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- R. & N. D., RIO NEGRO PARADISE: MANAUS, BRAZIL

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Diademed Sandpiper-Plover, one of the highlight species of our birding in the Andes high above Santiago on our Birds & Wine of Chile and Argentina tour (Photo by guide Marcelo Padua)
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MARCELO PADUA: Field Guides Leader

Marcelo Padua, born in Belem at the mouth of the Amazon, spent his free time growing up on his uncle's farm in a rainforest reserve observing everything from insects to mammals and birds. Following university, Marcelo entered law school, but working as an English-speaking naturalist-guide made clear to him that birding was more than a hobby!

In 2009 he embarked on a fulltime guiding career with Field Guides. He guides many of our Brazil tours as well as his birds-and-wines addition to our Birding Plus tours, and his schedule now also includes Spain. With his great sense of humor and love of birds, Marcelo has become a most popular and highly respected guide. He makes his nest at the crossroads of the Pantanal and the Amazon in Cuiaba with his wife, Ana.

"Marcelo Padua was the best feature of the tour. His expertise was exhibited daily and ceaselessly. He is an expert at his profession, a diplomat, and his obvious enthusiasm for what he does is much appreciated. Marcelo is second to none and heads above most other guides with whom we have traveled." J. K., Jaguar Spotting: Pantanal & Garden of the Amazon

"Marcelo has a remarkable birding ear. I am a good birder and am a field ornithologist by trade, and I was amazed at the birds he was hearing way, way out there. The fact that he is a Brazilian and appears to know almost everyone on the tour route was a major plus--not only did he interact with the service providers supremely well, but by being Marcelo he managed to iron out any travel and logistical issues wit apparent ease. I cannot think of a better guide to re-introduce me to Brazil than being on a trip with Field Guides and having Marcelo as a leader--/em>muito obrigado Marcelo." R. D., Safari Brazil: The Pantanal & More



Marcelo's Upcoming Tours

BIRDING PLUS: BIRDS & WINES OF CHILE AND ARGENTINA
Feb 4-18, 2017 with Marcelo Padua & John Coons
A tour combining an exploration of the great birds and vineyards of these two wonderful countries!
BRAZIL NUTSHELL: INTERVALES, IGUAZU FALLS & THE PANTANAL
Mar 4-18, 2017 with Marcelo Padua & Marcelo Barreiros
This medium-length tour hits three of Brazil's premier birding venues, staying several nights at each to ensure an unhurried pace as we rack up some 400 species of birds.
BRAZIL NUTSHELL: INTERVALES, IGUAZU FALLS & THE PANTANAL
Mar 25 - Apr 8, 2017 with Marcelo Padua
This medium-length tour hits three of Brazil's premier birding venues, staying several nights at each to ensure an unhurried pace as we rack up some 400 species of birds.
RAINFOREST & SAVANNA: ALTA FLORESTA & THE NORTHERN PANTANAL, BRAZIL
Jun 23 - Jul 9, 2017 with Marcelo Padua & Marcelo Barreiros
Pristine rainforest on the beautiful Rio Cristalino combined with the wilds of the Pantanal in search of Hyacinth Macaw, Harpy Eagle, Jabiru, Jaguar, and a large piece of the meaning of life.
May be combined with Brazil's Rio Roosevelt
JAGUAR SPOTTING: PANTANAL & GARDEN OF THE AMAZON
Jul 9-20, 2017 with Marcelo Padua & Marcelo Barreiros
This short but action-packed Brazil birding tour features the Pantanal at its best, a nice taste of southern Amazonian birds, and excellent chances of seeing a Jaguar.
BRAZIL'S MOUTH OF THE AMAZON: MEXIANA ISLAND, THE LOWER XINGU & CARAJAS
Aug 4-19, 2017 with Marcelo Padua & Dave Stejskal
New two-week tour through diverse habitats around the mouth of the mighty Rio Amazonas as we seek most of the endemics of lower Amazonia.
FRANCE: CAMARGUE & PYRENEES
Sep 2-12, 2017 with Megan Edwards Crewe & Marcelo Padua
Two of Europe's finest birding destinations combined in this wonderful eleven-day tour, with varied highlights and some great French food.
May be combined with Morocco
SAFARI BRAZIL: THE PANTANAL & MORE
Sep 23 - Oct 8, 2017 with Marcelo Padua & Willy Perez
The spectacular wetlands of the Pantanal, with Hyacinth Macaws and Jabirus, combine with the many specialties of Brazil's Planalto Central to make for the perfect first birding trip to Brazil.
(Brazilian Merganser Extension to Oct 12, 2017)
SERRA DOS TUCANOS, BRAZIL
Oct 23 - Nov 2, 2017 with Marcelo Padua
A short but rich immersion in the avifauna of the Atlantic Forest, based at one lovely site near Rio.
BRAZIL'S CRISTALINO JUNGLE LODGE
Nov 1-11, 2017 with Marcelo Padua
A week of exciting birding in climax rainforest on the beautiful Rio Cristalino while comfortably accommodated at the Cristalino Jungle Lodge.
May be combined with Serra dos Tucanos, Brazil
THE HEART OF CHILE
Jan 27 - Feb 10, 2018 with Marcelo Padua & Marcelo Barreiros
A sampling of Chile's "heart" between Santiago and Chiloe Island, including coastal birding and a pelagic. A shorter, more relaxed tour to this popular and incredibly scenic country.
BRAZIL NUTSHELL: INTERVALES, IGUAZU FALLS & THE PANTANAL
Mar 3-17, 2018 with Marcelo Padua & Marcelo Barreiros
This medium-length tour hits three of Brazil's premier birding venues, staying several nights at each to ensure an unhurried pace as we rack up some 400 species of birds.
BEYOND THE PORTS OF PORTUGAL: A BIRDS & WINE TOUR
Apr 23 - May 5, 2018 with Marcelo Padua
A new itinerary in our popular Birds & Wine tour series.
May be combined with Spain
FRANCE'S LOIRE VALLEY: BIRDS, CHATEAUX & WINE
Jun 2-10, 2018 with Megan Edwards Crewe & Marcelo Padua
A new itinerary in our popular Birds & Wine tour series.
RAINFOREST & SAVANNA: ALTA FLORESTA & THE NORTHERN PANTANAL, BRAZIL
Jun 22 - Jul 8, 2018 with Marcelo Padua & Marcelo Barreiros
Pristine rainforest on the beautiful Rio Cristalino combined with the wilds of the Pantanal in search of Hyacinth Macaw, Harpy Eagle, Jabiru, Jaguar, and a large piece of the meaning of life.
May be combined with Brazil's Rio Roosevelt
JAGUAR SPOTTING: PANTANAL & GARDEN OF THE AMAZON
Jul 14-25, 2018 with Marcelo Padua & John Coons
This short but action-packed Brazil birding tour features the Pantanal at its best, a nice taste of southern Amazonian birds, and excellent chances of seeing a Jaguar.
BRAZIL'S MOUTH OF THE AMAZON: MEXIANA ISLAND, THE LOWER XINGU & CARAJAS
Aug 3-18, 2018 with Marcelo Padua & Jay VanderGaast
New two-week tour through diverse habitats around the mouth of the mighty Rio Amazonas as we seek most of the endemics of lower Amazonia.
SAFARI BRAZIL: THE PANTANAL & MORE
Sep 22 - Oct 7, 2018 with Marcelo Padua & Marcelo Barreiros
The spectacular wetlands of the Pantanal, with Hyacinth Macaws and Jabirus, combine with the many specialties of Brazil's Planalto Central to make for the perfect first birding trip to Brazil.
(Brazilian Merganser Extension to Oct 11, 2018)
BRAZIL'S CRISTALINO JUNGLE LODGE
Nov 1-11, 2018 with Marcelo Padua
A week of exciting birding in climax rainforest on the beautiful Rio Cristalino while comfortably accommodated at the Cristalino Jungle Lodge.
May be combined with Serra dos Tucanos, Brazil
SERRA DOS TUCANOS, BRAZIL
Nov 10-20, 2018 with Marcelo Padua
A short but rich immersion in the avifauna of the Atlantic Forest, based at one lovely site near Rio.
May be combined with Brazil's Cristalino Jungle Lodge


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