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
The boat was wonderful - the owner and crew couldn't have been more helpful, and it was all quite perfect. I loved having the dawn trips in the canoes, setting off at dark in perfect silence, just the quiet splash of the oars in the water, and watching the sun rise and birds start to fly and sing - and hear the howler monkeys roaring. I also loved being in the water with the pink river dolphins. But I also liked cruising on the boat - it was all really good.
I would like to commend our guide, Marcos Felix. We have had many guides over the years and this man rates in the top three. Diligent and hard-working, he never stopped pointing out birds and mammals, although we had seen them before, which was good for getting another photo shot. His knowledge of all things natural is excellent. And yet he is always expanding his knowledge. His PowerPoint presentations were very interesting and variable. His command of English is very good but he is still wanting to improve by asking us different ways of expressing things. Look after this man - he is a credit to Naturetrek. All in all, a fantastic holiday which far exceeded my expectations with nine sightings of five different jaguars plus 160+ bird species and numerous mammals, reptile and butterfly sightings.
I liked staying three nights at the Lodges/Flotel to get more of a feel for the places within the Pantanal. I liked the combination of birds and mammals with daytime and nighttime viewing.