September 2nd - 10th, 2013
Excellent sunlight, superb scenery, and extraordinarily exotic animals create a unique opportunity for wildlife photography. Scientifically-designed observation blinds provide for photo opportunities of dozens of Hyacinth Macaws and also Greenwinged (Red-and-Green) Macaws, Maned Wolves and tool-using Bearded Brown Capuchin Monkeys. Other species often seen include the Red-legged Seriemas, Blue-and-Gold Macaws, Greater Rheas, White Woodpeckers, Jenday Conures,Tufted-eared Marmosets and Black-and-Gold Howler Monkeys.
2013 Maned Wolf, Hyacinth Macaw, Bearded Capuchin Monkey Photo Tour Travel Plans
We must have a minimum of four guests to conduct this tour.
This trip can be booked as an individual trip or as a pre-extension to the 2013 Brazil Pantanal Jaguar Wildlife Expedition.
Guest Misty Nichols Image Gallery from a past Maned Wolf trip
Monday, September 2
Arrive Brasilia (BSB). Transfers and overnight at Luguna Plaza Hotel
Tuesday, September 3 (B, L, D)
Breakfast at the hotel and then take a 50-minute flight from Brasilia to the Barreiras. Arrive in Barreiras in the late morning where we’lll be met by our expert naturalist guide who will drive with us in an air-conditioned vehicle for 3.5 hours north (paved road) into the southern part of Piauí State, stopping for lunch along the way. The last hour of the drive is quite scenic, with a number of dramatic 1,000-foot-tall, red-rock cliffs and mesas.
In the hamlet of São Gonçalo do Gurgueia, switch to a large, open back four-wheel-drive pick-up truck containing sit-in seats/benches with cushions. Drive 30 minutes (13 km) on a non-paved road to Wolf Valley Camp. Th
is camp is famous for its large flock of Hyacinth Macaws observed through blind (“hide”) that is located 2 km from camp. Within ten steps of the camp itself are wonderful, photogenic Tufted-eared Marmosets and colorful birds, all at eye level with natural backgrounds that are ideal for photos.
Check in at the camp and then head out in the pickup to the Hyacinth Macaw blind to try to get some close-up views (from 9-20 m) of these amazing macaws, the largest of the 345 parrot species of the world. The flock of macaws often exceeds 20 to 40. The birds are both on the ground and in low trees, thus affording perfect chances for observation of behavior and for photography with a non-sky background.
Return by truck to the camp. Relax with a warm shower, dinner, and overnight in basic bungalows at Wolf Valley Camp.
Wednesday, September 4 (B, L, D)
Visit the macaw blind (“hide”) again in the morning for 2-3 hours of observation and photography. Then return to camp and photograph the colorful birds in and near fruit feeders near camp. A family of Tufted-eared Marmosets visit quite often.
In the afternoon, drive slowly for one hour on a 23-km long sand road into the very heart of the Parnaíba Headwaters National Park, enjoying the cliff scenery and stopping for photos for the Burrowing Owls and for spectacular views of “Red Mountain”. Check into Wolf Cliffs Camp.This will be bungalow-style camping, BUT the location is worth it – on a hilltop with views of tall red cliffs in the distance, not to mention seeing the world’s tamest Maned Wolves that arrive to forage in natural settings just a few meters from the camp. Sometimes the wolves arrive during the late afternoon or early morning light, but often they arrive after dark. Every one of the scores of guests who have visited the Wolf Camps in 2011 saw Maned Wolves there at the Wolf Cliffs Camp. Overnight at the Wolf Cliffs Camp
Thursday, September 5 (B, L, D)
Try to see the wolves in the morning, but if they are not around, then watch birds, such as the brilliantly-colored Jenday Parakeet, and in the mid-morning drive back to Wolf Valley Camp for lunch. Visit the macaw blind again after lunch or observe birds and marmosets near the Wolf Valley Camp.
Friday, September 6 (B, L, D)
Drive very early, near or before sunrise, for two hours on a non-paved road to the Capuchin Valley Camp in a remote, scenic valley north of Parnaíba Headwaters National Park. The reason for the extra early departure is to try to reach the CVC in time to see the world’s only visible troops of Capuchin Monkeys. They are the most intelligent of the New World monkeys and demonstrate the world’s most complex tool use by nonhuman primates. These industrious monkeys gather and then wield special, heavy, igneous hammer rocks to crush palm nuts that they place carefully in divots on softer, sandstone anvil rocks. The monkeys perform this foraging trick for two periods each day, once in the morning and again in the afternoon. We want to get there early enough to see the morning session. As the monkeys now are so accustomed to human observers, one can watch this unique tool use from close range without use of a blind or hide. You can choose to view the monkeys for only the morning session and then drive back to the camp or stay until late afternoon to view the second nut-cracking session. Return to Wolf Valley Camp for the night.
Note: No blinds needed for Maned Wolves or Bearded Brown Capuchin Monkeys.
Saturday, September 7 (B, L, D)
Today we visit the Hyacinth Macaw blind again at Wolf Valley Camp and enjoy more views of the excellent fauna near the Wolf Valley Camp. Depending on availability and on the quality of the wolf viewing on the first visit to Wolf Cliffs Camp, we may do an afternoon visit to Wolf Cliffs Camp to try see the wolves again. Sleep that evening EITHER in Wolf Valley Camp or perhaps at the Wolf Cliffs if we need more time to see the wolves.
Sunday, September 8 (B, L, D)
One final day at Wolf Valley Camp to photograph the large flock of macaws and other fauna there. Overnight Wolf Valley Camp
Monday, September 9 (B)
Fly from Barreiras (BRA) to Brasilia (BSB) and depart for flight home.
If you are doing this trip as a pre-extension to Brazil then fly from Barreiras (BRA) to Brasilia (BSB) to Cuiaba (CGB), arriving before or near midnight. See 2013 Brazil Pantanal Jaguar Wildlife Expedition itinerary for remaining details on trip.
Tuesday, September 10
Tour Extensions Available
September 9th - 20th, 2013
4 Guests Minimum
$3770 per person based on double occupancy
Single Supplement: $390
$500 Per person due at time of booking
Visa, MasterCard, AmEx, Discover, or check accepted
Deposits are non-refundable. If cancellations are necessary, we require this request in writing. We will do our best to resell your space. Only if we can resell your space, we will refund (minus deposit and discounts given to sell your space). No partial refunds are possible for unused services.
February 1, 2013: $1500 First Installment
June 1, 2013: Final Payment
Check only for first installment and final payment. Please make check payable to Natural Exposures and mail to:
810 N. Wallace, Suite E
Bozeman, MT 59715
- Private small group travel with Daniel J. Cox
- Naturalist guide
- Transfers in Brasilia and to/from wildlife camps
- 1 night lodging in Brasilia, 6 nights lodging in wildlife camps
- Meals where indicated (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
- All mineral water you can drink
- Entrance fees
- International and domestic airfares
- Laundry, miscellaneous expenses, beverages including alcohol are not included
- Any Vaccinations
- Tourist Visas
- Gratuities for staff and guide (we will give a recommendations based on service)
- Travel Insurance
- Internal flights Brasilia to Barrerias and Barrerias to Brasilia are not included. Round trip is approximately $300.
Flights to Book
Maned Wolf Photo Tour Only
Monday, September 2
Arrive Brasilia (BSB)
Tuesday, September 3
Fly from Brasilia (BSB) to Barreiras (BSA) via Passerado Airlines. Arrive late morning in Barreiras.
Monday, September 9
Barreiras (BSA) to Brasilia (BSB) and connect with flight home
Maned Wolf as pre-extension to Brazil Pantanal Expedition
Monday, September 2
Arrive Brasilia (BSB)
Tuesday, September 3
Fly from Brasilia (BSB) to Barreiras (BSA) via Passerado Airlines. Arrive late morning in Barreiras (BRA).
Monday, September 9
Barreiras (BSA) to Brasilia (BSB) to Cuiabá (CGB). Arrive Cuiabá before or near midnight.
Thursday, September 19
Depart Cuiabá to São Paulo (GRU) or Brasilia (BSB).
We will arrive in Cuiabá by 9:30am, so you can book your flight from Cuiabá to São Paulo or Brasilia any time after 9:30am. This is an approximate two hour flight which should be plenty of time to catch an evening flight home.
Emergency Evacuation Insurance
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Terms & Conditions
Natural Exposures cannot control nor is responsible for abnormal weather, natural disasters, or any other disaster that might affect the trip. Travel insurance should be purchased to cover any missed flights or medical problems that may affect/delay your travel. National Parks have the right to change our itinerary.
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Accommodations for 2013 Maned Wolf, Hyacinth Macaw, Bearded Capuchin Monkey Photo Tour
September 2, 1 Night
Laguna Plaza Hotel
September 3 and 5-8, 5 Nights
Wolf Valley Camp
Wolf Valley Camp lies on the very edge of the 1.7 million-acre Parnaíba Headwaters National Park. Bungalows feature private bathrooms (flush toilet and sun-heated showers) and electricity for lights and camera charging (on until 9:30pm).
September 4, 1 Night
Wolf Cliffs Camp
A rustic camp in the center of Parnaíba Headwaters National Park, this camp features roomy bungalows with private bathrooms with flush toilets (flushed by hand with a bucket). Showers are taken with warm water available in large buckets, camp-shower style. This camp is considered “camping” but in bungalows.
Helpful Information for 2013 Maned Wolf, Hyacinth Macaw, Bearded Capuchin Monkey Photo Tour
This trip is for those that want to see unique wildlife in remote areas in a small group. We’ll be camping – this is not a pampered luxury trip! Patience is always needed with wildlife photography. You have to be able to carry your own camera gear. Weather conditions could be very warm at times. You have to be able to get along with others! Average temperatures range from 80-95 °F. September and October are hot months, however, it is quite dry and not as humid and stuffy as it in the Amazon.
All passports must be valid for at least six months after your entry into Brazil, so please be sure to renew your passport accordingly if needed. Also, visas may be needed for entry into Brazil depending on what country your passport has been issued from. Get them early!
Dan will phone each guest prior to trip time to discuss camera gear needs and we’ll also send you a list of suggestions of what to bring.
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