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  1. When speaking of the Pantanal, jaguars are still in the spotlight and to a lesser extent giant anteaters, giant otters and tapirs while macaws are barely mentioned. The jabiru is even more popular than them. I think this is totally unfair and that perhaps it’s them who are the real stars, especially the three major species. Indeed, these magnificent creatures are a feast for the eyes and they are always moving. You can spend hours watching them and never get bored. To do them justice, here is a selection of photographs, all taken at Barranco Alto. Honour where honour is due, let’s start with the biggest one and also the most spectacular, the HYACINTH MACAW. Here is to begin a series of some of their stunts and antics, seen in July 2010. To be continued
  2. The color coded sections are: Muriqui Monkey Mania Pantanal Pumapalooza Itinerary Agents, Accommodations, Arachnids Fazenda Barranco Alto How I spent my 6 nights at Fazendo Barracno Alto Muriqui Muriqui Monkey Mania The Muriqui or Woolly Spider Monkey is the largest primate in the Western Hemisphere. It is one of the most endangered monkeys in the world with a remaining population of about 1000. Muriquis live in the Atlantic Forest area of Brazil, an environment with 40 times the biodiversity of the Amazon basin. In 2007 I visited the Caratinga Research Station in the Feliciano Miguel Abdala Reserve, located in the state of Minas Gerais, to observe Muriquis, among other species. As luck would have it, I saw only a few of the approximately 320 resident Muriquis, and those were only visible at a great distance through a spotting scope. Hoping for a better encounter, I returned to the research station in Sept 2013. A Caratinga researcher/tracker accompanies all guests now, an excellent policy which increases not only the odds of Muriqui sightings, but of Brown Howlers, Black capped Capuchins, and Buffy headed Marmosets. Our brief marmoset sighting (no photos) took several hours of hilly hiking, but the other species were easier to find. Black Capped Capuchin Brown Howlers, adult and juvenile I was particularly thrilled with the relatively close views from 8:00 am to 9:00 am on our first day, where about 30 members of one of the four Muriqui groups residing in the reserve, were very visible. Since Muriquis prefer upper canopy or mid-canopy, it can be difficult to see them clearly. Muriquis Piece of Advice: For anyone with neck or back trouble, get your neck in shape before going by looking straight up, binocs resting your face, for a couple of minutes at a time. I’d suggest 3 sets of 6 reps. Only about 350 people visit the 2,365 acre reserve annually and that includes local school groups of 40-ish at a time. In fact I was told that there would be 40 kids visiting the day after I left. School visits are on scheduled only on days not booked by others visitors, so no chance of inadvertently becoming a member of a 4th grade field trip. Mother and baby muriqui
  3. During 2010 @@GnuGnu and I made a first trip to South America, the forerunner of the 2013 safari detailed in Macaws, monkeys and moai. There has been some interest in the Pantanal and Barranco Alto lately, so I thought I would post now – better late than never! The itinerary was: Buenos Aires (4 nights) Iguazu Falls (2 nights) Barranco Alto (4 nights) Northern Pantanal (Rio Clara, Porto Jofre Hotel, Araras Eco-lodge, Piuval – 8 nights with Pantanal Trackers) Rio (2 nights), Quito (3 nights) Tandayapa Valley (2 nights) Galapagos (2 nights on San Cristobel Island and then a 7 night cruise on MV Eric, an Ecoventura boat) Amazon (3 nights at Ceiba Tops, out of Iquitos) Ollantaytambo and Macchu Pichu (3 nights) Cusco (3 nights) Manu Cloudforest (2 nights Cock of the Rock Lodge) Buenos Aires (3 nights) Photos from this trip are available at: Argentina and Iguazu, Barranco Alto, Northern Pantanal, Ecuador and Galapagos and Peru. This was my first taste of Latin American culture and I was immediately captivated by the vibrant colours, warm people and unique wildlife that early on created a yen to return to see more of what South America was all about. There were so many memorable firsts in this trip - flying over the Andes misty Iguazu the unexpected mix of cattle ranching and safari in the Pantanal unique animals such as tapir, capybara, anteaters and armadillo birds as colourful as an artist's palette cosmopolitan cities the colours and landscapes of the Galapagos orca in the Canal Bolivar the Amazon historic cities of Cusco and Machu Picchu the scenery and wildlife of the Manu cloudforest Next: Buenos Aires
  4. We have just returned from a wonderful trip to the Pantanal – a trip inspired by and informed by Safaritalk. (You wait a year for a Pantanal Trip Report and two come along on the same day!) Itinerary (26th August 2014 – 12 September 2014, UK-UK) South Pantanal: 4 nights– Barranco Alto North Pantanal: I night Cuiaba 2 Nights Pouso Rio Clara 3 nights Hotel Porto Jofre 1 Night Jaguar Ecological Reserve 3 nights Pouso Allegre I night Sao Paulo Why the Pantanal? We obviously hoped to see jaguar, but it is clear from the reports that there is so much more to see – and in fact our main inspiration was the hope of seeing Giant Anteater, and the variety of birds. We are not really birders, but it looked like there were a lot of large, colourful birds that even we could see! This was a trip inspired by Safaritalk. A year ago, we had returned from Zambia and were looking at a variety of trip reports when we saw the report by @@Treepol and thought it looked wonderful. We then looked at report by @@kittykat23uk of their trip with Julinho in the north Pantanal. We also enjoyed and were helped greatly by reports of @michalibk, @@inyathi, and @@pedro maia ,@@Jochen and two reports by @Atravellyn with lots of practical detail It was also informed by Safaritalk in many practical details from the trip planning section, with many helpful responses to questions and the trip reports mentioned. Treepol was also extremely helpful in giving detailed advice through email and we are very grateful to her for that.
  5. I am just back from a 10 days stay at Fazenda Barranco Alto (FBA), my favorite place in the Pantanal, north and south mingled.. It was my 8th (3 only dedicated to FBA) trip to this fantastic region of Brazil and once more, I was not disappointed. As I only joined ST lately, this trip report will include pictures and impressions of the previous 7 other trips also. I would also like to show that the Pantanal is not only the jaguar, but also a lot of other fascinating species and I think in particular of the magnificent macaws. I will not repeat datas, already mentioned exhaustively, last year, by Lynn in the report she made on account of her September 2013 visit ; things did not change dramatically in one year. I arrived, with my wife, at Campo Grande (CGR) airport, on September, the 4th. Lucas, the husband of Marina, owner of FBA, was waiting for us. We went by road to Aquidauana and then flew (about 30 minutes) to the farm. You can see this from the plane, on the way to FBA, the yellow trumpet tree (ipeh). We left FBA on the 13th with Vavah, their main subcontractor for road transfers. It took us about 6 hours to reach CGR. As our flight was scheduled for the next day, we stayed at Vale Verde Hotel. The transfer by road is termed an adventure, because of the bumpy dirth part section between the farm and the gravel road. This is proved when it is made in awful weather conditions, like we had last year in October, on our way back. Indeed, soon after we left the farm, a thunder storm broke and it did not stop raining until we reached CGR. The brave Vavah had to open and close the some forty gates under pelting rain. Luckily, he was well equiped, he had rubber boots. There has been some changes since last year. In the main building, the wall between the common library and the computer room was demolished. A new construction with 2 new rooms was built. There is a small entrance hall with one room on the right and one on the left. The rooms are a bit bigger, as well as the bathrooms, and especially more luminous, with a great view on the pool, behind the lodge. The following pictures were taken from the gate next to the lodge, at dawn. The new rooms are now between the gate and the 2 caranda palm trees in the foreground The beautiful taruma close to the gate
  6. The Roadside Hawk is a common raptor most frequently found in clearings, forest and woodland borders. Barranco Alto, Southern Pantanal, Brazil.
  7. Had to post from the Barranco Alto guest computer! Such a thrill! 1 on night drive, too quick for a photo mother and 2 cubs on a walk, couple photos taken Great place. Rains started a little early this year--today. I was told it was a privilege to be here for first of the rains. It lasted about 4 hours. Full report with photos in Oct.

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