In this trip we will see the endemic birds and some of the most enigmatic mammals of the Cerrado, also known as the Brazilian Savana. During 11 days we will visit three protected areas in the state of Minas Gerais: Serra do Cipó National Park, Serra da Canastra National Park and the Santuário do Caraça Private Reserve.
The Serra do Cipó National Park has a size of 31 thousand hectares and is part of the Espinhaço Range. This region contains the transition between two very important biomes: Cerrado and Atlantic Rainforest. The flora of this region is also known for its richness and high number of endemic species belong to the Rocky Fields (Campos Rupestres), a landscape composed mainly by grasslands and rocky outcrops.
The Serra da Canastra National Park was established in 1972 with the main purpose to protecting 197 thousand hectares in the main spring of the São Francisco River. The landscape is very beautiful, in one of the most beautiful scenarios is the Casca D’Anta, the first waterfall from the San Francisco River, with almost 185 meters high. The park consists of a typical Cerrado, where you can see over 350 species of birds, such as the Brazilian Merganser and several wild animals such as the Maned Wolf and the Giant Anteater.
Our final destination is the Santuário do Caraça Private Reserve, an ancient convent that served as the inn for travelers on the XVIII century along the Royal Road. Nowadays the structure of the old convent is a hotel in the middle of a 14 thousand hectares of protected area. The flora is characterized by the transition between the Cerrado and the Atlantic Forest. This place is also the best destination to see the Maned Wolf.
Greater Rhea, Red-legged Seriema, Spotted Nothura, Red-winged Tinamou, Muscovy Duck, Brazilian Merganser, Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle, Crowned Solitary Eagle, king Vulture, Ocellated Crake, Scaled Dove, Rufous-tailed Jacamar, Three-toed Jacamar, Rufous-capped Motmot, Planalto Hermit, Hyacinth Visorbearer, Stripe-breasted Starthroat, White-vented Violetear, Horned Sungem, Amethyst Woodstar, Biscutate Swift, Spot-backed Puffbird, Toco Toucan, Golden-capped Parakeet, Peach-fronted Parakeet, Yellow-chevroned Parakeet, Yellow-faced Parrot, White-wedged Piculet, White-barred Piculet, Chekered Woodpecker, Narrow-billed Woodcreeper, Chestnut-capped Foliage-gleaner, Pale-legged Hornero, Cipo Canastero, Cipo Cinclodes, Campo Miner, Rufous-winged Antshrike, Black-capped Antwren, Silvery-cheeked Antshrike, Serra Antwren, Collared Crescentchest, Rock Tapaculo, Brasilia Tapaculo, Plain-crested Elaenia, White-rumped Monjita, Chapada Flycatcher, Streamer-tailed Tyrant, White-throated Kingbird, Cock-tailed Tyrant, Sharp-tailed Tyrant, Helmeted Manakin, Curl-crested Jay, Gray-eyed Greenlet, Flavescent Warbler, White-striped Warbler, Sedge Wren, Blue Finch, Pileated Finch, Black-throated Saltator, Cinnamon Tanager, Gilt-edged Tanager, White-rumped Tanager, Hooded Tanager, White-banded Tanager, Saffron-billed Sparrow, Plumbeous Seedeater, Stripe-tailed Yellow-Finch, Buff-throated Warbling-Finch, Cinereous Warbling-Finch, Black-masked Finch and much more. Regarding mammals the possibilities are the Giant Anteater, Brazilian Tapir, Pampas Deer, Crab-eating Fox, Maned Wolf, Black-tufted marmoset, Black-horned Tufted Capuchin, and Black-fronted Titi Monkey.
- Day 1: Belo Horizonte Airport to Serra do Cipó National Park;
- Day 2: Birding the Santana do Riacho area;
- Day 3: Birding the Serra do Cipó National Park;
- Day 4: Transfer to São Roque de Minas;
- Day 5: Birding the high portion of the Serra da Canastra National Park;
- Day 6: Birding the low portion of the Serra da Canastra National Park;
- Day 7: Birding the Serra da Canastra National Park;
- Day 8: Transfer to the Caraça Sanctuary;
- Day 9: Birding the Caraça Sanctuary;
- Day 10: Birding the Caraça Sanctuary;
- Day 11: End of the trip.
When to go
June to November.
Ask in advance for details.
- Accommodation in double rooms;
- All meals during the trip (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner);
- Ground Transport with local driver;
- Guide Services.
- Drinks and Bar services;
- Phone services;
- Air tickets.