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Trip report author: John Brooks
Guide :                     Paulo Boute

Day 1. Nov 6th. Rio de Janeiro to Cuiaba

We arrived in Cuiaba in the North West of Brazil from Rio de Janeiro just before noon and were met by our guide Paulo Boute, who then drove us for 1.5hrs to our Lodge. Hyacinth MacawThe Puival Lodge is just outside the Pantanal National Park and is set in open flat country surrounded by fields that flood in the rainy season but with many trees surrounding them. The food was excellent, the pool clear and warm, and the accommodation top-class. A fantastic place to spend a few days.
After a late lunch and a swim we started birding around the Lodge and without any effort saw a pair of magnificent Hyacinth Macaws roosting in a nearby tree. Without leaving the grounds we had superb views of Blue-crowned and White-eyed Parakeets, Buff-necked Ibis, Jabiru, Greater Rhea, Snail Kite, Limpkin, Wattled Jacana, Southern Lapwing, Solitary Sandpiper, Turquoise-fronted Amazon, Gray Monjita, Purplish Jay and many more. In total we saw 53 species in a matter of a few hours including excellent views of a Great Horned Owl.
Capybara were everywhere and we got within metres of a Crab-eating Fox.


Brazil – Pantanal the world’s largest wetland

Tour dates 15th  - 26th October/3rd -14th November

Americas_BrazilGentle boat rides through the heartlands of the Pantanal, accommodation amidst a dazzling array of birds and other wildlife, all conspire to make this tour a wonderful experience for our fellow travellers. Why the Pantanal? Quite simply it is stunning for wildlife; it is the largest wetland in the world containing 3,500 known plant species and 650 bird species, many endemic. Our leisurely pace ensures getting close to many birds and mammals, providing unbeatable opportunities for not just the interested observer, but photographers too! And just to put some icing on the cake, Jaguar Panthera onca has a stronghold here and we have an extremely good chance to see this magnificent feline. One of our favourite birds, the Hyacinthine Macaw Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus can also put in an appearance daily and is sure to both thrill and entertain us. Certainly we believe this tour offers the travelling nature lover just about everything and also an opportunity to join our fabulous optional tour extension visiting the Atlantic Forest in the Rio Janeiro region. Take a look at the full tour details and options to appreciate the itinerary and prospects.


Great for Tanagers
Amongst so many
other colourful birds!
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over 100 different species
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