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Birding Tour Brazil: Comprehensive Southeast Brazil, Part II 2017



When they first landed on its shores in the 1500s, the Portuguese discovered a vast stretch of verdant rainforest cloaking much of the Atlantic coast of what would one day be Brazil. Through centuries of deforestation, only 7% of this forest’s original area remains in remnants scattered within the most densely populated region of Brazil. Despite the long history of human population growth and disturbance, these highly threatened pockets of Atlantic Rainforest harbor an incredibly diverse and often highly endangered collection of bird species. Due to being long isolated from neighboring Neotropical wet forest ecosystems by a dry grassland and thorn-scrub corridor in the interior of Brazil, these forests possess a diverse and fascinating range of species, many of which are found nowhere else. In a country with more than 200 endemic bird species (the third-highest total for a single country in the world), the vast majority are found in the Atlantic Rainforest.

We split the southeast Brazil itinerary into two separate tours that are perfectly complementary, forming a 26-day mega tour with up to 70 Brazilian endemics and an additional 90 Atlantic Rainforest endemics possible when the tours are taken together.

Part II of the Comprehensive Southeast Brazil itinerary begins in Vitória in the state of Espírito Santo. From here we drive southwest to the town of Cachoeira de Itapemirim to target two difficult endemics: Plumbeous Antvireo and Wied’s Tyrant-Manakin. We then head north to the Vale do Rio Doce Natural Reserve near Linhares for a few days to see lowland endemics such as Red-billed Curassow, Red-browed Amazon, and Black-headed Berryeater. On the last two mornings we also try for the difficult, highly endangered, and very beautiful Cherry-throated Tanager at a reserve near Venda Nova do Imigrante. We then fly to São Paulo for the last leg of our journey.

We save the best for last! Intervales State Park is part of one of the largest remaining pieces of contiguous Atlantic Rainforest left in Brazil. Within this emerald paradise of deeply cut valleys, mossy forests, and trickling streams, we hope to have some of our best birding while we search for such delights as Russet-winged Spadebill, Black-fronted Piping Guan and Helmeted Woodpecker among a dizzying array of tyrant flycatchers, antbirds, furnariids, and tanagers. This species-rich site can potentially produce our highest day list totals of the tour. Finally, we go to the coastal town of Cananéia for a few more endemic species like Restinga Tyrannulet and Red-tailed Amazon, and for Azure Jay, before driving to São Paulo, where the tour ends.

For those wishing to see more of the wonderful country of Brazil, this tour can be combined with our Heart of Brazil: Cerrado, Amazon, and Pantanal 2017 tour, our Brazil: Cerrado Endemics and Brazilian Merganser 2017 tour, and our Comprehensive Southeast Brazil: Intervales to Linhares Part I 2017 tour for an overall 51-day Brazilian mega tour.

Duration: 14 days

Limit (Group Size): 2 - 8

Date Start: October 02, 2017

Date End: October 15, 2017

Tour Start: Vitória

Tour End: São Paulo

 


Price: US$6,014 per person sharing

Single Supplement: US$699

Price includes:
Meals
Accommodation
Guiding fees
Entrance fees
All transport while on tour
Tolls

Price excludes:
International flights
Domestic flight Rio do Janeiro – Vitória for guest having been on Part I of this tour (Please contact us before booking flights. We can help book those for you, and we also need all participants to be on the same flight.)
Items of a personal nature, e.g. gifts
Alcoholic drinks
Personal insurance
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Dear Chris, Thank you for your interest in the outcome of our tour. It is not possible to answer you in one note, so I will try to do so in a few ‘to the point’ remarks. Yes, the trip met all our expectations, and more! We saw and experienced the Cerrado, the Amazon forest, even better than previously at Tambopata, and the Pantanal with its amazing variety and volume of wildlife. For me the sight of a Hyacinth Macaw, which drew me to the Pantanal, already made it worthwhile. Then, of course, come the excellent sightings of the Jaguars and the Otters and then all the birds for which Eduardo made special efforts to find for his goals. In the Cerrado we stayed in an excellent farm-lodge where we were lucky to experience the sighting of the Maned Wolf and the Burrowing Owl (which was on Elzine’s bucket list), apart from a number of colourful specials like the Motmot and Jacamar. In the Amazon we were also very lucky to find another of Elzine’s target species, the Anaconda, and also another member of South America’s big five, the Tapir. We had an excellent session of forest birding on one of the towers where we could really appreciate the advantages of our private tour which, we think, was good value for the additional cost. Together with the Cristalino guide we had the tower for ourselves, and with an excellent guide like Eduardo also with us, we experienced a feast of good sightings. On EDUARDO:  It was a pleasure to travel with him again and having him as a guide who showed his expertise even in the presence of other local guides. It is good to hear that he also enjoyed our company. In summary, we came back as very satisfied customers of Birding Ecotours  and wish to thank you and Lynn for the opportunity to experience the Heart of Brazil. Regards Jacques and Elzine Smuts

Jacques and Elzine Smuts , Pretoria, South Africa
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