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 trip was great, not just the Pantanal and all the wonderful sightings of Jaguar, Anteater, Hyacinth Macaws etc but also the extension you arranged to Iguazu. Everything went smoothly; the lodge and guide were excellent - the Falls, breathtaking. I'm still going through the 2500+ pictures taken and reliving the experiences.
It would be difficult to improve this tour as it was as close to a perfect holiday that I have ever had. The amount of time we spent at each lodge was perfect as it afforded us enough time to get great sightings of the wildlife around each lodge, and then just as we started to see the same animals over again we moved onto the next lodge. The wildlife sightings on this trip were phenomenal and the definite highlight. You could literally not go 30 seconds without seeing something interesting and it was often hard to know where to point your camera as the water was teeming with herons, spoonbills, and ibis, while there seemed to be a kingfisher or bird of prey perched in every tree. Then of course there were the jaguars and they didn't disappoint as we managed fifteen sightings in the four days at the flotel. The guide on this tour (Naun) was also excellent and his command of English was better than any other local guide that I have experienced on other tours. He was also good at providing tips on getting better photographs of the wildlife.
The holiday was great in that the wildlife was abundant and amazing. Mario was an excellent guide, and we saw 7 Jaguars.