12 days
Duration
4WD
Vehicle

This tour offers the impressive wildlife of the Great Chaco, and the magnificent wilderness of the Pantanal, but also some of the last and most remote spots of the Cerrado. Amazing birding spots, with +80 bird species in a morning, but also best chances to see some of the most impressive mammals, including Jaguar, Puma, Lowland Tapir, Giant Otter, Chacoan Peccary, Giant Anteater, Marsh Deer, and many others.

ECOREGIONS AND ECOSYSTEMS



HUMID CHACOpalm savannas, xerophytic scrub forest patches, grasslands, marshes, gallery forest.
DRY CHACOxerophytic, thorn scrub forest, salty lakes, thorn scrub savannas.
PANTANALwetlands, rivers, seasonally flooded forests and savannas.
CERRADOsub-humid forests, thorn scrub savannas.
TOUR FOCUSbirding and wildlife watching, photographic safari, photographic nature; also possibilities of cultural activities such as visits to indigenous communities, mennonites museum and Triple Alliance war museum and trenches.
RECOMMENDED SEASONMay to October.
ACCOMODATIONSvaries from best available hotels (***) in the Central Chaco to rustic lodges at Tres Gigantes, administration house at the National Park; possibilities of camping, if prefer by clients (must be requested in advance).
INCLUDED
Specialized Guides all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Transportation in 4WD

Accomodations on sharing basis

NOT INCLUDED
International airfare and any airport taxes
travel and medical insurance

Telephone calls, laundry and other items of a personal nature

Gratuities to Tour leader and local guides

Gratuities for hotel/restaurant staff, porters, drivers. 

 

DURATION12 days
PACE OF THE TOUR AND TRAVEL CONDITIONSVehicle 4WD (maximum 4 people per vehicle); some drives between visited sites varies from 2 to 6 hours; boat trip (1 to 2 hours). Walks are slow to moderate pace in mostly smooth dirt trails (slippery if rains).
BIRD NUMBERS230 to 320 species, including most of the Chaco endemics.
MAMMALS16 to 25 species, including chances of big cats, otters, deers, peccaries, anteaters, foxes and maned-wolf, and monkeys.



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DAY 1

We will visit first the Humid Chaco, with its characteristics palm savannas and forest islands, in one of the Important Bird Areas where in a morning we usually add + 80 bird species, howler monkeys, gray-brocket deers and sometimes we were able to add to our wild list of the site, the Giant-Anteater. Early birding at Benjamín Aceval, only 40 km of Asunción (1 hour approximately), where we will see many birds in ecosystems of Chaco Humid, including Plumbeous and Buff-necked Ibis, Black-collared Hawk, Golden-green and Pale-breasted Woodpeckers, Red-legged Seriema, Great-rufous Woodcreeper, Red-billed Scythebill, Purplish and Plush-crested Jays, Black-capped Donacobius, Scarlet-headed Blackbird and Crested Oropendola. In this spot, we also have one of the best chances to see the endangered Strange-tailed Tyrant. Before midday we will continue our travel to Laguna Capitán, and in the afternoon watch birds and wildlife until nightfall. Overnight at Laguna Capitán or Loma Plata Inn Hotel.

Strange-tailed Tyrant at La Playada
Strange-tailed Tyrant at La Playada. Photo: Alberto Esquivel

Asunción to Laguna Capitán: 430 km (7 hours max.)
Option A – Loma Plata Inn Hotel
Option B – Laguna Capitán Lodge

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DAY 2

Following, the Dry Chaco, with its amazing Salty Lagoons, where in part of the year + 2000 Chilean Flamingos, many species of waders, ducks, and egrets, shows the amazing wildlife of the Chaco, as well as Collared Peccaries, Lowland Tapir and other mammals, enrich the great nature of its dry forests.
We will spend the morning birding and wildlife watching at the salty lakes, arriving at Campo María or Chaco Lodge, where we will spend the rest of the day. We will see some of the Chaco endemics: Cream-backed Woodpecker, Crested Gallito, Scimitar-billed Woodcreeper, Chaco Earthcreeper, Cinereous Tyrant, Black-capped Warbling-Finch and Many-colored Chaco-Finch. Many waterbirds and shorebirds will definitively increase our list during this day, with great possibilities to see White-faced Whistling Duck, Coscoroba Swan, up to thousands of Chilean Flamingos, Ringed and Brazilian Teal, Collared Plover, Black-necked Stilt, Lesser Yellowlegs, Buff-breasted Sandpiper, and many others.

Chilean Flamingos at Laguna Capitán
Chilean Flamingos at Laguna Capitán

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DAY 3

This day we will go across the Humid Chaco again, to venture on roads that, during part of the year, are closed due to the flooding of the Paraguay River. Here we already get into one of the largest wetlands in the world, the Pantanal. We will reach Bahía Negra, where we will take a boat to go to Tres Gigantes Station through the Río Negro. Giant Otters, good number of caimans, Chacoan Titi Monkeys, Marsh Deer, and some of the impressive wildlife that we will enjoy during our stay at Tres Gigantes.

Pantanal landscape – Boat trip to Tres Gigantes
Pantanal landscape – Boat trip to Tres Gigantes. Photo: Alberto Esquivel

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DAY 4

We will enjoy the nature of the Pantanal in the area of Tres Gigantes. An early walk in its trails, will give us the chance to see some of the Pantanal attractive birds, such as Mato Grosso Antbird, White-lored Spinetail, Buff-bellied Hermit. Other attractive birds that we will enjoy during the walk are Rufous-tailed Jacamar, Swallowed-tailed Hummingbird, Crested Oropendola, Fawn-breasted Wren, Silver-beaked Tanager and Rufous Cacholote. During the afternoon, we will take a boat trip up to the Rio Negro, to enjoy the abundancy of aquatic birds. Depending on the time of the year, there could be flocks of thousands of Bobolinks (November to April), and different species of Seedeaters such as Rufous-rumpep and Dark-throated Seedeaters. During the boat trip, we may have the chances to see Giant otters, good number of Caimans, and Marsh Deer.

Giant Otter at Tres Gigantes Reserve
Giant Otter at Tres Gigantes Reserve – Photo: Alberto Esquivel

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DAY 5

After an early walk in the trails of Tres Gigantes Station, we will leave again in direction to Bahía Negra. From Bahía Negra, we will go to the Cerro Chovoreca Natural Monument, the only protected area in our Cerrado ecorregion of the paraguayan Chaco. In this area, we will stay in the lodges of sustainable cattle ranches.

Agua Dulce Station or lodging at Cattle Ranches

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DAY 6

We will walk in the trails of sub-humid forests of the Cerrado, where we have good chances to add some of the great bird diversity of this threatened ecorregion: Blue-throated Piping-Guan, Bare-faced Currasow, Great Potoo, Amazonian Motmot, Green-cheeked Parakeet, Yellow-collared and Red-and-Green Macaws, Giant Antshrike, Black-bellied Antwren, White-backed Fire-eye, Ochre-cheeked Spinetail. To our mammal list, we expect to add Black-tailed Marmoset, Lesser Grison, Azara´s Agouti, Greater and Lesser Hairy Armadillo, but also some possibilities of the Giant Armadillo. At night we will look for cats, expecting chances to add Puma, Jaguar, Ocelot or Jaguarundi.

Blue-throated Piping-Guan. Photo: Alberto Esquivel
Blue-throated Piping-Guan. Photo: Alberto Esquivel

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DAY 7

An early walk to continue adding fauna to our lists. Before midday we will leave in direction to the Defensores del Chaco National Park. This Park is the largest protected area of the country, and it maitains some of the of most wild areas of the Dry Chaco. During our stay in the park, we will lodge in the administration house, which is rustic.

Administration House Defensores del Chaco

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DAY 8

We will have an early walk in the trails of the Defensores del Chaco. Here we will have chances to see some of the 18 endemic birds of the Chaco, including the Brushland and Quebracho Crested-Tinamous, Black-legged Seriema, and Black-bodied Woodpecker. Chances of mammals are very good at Defensores, including Jaguar, Puma, Chacoan Peccary, Geoffroy´s Cat. Also, White lipped and Collared Pecaries, Plains Viscacha, Gray and Red Brocked Deers. At night, we will look for the Chaco Owl, another endemic of the region, and expect to have luck with some of the cats.
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DAY 9

We will have an early walk in the trails of the Defensores del Chaco. Here we will have chances to see some of the 18 endemic birds of the Chaco, including the Brushland and Quebracho Crested-Tinamous, Black-legged Seriema, and Black-bodied Woodpecker. Chances of mammals are very good at Defensores, including Jaguar, Puma, Chacoan Peccary, Geoffroy´s Cat. Also, White lipped and Collared Pecaries, Plains Viscacha, Gray and Red Brocked Deers. At night, we will look for the Chaco Owl, another endemic of the region, and expect to have luck with some of the cats.

A jaguar was following us in a trail of Tte. Enciso National Park, during our tour of July 2015.
A jaguar was following us in a trail of Tte. Enciso National Park, during our tour of July 2015.

Lodging at Administration House of Teniente Enciso National Park

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DAY 10

We´ll leave early to visit Médanos del Chaco National Park. At Medanos we will look for Stripe-capped Sparrow and Spot-winged Falconet. Return to Teniente Enciso during the afternoon.

Lowland Tapir at Neuland´s Reserve – Tour October 2019 – Nicolás Cantero

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DAY 11

Early birding at Tte. Enciso National Park, and the leaving for Neuland`s Reserve. At Neuland`s reserve we will walk its trails to look for mammals and have other opportunities for the endemic birds of the Chaco. Azara´s Night Monkey and Great Anteater are some of the possible mammals in this reserve.

Lodging at Neuland´s Reserve

Azara´s Night Monkeys at Neuland`s Reserve
Azara´s Night Monkeys at Neuland`s Reserve.

Yacare caiman at Neuland´s Reserve
Yacare caiman at Neuland´s Reserve.

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DAY 12

We´ll enjoy the morning wildlife watching at Neuland, and in the afternoon we will return to Asunción.

Giant Otter

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