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Pantanal - Birds and Mammals

The Pantanal, with a total area of 150,000 km², is the world’s largest freshwater wetland and home to some of the most spectacular concentrations of wildlife on Earth.  Most of the Pantanal is in Brazil, but it also extends into neighbouring Bolivia and Paraguay. 

During the rainy season, 80% of the Pantanal is almost completely flooded, but gradually the water drains away and by the time the dry season starts, only a few isolated pools of standing water and shallow rivers remain.  These are magnets for animals and birds that congregate in astonishing numbers and facilitate fantastic viewing.  

With the biggest concentration of large mammals in the New World, the Pantanal is the best place on Earth to see the third largest of the big cats, the Jaguar.  There are thought to be 4000-7000 of them in the region and seeing them here is almost guaranteed.  In addition, the area is home to the continent’s heaviest land mammal, the South American Tapir, the most bizarre Giant Anteater, the world’s largest rodent, the Capybara, the rare Giant River Otter, the highest concentration of Caiman in the world, the loudest animal in the New World, the Howler Monkey, Marmoset, Ocelot, Crab-eating Fox and Peccary, to name just a few.  No doubt, the Pantanal breaks a few records, but it oozes quality as much as quantity. The area hosts over 500 bird species, including the world’s largest parrot, the Hyacinth Macaw and numerous specialities such as the Greater Rhea, Bare-faced Curassow and Blue-throated Piping Guan.  Waterbirds occur here in astonishing numbers, with most sought after Southern Screamer, Sunbittern and five species of South American kingfishers.  One of the most striking of these birds is the enormous Jabiru Stork, a scarce bird throughout most of its range, but a familiar sight in the Pantanal. This enormous diversity of mammals and birds is complemented by a kaleidoscope of over 2000 species of butterflies, 80 raptors (with the world’s biggest snake, the Green Anaconda), 50 amphibians, 325 fish and 1700 plant species!  And, what’s more, this diverse biodiversity is far from over, since species new to science are still being found! 

The tour takes place at the end of the dry season when the wildlife viewing is at its best. We will access the Pantanal from three different lodges, each offering a unique selection of regional specialties.   We will explore the area by walks, on boats and safari drives or, from the hammocks right outside your door, you could simply relax and watch the amazing scenery and wildlife around you.  You will never be far from wildlife that you could not see anywhere but the Pantanal.

We will conclude the tour with a two-day stay at the scenic Chapada dos Guimarães National Park, encompassing the highly threatened cerrado habitat interspaced with beautiful rock formations and cascading waterfalls. 

The Pantanal is a dream destination for any naturalist and you can easily lose yourself in this ecological haven.


Detailed Itinerary Booking Info

Tour Details

18-29 September 2020


Single Supplement

Group Size

Outline Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival to Cuiaba and transfer to Pantanal

Days 2-3
Pousada Piuval

Days 4-5
Pousada Alegre

Days 6-8
Porto Jofre

Days 9-11
Chapada dos Guimarães

Day 12
Transfer to Guiaba and onwards to the UK or to Iguazú Falls

Extensions: to Cristalino Lodge before the tour and to Iguazú Falls, after the tour, are on offer.  Please look at the next page for details

The Price Includes

  • all accommodation on a shared basis
  • all meals
  • all excursions and transfers by vehicle and boats
  • park and tour guides’ fees

The Price Does Not Include

  • all items of a personal nature
  • flight cancellation, baggage and medical insurance alcoholic drinks
  • scheduled return flight from Britain to Sao Paulo and the internal flight to Cuiaba. A group booking, however, will be made, but you will deal with a travel agent directly. Alternatively, you can make your own arrangements

Please Note

  • all passengers must cover themselves against flight cancellation, luggage loss and medical costs for the duration of their trip
  • a deposit of £400 is requested with a booking form. The final payment is required by 15 July