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Mato Grosso, Brazil
The Pantanal, Cristalino Lodge, & Chapada Dos Guimaraes31 July 2013 - 16 August 2013, 17 days & 16 nights
With its largely undisturbed tropical forests, abundance of rivers and wetlands, tremendous diversity of flora and fauna, and outstanding birding and wildlife viewing, Mato Grosso is a unique natural destination. We'll enjoy one of nature's greatest spectacles as we explore a 500-mile long, north-south transect and travel through some of the richest habitats on Earth, where more than 200 species of mammals and almost 750 species of birds make their homes. Our journey begins in the Pantanal, the world's largest freshwater wetland. In addition to avian treats such as Hyacinth Macaw, Toco Toucan, Mato Grosso Antbird, and Plumbeous and Buff-necked Ibis, we'll have excellent opportunities to see Helmeted Manakin, Rusty-fronted Tody-flycatcher, Chestnut-bellied Guan, Yellow-chinned Spinetail, Green-backed Becard, and hundreds of other birds. We will also encounter some superb mammals, with possibilities for Giant River Otter, Capybara, Marsh Deer, Crab-eating Fox, South American Coati, several primates, and maybe even a Jaguar. From the Pantanal, we travel to the southern Amazon and one of the greatest biological shows on Earth. More than 570 species of birds have been recorded near the Cristalino Jungle Lodge. We'll look for Curl-crested Aracari, Spangled Cotinga, Harpy Eagle, White-browed Hawk, Blue-cheeked and Brown Jacamars, Rufous-necked Puffbird, Manu Antbird, Natterer's Slaty Antshrike, range-restricted species such as Bare-eyed Antbird and Kawall's Parrot, and countless others. Mammals at Cristalino include White-whiskered Spider Monkey, White-nosed Bearded Saki Monkey, Brazilian Tapir, Neotropical River Otter, Azara's Agouti, and Southern Tamandua. We'll travel the river, enjoy a great variety of trails and microhabitats, and marvel at the tropical world from atop the canopy tower. Finally we'll visit Chapada dos Guimaraes, a national park known for its dramatic sandstone escarpments, waterfalls, and unique cerrado habitat. Here we'll look for Blue-winged and Red-shouldered Macaws, Collared Crescent-chest, Blue Finch, Rufous-winged Antshrike, Cliff Flycatcher, Curl-crested Jay, White-eared Puffbird, Rufous-sided Pygmy-tyrant, White-rumped Tanager, Chapada Flycatcher, and many others, while enjoying great scenery and habitat diversity. Throughout the trip, we'll enjoy the comforts of some of Brazil's best nature lodges - Hotel Fazenda Santa Tereza, Pousada Piuval, Pousada Penhasco, and the incomparable Cristalino Jungle Lodge. This tour will be led by naturalist and bird guide Mark Pretti. In the past few years, Mark has had the good fortune to spend many months in Mato Grosso exploring its diverse habitats, learning about its amazing biodiversity, and guiding dozens of nature enthusiasts. He can't wait to return to this spectacular location and share its wonders with you. $5400.00 was the 2012 price from Cuiaba, Mato Grosso.
Price: 2013 price to be announced.It is estimated to be about $5400.00.