Santuario do Caraca: A relic from the gold rush of the early 1700s, this gem in the middle of montane rainforest is one of the most atmospheric places we have ever visited.
Santuario do Caraca: A relic from the gold rush of the early 1700s, this gem in the middle of montane rainforest is one of the most atmospheric places we have ever visited.
Velvety Black Tyrant
Velvety Black Tyrant
The mountains near Santuario do Caraca.
The mountains near Santuario do Caraca.
The rare Rock Tapaculo can be found in the mountains above the Santuario do Caraca.
The rare Rock Tapaculo can be found in the mountains above the Santuario do Caraca.
Hepatic Tanager
Hepatic Tanager
Pale-Throated Pampa Finch is another speciality at Santuario do Caraca.
Pale-Throated Pampa Finch is another speciality at Santuario do Caraca.
Slaty-Breasted Wood Rails were common on the grounds of the sanctuary.
Slaty-Breasted Wood Rails were common on the grounds of the sanctuary.
Slaty-Breasted Wood Rail
Slaty-Breasted Wood Rail
Dusky-Legged Guan
Dusky-Legged Guan
Much of the best birdwatching was enjoyed on the road into the sanctuary.
Much of the best birdwatching was enjoyed on the road into the sanctuary.
The Santuario do Caraca was a stunning location.
The Santuario do Caraca was a stunning location.
Monks at the Santuario do Caraca have been feeding Maned Wolf for over a century.
Monks at the Santuario do Caraca have been feeding Maned Wolf for over a century.
White-Bearded Manakin was an amazing dancer.
White-Bearded Manakin was an amazing dancer.
Muriqui, South America's largest primate, at the Feliciano Abdala Biological Reserve.
Muriqui, South America's largest primate, at the Feliciano Abdala Biological Reserve.
Muriqui, aka Woolly Spider Monkey.
Muriqui, aka Woolly Spider Monkey.
Muriqui, South America's largest primate
Muriqui, South America's largest primate
Muriqui feed in big groups
Muriqui feed in big groups
The Atlantic Rainforest of the Feliciano Abdala Biological Reserve was excellent for birdwatching.
The Atlantic Rainforest of the Feliciano Abdala Biological Reserve was excellent for birdwatching.
White-Barred Piculet was fairly common in mixed feeding parties.
White-Barred Piculet was fairly common in mixed feeding parties.
On the final leg of our trip in Minas Gerais, we headed to the grasslands of Canastra where Southern Caracara was common.
On the final leg of our trip in Minas Gerais, we headed to the grasslands of Canastra where Southern Caracara was common.
Campo Flicker is a stunning woodpecker.
Campo Flicker is a stunning woodpecker.
The source of the São Francisco River. Water travels 2914 km from its origin at Canastra.
The source of the São Francisco River. Water travels 2914 km from its origin at Canastra.
Streamer-tailed Tyrant were common just after the park's gates.
Streamer-tailed Tyrant were common just after the park's gates.
White-eared Puffbird was uncommon during our visit.
White-eared Puffbird was uncommon during our visit.
Campo Flicker
Campo Flicker
Giant anteater disappearing into the grass.
Giant anteater disappearing into the grass.
Our car turned brown from the dust of the park.
Our car turned brown from the dust of the park.
Gray Pileated Finch was common near the river below.
Gray Pileated Finch was common near the river below.
Red-Legged Seriema was common near the plateau. Its eerie call at dusk made it easy to locate.
Red-Legged Seriema was common near the plateau. Its eerie call at dusk made it easy to locate.
The Canastra Plateau
The Canastra Plateau
Manu enjoying the puppy at our Pousada. Pousadas are 'farm' or rural stays, which are very popular throughout Brazil.
Manu enjoying the puppy at our Pousada. Pousadas are 'farm' or rural stays, which are very popular throughout Brazil.
Laughing Falcon
Laughing Falcon
Peach-Fronted Parakeet was common along the roadsides.
Peach-Fronted Parakeet was common along the roadsides.
Rufous Hornero was a roadside favorite throughout Brazil.
Rufous Hornero was a roadside favorite throughout Brazil.
Helmeted Manakin was located in the forest near the waterfall at Canastra.
Helmeted Manakin was located in the forest near the waterfall at Canastra.
Rufous-Tailed Jacamar was common and confiding everywhere.
Rufous-Tailed Jacamar was common and confiding everywhere.
A flock of Great Dusky Swift.
A flock of Great Dusky Swift.
The dusty landscape of Serra da Canastra
The dusty landscape of Serra da Canastra
Female Cock-Tailed Tyrants
Female Cock-Tailed Tyrants
Sun sets over Serra da Canastra.
Sun sets over Serra da Canastra.
Rufous-Tailed Jacamar was also common at our Pousada.
Rufous-Tailed Jacamar was also common at our Pousada.
Peach-Fronted Parakeet
Peach-Fronted Parakeet
Long-Tailed Tyrant in a fruiting tree.
Long-Tailed Tyrant in a fruiting tree.
Rufous-Headed Tanager
Rufous-Headed Tanager