Marcelo Barreiros

Field Guides Leader

Marcelo Barreiros is a native of Sao Paulo, Brazil, who became fascinated with birds when he entered college in 2005, graduating with a degree in biology in 2009. He then moved to Manaus to work with conservation of Harpy Eagles and other large forest raptors, monitoring nests in both the Amazon and the Atlantic Forest regions. Today, Marcelo's depth of expertise in finding and identifying even the rarest species has earned him an outstanding reputation among the leading fieldmen in Amazonia and, increasingly, all of Brazil.

Marcelo and his wife moved back to Sao Paulo in 2015 to be closer to family and the wonderful beaches and Atlantic Forest. Marcelo is a friendly, generous guide with an even temperament and ready laugh, who truly enjoys showing birds to tour participants. He began working on Field Guides tours in 2016 and 2017 and has co-led trips with various of our senior guide staff, including Bret Whitney, Dave Stejskal, and Megan Edwards Crewe. He has a full schedule of upcoming tours in Brazil ane Guyana and will see the occasional foray elsewhere.

Marcelo has been generating lots of great reviews on post-tour evaluations from our clients who have traveled with him. We think you'll have a great tour, too.

Scroll down to see Marcelo's current schedule of tours.

Client comment
"I've taken three other Field Guides tours and they all ran very smoothly and have been very enjoyable. Your office staff members are more responsive than those with other companies, and your guides are uncommonly nice in addition to being top-notch birders. I enjoyed the tour from start to finish. I'd absolutely travel with guides Marcelo Barreiros and Dave Stejskal again. Field Guides is top notch." J.L., RIO NEGRO PARADISE: MANAUS, BRAZIL


Marcelo's Upcoming Tours


GUYANA: WILDERNESS PARADISE
Status: Open
Mar 28 - Apr 8, 2020 ($6450) with Marcelo Barreiros & local guide
Tour Limit: 8
A survey birding tour of the country's vast untrammeled rainforest, with an emphasis on Guianan shield specialties, and side trips to coastal and savanna regions and spectacular Kaieteur Falls.
BRAZIL -- MINAS GERAIS & TOCANTINS: BLUE-EYED GROUND DOVE AND BEYOND
Status: Open
May 23 - Jun 8, 2020 ($5975) with Marcelo Barreiros
Tour Limit: 8
This itinerary visits a rich region of Brazil not covered on our other tours, one replete with rarely seen endemics and the recently rediscovered Blue-eyed Ground Dove!
May be combined with Brazil's Rio Roosevelt
JAGUAR SPOTTING IN BRAZIL: PANTANAL & GARDEN OF THE AMAZON
Status: Open
Jul 11-22, 2020 ($4350) with Marcelo Barreiros
Tour Limit: 8
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.
RIO NEGRO PARADISE: MANAUS, BRAZIL
Status: Waitlisted
Aug 29 - Sep 12, 2020 ($7075) with Bret Whitney & Marcelo Barreiros
Tour Limit: 10
Bird the rainforests and rivers of the mighty Amazon and Negro in an unforgettable mix of forest hikes and live-aboard luxury.
SAFARI BRAZIL: THE PANTANAL & MORE
Status: Waitlisted
Sep 19 - Oct 4, 2020 ($6050) with Marcelo Padua & Marcelo Barreiros
Tour Limit: 12
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 8, 2020)
SPECTACULAR SOUTHEAST BRAZIL
Status: Waitlisted
Oct 14-31, 2020 - Part One (Fee TBD) with Bret Whitney & Marcelo Barreiros
Tour Limit: 12
The fantastic center of avian endemism in eastern Brazil, particularly well endowed with hummingbirds, cotingas, antbirds, and beautiful scenery. Part I: North of the Tropic; Part II: South of the Capricorn, plus an optional Iguazu Falls Extension.
SPECTACULAR SOUTHEAST BRAZIL
Status: Waitlisted
Oct 29 - Nov 14, 2020 - Part Two (Fee TBD) with Bret Whitney & Marcelo Barreiros
Tour Limit: 12
The fantastic center of avian endemism in eastern Brazil, particularly well endowed with hummingbirds, cotingas, antbirds, and beautiful scenery. Part I: North of the Tropic; Part II: South of the Capricorn, plus an optional Iguazu Falls Extension.
(Iguassu Falls Extension to Nov 18, 2020)
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
Status: Open
Dec 27, 2020 - Jan 5, 2021 ($4275) with Marcelo Barreiros & local guide
Tour Limit: 10
Wonderful introductory birding tour to South America's riches, including bellbirds, toucans, manakins, and motmots.
NOWHERE BUT NORTHEAST BRAZIL!
Status: Open
Jan 19 - Feb 5, 2021 (Fee TBD / 2020=$7675) with Bret Whitney & Marcelo Barreiros
Tour Limit: 12
From beautiful beaches to barren badlands, our tour is a quest for specialties of the endangered caatinga, chapada, and Atlantic Forest habitats.
(Bahia Brazil Birding Getaway Extension to Feb 11, 2021)
GUYANA: WILDERNESS PARADISE
Status: Waitlisted
Mar 27 - Apr 7, 2021 (Fee TBD / 2020=$6450) with Marcelo Barreiros & local guide
Tour Limit: 8
A survey birding tour of the country's vast untrammeled rainforest, with an emphasis on Guianan shield specialties, and side trips to coastal and savanna regions and spectacular Kaieteur Falls.
BRAZIL -- MINAS GERAIS & TOCANTINS: BLUE-EYED GROUND DOVE AND BEYOND
Status: Open
May 22 - Jun 6, 2021 (Fee TBD / 2020=$5975) with Marcelo Barreiros
Tour Limit: 8
This itinerary visits a rich region of Brazil not covered on our other tours, one replete with rarely seen endemics and the recently rediscovered Blue-eyed Ground Dove!
May be combined with Brazil's Rio Roosevelt
RAINFOREST & SAVANNA: ALTA FLORESTA & THE NORTHERN PANTANAL, BRAZIL
Status: Open
Jun 19 - Jul 4, 2021 (Fee TBD / 2020=$7175) with Marcelo Barreiros & Micah Riegner
Tour Limit: 10
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 IN BRAZIL: PANTANAL & GARDEN OF THE AMAZON
Status: Open
Jul 10-21, 2021 (Fee TBD / 2020=$4350) with Marcelo Barreiros
Tour Limit: 8
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.
RIO NEGRO PARADISE: MANAUS, BRAZIL
Status: Open
Sep 12-26, 2021 (Fee TBD / 2020=$7075) with Marcelo Barreiros & Micah Riegner
Tour Limit: 10
Bird the rainforests and rivers of the mighty Amazon and Negro in an unforgettable mix of forest hikes and live-aboard luxury.
SPECTACULAR SOUTHEAST BRAZIL
Status: Open
Oct 22 - Nov 8, 2021 - Part One (Fee TBD) with Bret Whitney & Marcelo Barreiros
Tour Limit: 12
The fantastic center of avian endemism in eastern Brazil, particularly well endowed with hummingbirds, cotingas, antbirds, and beautiful scenery. Part I: North of the Tropic; Part II: South of the Capricorn, plus an optional Iguazu Falls Extension.
SPECTACULAR SOUTHEAST BRAZIL
Status: Open
Nov 6-22, 2021 - Part Two (Fee TBD) with Bret Whitney & Marcelo Barreiros
Tour Limit: 12
The fantastic center of avian endemism in eastern Brazil, particularly well endowed with hummingbirds, cotingas, antbirds, and beautiful scenery. Part I: North of the Tropic; Part II: South of the Capricorn, plus an optional Iguazu Falls Extension.
(Iguassu Falls Extension to Nov 26, 2021)