After reading Graeme and Moira Wallace’ s report about their trip to Northeast-Brazil with Ciro I contacted him to get an idea about the time needed and the costs involved to see most of the specialities of the area. His suggestions for a 12 day tour sounded excellent so we booked him from March 1st 2008. The tour was excellent, his knowledge about the birds, their vocalisations and where to find them amazing and some of his stakeouts unbelievable. We saw nearly all endemic species of the area (missed only the Foliage-Gleaner) and a lot of the endemic subspecies plus 3 (!) White-collared Kites in a small private forest close to Murici, which we had not even hoped for. So we were really satisfied with the tour results.
I am used to travel and bird on my own normally, but in the Northeast of Brazil a lot of the best birds are on private land and not accessible without local contacts. So Ciro’s tailor-made trips for small groups are perfect if you don’t want to join a group from the big tour operators and pay more for probably seeing a lot less. In addition to being an excellent bird guide, Ciro is a very nice person and very good company. We can thoroughly recommend him if you want to maximise your chances to see some of the rarest and most beautiful birds in Brazil.
Christain Dietzen, Volker Erdelen, Volker Schmidt and Matthias Fehlow