Long-tailed Ground-Dove and Red-winged Tinamou, all hard or unlikely seen in the Cuiabá River area.
Mammals are prevalent in the Pantanal, but because of the open savanna-like vegetation of this specific place, species like Brazilian Tapir, White-lipped Peccary, and Marsh Deer are more comfortable to spot here than further to the south. Probabilities for mammals like South American Coati, Brown Capuchin, Crab-eating Fox, Bare-eared Marmoset, and Crab-eating Raccoon may also be high. We are going to get away from Pouso Alegre in the afternoon of day 6 and move to our next lodge, Río Claro, in which we will spend the subsequent two nights.

Day 7

Northern Tranpantaneira Rio Claro

Dawn is broken by the territorial duet of several couples of Chaco Chachalacas. A short walk before morning meal will give you many species as Plumbeous Ibis, Long-tailed Ground-Dove, Campo Oriole, Greater Thornbird, Rufous Cacholote, and Pygmy Kingfisher. We are going to go on a boat trip each morning to make sure excellent chances of pictures along the Rio Claro river for Giant River Otters, Sungrebe, herons, egrets, kingfishers and if we are privileged the elusive Agami Heron. Another pathway through the riverside forest provides species as the Rufous-tailed Jacamar, Mato Grosso Antbird, Blue-crowned Trogon, and Forest Elaenia.

Day 8

Drive to Porto Jofre

We will wake up early today, to the sounds of birds and Black-and-gold Howler Monkeys roaring at the distance and go for a pre-breakfast bird watching walk in the surroundings of the lodge. Following morning meal we are going to set off and travel south across the Transpantaneira, all the way to Porto Jofre, where we will spend the next three nights. We will make various birding and photo stop once we drive through, as well as take pleasure in Pantanal’s vibrant wildlife. Birds like Orange-backed Troupial, Blue-fronted Parrot, White Woodpecker, Greater Thornbird, Grey-crested Cacholote, Pygmy Kingfisher, Ashy-headed Greenlet and Buff-bellied Hermit are all present here.
Therefore we can look for them as well as many more during our frequent stops. Considered one of Pantanal’s most wanted to see bird species is, undoubtedly, the Hyacinth Macaw, a common sighting along the route. As we get into the richest lower section of the Transpantaneira, plant and animal diversity will increase. Herds of Capybara, the earth’s largest rodent, could be observed frequently, and Pantanal Cayman dwells in every single stream and pond on the roadsides. Probabilities for mammals like South American Coati, Brown Capuchin, Crab-eating Fox, Bare-eared Marmoset, and Crab-eating Raccoon will also be high, and we could even come across some extraordinary reptiles, such as the huge and colorful Yellow Anaconda. We expect to reach the lodge in the early evening.

Day 9 & 10

Porto Jofre and Cuiabá River

We are going to spend two entire days discovering Porto Jofre and Southern Transpantaneira, bird watching and experiencing local wildlife. Apart from bird watching, our other target here is to search for Jaguars, which is the main reason why we have been investing quite a long time through this area. The Brazilian government has decided to safeguard the local Jaguar population, so sightings of this stunning cat have suddenly turn into reasonably regular in the last couple of years. From the lodge, in Porto Jofre we’ll have the opportunity to make no less than three half-day boat trips across the Cuiabá River, and get into an isolated spot in which Jaguars are recurrent. Most viewings are made from the boat, as well as the animals usually provide great photo opportunities. The boat trips also offer superb chances to other mammals and naturally for a diverse arrange of colorful birds. We will also have additional probabilities for Giant Otter, and Capybara is a frequent sighting around the riverbanks.we will

Day 11

Porto Jofre to Northern Transpantaneira

We will depart Porto Jofre following lunchtime and drive back along the Transpantaneira until finally, we get to our lodge at Km 10. On the way out, we’ll still have many chances to stop and search for birds that we may have missed in previous days. We may also have an opportunity for night travel.

Day 12

Northern Transpantaneira to Cuiabá – Departure

This morning we will drive to Cuiabá City airport, where the expedition finishes.

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