Wildlife holidays in Brazil
Tell me about Brazil …
Brazil is the largest country in South America and the fifth largest in the world. It was a Portuguese colony from 1500 until its independence in 1822.
In the north, low dry woodland, damp grasslands and gallery forest along the banks of a meandering river system create a mixed variety of habitats. Further south the woodland is relieved by broad expanses of swamp and marsh which are recognised as one of the most important wetland areas in the Neotropics.
The vast empty lowlands of the Pantanal extend southwards from the plateau of the Mato Grosso in Brazil to the borders with Paraguay and Bolivia. This area is roughly the size of France and sparsely populated.
Our Brazil specialist recommends..
"Our ‘Brazil – Just Jaguars’ holiday is a spectacular way to spend 12 days in Brazil with the Jaguar being the obvious highlight with many other such as the Hyacinth Macaw and the Giant River Otter. Explore the Pantanal by foot, boat and by vehicle."
Whats special about the wildlife?
Brazils vast area comprises a number of different ecosystems, including the Amazon, which is recognised as having the greatest biodiversity in the world. New species are regularly found in the Amazon, and scientists estimate that the total number of plant and animal species found here is about 4 million!
The relative lack of human disturbance in the Brazilian Pantanal and the open nature of the habitat mean that wildlife is often easier to observe than elsewhere in South America.
Naturetrek tours to Brazil
Naturetrek offers various bird watching and wildlife holidays to Brazil. From birds and mammals in the Pantanal and Iguazu Falls, to a bargain bird watching tour exploring Brazils endemic rich Atlantic rainforests.
Some highlights of a Brazil wildlife tour:
- Rare Marsh Deer at the edge of the Pantanal wetland & herds of Red Brocket Deer in the adjoining woodlands
- Brown Capuchin Monkeys & Black Howler Monkeys
- Endangered Giant River Otters, which often approach to within a few metres of observers
- The stunning Iguazu Falls
- A fantastic variety of bird life from Jabiru Storks & trogons to hummingbirds & toucans
- Herds of Capybara, the world’s largest rodent, plus Caimans (New World crocodiles)
WHAT YOU'VE BEEN SAYING ABOUT OUR Brazil HOLIDAYS
Really pleased with the variety of wildlife viewing/photographing opportunities. Group size was excellent. Dan got the number of nights at each place spot on. Boat trips at SouthWild Pantanal Lodge particularly enjoyable and the two boat skippers were excellent at getting boats in the right place for photos. The new experience involving ocelot was unexpected and exciting. All the staff at the 3 lodges were pleasant and helpful. Would single out the Flotel staff as being excellent and a good united team. Suzie was really helpful at identifying the jaguar and their database for ID needs flagging up as I don't think all clients were initially aware it existed. I loved working on it!
This was our 7th holiday with Naturetrek and as usual everything was extremely well organised and our tour leader was very pleasant and knowledgeable.
An excellent itinerary and an exceptional guide in Braulio Carlos, who educated and inspired us. We were often awake before dawn and returned after dusk, enabling the best viewing opportunities. Braulio led by example with a never-say-die attitude; nothing was too much trouble and he was forever positive. His attention to detail, knowledge and personal manner ensured that all guests of varying standards and specialities remained interested throughout the trip. We thoroughly enjoyed our trip - our expectations were greatly exceeded.