Length: 9 days / 8 nights
Tour Leader: Edson Endrigo
Price: US$ 4.650,00 / each - (Single room supplement: US$ 780,00)
We need a minimum of 2 people to run this tour
Day 1 - Meet on arrival at Alta Floresta city airport, Mato Grosso state. Transfer by car to Thaimaçu Lodge (3hr drive). Target birds on the way to the lodge will be, Razor-billed Curassow, Pearl Kite, Harpy Eagle, Gray-lined Hawk, Fork-tailed Palm-Swift, Guira Cuckoo, Chestnut-fronted Macaw, Black-fronted Nunbird, Red-breasted Meadowlark, among many others. On arrival, there will be a brief introduction to the lodge before you are taken to your room. Dinner and checklist.
Day 2 - After an early morning breakfast we will visit the canopy tower, which allow guests to observe the treetops from 40m (130 ft.) above the ground. This is a fantastic way to try to see many species as Bald Parrot (described in April 2003), Ruddy Pigeon, Black-bellied Cuckoo, Amazonian Pygmy-Owl, Blacktailed and Amazonian Trogon, White-necked and Pied Puffbird, Black-girdled Barbet, Gould's Toucanet, Curl-crested and Red-necked Aracari, Ringed and Red-necked Woodpecker, Cinnamon-throated and Layard's Woodcreeper, Pygmy Antwren, Dusky-chested Flycatcher, Spangled and Pompadour Cotinga, , White-browed Purpletuft, Masked Tityra, Slaty-capped Shrike-Vireo, Red-billed Pied and Paradise Tanager, Short-billed and Purple Honeycreeper, Yellow-shouldered Grosbeak and Golden-bellied Euphonia. After lunch, we will do a boat trip on the São Benedito River. Lots of Hoatzins and produce a great variety of birds such as Red-throated Piping-Guan, Razor-billed Curassow, Hoatzin, Agami and Zigzag Heron, Green Ibis, Ornate Hawk-Eagle, Sunbittern, Bat Falcon, Bold Parrot, Crimson Topaz, Whitenecked Jacobin, Ladder-tailed Nightjar, American Pygmy Kingfisher, Paradise Jacamar, Long-billed Woodcreeper, Glossy Antshrike, Amazonian Streaked-Antwren, Silvered and Band-tailed Antbird, Spotted Tody-Flycatcher, Sulphury Flycatcher, Amazonian Umbrellabird, Bare-necked Fruitcrow, Redcapped Cardinal and Yellow-bellied Dacnis. It is quite possible to see a variety of mammals such as tapir, capybara, and two species of otters during these boat rides.
Day 3 and 8 -
Please note, there is no detailed daily itinerary at Thaimaçu, as birding activities will vary
depending on the weather conditions. In addition, the Lodge management varies the activities of other
groups of visitors, to ensure there is plenty of space for everyone in the observation areas.
The trails at terra firme at Thaimaçu Lodge are well maintained and wide enough for the group have
excellent views of most birds.
We will visit a variety of different trails to ensure access to the various types of forest habitat, such as the vine-laden bamboo thickets with Rufous-capped Nunlet, Striated and Manu Antbird, Chestnut-throated Spinetail, Tapajós Scythebill and Dusky-tailed Flatbill. Others stunning possibilities on these trails are Gray and Great Tinamou, Cryptic and Slaty-backed Forest-Falcon, Collared Puffbird, Great and Blue-cheeked Jacamar, Buff-throated Foliage-gleaner, Saturnine Antshrike, Banded Antbird, Alta Floresta Antpitta, Cinnamon-crested and White-crested Spadebill, Royal Flycatcher, Spot- backed and Dot-backed Antbird, Snow-capped and Red-headed Manakin.
With luck, we will find a swarm
of army ants feeding on the forest floor, which may attract such species as White-backed Fire-eye, Blackspotted Bare-eye and the endemic Bare-eyed Antbird. We will also take a number of boat trips on the
São Benedito River and Rio Claro rivers. These invariably produce a great variety of birds such as Redthroated Piping-Guan, Razor-billed Curassow, Hoatzin, Agami and Zigzag Heron, Green Ibis, Ornate
Hawk-Eagle, Sunbittern, Bat Falcon, Bold Parrot, Crimson Topaz, White-necked Jacobin, Ladder-tailed
Nightjar, American Pygmy Kingfisher, Paradise Jacamar, Long-billed Woodcreeper, Glossy Antshrike,
Amazonian Streaked-Antwren, Silvered and Band-tailed Antbird, Spotted Tody-Flycatcher, Sulphury
Flycatcher, Amazonian Umbrellabird, Bare-necked Fruitcrow, Red-capped Cardinal and Yellow-bellied
It is quite possible to see a variety of mammals such as tapir, capybara, and two species of otters during these boat rides. Opportunities are good for night birding and we will look for Austral ScreechOwl, Crested and Black-banded Owl, Common and Great Potoo, Short-tailed Nighthawk, Pauraque and Blackish Nightjar.
Day 9 - This will be our last day, but we should have time to try to find any birds around the lodge that we have not seen during the trip. Around 10:00am we will leave for Alta Floresta. After lunch we will travel to the 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.