Photographer: Manu Expeditions
On the northeastern border of the Pantanal lies Emas National Park. The successions of natural fires combined with the wet and dry seasons, seasonal marshes and streams result in a great diversity of microhabitats among open grasslands, cerrado savannah and gallery forests and the corresponding variety of avifauna bears testament to this. Complimenting the bird diversity is arguably the greatest variety of mammal species on the continent. A feature of this landscape is the large number of termite mounds providing both perches and food sources for a number of species. Often likened to the African savannahs for its landscapes and ease of wildlife viewing, the terrain of the Emas National Park promises a varied and productive birding experience. On this tour is possible to see over than 200 bird species, including rarities like Lesser Nothura, Blue-and-yellow Macaw, Yellow-faced Parrot, White-winged Nightjar, Horned Sungem, Planalto Foliage-Gleaner, Cock-tailed Tyrant, Black-masked Finch, Cone-billed Tanager and many other birds and mammals such as Maned Wolf, Giant Anteater and others. Birding in Emas NP needs time. We cover a big area of the park and most of its habitat variations. This is the tour for those looking for many of the Cerrado endemics and rarities.
Day 1: Arrive Campo Grande Today we fly to Cuiaba and onto Camp Grande from Sao Paulo or Alta Floresta if coming from the Amazon Tour, for overnight in Campo Grande. L:D
Day 2: Camp Grande to Emas National Park Drive to Emas National Park for a five-night stay. We cross one of the most intensely cultivated areas we have ever seen – sorghum, Soya, Sisal and other monocultures seemingly go on forever. We'll make some birding stops in suitable habitat or do some afternoon birding at Emas along the way. We'll arrive at our hotel in the small town of Chapada do Ceu in the late afternoon. B:L:D
Day 3-6: Emas National ParkEmas National Park encompasses a rich mosaic of exotic landscapes, each sheltering its own unique flora and fauna and represents a true gem in the Brazilian park system. Exploring the many microhabitats takes time and we shall enjoy our time searching for birds and mammals. The recently rediscovered Cone-billed Tanager is here along with the striking Helmeted Manakin, rare Great-billed Seed-Finch, the rarely seen Planalto Foliage-gleaner, and up to 220 others. Graceful Long-winged Harriers quarter over the golden grasslands, while below them the comical but lovely male Cock-tailed Tyrants display above the tall grass. The rarely seen Bearded Tachuri is quite common here as is Black-masked Finch, Sharp-tailed Tyrant and Lesser Nothura. In the gallery woodlands Blue-and-yellow Macaws, the nomadic Yellow-faced Parrot and commoner Turquoise-fronted Parrots and Peach-fronted Parakeets are easily seen. We should see Yellow-billed Blue Finch, Steamer-tailed Tyrant, White-striped Warbler, Cock-tailed Tyrant, Chapada Flyctacher, Campo Miner, Rufous-sided Pygmy-Tyrant, Horned Sungem, White-vented Violetear and White-tailed Goldenthroat and many other species seen only with difficulty elsewhere. The mammals are exceptional, including Maned Wolf, Giant Anteater, Brazilian tapir, both hoary and Crab-eating Foxes, and White-lipped Peccaries and Puma. The big avian targets are the rare White-winged Nightjar, Lesser Grass -Finch and Giant Snipe which we have a good chance of seeing. Nights Chapada do Ceu.
Day 7: Emas National Park to Campo Grande After some early morning birding we return to Camp Grand for the night and dinner at a famous Churrasceria for dinner. B;L;D
Day 8: Campo Grande to Sao Paulo Today we fly to Sao Paulo for our flights home. B.
Does not include domestic air within Brazil but we will purchase these on request - the price depends on when we get your full name, deposit and passport numbers - you can check current prices at www.TAM.com.br