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Mato Grosso, Brazil
  The Pantanal, Chapada Dos Guimaraes, and Cristalino Jungle Lodge

July 22 - August 5, 2018

July 27 - August 10, 2019

With its lush tropical forests, abundance of rivers and wetlands, tremendous diversity of flora and fauna, and outstanding birding and wildlife viewing, Mato Grosso, Brazil, is one of the world's finest wildlife viewing destinations.  We値l enjoy one of nature痴 greatest spectacles as we explore a roughly 500-mile long, north-south transect and travel through some of the richest habitats on Earth where almost 750 species of birds and over 200 species of mammals make their homes.

Our journey begins in the Pantanal, the world痴 largest freshwater wetland, where we'll have great opportunities to see hundreds of bird species, including hyacinth macaw, Toco toucan, Mato Grosso antbird, plumbeous and buff-necked ibis, Chaco chachalaca, chestnut-bellied guan, white-headed marsh-tyrant, yellow-chinned and Chotoy spinetails, Campo flicker, green-backed becard, Agami heron, five species of kingfisher, and pearly-vented tody-tyrant.  We may encounter mammals such as giant otter, capybara, marsh deer, crab-eating fox, South American coati, several primates, and maybe even a giant anteater or jaguar.  From the Pantanal, we値l head to the southern Amazon and one of the greatest biological shows on Earth.  Almost 600 species of birds have been recorded near Cristalino Jungle Lodge, and among them we'll look for curl-crested aracari, spangled cotinga, harpy eagle, white-browed hawk, blue-cheeked, paradise, and bronzy jacamars, glossy antshrike, and range-restricted species such as bare-eyed antbird, Kawall's parrot, and black-girdled barbet.  We'll also have good opportunities to see mammals such as white-cheeked spider monkey, white-nosed saki monkey, Brazilian tapir, neotropical and giant otters, Azara's agouti, and southern tamandua.  We値l travel the river, enjoy a great variety of trails and microhabitats, and marvel at the tropical world from atop the lodge's two canopy towers.  

Finally we値l head to Chapada dos Guimaraes, a national park known for its dramatic sandstone escarpments, waterfalls, and unique cerrado habitat.  Here we値l look for blue-winged and red-shouldered macaws, helmeted manakin, rufous-winged antshrike, green-winged saltator, saffron-billed sparrow, curl-crested jay, white-eared puffbird, rufous-sided pygmy-tyrant, white-rumped and white-banded tanagers, Chapada flycatcher, and many others.

Throughout the trip, we値l enjoy the comforts of some of Brazil痴 best nature lodges Fazenda Santa Tereza, Pousada Piuval, Pousada do Parque and the incomparable Cristalino Jungle Lodge.  

Since 2004, when I first worked as a guide at the Cristalino Jungle Lodge, I've had the good fortune to spend over a year in Mato Grosso exploring its diverse habitats, learning about its amazing biodiversity, and guiding dozens of nature enthusiasts on more than 20 trips.  I can't wait to return to this spectacular place and share its wonders with many of you.

The 2018 cost will be about $ 6050 per person, double occupancy, from Cuiaba, Mato Grosso.  This does not include the internal flight from Cuiaba to Alta Floresta.  Limited to 8 participants.

Detailed itinerary and references available upon request.

Harpy Eagle by Franck Ishoj 
Jaguar by Jonathan Morris


Last updated: December 22, 2017.