Bahia, the largest state in northeast Brazil, is about the size of Texas, but it seems few gringos have even heard of it. In the extensive coastal Atlantic Forest habitats around the capital of Salvador, as well as in the more mountainous interior near Boa Nova, the Pernambucan/Alagoan endemics we seek on our Nowhere But Northeast Brazil! tour are replaced by a quite different set of birds, many of which have miniscule world ranges. Extensive mangrove forests on the northern coast and tall forest we'll bird near the coastal town of Porto Seguro lie within the largest region of lowland Atlantic Forest remaining anywhere. Most of this coastal terrain is flat, very sandy ground. Three birdy days out of Boa Nova will get us into rare mata-de-cipo ("vine forest," practically endemic to the state of Bahia) and breathtakingly beautiful, natural "cactus gardens" and also humid montane forest, where we'll reach appropriate elevations for several Atlantic Forest endemic birds we do not get on any other Field Guides tours.
Prizes we hope to find include everything from Little Wood-Rail, Mangrove Rail, Rufous Crab Hawk, Hook-billed Hermit, Black-capped Screech-Owl, White-winged Potoo, an undescribed Pyrrhura parakeet(!), and the elusive Banded Cotinga to Ruby-topaz Hummingbird, Stripe-breasted Starthroat, Slender Antbird, Narrow-billed Antwren, Rio de Janeiro Antbird, Plumbeous Antvireo, Band-tailed and Bahia antwrens, Striated Softtail, Pink-legged Graveteiro, Bahia Spinetail, Bahia Tyrannulet, and Wied's Tyrant-Manakin--plus a large dose of other Atlantic Forest and caatinga specialties, from Pygmy Nightjar and Golden-capped Parakeet to Black-billed Scythebill and Pin-tailed Manakin--and you will probably even get that Giant Snipe that's been eluding you for years! WOW, what a wonderful assemblage of great birds...you might even call it a BAHIA BIRDING BONANZA!
Select the KEY INFO tab or click here for our itinerary plus space requests, status, fees, limits, and guides for any departure.
If you would like a longer birding holiday, some departures of this tour may be combined with:
NOWHERE BUT NORTHEAST BRAZIL!
Other Tours in BRAZILBRAZIL -- MINAS GERAIS & TOCANTINS: Blue-eyed Ground Dove and Beyond
BRAZIL NUTSHELL: Intervales, Iguazu Falls & the Pantanal
BRAZIL RORAIMA ADVENTURE: Birding the Sky Islands of the Amazon
BRAZIL'S JAPURA & TEFE RIVERS: Mamiraua, Amana & the Unknown
BRAZIL'S MADEIRA & TAPAJOS: Between Two Great Rivers
BRAZIL'S RIO ROOSEVELT: Birding the River of Doubt
BRAZIL: ATLANTIC FOREST GETAWAY
BRAZIL: PARROTS & COTINGAS: The Mouth of the Mighty Amazon
JAGUAR SPOTTING IN BRAZIL: Pantanal & Garden of the Amazon
NOWHERE BUT NORTHEAST BRAZIL!
RAINFOREST & SAVANNA: Alta Floresta & the Northern Pantanal, Brazil
RIO NEGRO PARADISE: MANAUS, BRAZIL
SAFARI BRAZIL: THE PANTANAL & MORE
SPECTACULAR SOUTHEAST BRAZIL
ITINERARIES • TOUR STATUS • DETAILS • SPACE REQUESTSITINERARIES • We issue a separate itinerary for each year, typically at least 9 months before that year's first departure. Most itineraries don't vary much year to year, but there may be small or rarely more substantive changes. A sample previous-year itinerary is usually available even if the one for your chosen departure is not. We do not require any deposit for provisional bookings until the itinerary for the departure is ready.
- 2021 sample (PDF)
- 2022 (PDF expected May 2021)
DEPARTURES • We have 1 departures currently scheduled through 2022, with details including limits, guides, fees, and space available listed below.
Feb 5-19, 2022
Guided by: Bret Whitney & Marcelo Barreiros
Tour Manager: Ruth Kuhl
Tour Limit: 12
Status: Open - Space is still available on this tour, and we are accepting provisional bookings. No deposit is required until you receive the itinerary. Click below to book space.
Tour Fee: Fee TBD / 2021=$5175
REQUEST SPACE OR MORE INFO
We do not have any recent triplists to display, but we expect one to be available 60 days or so after the next scheduled departure.