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Rainforests and Waterways of Brazil: An Amazon Birding Experience

Program Number: 20711RJ
Start and End Dates:
5/10/2013 - 5/20/2013;
Duration: 10 nights
Location: Brazil
Price starting at: $4,820.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Birding
Meals: 26; 9 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 8 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

The rainforests of Brazil give shelter and life to more than 1,800 bird species, making the Amazon region the most diverse bird habitat in the world — not to mention a haven for birders seeking to add exotic species to their life lists. On a birding adventure that makes its way from rainforest trails and river shorelines to ranches and nature reserves, join ornithologists and local experts as you search for Cryptic Forest Falcons, Pompadour Cotingas, Dark-Winged Trumpeters and much, much more.




Highlights

• Journey by small boat along the Teles River for opportunities to spot bird life on the water and river banks.
• Get a “birds-eye view” of the surrounding forest as you enjoy tree-top birding from a 164-foot observation tower.
• Thrill in a chance to spot a Harpy Eagle nest in the nature reserve in Alta Floresta.



Activity Particulars

Walking along jungle trails, mostly level terrain.



Unfortunately we are not able to offer roommate matching on this program. So you can get the most out of your experience, all of our Birding programs have a maximum participant-to-instructor ratio of 14:1.




Date Specific Information

5-10-2013

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Itinerary Summary

Arrival Cuiaba, 1 night; flight to Alta Floresta, coach and boat ride to Cristalino Lodge, 7 nights; boat & coach to Alta Floresta, 1 night; flight to Cuiaba, departure.



Days 1-8:
Flight from the U.S.A.
Arrival Cuiaba (Brazil)
1 night
Flight to Alta Floresta, coach and boat to Cristalino Lodge 7 nights

With native birding experts and translators, hike along local trails in search of birds in their favorite habitats — find Cryptic Forest Falcons in bamboo bushes and Natterer's Slaty Antshrike in deciduous forest regions. Climb a 164-foot observatory tower for a breathtaking view of the rainforest canopy and search for various species of toucans and puffbirds. A boat excursion through the Corredeira do Limao reveals Painted Parakeets, while a field trip to “Teles Pires” island offers a look at vibrant macaws, parrots and nesting wood storks. Enjoy an evening meal cooked on an open fire under the stars, weather permitting. Lodging: Four-star hotel; Cristalino Jungle Lodge.



Days 9-11:
Coach to Alta Floresta
1 night
Flight to Cuiaba
Flight to the U.S.A.

Admire the exotic blossoms of a private orchid garden or take a field trip to a Brazil nut processing center to learn about local industry. Enjoy an opportunity to spot a nesting pair of Harpy Eagles in the nature reserve. Lodging: Comfortable hotel.




Brazil

With an area of more than 3.2 million square miles, Brazil subsumes a huge portion of the continent of South America. Its geography is dominated by two major features: the Amazon River and its Central Highlands -- a plateau extending southward from the River. A network of mountain ranges forms a divide between the Atlantic Ocean and the interior. Brazil boasts one of the most intricate and beautiful river systems in the world.



Accommodations
Cuiaba: Conveniently located four-star hotel. Cristalino River Nature Reserve: Lodge with comfortable apartments and bungalows, surrounded by virgin rainforest. Alta Floresta: Hotel located along a private wildlife reservation.
Meals and Lodgings
   Hotel Deville
  Cuiaba-MT, Brazil 1 night
   Cristalino Jungle Lodge
  Cristalino River Nature Reserve, Brazil 7 nights
   Hotel Floresta Amazonica
  Alta Floresta, Brazil 1 night
 Hotel Deville
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 allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Please contact Study Journeys Pre and post program nights can be booked please contact info@studyjourneys.com
  Check in time: 2:00 PM

 Cristalino Jungle Lodge
Type: Lodge
  Description: A unique lodge specially designed for nature lovers & bird watching aficionados. Comfortable apartments/rooms in various bungalows dotted around the grounds surrounded by virgin forest. Most rooms/bungalows have secluded views direct into the forest. All supporting infrastructure and waste disposal were designed with preservation in mind and are eco-friendly. Dedicated trails designed to observe the various species of endemic & migrating birds at the various forest levels. Two observations towers at 35 meters(115 ft) & 50 meters(164 ft) high, allowing observation of bird and wild life above tree tops.
  Contact info: n/a
Alta Floresta,   Brazil
phone: +55 (66) 3521 1439
web: www.cristalinolodge.com.br/
  Room amenities: All rooms/bungalows have en-suite facilities. Ceiling fan, Natural ventilation system, Most rooms/bungalows are strategically surrounded by and facing the forest to allow wildlife observation from the room.
  Facility amenities: The Lodge has an open reception lounge with hammocks, a refectory/dinning room, a reading/meeting & games rooms. A sun deck with sun beds and parasols for river swimming. Two high altitude observation towers.
  Smoking allowed: No

 Hotel Floresta Amazonica
Type: Hotel
  Description: The Hotel has its own extensive gardens,with wildlife, and a Private Protected Forest reservation where wildlife is also abundant. The Hotel a 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, multisport courts, soccer field, fitness center, Sauna, swimming pool and games room. Wi-fi internet available at cost
  Smoking allowed: No
  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


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
11:00 PM -Hotel in Cuiaba You will be staying at Hotel Deville that night.
  End of Program:
4:00 PM -Cuiaba Airport You will be staying at Hotel Floresta Amazonica the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. On Roadscholar website participants will find this info under “Travel details”: • A travel visa is required for this country and must be obtained in advance • The cost of this travel visa is not included in the program cost. We strongly recommend that you use the services of our designated visa service provider GenVisa. You can access and print your application and review costs by visiting the website for Road Scholar participants at www.genvisa.com/roadscholar or you may contact them by calling (800) 845-8968. Please contact Road Scholar if you would like this application mailed or emailed to you. • Your passport must have 1 blank passport page(s) for entry/exit visas. Self applicants: However for participants enquiring/wishing to apply for the visa themselves, they must contact Brazilian Embassy Consular Services website – washington.itamaraty.gov.br/en-us/consular_and_visa_services.xml -find their nearest Brazilian Consulate and access the website to apply online or to download the required forms and follow the instructions.
  Parking availability:
n/a
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
  Train or bus availability: Cristalino Jungle Lodge is a private Nature Reserve accessible by private transportation only.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Cuiaba-MT
  Nearest city or town:  Cuiaba
  Nearest highway: n/a
  Nearest airport:  Cuiaba
  Transportation to site: Group Transfer from Cuiaba airport to Hotel.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Alta Floresta
  Nearest city or town:  Alta Floresta
  Nearest highway: n/a
  Nearest airport:  Alta Floresta
  Transportation from site: Group transfer from last Hotel to Alta Floresta airport for flight to Cuiaba Airport
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.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Flight to Cuiaba.
(Friday, May 10)
   
 Arrive To: Arrival to Cuiaba in the late evening. Transfer to hotel and check in. Please note that this is an International travel day. The arrival into Cuiaba is very late in the evening and there are no meals nor program activities scheduled on this day.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Deville

Day 2: Transfer flight to Alta Floresta and Cristalino Jungle Lodge
(Saturday, May 11)
   
 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 a boat ride 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 check-in to your room. After settling in and unpacking, meet your Group leader at a pre-arranged location for a welcome drink, information meeting and orientation introducing the staff, your local native guide and experts, the lodge grounds facilities and amenities, followed by a Lecture on "Birding in the Amazon" by a local biologist/ornithologist.
 Dinner: Dinner at the Lodge. During or after dinner planning meeting for tomorrow's activities
   
Accommodations: Cristalino Jungle Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: "Taboca Trail" bamboo birds and Dr Haffer's and Kawali's Trails
(Sunday, May 12)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the Lodge. If departure is very early in the morning (before sunrise), an early morning coffee and a packed breakfast will be provided to be taken with you on the trail.
 Morning: Your local expert native guide leads a field visit/lecture hiking on "Taboca" Trail looking for birds on bamboo bushes such as "Xingu Antwren" Striated(Emilia's) Antbird, Dusky-tailed and Large-headed Flatbill and the endemic Cryptic Forest Falcon. Most of your expert native guides through out the program do not have full command of English, However, an expert translator will always accompany the group
 Lunch: Lunch provided by the Lodge.
 Afternoon: Mid afternoon take a guided field trip with your expert native guide on Dr. Haffer's trail where mixed species will be introduced . Then connect with the "Kawali's trail where Gould's Toucanet and Kawali's parrot can be seen.
 Dinner: Dinner at the Lodge.
 Evening: After dinner a meeting with your expert guides and leader to exchange the day experiences, review and plan tomorrows activities
   
Accommodations: Cristalino Jungle Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Sunrise at the 50 Meters Observation Tower. The Brazil nut Trail and "Corredeira do Limao"
(Monday, May 13)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast by the Lodge. Depending on your day activity and departure time, an early morning coffee and a packed breakfast will be provided to be taken with you on the trail.
 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: Dinner at the Lodge
 Evening: After dinner a meeting with your expert guides and leader to exchange the day experiences, review and plan tomorrows activities
   
Accommodations: Cristalino Jungle Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: "Sierra" Trail and low forest Birds, the "Caja" Trail.
(Tuesday, May 14)
   
 Breakfast: An opportunity for early exploration on your own on the grounds before daylight breaks. Breakfast by the Lodge. Depending on your day activity and departure time, an early morning coffee and a packed breakfast will be provided to be taken with you on the trail.
 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: Dinner at the Lodge
 Evening: After dinner a meeting with your expert guides and leader to exchange the day experiences, review and plan tomorrows activities
   
Accommodations: Cristalino Jungle Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: "Teles" River and Evening expedition
(Wednesday, May 15)
   
 Breakfast: Explore the grounds on your own before Breakfast by the Lodge. Depending on your day activity and departure time, an early morning coffee and a packed breakfast will be provided to be taken with you on the trail.
 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: Dinner at the Lodge
 Evening: After dinner a short meeting with your expert guides and leader to exchange the day experiences, review and plan tomorrows activities. Then an opportunity to watch the Sunset and explore the night birds and wildlife.
   
Accommodations: Cristalino Jungle Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: "Cacao" & Butterfly Trails . Sunset from the Observation Tower
(Thursday, May 16)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast by the Lodge. Depending on your day activity and departure time, an early morning coffee and a packed breakfast will be provided to be taken with you on the trail.
 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: Dinner at the Lodge
 Evening: After dinner a meeting with your expert guides and leader to exchange the day experiences, review and plan tomorrows activities
   
Accommodations: Cristalino Jungle Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: The "Summit" Trail and a special open fire Farewell dinner
(Friday, May 17)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast by the Lodge. Depending on your day activity and departure time, an early morning coffee and a packed breakfast will be provided to be taken with you on the trail.
 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)
   
Accommodations: Cristalino Jungle Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: "Ficus" Trail - Transfer to Alta FLoresta
(Saturday, May 18)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast by the Lodge. Depending on your day activity and departure time, an early morning coffee and a packed breakfast will be provided to be taken with you on the trail.
 Morning: Free morning to rest and pack, with the option of an early morning hike with your expert native guide to enjoy one more hike on the "Ficus" trail.Checkout of the Lodge mid-morning for your transfer to Alta Floresta. You arrive just before lunch
 Lunch: Lunch at the Hotel in Alta Floresta
 Afternoon: This afternoon an opportunity to visit a private orchid garden or a local "Brazil Nut" processing plant depending on availability. You may also take the opportunity to explore on your own the extensive hotel grounds an its private nature reserve, where you might spot an Harpy eagle nest.
 Dinner: Dinner at the Hotel
   
Accommodations: Hotel Floresta Amazonica
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Departure Day
(Sunday, May 19)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the Hotel
 Morning: This morning an opportunity to put your experience to test by exploring on your own the hotel extensive private reserve, where various species can be found including a Harpy Eagle nest where the resident couple might be spotted. Checkout of your room by 11:00 AM
 Lunch: Early lunch at the hotel
 Afternoon: After lunch transfer to Alta Floresta Airport, and check-in to your flight to Cuiaba. where your program ends. On arrival at Cuiaba, your Group Leader will assist your check-in to your international return flight home.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 11: Arrival Day in USA
(Monday, May 20)
   
 Arrive To: International flight arrives in the US
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


Alta Floresta revisited: an updated review of the "avifauna" of the most heavily surveyed site in south central Amazonia


Author: Cristalino Jungle Lodge Survey


Description: The Cristalino Jungle Lodge has compiled a survey listing all birds identified and catalogued by six prestigious or Biologist/ornithologist during their numerous stays at the Lodge during the past 15 years. Please look at the link: www.cristalinolodge.com.br/content.php?lang=en&cat=species-lists



A Field Guide to the Birds of Brazil


Author: Ber Van Perlo


Description: Paperback: 480 pages - Publisher: OUP USA (29 Oct 2009) - Language English ISBN-10: 0195301552 - ISBN-13: 978-0195301557 Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 18.5 x 2.5 cm Described as the most complete guide for Brazilian Birds. Brazil's bird diversity is one of the richest in the world. And yet there has never been a comprehensive field guide to this splendid and elusive avifauna. Until now. The carefully vetted text and images are the first to cover the full range of bird life in this vast and varied country. They are all here--every species and many subspecies found in each region of Brazil--with special attention given to the 218 Brazilian endemics. The book is laid out so that the illustrations sit across from the commentary and the distribution maps, so it is easy to use. Also, the author uses short-hand notation throughout, to make the book compact and easy to carry when in the field. For each bird, the scientific, English, and Portuguese name are given as well as detailed information on measurement; identifying features; habitat; voice, song, and call. Distribution maps show the range for each species, also indicating seasonality and occurrence, essential for finding and identifying specific birds. From the equatorial North to the tropics, the introductory paragraphs set the stage in describing Brazil's varied biogeography, climate, geomorphology, and natural vegetation. A bibliography and further references, and an English-Portuguese dictionary of frequently used terms enhance the user-friendly qualities.





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