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
It was wonderful to see so many iconic wild animals. During our visit to the flotel we saw five beautiful Jaguars whose names I remember, and two more on about twelve occasions. We watched them swimming, and (abortively) hunting Capybara. We saw a pair walking together and watched a Giant River Otter family interacting, fishing and calling, each day that we were staying at the flotel. For my husband, who is a keen birder, there were many beautiful birds. Our guide, Enrique Lucas, always endeavoured to ensure any needs we had were met. He was good at spotting wildlife both during the day and on night drives, and adjusted activities to suit the group and the heat. I would highly commend him for his consistent hard work and especially for his depth of knowledge.
I think the itinerary was exactly what was hoping for, i.e. genuine exploration of remote, pristine wilderness. This to me was very exciting. The boat was very comfortable, the food excellent.
Tripsout in small canoes was definitely a highlight. The other highlight was a trip to the rapids.
Unforgettable sunrises and sunsets- a very special experience.
Marcos proved to be an excellent leader, combining friendliness with efficiency from the initial meet at Cuiaba airport. He gave everything possible to make the trip thoroughly informative about the natural history of the Pantanal - the plants, butterflies, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals, supported by short talks (around lunch) with overheads. He kept us busy with the night-spotting, daytime walks, drives and boat trips. In essence he could have not done more. We were all offered adaptors to help solve certain problems some had charging batteries etc! He was energetic and tireless in pursuit of our wildlife objectives. He was a real asset to Naturetrek. The wildlife species seen, that were depicted in the Naturetrek documents, fully met expectations. Five different Jaguars (all male) were seen. Brief views also included Giant Anteater and Tapir with many smaller mammals, with longer views of nine Banded Armadillo, Capuchin and Giant Otters. No other cat species were seen but for me good views of lizards and a yellow anaconda made up for this. My photo of a Mole Cricket did, however, leave most (not our leader) unphased! The birds were spectacular. The tour was a photographer's dream.