Chapada, Pantanal & Guaporé river
This tour aims to visit three amazing and birdie places in the Mato Grosso, where some of the most western Brazilian species occur.
Chapada dos Guimaraes NP is situated near the western rim of Brazil's Planalto Central – a land of beautifully eroded and fractured red rim rock formations, drained by spectacular waterfalls and dissected by deep ravines containing fingers of Amazonian forest. The surrounding countryside is cerrado. Birds that could be seen here are red-legged seriema, yellow-faced amazon, peach-fronted parakeet, pale-breasted & sooty-fronted spinetails, rufous-winged antshrike, collared crescent-chest, white-rumped & white-banded tanager, chapada flycatcher, yellow-billed blue finch, plumbeous seedeater, large-billed antwren, plain antvireo, gray-backed sparrow, flavescent warbler, sepia-capped flycatcher, rufous casiornis, guira tanager, thick-billed euphonia, pale-breasted thrush, and many more.
The Pantanal is unique by its own (we have an entire week tour there) and this tour is nearly scratching the surface deep enough to clean up all the specialties from the region. Among some of the birds we are going to seek are hyacinth macaw, Mato Grosso antbird, white-lored spinetail, zigzag heron, agami heron, greater rhea, jabiru, great rufous woodcreeper, pale-crested woodpecker, sunbittern, sungrebe, white-fronted woodpecker, yellow-billed cardinal, golden-collared macaw, red-billed scythebill, plumbeous ibis and many, many more.
Vila Bela da Santissima Trindade is an historic town situated in western Mato Grosso near the Bolivian border. Founded in 1752 as the capital for the new province of Mato Grosso, Vila Bela played an important role on the frontier between the Portuguese and Spanish territories of the South American interior for several decades before being abandoned when the capital was moved to Cuiabá in 1835. Thereafter, the village was settled by quilombos, slaves of African origin who managed to escape from nearby mines. Today the descendants of the quilombos make up a large proportion of the local population, and the locals stand by their beliefs and traditions to this very day. The Guaporé river divides the municipality: to the west lies the Serra de Ricardo Franco State Park; to the south, the upper Guaporé valley holds habitat and birds characteristic of the Pantanal; and to the east one finds the Campos do Encanto, campo cerrado with scattered fragments of semi-deciduous and gallery forests.
Birds expected to be seen are hoatzin (the best place ever in Brazil to see and photograph this species), the newly splits double-collared crescent-chest and Bolivian cardinal, the rare great-billed seed-finch, the localized green-cheeked parakeet, flammulated pygmy-tyrant, Bolivian slaty antshrike and fawn-breasted wren, horned and southern screamers sharing the same marshes, and a mix of several Amazonian and Cerrado birds such as speckled chachalaca, red-throated piping-guan, razor-billed &, bare-faced curassows, white-rumped tanager, turquoise tanager and more.
Most birding in-and-out of our vehicle, with short walks along roads, trails in gallery forest, or into grasslands; easy terrain; full mornings in the field, usually returning to lodge for lunch and midday break, followed by late afternoons back in the field; some night drives; moderate to warm temperatures and relatively dry climate.
Guide and driver team
During our tours at Emas NP, we always use a team of two people, despite the number of participants. Each one has an important role during the Safari. The driver is paying attention on the road and condition of the bridges while the guide is spotting birds and wildlife for your enjoyment. Each one working at their best and doing what they are supposed to do better.
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.
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.
Open safari vehicle at the Pantanal
When it comes to wildlife viewing, open vehicles are the way to go. When on safari in an open vehicle there is nothing between you and the Pantanal’s wilderness and wildlife. Sounds are more easily heard, smells are easier to pick up, and most importantly it is far easier to take photos and follow animals as they move around. Closed vehicles are not ideal for wildlife viewing. When quoting for a safari with some other company, ask if they will provide a full time open vehicle privately for your safari.
25 years of Experience
Nearly three decades dedicated to show Brazil to different travelers from all over the world! We know Mato Grosso 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