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ALTA FLORESTA

The Best of Brazilian Amazonia

Brazil Birding Tours: our Alta Floresta, Brazil bird watching holiday is one of a series of Brazilian bird watching trips that we offer. Our exciting Alta Floresta, Brazil birding tour focuses on famous Rio Cristalino and another lodge with different specialities in this superb region of southern Amazonia, home of Bald Parrots, Dark-winged Trumpeters and so much more.

Sunday 14th October — Monday 22nd October 2018
(9 days)


Leaders: Eduardo Patrial and a local bird guide at Rio Cristalino

Group Size Limit: 8

Tour Category: Easy walking for the most part and comfortable accommodations

During this exciting journey we will explore the wonderful Amazonian rainforests that lie to the north of the Pantanal. Alta Floresta is situated at the southern edge of the Amazonian rainforest, between the upper reaches of the mighty Tapajós and Xingu Rivers. Based at two very hospitable lodges with great food, Rio Azul and Cristalino, we will have access to large tracts of undisturbed and untouched Amazonian rainforest where Dark-winged Trumpeters, Razor-billed Curassows and Brazilian Tapirs still roam. One of the highlights here are the splendid 50m high canopy towers, from where one has amazing views over the surrounding forest canopy and its flocks of multi-hued parrots, tanagers and toucans.

We should come away from Alta Floresta with great views of such rarely seen birds as Bald Parrot, Kawall’s Parrot, Black-girdled Barbet, Red-necked Aracari, Tooth-billed Wren, Red-billed Pied-Tanager and Yellow-shouldered Grosbeak and wonderful monkeys like White-whiskered Spider Monkey and White-nosed Bearded Saki. Lower down, in the dark forest interior we will listen for the churring of Bare-eyed Antbirds and Black-spotted Bare-eyes attending a raiding army ant swarm and investigate dense bamboo thickets in search of Bamboo Foliage-gleaner and Manu Antbird, whilst patiently creeping along the forest trails may yield Brown-banded Puffbird, Blue-cheeked (or Blue-necked) Jacamar and Curve-billed (or Tapajos) Scythebill. In the varzea, seasonally flooded forest near the river we will meticulously search for Long-billed Woodcreeper and the alluring Glossy Antshrike. At a granite outcrop carpeted in scrubby vine-tangled woodland we will aim to locate the localized Natterer’s Slaty Antshrike, whilst Zigzag Heron, Red-throated Piping-Guan and Giant Otter will enliven our boat trips on the blackwater rivers.

Birdquest has operated tours to Alta Floresta since 1989.

Accommodation & Road Transport: The hotels/lodges are of good standard throughout. Road transport is by minibus and roads are mostly good.

Walking: The walking effort is mostly easy, but there are a few optional harder walks.

Climate: Generally warm or hot, dry and sunny. Overcast weather is quite regular and there may well be some rain. It will be rather humid.

Bird Photography: Opportunities are quite good.

Can be taken together with: BRAZIL'S PANTANAL & CERRADO

Tour Price: £2990, €3410, $3920 Cuiabá/Alta Floresta. Single Room Supplement:£376, €429, $493. Deposit: £350, €420, $460.

Includes surface transportation, accommodations, meals, water, entrance fees and tips/gratuities.

Also includes this flight: Cuiabá-Alta Floresta.

Base prices for this tour are in US Dollars. The exchange rates applied at the time of costing were: £1 = $1.310 and €1 = $1.150.

Air Travel To & From The Tour: Our in-house IATA ticket agency will be pleased to arrange your air travel on request, or you may arrange this yourself if you prefer.

A view over the Rio Cristalino forests from the excellent 50m high tower (Mark Van Beirs)

A view over the Rio Cristalino forests from the excellent 50m high tower (Mark Van Beirs)

Parties of glorious Giant Otters are a regular feature (Tommy Ekmark)

Parties of glorious Giant Otters are a regular feature (Tommy Ekmark)

The gorgeous  Red-throated Piping-Guan is a regular sight in the forest at Rio Cristalino (Mark Van Beirs)

The gorgeous Red-throated Piping-Guan is a regular sight in the forest at Rio Cristalino (Mark Van Beirs)

The Limpkin is the only member of its family and its numbers depend on the occurrence of Apple Snails (Tommy Ekmark)

The Limpkin is the only member of its family and its numbers depend on the occurrence of Apple Snails (Tommy Ekmark)

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