Chapada dos Guimarães
Birds of the Brazilian Savannas
Chapada dos Guimarães National Park sits atop the Brazilian Central Plateau, on a very scenic area comprised by cerrado scrubland bordered by huge sandstone cliffs and lush gallery forest.
This land is home for many of the Cerrado’s specialties, such as Greater Rhea and Red-legged Seriema, Horned Sungem, Collared Crescentchest, Rufous-winged Antshrike, White-eared Puffbird, Guira, White-rumped & White-banded Tanagers, Coal-crested Finch, Plumbeous Seedeater, Black-throated Saltator, recently described Chapada Flycatcher and some rarities such as the Rufous-sided Pygmy-Tyrant and the Yellow-billed Blue Finch. The red sandstone cliffs are also home for Red-and-green and Blue-winged Macaws, Biscutate Swifts and some big raptors too, including Ornate and Black-and-white Hawk-Eagles, Crowned Eagle and Black-chested Buzzard Eagle.
After the Pantanal, this is the region’s leading attraction, and apart from the birds, offers superb views, monolithic rock formations, caves, and some stunning waterfalls, which are part of the many water sources for the Pantanal marshlands below. Highlights: rare and endemic bird species, stunning scenery, pleasant outings. This trip is easily combined with the Pantanal for great diversity of birds and Cristalino Lodge for Amazonian birds. Other extensions available.
Availability: Year round
Gateway City: Cuiabá (CGB airport)
Duration: 3 to 5 days
Group size: Max 10 people
What to expect: good accommodations, easy to moderate terrain, short walks, warm climate, abundant birdlife, gorgeous scenery
Chapada dos Guimarães Highlight