Join Naturalist Journeys on this Pantanal nature tour. Brazil’s Pantanal is a place of superlatives. The Pantanal is home to the world’s largest fresh-water wetlands, ten-times the size of the Florida Everglades and draining into a single channel: the Paraguay River. Our tour travels deep into this world-class wildlife hotspot on a long road that bisects the Transpantaneira wilderness, in search of an adventure that can’t be missed.

On this Brazil nature tour, we witness wildlife thriving in a mix of savanna, forest, and wetland habitats. A relaxed day can yield 100+ species of birds and dozens of mammals — Capybara, the world’s largest rodent, are everywhere!

Brazilian Tapir, Giant Anteater, Maned Wolf, Giant Otter, and yes, Jaguar (we saw seven on our 2017 trip!), are five of many fantastic mammals we seek, while Harpy Eagle, Greater Rhea, Toco Toucan, Hyacinth Macaw, and Helmeted Manakin top the list of impressive birds. The Green Anaconda, the world’s largest snake, is a lucky find, while the small crocodilian Yacaré can be seen by the hundreds. For many travelers, it is the sheer number and variety of species that leaves the most lasting impression.

Charming (and working) cattle ranches are our accommodations for much of the tour, each with their own distinctive wildlife community. Lazy afternoons invite photographers to wander between shade circles of the ranch's trees for rare time with Hyacinth Macaw and other species.

Tour Highlights

  • Look for South America’s “Big Five” of mammals: Brazilian Tapir, Maned Wolf, Giant Anteater, Giant Otter, and Jaguar
  • Witness the “Big Five” of birds: Harpy Eagle, Greater Rhea, Hyacinth Macaw, Toco Toucan, and Helmeted Manakin. Add Southern Screamer, Sunbittern, Scarlet-headed Blackbird, and so many more!
  • Drive the Transpantaneira wilderness road on safari-like excursions
  • Watch for five species of kingfisher
  • Indulge on delicious local cuisine and hospitality at fazendas (working cattle ranches) at several stages along the road
  • Cruise the famed Cuiabá River for an excellent chance at a Jaguar sighting
  • See water birds in mass congregation — like those of the Everglades, but magnified!
  • Look for at least four species of monkeys and several hundred species of birds
  • Enjoy hearing and seeing night birds under intense southern sky constellations

Photo credits: Banner: Hyacinth Macaws, Mark Wetzel; Agami Heron, Lori Conrad; Rufous Hornero, Peg Abbott; Jaguar, Peg Abbott, Boat-billed Herons, Tom Dove; Capybara Family, Peg Abbott; Caracara, Naturalist Journeys Stock; Giant Otter, Peg Abbott; Caiman, Xavier Muñoz.