Manaus and the heart of the Amazon

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The rainforests of Amazonia are the richest and most extensive on Earth.  At the heart of this vast bioregion lies the state of Amazonas, Brazil, which has more intact rainforest than anyplace on Earth. 

 

Manaus, a chaotic jungle metropolis which is like no other city in the world. Manaus exploded onto the world stage in the late 19th century thanks to the rubber boom which caused immigrants, wealth and disease to pour into the Amazon. Traces of that opulence mark the city today, including the famous Teatro Amazonas opera house, built at great expense at the peak of the boom. Remarkably for a city of its size (2 million inhabitants), there are still great tracts of Amazon rainforest surrounding the city, a boon for the birder. The north-central Brazilian Amazon around the chaotic jungle metropolis of Manaus is surely one of the most productive, if under-rated, birding areas in all of Brazil.

 

Where else can one easily hop between major Amazon river basins, the all-important drivers of speciation in Amazonian birds? Where else in the Amazon can one bird a varied range of habitats from tall Guianan Shield terra firme forests, to stunted white sand campinas and campinaranas, to blackwater island archipelagos, ephemeral whitewater river islands, and palm-infested swampy terra firme?

Right at the city of Manaus, the world’s largest river, the Amazon, meets its largest tributary, the Rio Negro.  During this natural adventure, we’ll explore the unique ecologies of these two rivers and learn about their important roles in shaping the evolutionary history and biogeography of the region.  The extensive tracts of undisturbed habitat in the area harbor a unique variety of distinct ecosystems, and on this trip we’ll spend time in igapo, terra firme, white sand forest, the rainforest canopy, and the Amazon's unique and dynamic river islands.

Our
Services

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Guide and ranger team

During our tours at the Amazon Rainforest, some State Parks and Reserves require the escort of a local ranger. This local fellow can point out some nesting activity and help the group participants to spot the birds. With our tour leader, each one working at their best and doing what they are supposed to do better.

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Quality of our guides

Our tour leaders are experienced and fully trained professionals who host our guest in a variety of diverse areas. These dedicated people transform an already great safari into one that is out of this world! A guide that hosts you for the duration of your safari provides a consistent, detailed interpretation that is tailored to your specific interests. Our safaris are led by our local naturalist tour leaders, they are equipped with 20-60X spotting telescope for seeing distant animals, recording equipment, shotgun microphone and voice library for luring in rare and hard to see animals that respond to their own call bringing them into view, a spotlight for nocturnal viewing, and the appropriate bird, mammal identification books and updated checklist for your enjoyment.

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Good accommodations

Our tour uses hotels which serve early breakfast and then we can go birding.  All lodges offer rooms with private facilities and air-conditioning. We try to use lodges operated by locals because we firmly believe your money must to go to local hands because are those hands who hold the future of the region.

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Private transportation

During the whole tour we will have a private transportation with air-conditioning.

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25 years of Experience

Nearly three decades dedicated to show Brazil to different travelers from all over the world! We know Brazil as we know our backyard.

This quick message is to thank you for all your guiding expertise during our trip;  you did a superb job, and I was delighted to be with you. I had no idea we were getting as knowledgeable a leader as you certainly are!. I certainly hope we can do something like it again, soon.

Dr. Robert S. Ridgely, Author of "The Birds of South America Vol. I and II" and "A Guide to the Birds of Panama", Senior Research Ornithologist at The Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia

wire-tailed manakin Novo Airão
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guianan cock of the rock Pres Figueiredo
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ivory-billed aracari manacupuru
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fiery topaz male Manacapuru
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Guianan Toucanet MUSA
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fulvous shrike tanager male MUSA
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golden-headed manakin MUSA
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black-spotted barbet male  MUSA
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glossy-backed becard MUSA
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