When people think of Brazil and wildlife they often think of the Amazon rainforest or maybe the Pantanal wetlands, but huge parts of this vast country are covered in grasslands. And it is these grasslands which are the home of some of the countries most elusive and amazing wildlife. This tour focuses on the maned wolf. The fox on stilts is one of the strangest looking animals in the world and we travel to the best place in the world to see them. As well as seeing these incredible animals in a completely natural setting we will also visit a remote monastery where the monks have been leaving fruit out for the local street dogs for decades. It was only when one monk saw that they were the maned wolves that this has become the place to photograph this rare and strange wolf.
The best tour for Maned Wolves
Guided hikes for rare primates
Stay at Caraca Monastery
Dozens of endemic species
Private jeep safaris of Emas
100% success with Maned Wolf
Black-fronted Titi Monkey
Tour Dates: 13/9/2020 – 25/9/2020
Duration: 13 nights
Type / Focus: Maned Wolves
On arrival at Cuiaba airport, you will meet your zoologist escort and be taken to your accommodation in Cuiaba (4* hotel – Amazon Hotel). Your zoologist escort will be around all day for you to ask any questions before your welcome to Brazil evening meal and briefing on the tour.
Chapodao do Ceu
Today after breakfast you will be transferred from Cuiaba to Chapodao do Ceu which is the the gateway town to Emas National Park and home to a large population of maned wolves. The drive is a long one, approximately 8 hours, (and on request we can break the journey up with an extra night in Rondonopolis (halfway from Cuiaba and Chapodao do Ceu) for private tours). There is no other way of accessing this remote park as there are no airports nearby. We will eat along the way and on arrival you will check into the accommodation and prepare to explore the park tomorrow (accommodation – 3-4* hotel).
Emas National Park
Over the next 5 days you will be exploring the wonderful grasslands of Emas National Park and trying to find its wildlife. By travelling through the park in an African style safari vehicle you will be raised above the grassland and in prime location to see maned wolves, giant anteaters, white-lipped peccaries and possibly pumas. Maned wolves are seen here more often than anywhere else in the world and we would be in the expert hands of Brazilian naturalists who understand this park better than anyone. They regularly see maned wolves, Brazilian tapirs and the endemic cone-billed tanager in the park. We will spend as much time you would like inside the park during the day. Bringing a packed lunch with us we would be able to stay here all day and this will increase our chances of seeing the maned wolf as they wander the grasslands in search of fruiting plants and termite mounds. Spotlighting is sometimes possible on the peripheries of the park, however in 2010 an uncontrolled fire swept through the park and afterwards spotlighting inside the park was banned. We will try to include some nocturnal activities but the well being of the wildlife and national park has to come first. After each day in the park we will arrive back at our accommodation (3-4* hotel) in Chapadao do Ceu in time for your evening meal and a good nights sleep.
Today you will be transferred back to Cuiaba, we will make this in one shot again (8 hours) and on arrival you will check into the accommodation (4* hotel – Amazon Hotel) and prepare for the next stage of the tour tomorrow.
Today you will be taken to Cuiaba airport in time to catch your flight eastwards to Belo Horzonte. This large city will play host to us as we stay the night here before continuing to a little known area of Brazil tomorrow. The rest of the day, after arrival and checking into the hotel (3-4* hotel), will be at your leisure.
This morning you will leave Belo Horzonte and be transferred to Caraca Park. Once we arrive at the accommodation (Canastra Hotel – Monastery) and the rest of the day at your leisure. The real treat for guests staying at the monastery comes after dark when a small population of local maned wolves visit the grounds to feed on the fruite and dog food left for them by the monks. This started many years ago when the monks would leave left overs out for the towns stray dogs. However it turned out that it was the resident maned wolves who were taking advantage of this event and have been regulars here ever since. Whilst we do not usually approve of such feeding and staged events, we accept that this was not intentional and since then the wolves which feed have become reliant on the food. To stop feeding this small population could result in their local extinction and the monks are very aware of this and treat the wolves and all other wildlife with the up most respect.
Over the next couple of days we will spend the days exploring the nearby Caraca Park Reserve and the evenings waiting for the long legged maned wolves to make their way up the stairs and onto the beautiful patio of the Monastery. The park itself here is well worth a good visit. With around 320 species of birds and 70 species of mammals recorded from the park you should not be disappointed. Amongst the most commonly seen animals whilst walking the many hiking trails are Atlantic forest squirrels, black-fronted titi monkeys and black tufted-eared marmosets. Will have a combination of meals at local resturants, back at the accommodation (Canastra Hotel – Monastery) or with a packed lunch and as stated above each evening we will wait for the star attractions at this very special part of Brazil.
This morning you will leave after breakfast and head back to Belo Horizonte and after checking into the accommodation (Canastra Hotel – Monastery) you will have the rest of the day to relax, buy any last minute souvenirs and rest before your long flight home tomorrow.
Today you will be transferred to the airport in time to catch your return flight home.
Please note that the itinerary stated above is correct as our planned intentions for the tour. However adverse weather conditions and other local considerations can necessitate some modifications of the itinerary during the course of the tour; any changes will be made to make the best of the time and weather conditions available to us.
This tour is available on different date (subject to availability) please contact us for more details about running this tour on a date which suits you more.
During September to October the weather in the Brazilian Cerrado grasslands is hot and dry with plenty of blue skies during the day. The temperatures during the day and night are hot and they heat up quickly in the morning. At this time of year the rainy season is approaching and whilst rain is rare at this time of year it is not unheard of for a tropical storm to blow in.
Everything mentioned in the itinerary is included. Including three meals per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner). There will be an amount of bottled water (approx 1ltr) available for each guest each day. We have our own private air conditioned vehicle with an excellent local driver. We have two brilliant guides; first an professional zoologist will escort you on all your excursions and we also use a very knowledgeable mammal and bird guide.
All our excursions including all the jeep safaris, spotlighting and guided walks are also included.
We recommend you bring along your own binoculars or spotting scope as well as appropriate clothing; which should be light and airy clothes as well as comfortable walking shoes. A light waterproof coat is also a good idea for the unexpected rain showers which can occur throughout this tour. Insect repellent is handy as there can be mosquitoes about during the evenings and nights. Andy medication, books or other items of a personal nature is of course up to you to bring along. Oh and please bring plenty of memory cards or film for your camera. Also do not forget sun cream, sun hat and sun glasses as the sun can be strong here during the day.
We provide a comprehensive species list of all the vertebrates present in the areas we are visiting as well as some of the best field guides and reference books for the areas we are visiting. There is usually a spare pair of binoculars but in a group of 4-6 people these do not stretch too far. We also provide a spot light for nocturnal viewing (this is subject to local condition when we arrive). Camera Traps will also be used to try and capture hard to see wildlife in the dead of night.
Nearly everything is included in this tour. The only things not included are international flights, travel insurance (contact us for more information one what is required from your insurance policy), any food bought outside of the three main meals, drinks outside of any offered with the meals and the bottled water provided each day and any items of a personal nature such as souvenirs and tips. Any applicable departure taxes and not included (but maybe included in the cost of your flights). Please check before departure.
As we are based in Manchester we recommend flights from Manchester International Airport
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All UK passport holders or not required to have a visa for entry to Brazil, although other nationalities such as USA do require a visa. The easiest way to find information is by visiting the website of the Brazilian embassy in your country.
There are no mandatory vaccinations needed to visit Brazil, but it is recommended to be protected against TB, polio, typhoid, tetanus and hepatitis A as well as taking a form of malaria prophylactics. Please also be aware that some countries demand a vaccination against Yellow Fever if you are travelling from Brazil to other South American countries or African countries. Please consult your GP about your individual requirements for visiting Brazil as soon as you have decided on this trip.
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