30th October - Arrive in Brazil - this is usually an overnight flight so we would start late afternoon on the 1st from the UK. Internal flight to Paulo Afonso or Recife followed by a road transfer to our first lodge. We may have some time to see some of the cliffs where the Lears Macaws live.
31st October - Lear's Macaws feeding areas to visit
1st Nov - Lears Macaws feeding areas to visit followed by a transfer to the Lears Macaw Lodge at Canudos
2nd Nov - Very early morning visit to the cliff tops for the morning flight of the Lears Macaws followed by watching the Lears in their nest sites in the valleys nearby. Back for breakfast. Walking in the valleys for the Blue-crowned and Cactus Conures and Blue-fronted Amazons.
Afternoon visit to roost and nesting site for Blue-winged (Illigers) Macaws
3rd Nov - Another visit to the cliff tops then after breakfast we will transfer to Petrolina.
4th Nov - Petrolina area for Blue-winged Macaws and more
5th Nov - Early morning flight to Campo Grande and time to rest or check out some of the nest sites in the city for Macaws and other Parrots
6th Nov - Transfer into the Pantanal to our lodge for the next 4 nights.
In the Pantanal there will be lots more wildlife and Parrots including Hyacinth and Blue and Yellow Macaws around the lodge so we will see these everyday. We are likely to see around 150 bird species here as the land is far more lush than the Lears Macaw sites where it is very barren. We will do a series of tours around the area some by boat to see the water birds and Giant Otters and hopefully Jaguar (cannot guarantee very elusive) and some by truck to see Giant Anteaters and other Parrot sites including Yellow-collared Macaw. However there are lots to see just around the lodge itself without travelling any further.
7th Nov - Aguape Lodge
8th Nov - Aguape Lodge
9th Nov - Aguape Lodge
10th Nov - Transfer to Bonito and onto Buraco das Araras for the Macaw hole for Green-winged Macaws and Peach-fronted Conures and later a roost site for Blue-fronted Amazons and Yellow-faced Parrots
11th Nov - Early morning visit to Buraco das Araras again and then Rio Prata late morning for a snorkel down the river and more Parrots here. followed by afternoon transfer by road back to Campo Grande
12th Nov - Flights home
Parrots which are possible on this trip
Hyacinth Macaw – Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus
Lear’s Macaw – Anodorhynchus leari
Blue and Yellow Macaw – Ara ararauna
Green-winged Macaw – Ara chloropterus
Blue-winged Macaw – Primolius maracana
Yellow-collared Macaw - Primolius auricollis
Red-shouldered Macaw - Diopsittaca nobilis
Blue-crowned Conure – Thectocercus acuticaudatus
White-eyed Conure – Psittacara leucophthalmus
Nanday Conure – Aratinga nenday
Peach-fronted Conure – Eupsittula aurea
Cactus Conure – Eupsittula cactorum
Monk Parakeet - Myiopsitta monachus
Blaze-winged Conure – Pyrrhura devillei
Blue-winged Parrotlet – Forpus xanthopterygius
Yellow-chevroned Parakeet – Brotogeris chiriri
Scaly-headed Parrot – Pionus maximiliani
Orange-winged Amazon - Amazona amazonica
Blue-fronted Amazon – Amazona aestiva
Yellow-faced Parrot – Alipiopsitta xanthops
I cannot guarantee seeing all or any of these Parrots however we will have a great guide to help us in every way possible.
We will see lots of other bird and animal species.