Length: 10 days / 9 nights
Tour Leader: Edson Endrigo
Price: US$ 4.820,00 / each - (Single room supplement: US$ 840,00)
We need a minimum of 2 people to run this tour
Day 1 - After breakfast, we will visit a canopy tower, located in Manaus Botanic Garden. The tower is stable and easy to climb. It offers birders the possibility of seeing Marail Guan, Double-toothed Kite, Black-faced and Tiny Hawk, Harpy Eagle, Ruddy and Plumbeous Pigeon, Black-bellied Cuckoo, Long-tailed Hermit, Black-eared Fairy, Yellow-billed and Paradise Jacamar, Guianan Puffbird, Black-spotted Barbet, Guianan Toucanet, Green Aracari, White-throated and Channel-billed Toucan, Waved Woodpecker, Lined Forest-Falcon, Orange-breasted Falcon, Caica and Red-lored Parrot, Spot-backed Antwren, Fasciated Antshrike, Lineated Woodcreeper, Glossy-backed Becard, Pompadour and Spangled Cotinga, Yellow-margined Flycatcher, Painted Tody-Flycatcher, Guianan Tyrannulet, Yellow-throated Flycatcher, Slaty-capped Shrike-Vireo, Buff-cheeked Greenlet, Purple and Red-legged Honeycreeper. As well as this impressive bird list, we will have a chance to see several tanagers species as Dotted, Spotted, Bluebacked and Paradise Tanager. After lunch, we will visit a number of trails outside Manaus looking for Violaceous Trogon, Great Jacamar, Golden-collared Woodpecker, Dusky and Red-fan Parrot, Sapphirerumped Parrotlet, Mouse-colored Antshrike, Ferruginous-backed and Hellmayr's Antbird, Tiny TyrantManakin, Pink-throated Becard, Purple-breasted Cotinga, Crimson Fruitcrow, Golden-bellied Euphonia and Chestnut-bellied Seedeater. Dinner and checklist.
Day 2 - - Early breakfast and check out of the hotel. We will drive for about an hour to bird the trail near Manacapuru city. Target birds this morning are, White-necked Puffbird, White-fronted Nunbird, Gilded Barbet, Ivory-billed Aracari, Lafresnaye's Piculet, Scaly-breasted and Red-stained Woodpecker, Maroontailed Parakeet, Mealy Parrot, Spot-winged Antshrike, Reddish-winged Bare-eye, White-plumed, Bicolored and Yellow-browed Antbird, Peruvian Warbling-Antbird, Zimmer's and Duida Woodcreeper, Golden-headed and Blue-crowned Manakin, Masked Tityra, Screaming Piha, Spangled Cotinga, Wingbarred Piprites, Brownish Twistwing, Spotted Tody-Flycatcher, Coraya Wren, White-shouldered and Gray-headed Tanager, Rothschild's Blue Grosbeak, Rufous-bellied and White-vented Euphonia. After lunch, we will check into the lodge at Novo Airão city. Towards the end of the day we will target Whitechested Puffbird, Paradise Jacamar, Northern Ocellated Woodcreeper, Black-faced Antbird and many others species. There are good opportunities here for night birding and we will look for Black-banded Owl, White-winged and Rufous Potoo. Dinner and checklist.
Day 3 - After breakfast, we will take a boat at Novo Airão city and cross the Rio Negro River. Our destination will be the Anavilhanas National Park, with more than 400 islands. This is the perfect place to look for birds such as Crested Eagle, Slate-colored Hawk, Sunbittern, Streak-throated Hermit, Blue- crowned Trogon, Ringed and Cream-colored Woodpecker, Festive Parrot, Black-crested and Blackish-gray Antshrike, Leaden and Klages's Antwren, Black-chinned and Ash-breasted Antbird, Zimmer's and Longbilled Woodcreeper, Speckled Spinetail, Wire-tailed Manakin, Varzea Schiffornis, Snethlage's and Whiteeyed Tody-Tyrant, Amazonian Tyrannulet, Cinnamon Attila, Amazonian Black-Tyrant, Amazonian Umbrellabird, Gray-chested Greenlet, Turquoise Tanager, Red-capped Cardinal and Yellow-bellied Dacnis. Before, we return to Novo Airão for lunch, we will stop for an unforgettable experience to see the Pink Dolphins feeding. After lunch we will walk the trails around Novo Airão looking for some very special birds such as White-chested Puffbird, Cinereous and Spot-winged Antshrike, Gray Antwren, Yellow-browed and Bicolored Antbird, Collared Gnatwren, Napo and Northern Ocellated Woodcreeper, Chestnut-belted Gnateater, Rufous-tailed Xenops, White-crowned and Dwarf Tyrant-Manakin, Wingbarred Piprites, White-crested Spadebill, Yellow-browed Tody-Flycatcher, Slender-footed Tyrannulet, Forest Elaenia and Yellow-crowned Tyrannulet. Opportunities are good for night birding and we will look for Black-banded Owl, White-winged and Rufous Potoo. Dinner and checklist.
Day 4 - Early breakfast and check out of the hotel before a two hour drive to the small city of Iranduba. The open areas at the varzea hold some very interesting species, such as Horned Screamer, Least Bittern, Capped Heron, Roseate Spoonbill, Black-collared Hawk, Snail Kite, Purple and Azure Gallinule, Shorttailed Parrot, Tui Parakeet, Black-and-white Antbird, Lesser Hornero, Red-and-white Spinetail, Cinereous Becard, Lesser Wagtail-Tyrant, Black-backed Water-Tyrant, White-headed Marsh Tyrant, Lesson's and Wing-barred Seedeater and Chestnut-bellied Seed-Finch. After lunch, we check in at our hotel in Manaus. This afternoon we will be spent walking the trails outside Manaus looking for birds that we have not seen during the trip. Dinner and checklist.
Day 5 - After breakfast, we will visit the canopy tower again, looking for birds that we may have missed on our first visit. After lunch, we will check out of our hotel and drive one hour to Presidente Figueiredo city .Target birds for the afternoon will be Variable Chachalaca, Bronzy Jacamar, Spotted Puffbird, Black Nunbird, Red-fan Parrot, Sapphire-rumped Parrotlet, Dusky-throated Antshrike, Guianan WarblingAntbird, Point-tailed Palmcreeper, Chestnut-rumped Woodcreeper, Yellow-crowned and Saffron-crested Tyrant-Manakin, Dusky Purpletuft, Pelzeln's Tody-Tyrant, Rufous-tailed Flatbill, Yellow-throated Flycatcher and if the weather is kind, we will enjoy fabulous views of the Guianan Cock-of-the-rock. Opportunities are good for night birding and we will look for Crested and Spectacled Owl, Tawny-bellied Screech-Owl, White-winged and Rufous Potoo, Short-tailed Nighthawk, Rufous and Blackish Nightjar. Dinner and checklist.
Day 6 - Early breakfast and birding all day on the trails around Presidente Figueiredo. Today we will look for species that we have not seen previously. Target birds will be Marail Guan, Gray-winged Trumpeter, Straight-billed Hermit, Gray-breasted Sabrewing, Crimson Topaz, Yellow-billed Jacamar, Black-spotted Barbet, Guianan Toucanet, Brown-bellied Antwren, Black Manakin, Crimson Fruitcrow, Capuchinbird, Guianan Red-Cotinga, Wing-banded Wren, Collared Gnatwren, Moriche Oriole, Blue-backed Tanager, Fulvous Shrike-Tanager, Orange-fronted Yellow-Finch and Chestnut-bellied Seedeater. Opportunities are good for night birding and we will look for Crested and Spectacled Owl, Tawny-bellied Screech-Owl, White-winged and Rufous Potoo, Short-tailed Nighthawk, Rufous and Blackish Nightjar. Dinner and checklist.
Day 7 - Early breakfast and check out of the hotel. We will drive around an hour to go birding at Balbina village. There is a fantastic patch of forest around this area where we will look for Great Tinamou, Harpy Eagle, Ornate Hawk-Eagle, Crimson Topaz, Collared Puffbird, Red-necked Woodpecker, Red-throated Caracara, Painted Parakeet, Sapphire-rumped Parrotlet, Black-headed Parrot, Rufous-bellied and Longwinged Antwren, Northern Slaty-Antshrike, Spot-winged and Hellmayr's Antbird, Thrush-like Antpitta, Plain-brown and Wedge-billed Woodcreeper, Curve-billed Scythebill, Buff-throated and Rufous-rumped Foliage-gleaner, White-fronted and White-throated Manakin, Guianan Red-Cotinga, Double-banded and Helmeted Pygmy-Tyrant, Pale-bellied Mourner, Musician Wren, White-breasted Wood-Wren, Collared Gnatwren, Guianan Gnatcatcher, Black-billed Thrush, Red-breasted Blackbird, Amazonian Grayish Saltator, Short-billed Honeycreeper and the rare Large-billed Seed-Finch. At the end of the day, we will transfer to Manaus (2hr drive) and check into our hotel. Dinner and checklist.
Day 8 - After breakfast, we will take a boat from Manaus and cross the Solimões River. Our destination this morning is Careiro da Várzea city. Depending of the weather conditions, we may spend a large part of the day birding around this small town. Target birds here are Slender-billed Kite, Hoatzin, Little Cuckoo, Spot-tailed and Ladder-tailed Nightjar, Blue-crowned Trogon, American Pygmy Kingfisher, White-chinned Jacamar, Chestnut-capped Puffbird, Golden-collared Toucanet, Curl-crested Aracari, Barbreasted Piculet, White-throated and Spot-breasted Woodpecker, Short-tailed Parrot, Leaden Antwren, Glossy Antshrike, Humaita and Black Antbird, Striped Woodcreeper, Red-billed Scythebill, Lesser Hornero, Red-and-white Spinetail, White-bellied and Parker's Spinetail, Crimson-hooded and Red-headed Manakin, Bare-necked Fruitcrow, Lesser Wagtail-Tyrant, River Tyrannulet, Dull-capped Attila, Riverside Tyrant, Lemon-chested Greenlet, Scaly-breasted Wren, Oriole Blackbird and Yellow-hooded, Pearlybreasted and Bicolored Conebill. At the end of the day we will drive to Careiro city. Dinner and checklist.
Day 9 - Early breakfast and birding all day on the trails around Careiro city. Target birds will be Fiery Topaz, Needle-billed Hermit, Amazonian Trogon, White-chinned and Blue-cheeked Jacamar, Chestnutcapped and Rufous-necked Puffbird, Golden-collared Toucanet, Brown-mandibled Aracari, Spot-throated Woodpecker, Short-tailed Parrot, Madeira Stipple-throated Antwren, Humaita Antbird, Black Antbird, Peruvian Warbling-Antbird, White-throated Antbird and Hairy-crested Antbird, Elegant and Juruá Woodcreeper, Chestnut-winged Hookbill, Plain-crowned Spinetail, Red-headed and Blue-crowned Manakin, Yellow-browed Tody-Flycatcher, Short-tailed Pygmy-Tyrant, Citron-bellied Attila, Rufous-tailed Flatbill, Scaly-breasted Wren, Green Oropendola and Masked. Dinner and checklist.
Day 10 - This is the last day of the tour, but we should still have time to look for any species around Careiro or Manaus that we may not have caught up with so far. We will take the participants to the Manaus International airport according to the flight schedules of the group, where our tour ends
Price Includes: Fluent English speaking birding guide, all meals (including water and soft drinks), accommodation (Hotels/Lodges), ground transportation, entrance fees at National and State Parks.
Price Does Not Include: International and Internal airfare, alcoholic beverages, room service, medical costs or hospitalization, departure taxes, excess baggage charges, laundry, insurance or other items of personal nature.