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
Driving into the Pantanal is like entering a different world. Three things in particular account for the outstanding success of this tour. The location of the eco-lodges which meant we were immersed in the wildlife from the first night to the last morning. Our guide, Marcos Felix, whose enthusiasm, knowledge and sharp eye enabled us to see so many unusual mammals and dazzling birds. And thirdly, luck. The Flotel brought us close to the main object of our trip, the Jaguar. Seven different Jaguar - was that awesome? We watched them walk, hunt, swim, play (mother with two cubs) or just return our stare. We even heard the mating roar! The giant otters did their best to compete, chomping on their catch, socialising, in family groups, on river and bank and swimming in formation on the 'war path' at full throttle. Naturetrek could not have improved the quality of this holiday.
We have just returned from this tour with Naturetrek. It was quite simply one of the best wildlife experiences imaginable. We saw 7 individual Jaguars in a total of about 14 sightings. Our guide was Marcos Felix, who could not have been better. He worked incredibly hard to ensure we saw the maximum amount of wildlife - and it is not always easy in the thick undergrowth. His spotting of animals and birds at long range was exceptional. He had an uncanny ability to anticipate where Jaguars in particular were going to turn up and even managed to produce a small video of the tour by working late at night. In some 10 years of wildlife photography trips this has to rank as one of the best ever and this was in many ways because of Marcos's hard work and expertise.
The lodge is very comfortable and the evening meals were good. Lovely grounds, bird table stocked with fruit and a great swimming pool!