Our meeting place for this tour is Cuiaba, a city close to the northern entrance of the Pantanal area. This town is well connected by many daily flights from Sao Paulo as well as from Rio de Janeiro.
We ask our fellow travellers to arrive before 16.00 in the afternoon; this will normally not be any problem because there are many connecting flights from Rio de Janeiro as well as from Sao Paulo. We will travel in the afternoon to Serra das Araras (distance approx. 110km).
Here we will stay in Pousada Currupira d' Araras for 2 nights. A nice place located in an 800ha native forest where more than 380 bird species have been recorded, including the Harpy Eagle. The Pousada offers a large private lake. It has 19 rooms and its restaurant serves typical food from the region, well-known throughout Brazil for its hospitality and nature.
We will go for a boat-trip on the Pixaim River, having walks and other excursions in the midst of the Pantanal. It is also a good location for a night excursion to observe animals, which are more active at night.
Porto Jofre is situated at the end of the Transpantaneira on the banks of the Cuiaba River, in western Mato Grosso state. Porto Jofre is adjacent to wetlands with marshland habitats rich in waterfowl, migratory birds and other wildlife. The area is a protected Ramsar and World Heritage Site. It is a very good location to see the “big three”, giant Otter, Jaguar and Tapir.
We will stay in the Porto Jofre Hotel for 3 nights. The hotel has 28 rooms, built in blocks of 2 rooms. Accommodations are very simple as this eco destination also doubles as a fishing lodge but all rooms have air conditioning and are spacious. Tasty and varied meals are served in a communal dining room and an outdoor pool provides refreshing relief from the heat.
We will have 2 and a half-days to explore the area doing forest walks, car rides and boat trips.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are each served as a warm and cold buffet in the restaurant (local cuisine only).
The river gives great opportunities to see the Agami Heron, Sungrebe, 5 Kingfisher species, fishing raptors, herons and so on, and there is no better place to see the abundant amount of fish available for birds and other animals.
This river is also a good place for River Otter and the Giant Otter.
Those who have booked the extension, will get a flight to Sao Paulo, where the group will arrive in the afternoon. We will get the shuttle bus to go to our hotel near the airport
We will stay in Hotel Do Ype for 3 nights. The hotel is located in a privileged part of the Itatiaia National park at an altitude of 1250 m. Guests are based in small Cabins with basic but clean accommodation. The hotel has some feeders for birds, which makes it interesting for photographers. The food is excellent.
In the afternoon we will spend time to watch fantastic birds visiting the gardens and bird feeders of our hotel. Possible Birds: Brazilian Ruby, White-throated Hummingbird, Frilled Coquette, Violet-capped Woodnymph, Versicolored Emerald, Dusky-throated & Scaled-throated Hermit, Black Jacobin, Swallow-tailed Hummingbird, Black-eared Fairy Dusky-legged Guan, Saffron Toucanet, Green-headed Tanager, White-eyed Foliage-gleaner, White-bibbed Antbird, Star-throated Antwren.
Since, we shall stay long enough to watch the Sunset; we also will be looking for Short-tailed Nighthawk and, right after, the Tawny-browed Owl, Ferruginous & Least Pygmy-Owl and Variable Screech-owl
On the second day we will leave early to go to the upper part of the National Park, where we shall spend the entire day, having a packed lunch.
We will look for the very rare & endemic Golden-winged Cotinga. Other birds we are looking for are Itatiaia Spinetail, Blue Manakin, White-browed Warbler, Black Hawk-Eagle, Black-breasted Plover-Crest, Great Pampa-Finch, Thick-billed Saltator, Golden-winged Cacique, White-crested Tyrannulet, Blue-billed & Velvety Black-Tyrant, Rufous-tailed Antbird, Streamer-tailed Tyrant and White-bellied Seedeater.
We will stay long enough to search for Rusty-barred Owl.
On the third day we will be exploring trails. Returning to the lodge for a nice meal and some rest at noon. We will search carefully for the Endemic Antwrens, such as the Star-throated and Ferruginous Antwren, White-bibbed Antbird, Brown Tanager, Blue-naped Clorophonia, Black-billed Scythbill, Rufous Motmot, Brown Tinamou, Picazuro Pigeon, Maroon-bellied Parakeet, Blue-winged Parrotlet, White-collared Swift, Sick’s Swift, Surucua Trogon, Barred Forest-Falcon, Spot-winged Wood-Quail, Slaty-breasted Wood-Rail, Plumbeous Pigeon, Black-throated Trogon, Yellow-browed Woodpecker, Brazilian and Such's Antthrush, Speckle-breasted Antpitta, Rufous Gnateater, Red-ruffed Fruitcrow, Rough-legged Tyrannulet, Large-headed Flatbill, Brassy-breasted & Gilt-edged Tanager and Blackish-blue Seedeater. We shall stay long enough, again, for some Owling.
Once we arrive in Ubatuba, we shall make a stop on a wonderful property where we may see the Red-necked Tanager. This place also has a very nice feeder: Saw-billed Hermit, Somber Hummingbird and Festive Coquette, are normally seen here.
We will stay at the Ubatuba Palace Hotel for 3 nights. The hotel is located within walking distance of Ubatuba’s city center and beaches, Ubatuba Palace Hotel offers rooms with air conditioning and free Wi-Fi. Features 2 swimming pools. All rooms of Ubatuba Palace hotel are equipped with a private bathroom and cable TV. Ubatuba Palace hotel’s buffet restaurant serves international and Brazilian cuisine.
Eventually, we may have some time for a walk and birding on the beach looking for Kelp Gull & Brown Bobby.
We have two wonderful days to explore this marvelous area, in both mornings and afternoons, with a nice break for lunch on both days. In Ubatuba, we will have chances for fantastic birds, such as: Bare-throated Bellbird, White-shouldered Fire-eye, Streak-capped Antwren, Slaty Bristelfront, Buff-throated Purpletuft, White-bearded Manakin, Sharpbill, Mantle Hawk, Gray-hooded Flycatcher, Long-billed Wren, Black-cheeked Gnateater, Rufous-winged Antwren, Scaled Antbird, Rufous-capped Antthrush, Lesser Woodcreeper, Channel-billed Toucan, Fork-tailed Tody-flycatcher, Long-billed Gnatwren, Spotted Bamboowren, Uniform Crake, Ruddy Quail-Dove, Spot-backed Antshrike, Eye-ringed Tody-flycatcher, Long-billed Wren, White-tailed Trogon, Slaty Bristlefront and Rufous-capped Antthrush., Spot-breasted Antvireo, Blond-crested & Yellow-throated Woodpecker. Owling can be very productive here: Mottled Owl, Long-tufted Screech-owl, Least Pygmy-Owl and Pauraque