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- The Pantanal
We’ll meet you at the airport and we will drive 100Km to get in Pocone. From Pocone we will drive around 40km to get at Pousada Pouso Alegre. Pouso Alegre has some of the most impressive birding anywhere on the planet, with huge numbers of birds seen and daily lists reaching astronomical numbers, some of the highest of any of our tours. The reason why it’s so great is the easy access to a wide variety of habitats, including rivers, wetlands, flooded pastures, gallery forest, and dry scrub. Some of the main highlights are the huge Hyacinth Macaws (seen daily), Greater Rhea, Bare-faced Curassow, Chestnut-bellied Guan, up to four ibises, the hulking Southern Screamer, Jabiru, Maguari Stork, Nacunda Nighthawk Black-collared Hawk, White Woodpecker, Gray-crested Cacholote, Great Rufous Woodcreeper, Mato Grosso Antbird, White-lored Spinetail, and Red-crested Cardinal.
Full day dedicated to observing the Pantanal’s flora and fauna found on the Pouso Alegre private reserve. Early morning walk for bird and wildlife viewing. Return to the Lodge for Breakfast. After breakfast we will walk into the Forest to continue exploring the forest and grasslands to spot animals and birds, including rheas, marsh deer, armadillos, storks, coatis, capybaras, hyacinth macaws, howler monkeys, and a dozen of other animals and birds. After lunch in the afternoon we drive by open truck in a private road and explore the open lands and grasslands in search for marsh deer, South American coati, giant anteater, toco toucans, tapirs, armadillos, hyacinth macaws, and a host of other animals and birds. From Mid July to Mid October we can spend time at water holes waiting for animals that come to drink water, great chances for Tapir and giant anteaters. After dinner we take a night Safari with spotlights, drive along the private road of the lodge, we will watch for Nocturnals Birds, tapirs, anteaters, foxes, raccoons, owls, spiders, snakes, and other animals common to this region. Overnight at fazenda Pouso Alegre.
To the Rio Claro River,Pousada Rio Claro. After another morning at Pouso Alegre Lodge we drive a few hours south, deeper into the Pantanal. We’ll stay two nights at a lodge on the edge of the sluggish Rio Claro River, and one of the highlights here are the afternoon boat trips on the river, a relaxing way to see Agami and Boat-billed Herons, Blue-throated Piping-Guan, Black-collared Hawk, up to five species of kingfisher, Giant Otter, and more. As darkness nears, Band-tailed Nighthawks appear to hunt insects over the river along with huge Greater Bulldog Bats. Spotlighting for nightjars in the evening might get us Swallow-tailed and Spot-tailed Nightjars, and Pauraque.
Rio Claro River. A nearby trail passes through gallery forest along the edge of the river, which can be loaded with birds in the morning. The open nature of the forest makes it relatively easy to see them, and Band-tailed Antbird, Large-billed Antwren, and Helmeted Manakin can usually be seen without too much difficulty. A Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl imitation can often bring in large mobbing hordes of passerines, like Flavescent Warbler, Ashy-headed Greenlet, Stripe-necked Tody-Tyrant, and others. We can also target anything else we are still looking for, which could include White-naped Xenopsaris, Pale-crested Woodpecker, or Nanday Parakeet (some years). In the afternoon, we’ll have the option of having another boat trip on the river.
Pixaim River to Porto Jofre. After breakfast, we’ll board our Car and drive south towards the end of the Pantanal Highway. We’ll make several stops along the way to search for the gorgeous Scarlet-headed Blackbird, shy Cinereous-breasted Spinetail, vociferous Fawn-breasted Wren, elegant Maguari Stork, as well as others. We’ll reach our very comfortable hotel at the very end of the road in late morning, and after lunch, we’ll spend the afternoon cruising the rivers looking for Jaguars as well as birds and other wildlife.
Jaguar searching. Jaguar is the main target here, and we’ll spend the day cruising various rivers in a motorboat looking for this magnificent animal. Our boatmen are in radio contact, so if there is a jaguar seen we can head for the location.
Jaguars here are not very shy and will often stay in view for extended periods of time. We will not ignore other birds and wildlife during our search, but Jaguar does take priority over everything. Some birds we may see from the boat include Sungrebe, Pied Lapwing, Yellow-billed and Large-billed Terns, Black Skimmer, Greater Ani, Anhinga, Great Black Hawk, Gray-necked Wood-Rail, and more. Families of Giant Otters are fairly common, and it is not too unusual to see a Tapir.
After an early breakfast, get in our small motorboats to explore the Meeting-of-the-Waters State Park, the best area to view Jaguars in the entire Brazilian Pantanal. The rivers include the Three Brothers, Cuiabá, and Piquirí. Outings take place between 6 am and 6 pm, and are timed to allow photography during the first and last hour of light. We have great chances to see Jaguars, quite often jaguars can be seen on the river banks, many of them at very close range for extended periods, specially from June to November. We will also encounter other interesting wildlife, including giant river otters, caimans, tapirs, anacondas,howler monkeys, capybaras, and many bird species. The animals here are accustomed to humans so boats can often approach to within four or five meters. Boats are equipped with a short-wave radio and special shade. Enjoy a picnic-style lunch while anchored along the river with plenty of opportunities to take a safe bathroom break on the beaches as necessary. Return to Porto Jofre hotel at the end of the afternoon in time for dinner. Overnight at Porto Jofre Hotel.
Early Breakfast and return to Cuiabá Airport.
Although this tour was created for 08 days/07 nights, it is simply an example of the type of programme we can package for you. We are very happy to design a tailor-made tour suited to your specific preferences. For example, you may want a longer or shorter trip, or to concentrate on a particular group of animals. If you have any special requirements or questions you’d like to ask, please do not hesitate to contact us
Mato Grosso- Poconé
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