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Rainforests and Waterways of Brazil: An Amazon Birding Experience

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Program #20711RJ
12 Days | 11 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
While all of our learning adventures offer extraordinary value, our "Best Value" programs were rated by our participants themselves who thought their dollar went particularly far.
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Equipment Requirements
A pair of binoculars with good light gathering capabilities (rain forest can be very dark) and wide angle lens (8X40 or 10X50 even better). Note: Pocket binoculars are not useful for bird watching in rain forest conditions. Optional items that can help enhance your birding experience: -A spotting scope -A tripod or single pole to help steady your camera/scope. -A water proof seal able sack/bag for sensitive equipment.

Itinerary for May 22 — Jun 2, 2014

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Day One: Thursday, May 22 - Departure day from USA Overnight flight to Cuiaba
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: A comfortable four stars hotel, centrally located and easy access to airport. Ideal for the first overnight in the country

Contact info:
Avenida Isaac Póvoas, 1000
Cuiaba, MT78045-200 Brazil
phone: +55 65 3319 3000
web: www.deville.com.br

Room amenities: En-suite facilities Air conditioning Wi-fi free internet(cable) working desk Cable LCD TV Mini-bar Radio/Alarm clock hair-dryer direct dialling telephone/voice mail/fax safe deposit-free

Facility amenities: Restaurant "Ventanas Lobby Bar and Pool bar 24hrs rooms service Swimming pool Spa Games room Fitness centre convenience store Business center Free Wi-fi on public areas

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Please contact Study Journeys
Pre and post program nights can be booked please contact info@studyjourneys.com

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Two: Friday, May 23 - Arrival in Cuiaba
Arrive To: Arrival to Cuiaba in the Afternoon. Meet Our local staff will meet you at the Airport and transfer to the hotel helping with check in to your room (Rooms usually are available after 3:00 PM) Meet your Group Leader in the Lobby for welcome meeting and dinner.

Lodging: Hotel Deville

Type: Lodge

Description: Cristalino Lodge has a private reserve covering more than 29652 acres (46 square miles) an area twice the size of Manhattan Island. There are two 50 meters high observation towers reaching over the tree tops for observation of birds at various levels of the forest, as well as a screened tree house for long observation of wildlife. A floating deck (1550 square feet) on the river for swimming and relax. There are over 22 miles of specially designed trails covering a variety of communities or “Ecotons” and different ecosystems each with particular characteristics and wildlife species.

Contact info:
Cristalino RIver
Alta Floresta, Brazil
phone: +6635211396
web: http://www.cristalinolodge.com.br/

Room amenities: High ceiling fan, en-suite facilities window net

Facility amenities: The Lodge has a friendly dinning room, a bar, an outdoor lounge , a library and meeting room, river swimming area, comfortable bungalows facing the forest with en-suite facilities, a screened tree house for wildlife observation, canoes and inflatable boats.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Three: Saturday, May 24 - Transfer flight to Alta Floresta and drive to Cri...
Breakfast: After breakfast at the hotel, checkout of your room, transfer to the airport in Cuiaba, and check-in to a short flight (1:30 Hrs) to Alta Floresta.

Lunch: On arrival, you will be transferred to Hotel Floresta Amazonica, for lunch. After lunch transfer by motor vehicle then by boat to Cristalino Lodge. During the journey your local guide will be pointing out some wildlife, local ranches and talk about the economic activities of this area.

Afternoon: You arrive mid-afternoon at the lodge and will be taken to the main central area for a refreshing welcome drink and introduction to the surroundings and facilities, as well as receiving some important information. You will be then taken to your room. to settle and unpack.

Dinner: Buffet Dinner served at the Lodge's Restaurant.

Evening: After dinner meet at the Library room to review the list of birds spotted today, and plan tomorrow's activities, and set Breakfast time

Lodging: Cristalino Jungle Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Cristalino Lodge has a private reserve covering more than 29652 acres (46 square miles) an area twice the size of Manhattan Island. There are two 50 meters high observation towers reaching over the tree tops for observation of birds at various levels of the forest, as well as a screened tree house for long observation of wildlife. A floating deck (1550 square feet) on the river for swimming and relax. There are over 22 miles of specially designed trails covering a variety of communities or “Ecotons” and different ecosystems each with particular characteristics and wildlife species.

Contact info:
Cristalino RIver
Alta Floresta, Brazil
phone: +6635211396
web: http://www.cristalinolodge.com.br/

Room amenities: High ceiling fan, en-suite facilities window net

Facility amenities: The Lodge has a friendly dinning room, a bar, an outdoor lounge , a library and meeting room, river swimming area, comfortable bungalows facing the forest with en-suite facilities, a screened tree house for wildlife observation, canoes and inflatable boats.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Four: Sunday, May 25 - "Taboca Trail" bamboo birds and Dr Haffer's and K...
Breakfast: Breakfast at the Lodge Restaurant. Your Group Leader will inform you the night before what time breakfast. Usually from 4:30-5:30 AM depending on this morning Trail.

Morning: Every morning you will explore and spot on a new trail from the 16 available at the Lodge Private Reserve. On Most days you will take a 10-30 minutes boat ride to start the trail. On the way there will be various opportunities to stop and spot riverside birds. On other days you may take a trail leading off straight from the Lodge grounds. You return to the lodge in time for a refreshing shower and rest before lunch.

Lunch: Buffet lunch at the Lodge Restaurant.

Afternoon: You have time to relax and rest. Usually you will depart at around 3:00/3:30 PM for the afternoon shorter trail by boat or on foot. Yet opportunity to add some more birds to your life list. Return to the Lodge late afternoon, in time to shower and refresh before meeting at the lecture room around 6:45PM for a talk on "Amazonian Birds"

Dinner: Buffet Dinner served at the Lodge's Restaurant.

Evening: After dinner meet at the Library room to review the list of birds spotted today, and plan tomorrow's activities, and set Breakfast time.

Lodging: Cristalino Jungle Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Cristalino Lodge has a private reserve covering more than 29652 acres (46 square miles) an area twice the size of Manhattan Island. There are two 50 meters high observation towers reaching over the tree tops for observation of birds at various levels of the forest, as well as a screened tree house for long observation of wildlife. A floating deck (1550 square feet) on the river for swimming and relax. There are over 22 miles of specially designed trails covering a variety of communities or “Ecotons” and different ecosystems each with particular characteristics and wildlife species.

Contact info:
Cristalino RIver
Alta Floresta, Brazil
phone: +6635211396
web: http://www.cristalinolodge.com.br/

Room amenities: High ceiling fan, en-suite facilities window net

Facility amenities: The Lodge has a friendly dinning room, a bar, an outdoor lounge , a library and meeting room, river swimming area, comfortable bungalows facing the forest with en-suite facilities, a screened tree house for wildlife observation, canoes and inflatable boats.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Five: Monday, May 26 - Sunrise at the 50 Meters Observation Tower. The B...
Sunrise at the 50 Meters Observation Tower. The Brazil nut Trail and "Corredeira do Limao"

Breakfast: Breakfast at the Lodge Restaurant, at time advised by your Group Leader last night

Morning: Depart before daylight. walk to the 50 meters high observation tower to watch the sunrise from above the tree canopies. White Bellied, Red-fan, White-Necked Puffbird, Pompadour Cotinga, and various species of Toucan can be seen from this advantage point.

Lunch: Lunch provided by the Lodge on site or packed for your trail

Afternoon: After lunch and some rest take a boat trip up river to hike on the "Brazil Nut Trail" with its gigantic trees and interesting birds such as Musician Wren. On the return journeys by boat we pass through "Corredeira do Limao" where hundreds of Painted Parakeets can be seen. We close the day navigating down river observing the sunset over the Amazon, and the wildlife activity.

Dinner: Buffet Dinner served at the Lodge's Restaurant.

Evening: After dinner meet at the Library room to review the list of birds spotted today, and plan tomorrow's activities, and set Breakfast time.

Lodging: Cristalino Jungle Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Cristalino Lodge has a private reserve covering more than 29652 acres (46 square miles) an area twice the size of Manhattan Island. There are two 50 meters high observation towers reaching over the tree tops for observation of birds at various levels of the forest, as well as a screened tree house for long observation of wildlife. A floating deck (1550 square feet) on the river for swimming and relax. There are over 22 miles of specially designed trails covering a variety of communities or “Ecotons” and different ecosystems each with particular characteristics and wildlife species.

Contact info:
Cristalino RIver
Alta Floresta, Brazil
phone: +6635211396
web: http://www.cristalinolodge.com.br/

Room amenities: High ceiling fan, en-suite facilities window net

Facility amenities: The Lodge has a friendly dinning room, a bar, an outdoor lounge , a library and meeting room, river swimming area, comfortable bungalows facing the forest with en-suite facilities, a screened tree house for wildlife observation, canoes and inflatable boats.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Six: Tuesday, May 27 - "Sierra" Trail and low forest Birds, the "Caja" T...
Breakfast: Breakfast at the Lodge Restaurant, at time advised by your Group Leader last night.

Morning: Taking a boat ride to explore the "sierra" Trail, with a low , drier and deciduous type forest. Look for Natterer's Slaty Antshrike, Brown-Banded Puffbird, Xenopsaris and Rufous Casionis.

Lunch: Lunch provided by the Lodge on site or packed for your trail

Afternoon: This afternoon explore the "Caja" Trail closer to the Lodge, looking for the Flame-Crested Manakin. Then some free time to explore on your own the birds and wildlife on the Lodge grounds.

Dinner: Buffet Dinner served at the Lodge's Restaurant.

Evening: After dinner meet at the Library room to review the list of birds spotted today, and plan tomorrow's activities, and set Breakfast time.

Lodging: Cristalino Jungle Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Cristalino Lodge has a private reserve covering more than 29652 acres (46 square miles) an area twice the size of Manhattan Island. There are two 50 meters high observation towers reaching over the tree tops for observation of birds at various levels of the forest, as well as a screened tree house for long observation of wildlife. A floating deck (1550 square feet) on the river for swimming and relax. There are over 22 miles of specially designed trails covering a variety of communities or “Ecotons” and different ecosystems each with particular characteristics and wildlife species.

Contact info:
Cristalino RIver
Alta Floresta, Brazil
phone: +6635211396
web: http://www.cristalinolodge.com.br/

Room amenities: High ceiling fan, en-suite facilities window net

Facility amenities: The Lodge has a friendly dinning room, a bar, an outdoor lounge , a library and meeting room, river swimming area, comfortable bungalows facing the forest with en-suite facilities, a screened tree house for wildlife observation, canoes and inflatable boats.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Seven: Wednesday, May 28 - "Teles" River and Evening expedition
Breakfast: Breakfast at the Lodge Restaurant, at time advised by your Group Leader last night.

Morning: An early walk along the "Teles" River trail looking for Noble Antthrush, Snow-Capped Manakin and Dark-Winged Trumpeter.

Lunch: Lunch provided by the Lodge on site or packed for your trail

Afternoon: This afternoon continue on the river and explore the "Teles Pires" island as your expert local guide will look for spots to observe parakeets, parrots, macaws and nesting wood stocks.

Dinner: Buffet Dinner served at the Lodge's Restaurant.

Evening: After dinner meet at the Library room to review the list of birds spotted today, and plan tomorrow's activities, and set Breakfast time. Tonight you might go out for a short boat trip to spot nocturnal birds.

Lodging: Cristalino Jungle Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Cristalino Lodge has a private reserve covering more than 29652 acres (46 square miles) an area twice the size of Manhattan Island. There are two 50 meters high observation towers reaching over the tree tops for observation of birds at various levels of the forest, as well as a screened tree house for long observation of wildlife. A floating deck (1550 square feet) on the river for swimming and relax. There are over 22 miles of specially designed trails covering a variety of communities or “Ecotons” and different ecosystems each with particular characteristics and wildlife species.

Contact info:
Cristalino RIver
Alta Floresta, Brazil
phone: +6635211396
web: http://www.cristalinolodge.com.br/

Room amenities: High ceiling fan, en-suite facilities window net

Facility amenities: The Lodge has a friendly dinning room, a bar, an outdoor lounge , a library and meeting room, river swimming area, comfortable bungalows facing the forest with en-suite facilities, a screened tree house for wildlife observation, canoes and inflatable boats.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Eight: Thursday, May 29 - "Cacao" & Butterfly Trails . Sunset from the Obse...
Breakfast: Breakfast at the Lodge Restaurant, at time advised by your Group Leader last night.

Morning: This morning cross the river by boat or canoes where your expert native guide will introduce the "Cacao" Trail and help you spot Antswarms and attendant Antbirds, amongst others.

Lunch: Lunch provided by the Lodge on site or packed for your trail

Afternoon: This afternoon your local expert guide will introduce the "Butterfly" Trail where several species of Hummers and White-Lipped Pecary Wallow can be seen. An opportunity to climb the 50 meters observation tower to enjoy the sunset and spot some tree top birding.

Dinner: Buffet Dinner served at the Lodge's Restaurant.

Evening: After dinner meet at the Library room to review the list of birds spotted today, and plan tomorrow's activities, and set Breakfast time.

Lodging: Cristalino Jungle Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Cristalino Lodge has a private reserve covering more than 29652 acres (46 square miles) an area twice the size of Manhattan Island. There are two 50 meters high observation towers reaching over the tree tops for observation of birds at various levels of the forest, as well as a screened tree house for long observation of wildlife. A floating deck (1550 square feet) on the river for swimming and relax. There are over 22 miles of specially designed trails covering a variety of communities or “Ecotons” and different ecosystems each with particular characteristics and wildlife species.

Contact info:
Cristalino RIver
Alta Floresta, Brazil
phone: +6635211396
web: http://www.cristalinolodge.com.br/

Room amenities: High ceiling fan, en-suite facilities window net

Facility amenities: The Lodge has a friendly dinning room, a bar, an outdoor lounge , a library and meeting room, river swimming area, comfortable bungalows facing the forest with en-suite facilities, a screened tree house for wildlife observation, canoes and inflatable boats.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Nine: Friday, May 30 - The "Summit" Trail and a special open fire Farew...
Breakfast: Breakfast at the Lodge Restaurant, at time advised by your Group Leader last night.

Morning: Early morning hike in the "Summit" Trail with beautiful views over the landscape. The forest understory is rich and it is possible to observe mixed species of feeding flocks, led by Cinereous Antshrikes and White-Winged Shrike-Tanagers.

Lunch: Lunch provided by the Lodge on site or packed for your trail

Afternoon: This afternoon your expert guide will walk towards the "Saleiro" a natural salt-lick where Lawrence's Thrush and Curved-Billed Scythebill may be seen.

Dinner: Tonight a Farewell dinner cooked on an open fire under the stars (weather permitting)

Evening: After dinner meet at the Library room to review the list of birds spotted today, and plan tomorrow's activities, and set Breakfast time.

Lodging: Cristalino Jungle Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Hotel is set on its own extensive gardens, surrounded by a Private Protected Forest reservation. Wildlife is abundant and often seen on hotel grounds. The Hotel has an open air swimming pool.

Contact info:
Av. Perimetral Oeste, 2001
Alta Floresta, Brazil
phone: +55 (66) 3512-7100
web: www.fah.com.br

Facility amenities: The hotel has a restaurant, a Bar, a veranda lounge, explorers trails through the garden and Forest within its grounds. Leisure and exercise area with running lanes, multi sport courts, soccer field, fitness center, Sauna, swimming pool and games room. Wi-fi Internet available at cost

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights after: From $190,(single room/night)
For additional nights at the end of the program please contact Study Journeys for availability and prices: info@studyjourneys.com

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Ten: Saturday, May 31 - "Ficus" Trail - Transfer to Alta FLoresta
Breakfast: Breakfast at the Lodge Restaurant, Your Group Leader will advise the night before the time for your breakfast on your last day.

Morning: Time for one more short trail this morning to spot a few more species. Your Group Leader will advise the time to meet in Reception for Checkout procedures and transfer to Alta Floresta. During transfer there will be opportunity to stop along the route to spot some more endemic birds. If time allows, we will visit a Garden center on arrival at Alta Floresta known for its collection of orchids.

Lunch: Lunch at the Hotel in Alta Floresta

Afternoon: This afternoon at around 3:30PM we take a guided walk on the Hotel own trails on the grounds, where some unique birds as well as an Harpya Eagle nest might be seen..

Dinner: Dinner at the Hotel

Lodging: Hotel Floresta Amazonica

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Eleven: Sunday, June 01 - Departure Day
Breakfast: Breakfast at the Hotel

Morning: This morning is free to relax and pack. Or you may take the opportunity to put your experience to the test by exploring on your own the hotel extensive private reserve, where various species can be found . Checkout of your room by 12:00 Noon.

Lunch: Early lunch at the hotel

Afternoon: After lunch transfer to Alta Floresta Airport, and check-in to your flight departing usually around 2:00 PM arriving at CUIABA at around 3:41 PM where your program ends. On arrival our local staff will meet your flight and will assist your check-in to your international return flight home.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day Twelve: Monday, June 02 - Arrival Day in USA
Arrive To: International flight arrives in the US


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