Wildlife holidays in 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 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. Jaguars are the obvious highlight but there are many others, including Hyacinth Macaws, Toco Toucans and Giant Otters. Explore the Pantanal by foot, boat and safari vehicle."
Whats special about the wildlife?
Brazil's vast area comprises a number of different ecosystems, including the Amazon, one of the most biodiverse regions 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:
- The emblematic Jaguar
- Rare Marsh Deer at the edge of the Pantanal wetland & Red Brocket Deer in the adjoining woodlands
- Brown Capuchin Monkeys & Black Howler Monkeys
- Endangered Giant Otters, which often approach to within a few metres of observers
- Iguazu Falls, one of the world's most impressive waterfalls
- A fantastic variety of bird life from Jabiru Storks & trogons to hummingbirds & toucans
- Herds of Capybara, the world’s largest rodent and Caimans (New World crocodilians)
WHAT YOU'VE BEEN SAYING ABOUT OUR Brazil HOLIDAYS
Our guide was superb. He had excellent knowledge, found all sorts of rare animals, was really enthusiastic and always positioned our boat really well when viewing the jaguars. He also looked after the smallest details and cared really well for us.
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.
Paulo Ribiero was the hardest working guide I have ever known. His attention to the needs of the group, his skill and dedication to ensuring that we got the max from this tour was superb. He seemed to be working tirelessly all the time and the group seemed to respond positively and consequently worked well together.
The travelling was a major part of the trip. The airlines were perfect. The road transportation with the open air seated 'lorry' was an unforgettable experience and brought us directly into the Pantanal experience. We took to the rivers and creeks in our high powered boat looking for jaguars and otters - again a fantastic and successful experience driven by Manuel. Five jaguar is a good haul. The Ocelot hide was a great success, esp when a Giant Anteater appeared on 'stage' for a cameo appearance!!
The trip surpassed our expectations and was perhaps the most memorable holiday we have had given the transportation, variety, spirit of adventure and overall success, thanks in no small part to the work of the guides.