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Jaguar Safari and birding in Pantanal

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 THE TOUR:
Day 1. Chapada de Guimaraes

Arriving in Chapada around sunset, if in time few stops along the the beautiful road that cuts through the NP, before you get in Chapada town.

Day 2. Birding on Chapada de Guimaraes

Cachoeira do Marimbondo road, Cerrado/Tall Cerrado (White -rumped, Shrike-like, Black-faced Tanagers, Red-crested Finch, Curl-crestd Jays, Peach-fronted parakeet, White-eared Puffbird, Brown Jacamar, Helmeted Manakin,Mid-mornig to Jamacá Valley  Fiery-caped and Band-tailed Manakin, Southern Antpipit, Amazoniam Motmot, Red-necked Woodpecker, White-backed Fire-eye.

Afternoon: Road to Aroe Jari cave: Red-legged Seriema, Yellow –faced Parrot, Chapada Flycather, Plumbeous Seedeater, Horned Sungem (rare), White-vented Violet-ear, Coal-crested Finch chances for Crowned Eagle

Day 3. Birding on Chapada de Guimaraes

Road to Cidade de Pedra, searching for Collared-Crescentchest, Campo Suiriri, Plain-crested Elaenia, Southern Scrub-Flycatcher. Rufous-winged Antshrike, Rusty-backed Antwren,

Afternoon: at Vale da Bencão looking for forest species such as Planalto Tyrannulet, Planalto & Buff-throated Woodcreeper, Planalto Slaty-Antshrike, Plain Antvireo, Band-tailed & Fiery-capped Manakins, Pectoral & Saffron-billed Sparrows, White-bellied Warbler, Tataupa Tinamou and even the very secretive Pavonine and Phaesant Coockoos are among the possibilities.

Day 4.  Birding on Chapada de Guimaraes and drive to Serra das Araras. 

In the last morning leaving a visit to the geodesic Center Lookout searching for Yellow-billed Blue-Finch after that a visit to Bridail veil fall in the NP searching for Blue-winged Macaws, Red-and-Green macaws, King Vulture, Bat Falcon, Glitering-bellied Emerald. Drive to Serra das Araras.

Day 5. Serra das Araras to Piuval Lodge

All morning at Serra de Araras looking for Harpy Eagle, Crowned Solitary Eagle and Ornate Hawk-Eagle among many other things.  Then 3,5 hours south to the Pantanal towards the beautiful 7,000 ha Ypiranga Farm. We`ll explore this farm where the beautiful  Piuval Lodge is located, famous among birders for having the world largest Macaws, the Hyacinths, nesting not too far from the lodge itself. Buff-necked and Plumbeous Ibis, Whistling Heron, Toco Toucan, Jabirus and Wood Storks, Golden-collared Macaw, Monk & Golden-chevroned Parakeets, Turquoise-fronted Parrot, Black-fronted Nunbird, Undulated Tinamou, Chaco Chachalaca, the Brazilian endemics Chestnut-bellied Guan and Planalto Slaty Antshrike, Savanna, Black-collared & Great Black Hawks, Great Rufous Woodcreeper, Lineated Woodpecker, Orange-winged Parrot are some of the targets. There are two towers to visit and both are worth, in one of then we can observe from a distance a large colony with hundreds of water birds (Roseates Spoonbill, Wood Stork and Great Egrets). In the forest road to the Piuval lake search for Pale-crested Woodpecker, Large-billed Antwren, Safron-billed Spoarow, Cinnamon–throated Hermit and White-eyed Attila. Night drives here may produce besides lots of Pauraque, Scisor-tailed , Little & Spot-tiled Nightjars and both Pottoo species the Common and the Great.

Day 6. Piuval and Trans Pantaneira

After lunch on day 9 we leave Piuval and drive over many bridges to reach Hotel Mato Grosso. We shall do a bit of afternoon and night birding on the wildlife rich road towards Puerto Jofre.  Night at Hotel Mato Grosso   

Day 7.  Transpantaneira and Porto Jofre. 

Continuing on the Transpantaneira we shall bird the Fields of Jofre, an area that retains water longer than surrounding areas, so its very good for water birds like Maguari Storks, Southern Screamer, Black-bellied and White-faced Whistling Ducks, Little and Striped Cuckoo, Cinereous-breasted and Chotoy Spinetail, Subtropical Doradito and many more. We'll bring a box lunch so we have flexibility to be out as long as we want. We arrive midafternoon at  the comfortable Hotel Pantanal Norte, strategically located at the end of the Transpantaneira and the banks of the large (and Jaguar rich!) Cuiabá river. We shall do our first afternoon of jaguar hunting on the river right away.

Day 8.  Jaguar Safair on the river. 

Another morning to search by boat for the jaguar along the banks of the Cuiabá River and its tributaries. Its estimate that we have a 70% chance of spotting one of these elusive cats (if normal hot weather), a probability that is higher than just about anywhere on Earth.  Black Skimmers, Large and Yellow-billed Terns, Collared and Pied Plovers, Red-throated and Blue-throated Piping Guan and Bare-faced Curassow will eventually interrupt our searching for the cat, but they are welcome. Giant Otters and Tapirs are also frequently seen.  We shall look for Fawn-breasted Wren, White-wedged Piculet, Chestnut-vented Conebill, Rufous- tailed Jacamar and Hooded Tanager around the hotel. After lunch we drive back to the km 42 of the Transpantaneira were we have our next lodge of our itinerary, the Rio Claro, with stops along the way to watch birds such as the handsome Scarlet-headed Blackbird. We shall start doing a night boat drive and look for Boat-billed Heron and Zig-Zag Heron. 

Day 9.   Rio Claro and Piuval

In the morning we shall do a 3-hour-long motorboat trip in the Rio Claro. In this small river we will look for the Agami and Boat-billed Heron, American Pigmy and Green-and-Rufous Kingfishers, Rusty-backed Spinetail, Band-tailed Antbird, Yellow-collared Macaw and the Sunny duo: the Sungreebe and Sunbittern. After lunch we and having checked out the feeders we shall return to Piuval Lodge, to be in striking range for the airport should there be early flights to catch. 
There will be more brds to look for. Perhaps  a trip on the Piuval lake where one quite easily finds Yellow-chinned Spinetail and Least Bittern. 

Day 10. Additional birding at Piuval and then leave for airport to either fly to Sao Paolo for international flights or to Alta Floresta for a add-on with Rio Cristalino for 3, 4 or 5 nights. 



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