BEST OF BRAZIL - Rain Forests, Wetlands, Cerrado & Highlands
18 Days & 15 Nights
This is the combination of destinations we'd recommend before visiting the others, unless you have a special interest. This tour concentrates on several of the richest habitats in the country; in fact, some of the richest on the continent. For 16 full days we'll search for a great variety of mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians in Brazil's Atlantic rain forests, the world's largest wetlands, the grasslands of central Brazil often likened to Africa's savannas, and the unique mountainous habitats above the rain forest. Our Best of Brazil tour combines our Pantanal & Chapada, Caraça & Caratinga and Iguaçu Falls itineraries with an additional reserve near Caraça. You can refer to the descriptions for the first three tours, and below read about the previously undescribed national park.
On the eastern edge of the Planalto Central, rocky high ridges above 4,500 feet present a strange and exciting biome. Serra do Cipó National Park is composed of high mountainous grasslands marked with areas of rough rocky outcroppings. It creates a surreal backdrop for black and orange grasshoppers, carnivorous plants and birds found here and no where else. Serra do Cipó National Park was created to protect a number of odd and endemic plants, insects, frogs and birds, including the recently described Cipó Canestero, endemic to this park. We should have stunning views of the Black Tufted-eared Marmoset, an endemic primate that is common in the lower reaches of the park.
Your naturalist guide is equipped with a spotting telescope for seeing distant or hard to see animals, microphone and tape recorder for luring in rare and hard to see animals that respond to their own call, and the appropriate bird and mammal identification books for your enjoyment. By the end of the tour, participants will have an intimate knowledge of six distinctly different biomes and many more micro-ecosystems. We will likely have seen at least six if not all nine possible primate species and races, several other mammal, reptile and amphibian species, hundreds of bird species, numerous flowering trees and other spectacular plants. An extraordinary number of the flora and fauna species we'll see are found here and only here.
Join us on an unforgettable journey into some of the richest and most beautiful areas on earth... the Best of Brazil.