mid-July into early August 2010, four of us from central California
undertook a birding, mammal-watching, and nature photography trip to
Brazil. We are (L to R) Rita Carratello, Don Roberson, Dan Singer, and
Rita and Don had
been to the Pantanal in 1999, as well as Rio Cristalino. Don had also
birded at the edge of Brazil near Leticia, Colombia, in 1975. Chris had
been on an extensive trip to Brazil in Jan 2010, including Rio
Cristalino, Itatatia, and the northeast. Dan had previously been to
Peru and Ecuador, but this was his first trip to Brazil.
We had Indri Tours arrange this private tour, and they did remarkable things for us.
a sister company to Rockjumper Birding Tours, structured an itinerary
to meet our needs, and arranged for two outstanding local guides: Marcelo Padua (near right, for the Pantanal & Emas) and Edson Endrigo (far right, for the Atlantic coastal forests in Intervales & Itatiaia).
has rapidly become a leading guide in Brazil, and has now joined Field
Guides fulltime (this was his last independent tour). Edson is the best
known photographer of Brazilian birdlife, with his images appearing on
national stamps in Brazil, and he is in the midst of publishing seven
volumes of photos of Brazilian birds, featuring the seven major biomes
of the country.