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
Staying on the Flotel giving ready access to Jaguar sightings was definitely the highlight. Talks given by the researcher on the Flotel were excellent. I liked the open safari vehicles and the boats used from both the Flotel and Southwild.
Jaguar sightings were so far over and above my expectations!!! Having attempted to see them in Guyanaa few years ago and failed, I was anxious beforehand that we wouldn't see them but I needn't have worried!
Great to see the Giant Anteater and Giant River Otters as well.
Marcos Felix, our guide, was outstanding.
Enjoyed seeing plenty of wildlife, including Jaguars, Giant River Otters, Ocelot, Brazilian Tapir and a large variety of birds. Having an enthusiastic tour leader always makes for a good holiday and he was excellent.