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BRAZIL'S EASTERN AMAZONIA

Carajás, Maranhão, Tapajós & Belém

Wednesday 16th August — Saturday 26th August 2017
(11 days)


Tapajós National Park & Bélem Extension: Tuesday 8th August — Wednesday 16th August (9 days)

Leader: Eduardo Patrial

Group Size Limit: 8

Tour Category: Easy walking for the most part. Mostly comfortable accommodations (partly simple on the extension)

A splendid tour targeting numerous specialities, including a good number that are seen on no other bird tour.

This new Brazilian adventure begins in the hills of Carajás in southeastern Pará state. This spectacular and isolated Amazonian mountain range with summits of almost a thousand metres above sea level was once, millions of years ago, the starting point of the whole Amazon basin. The impressive variety of habitats found around here gather an impressive number of bird species, making Carajás National Forest one of the richest areas in the Amazon basin.

Our six full days here will provide a great experience, during which we shall be looking for several species restricted to the Xingu-Tocantins interfluvium, and many other localized and species of less limited distribution. Included in this fantastic cast are White-crested Guan, Chestnut-headed Chachalaca, Dark-winged Trumpeter, Jandaya, Pearly and Santarem Parakeets, Vulturine Parrot, Dot-eared Coquette, Manu, Wing-banded and Rufous-faced Antbirds, Black-bellied Gnateater, Snethlage’s Antpitta, Para Foliage-gleaner, Peruvian Recurvebill, Brigida’s Woodcreeper, White-tailed Cotinga, White Bellbird, Blackish Pewee, Black-chested Tyrant, Black-and-white Tody-Flycatcher, Opal-crowned Manakin and Para Gnatcatcher.

Following this outstanding Amazonian experience, we will finish the main tour collecting a few more endemics from a rarely-visited corner of northeast Brazil in the state of Maranhão. The town of Caxias is situated in between the Amazon Forest and the dry Caatinga of the northeast, a transitional area featuring a drier forest rich in palms, locally known as ‘Mata dos Cocais’. In addition, the surroundings of Caxias still offer some Cerrado habitats to explore. Three days here will give us the chance to locate some important, restricted-range birds, such as Kaempfer’s Woodpecker, a very rare and stunning species rediscovered only about ten years ago. Other important endemics we will be searching for here are Buff-browed Chachalaca, Moustached Woodcreeper, Hooded Gnateater and a new Myornis pygmy-tyrant.

The diversity of habitats in this area will also add some other great birds such as the endemic White-napped Jay, Crescent-chested Puffbird, Planalto Slaty-Antshrike, Pectoral Antwren and Ash-throated Casiornis, Cerrado specialties like Curl-crested Jay, White-rumped Tanager and the amazing Coal-crested and Blue Finches, and some other rarities like Rufous-vented Ground-Cuckoo, Bearded Bellbird and Blackish-blue Seedeater.

During the optional pre-tour extension there will be the opportunity to visit the rarely-explored Tapajós (or Amazonia) National Park, situated on the west bank of the mighty Tapajós River in the southwest of the state of Pará.

From the remote town of Itutaiba we will drive about two hours along the river’s west bank to reach Tapajós (or Amazonia) National Park, where we will stay for six nights. This national park protects a huge area of pristine Amazonian forest between the rivers Madeira and Tapajós and holds several amazing range-restricted birds. The system of trails in the national park should allow us to find most of them, together with a huge number of more widespread species that comprise an extremely rich local avifauna.

Our efforts will be concentrated on finding treasures like White-crested Guan, Golden Parakeet, Vulturine and Bald Parrots, Kawall’s Amazon, Dark-winged Trumpeter, Tapajos Hermit, Brown-chested Barbet, Harlequin Antbird and, with luck, Pale-faced Bare-eye and Hoffmann’s Woodcreeper.

A boat trip will take us to the east bank of Tapajós to look for the rare, enigmatic and threatened endemic Golden-crowned Manakin. Also on this side of the river we will be hoping to find some special targets that occur in the area between the Tapajós and Xingu Rivers such as Black-girdled Barbet, Bare-eyed Antbird and Alta Floresta Antpitta.

We will also have time for some birding around Belém, where targets will include Hooded Gnateater, Opal-crowned Manakin and the nominate race of Willis’s Antbird.

Birdquest has operated tours to Brazil’s Eastern Amazonia since 2006.

Tapajós National Park & Belém-only Option: You may opt to take just the Tapajós National Park & Belém section as a stand-alone tour.

Accommodation & Road Transport: The hotels in Belém, Parauapebas and Caxias are of good standard. At Tapajós National Park we will stay at a simple pousada (guesthouse), the only accommodation in the area. Road transport is by minibus and roads are good.

Walking: The walking effort is mostly easy, but there are some moderate grade walks.

Climate: It is generally hot and humid. Periods of sunshine alternate with overcast spells and there is regular rainfall.

Bird Photography: Opportunities are worthwhile.

Tour Price: £3350, €3950, $4390 Carajas (Parauapebas) or Marabá/Teresina. Tapajós National Park & Belém Extension: £2550, €3010, $3340 (starting at Belém).

Price includes all transportation (including all specified flights inside Brazil), all accommodations, all meals, bottled water, some drinks, all excursions, all entrance fees, all tips for local drivers/guides and for accommodations/restaurants, leader services.

Single Room Supplement: £350, €414, $459. Extension: £200, €236, $262 (Belém only).

There are only a limited number of rooms at the pousada at Tapajós. A limited amount of single accommodation may be available here at no extra charge.

Deposit: £350, €450, $550. Extension: £300, €400, $400.

Base prices for this tour are in US Dollars. The exchange rates applied at the time of costing were: £1 = $1.310 and €1 = $1.110.

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.

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