PRICE of Parrot Watching Eco-tour.
$4850 per person sharing a double/twin room
$400 single supplement
Includes all accommodation, meals (from dinner on 15th May to breakfast on 23rd May), water, English speaking local guide, all ground travel within Brazil, boat trips, visits to Buraco das Araras, snorkeling on the Rio Prata, a full morning with the Hyacinth Macaw Project plus a morning with the Macaw Project Team in Campo Grande,
International and internal flights, insurance, drinks, souvenirs, tips, any additional activities not mentioned in the itinerary.
15th May 2023
Arrive in Brazil – this is usually an overnight flight so you would start late afternoon on the 14th May from your country of origin.
It is normal to arrive in Sao Paulo followed by an internal flight to Campo Grande with a transfer to our hotel.
I will be staying in a hotel near to Sao Paulo International airport on the night of the 14th May so if you want to get there early we can start travelling together from Sao Paulo
Depending how early we arrive in Campo Grande. we should some time to be able to visit some of the Macaw nesting sites within Campo Grande City. Over 400 active nests for Blue and yellow Macaws have been found and are being monitored in the city as well as many other Macaw species including some naturally occurring Green-winged x Blue and yellow Hybrids.
Overnight Campo Grande
16th May Leaving Campo Grande we excitedly make our way towards the Pantanal and arrive at our lodge for the next 4 nights, Pousada Aguape just in time for lunch. Who will spot the first Hyacinth Macaw either flying or in one of the roadside palm trees.
Each day after lunch we will have time to ourselves for siesta, a swim in the pool or check out the wildlife local to the lodge (it’s a very hot time of day so not much wildlife will be about until later in the afternoon).
After our break we will be taking a walk around the lodge grounds and hopefully have our first close encounter with the Hyacinths as well as many other birds and wildlife including parrots such as Blue crowned and White eyed Conures.
Other birds will include Jabiru Storks, Tanagers and with some luck the Toco Toucan.
Overnight Pousada Aguape
Morning walk where we shall see some of the birds mentioned previously plus a few more such as Blue-fronted Amazons, Monk and Yellow-chevroned Parakeets as well as woodpeckers, woodcreepers and with some luck the lovely Rufous-tailed Jacamar.
PM: We will do a Photo Safari by car, when, besides birds we might find some animals such the Marsh Deer and Giant Anteater. Overnight Pousada Aguape
Morning Forest walk in a different habitat in search of different species of parrots such as Yellow-collared and Red-shouldered Macaws, and Scaly-headed (Maximillian’s) Pionus Parrots as well as more birds and mammals.
PM: Boat ride, when we might see lots of Kingfishers, Heron, Caimans, and with some luck Giant River Otters.
Overnight Pousada Aguape
This morning we will be joining the Hyacinth Macaw Project Team as they show us the work that they do
PM: We will be doing another Safari by car, with the hope of finding possible missing birds and mammals. We should stay out long enough to do some night driving in search of nocturnal animals and birds.
Overnight Pousada Aguape
An early morning visit to the edge of the river where we should find the Blaze-winged Conures. Usually in a group these Parakeets are an amazing encounter
After breakfast we will check out and Transfer to Bonito
Afternoon visit to Buraco das Araras.
Buraco das Araras is a huge sandstone crater, a geological formation resulting from the collapse of boulders creating this enormous cavity of about 500m in circumference and 100m deep located in the middle of the cerrado in the State of Mato Grosso do Sul. It is home to a wide variety of birds, especially Araçari toucans and Green-wing Macaws, hence the name of the cave.
The crater is part of the 29-hectares Private Reserve of Natural Heritage (RPPN) and is connected to the RPPN Rio da Prata with 307 hectares.
Back to Bonito to our hotel to overnight
We may be in time to see the return of the Orange-winged and Blue-fronted Amazons to their roost site within the town.,
Another visit to Buraco das Araras but this time in the early morning to see the different activities of the Macaws and Parrots that are here and hopefully see some more species
Late morning we will have a tour of the Rio da Prata with a snorkelling experience not to be forgotten – it is said to be similar to swimming in an aquarium
In the grounds of Rio Prata there are also some Parrots including Green-winged Macaws, Peach-fronted Conures, White-eyed Conures and the very rarely seen Yellow-faced Parrot
After lunch we will be travelling back to Campo Grande
Overnight Campo Grande
Around the city of Campo Grande there are a large number of city dwelling Macaws and Parrots.
The Macaws are very prominent with up to 400 pairs of Blue and Yellow Macaws nesting within the boundaries of the city.
Blue and Yellow Macaws are not the only ones as a large number of Green-winged, Red-bellied, Red-shouldered Macaws with some Hyacinth, Yellow-collared and Blue-winged Macaws.
Some of the Blue and Yellow have hybridized with Green-winged Macaws naturally. A phenomenon that researchers are looking into to try to find out why??
Besides the Macaws there are also a smaller number of Parrots nesting within the city including Yellow-faced Parrots and Nanday Conures.
Today will be spent travelling around the city looking for the many nesting sites of the Macaws. In some places there are several nests very close to each other with different species of Macaws and Parrots.
We will also accompany the Macaw Project Team, who are monitoring the nesting sites around the city, for part of the day.
Overnight Campo Grande.
Unfortunately all good things must come to an end and therefore today we have to transfer to the local airport and after a short internal flight we take our International flights home with all our Memories and Photos/Videos of all that we have seen.
What will have been your highlight of this amazing journey??? – the Hyacinth Macaws will take some beating on any trip!!!
Parrots which are possible on this trip
Hyacinth Macaw – Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus
Blue and Yellow Macaw – Ara ararauna
Green-winged Macaw – Ara chloropterus
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
Monk Parakeet - Myiopsitta monachus
Blaze-winged Conure – Pyrrhura devillei
Blue-winged Parrotlet – Forpus xanthopterygius
Yellow-chevroned Parakeet – Brotogeris chiriri
Scaly-headed Parrot – Pionus maximiliani
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.