Length: 13 days / 12 nights
Tour Leader: Edson Endrigo
Price: US$ 5.200,00 / each - (Single room supplement: US$ 700,00)
We need a minimum of 2 people to run this tour
Day 1 and 2 - After an early morning breakfast we will spend the day birding on trails around Porto Seguro. The Atlantic Forest biome at the southern coast of Bahia is a place of high biodiversity which will provide excellent opportunities to see some unforgettable bird species, such as East Brazilian Chachalaca, Harpy Eagle, Little Wood-Rail, Scaled Pigeon, Black-capped Screech-Owl, White-winged Potoo, Hook-billed Hermit, Margaretta's Hermit, Racket-tailed Coquette, Blue-chinned Sapphire, Rufous-throated Sapphire, Plain-bellied Emerald, White-fronted Nunbird, Black-necked Aracari, Bahia Piculet, Atlantic Woodpecker, Cryptic Forest-Falcon, Golden-capped Parakeet, Ochre-marked Parakeet, Maroon-faced Parakeet, Reichenow's Parrot, Red-browed Parrot, Band-tailed Antwren, Bahia Antwren, Sooretama Slaty-Antshrike, Caatinga Cacholote, Red-headed Manakin, Striped Manakin, White-crowned Manakin, Blue-backed Manakin, Cinereous Mourner, Black-headed Berryeater, Banded Cotinga, White-winged Cotinga, Olivaceous Flatbill, Moustached Wren, Moustached Wren, Tropical Mockingbird, Campo Troupial, Red-cowled Cardinal, White-bellied Tanager, Silver-breasted Tanager and Yellow-green Grosbeak. Dinner and check list.
Day 3 - Early breakfast and birding in the morning around Porto Seguro looking for species that we have not seen during the previous days. After checking out of the hotel and lunch, we will transfer by car to Serra Bonita Private Reserve, Camacan - a four hour drive. Dinner and check list. The Serra Bonita Reserve covers a variety of altitude of Atlantic forest habitat, providing a large variety of vegetation and birds. Interesting birds as the Mantled Hawk, Black-and-white Hawk-Eagle, Harpy Eagle, Least Pygmy-Owl, Rufous-breasted Hermit, Sombre Hummingbird, Buff-bellied Puffbird, Crescent-chested Puffbird, Spot-billed Toucanet, Black-necked Aracari, Bahia Piculet, Spotted Piculet, Golden-capped Parakeet, Salvadori's Antwren, Plumbeous Antvireo, White-bibbed Antbird, Sharp-billed Treehunter, Bahia Spinetail, Pink-legged Graveteiro, Striated Softtail, Striped and Pin-tailed Manakin, Sharpbill, Buff-throated Purpletuft, Banded Cotinga, Bahia Tyrannulet, Olivaceous Flatbill, Gray-hooded Attila, Three-striped Flycatcher, Lemon-chested Greenlet, Rufous-brown Solitaire, Green-headed and Red-necked Tanager and Orange-bellied Euphonia.
Day 4 - Early breakfast and all day birding at Serra Bonita Reserve, on trails in the Atlantic Forest. Today we will be looking for any remaining specialties which we may not yet have seen already and which are present only here. Night birding to search for any species that we have not seen. Dinner and checklist.
Day 5 - After an early morning breakfast, we will walk around the Serra Bonita Reserve looking for birds that we haven’t seen during the tour. After lunch, we will begin our journey to Itacaré. After checking in at the hotel we will bird until the end of the day searching for the local specialties. Dinner and checklist.
Day 6 - Itacaré is a small town located on the south coast of Bahia state. It is a great destination to see birds such as Russet-crowned Crake, Margaretta's Hermit, Racket-tailed Coquette, Blue-chinned Sapphire, Rufous-throated Sapphire, Plain-bellied Emerald, White-fronted Nunbird, Brown-backed and Golden-tailed Parrotlet, Band-tailed Antwren, Bahia Antwren, Chestnut-backed Antshrike, Bahia Tapaculo, Red-billed Scythebill, Caatinga Cacholote, Cinereous-breasted Spinetail, Pink-legged Graveteiro, Striated Softtail, Pale-bellied Tyrant-Manakin, Striped and White-crowned Manakin, Cinereous Mourner, Black-headed Berryeater, Bare-throated Bellbird, White-winged Cotinga, Smoky-fronted Tody-Flycatcher, Hangnest Tody-Tyrant, Tropical Mockingbird, Pectoral Sparrow, Campo Troupial, White-bellied and Silver-breasted Tanager, Dubois's Seedeater and Orange-bellied Euphonia.
Day 7 -
Early breakfast, check out of the hotel and transfer to Boa Nova city (four hour drive). Check in at the hotel and lunch. In the afternoon we will be looking for special birds that can only be seen at Boa Nova and the bird species that we haven’t seen during the tour. Dinner and checklist.
Boa Nova is located at southeastern Bahia state, a transitional area between the Atlantic Forest and Caatinga biomes and home to almost 450 bird species, some endemic and threatened. In the next two days, the target birds will be the White-bellied Nothura, White-cheeked Pintail, Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle, Mantled Hawk, Giant Snipe, Hook-billed Hermit, Ruby-topaz Hummingbird, Sapphire-spangled Emerald, Spotted Piculet, Blue-winged Macaw, Cactus Parakeet, Golden-tailed Parrotlet, Stripe-backed Antbird, Narrow-billed Antwren, Black-bellied and Caatinga Antwren, Silvery-cheeked and Caatinga Antshrike, Planalto Slaty-Antshrike, Slender and Rio de Janeiro Antbird, White-browed Antpitta, Black-billed Scythebill, Caatinga Cacholote, Bahia and Ochre-cheeked Spinetail, Pink-legged Graveteiro, Gray-headed Spinetail, Striated Softtail, Buff-throated Purpletuft, White-naped Xenopsaris, Bahia Tyrannulet, Smoky-fronted Tody-Flycatcher, Lesser Wagtail-Tyrant, Ash-throated Casiornis, Gray-eyed Greenlet, Rufous-brown Solitaire, Campo Troupial, Red-cowled Cardinal, Scarlet-throated Tanager, Pileated Finch, White-throated and Copper Seedeater, Ultramarine Grosbeak and during the day the roosting Pygmy Nightjar. Night birding to search for Black-banded and Stygian Owl, Rufous Nightjar. Dinner and checklist.
Day 8 and 9 - During the next two days, we will be visiting the Caatinga, Mata de Cipó (vine forest) and the Atlantic Forest, looking for the Boa Nova specialties and also looking for any bird that we may not yet have seen already and which are present only here. Dinner and checklist.
Day 10 - After an early breakfast, we check out of the hotel and start a long traveling day to Lençois, (Seven hour drive). Lençois is located at the Chapada Diamantina, a very scenic place with great ecological and environmental diversity in its territory, covering, for example, three Brazilian biomes: Atlantic Forest, Cerrado and Caatinga. After we check in at the hotel, we will still have the time to go birdwatching until the end of the day around the area. Dinner and checklist.
Day 11 and 12 - After an early breakfast, we will be visiting different habitats, home of beautiful birds, such as Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle, Plain-breasted Ground-Dove, Biscutate Swift, Brown Violetear, Ruby-topaz Hummingbird, Hooded Visorbearer, Horned Sungem, Surucua Trogon, Spotted Piculet, Sincora Antwren, Caatinga Antwren, Rufous-winged Antshrike, Collared Crescentchest, Ceara Gnateater, Diamantina Tapaculo, Scaled Woodcreeper, Great Xenops, Caatinga Cacholote, Spix's Spinetail, Pale-bellied Tyrant-Manakin, Blue-backed Manakin, Helmeted Manakin, Pearly-vented Tody-tyrant, Rufous-sided Pygmy-Tyrant, Gray-backed Tachuri, White-naped Jay, Long-billed Wren, Sao Francisco Sparrow, Pale Baywing, Cinnamon Tanager, Gilt-edged Tanager, Stripe-tailed Yellow-Finch, Plumbeous Seedeater, White-bellied Seedeater, Pale-throated Pampa-Finch, Blue Finch, Black-throated Saltator, Hepatic Tanager, Ultramarine Grosbeak and Hooded Siskin.
Day 13 - Early breakfast and birding until lunch time. During our last day we will look for species that we have not seen during the tour. After lunch and checklist we will drive to Salvador city airport – 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.