Brazil: Pantanal Safari: Jul 08—20, 2018

Birds & Jaguars

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Price: $7,095
Departs: Cuiaba
Tour Limit: 12
Operations Manager: Erik Lindqvist
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Jeri Langham

Jeri M. Langham has a Ph.D. in plant ecology from Washington State University, and afte...

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Hyacinth Macaw

Hyacinth Macaw— Photo: Andrew Whittaker


Tour of the fabled Brazilian Pantanal, one of the premier wildlife spectacles in the world. Seasonally flooded savannas brimming with birds and mammals, and an excellent chance of seeing Jaguar (our last 16 tours have been successful); easy birding in one of the birdiest locations on the planet, for spectacular Hyacinth Macaws, Jabirus, Bare-faced Curassows, and many others. Optional extension to spectacular Iguaçu Falls National Park.

Lying in the seasonally flooded basin of the Paraguay River, the vast lowlands of the Pantanal are home to countless numbers of waterbirds, raptors, and other wildlife. The abundance and diversity of large mammals—Jaguar, Capybara, Marsh Deer, Black Howler Monkeys, Giant Anteater, Brazilian Tapir, Giant Otter, Crab-eating Fox, Coatimundi, and Ocelot—coupled with throngs of herons, ibises, storks, raptors, and kingfishers—is reminiscent of Africa.

Sunbittern, juvenile, Pantanal

Sunbittern, juvenile, Pantanal— Photo: Andrew Whittaker


Among the prizes we will seek are Greater Rhea, Snail Kite, Maguari Stork, Jabiru, Plumbeous Ibis, Southern Screamer, Chaco Chachalaca, Blue-throated Piping-Guan, Chestnut-bellied Guan, Bare-faced Curassow, Sunbittern, Sungrebe, Red-legged Seriema, the incomparable Hyacinth Macaw, Yellow-collared Macaw, Nanday Parakeet, Turquoise-fronted Parrot, Toco Toucan, Pale-crested and White woodpeckers, Great Rufous Woodcreeper, Chotoy Spinetail, Red-billed Scythebill, Rufous Cacholote, Mato Grosso Antbird, Yellow-billed Cardinal, Orange-backed Troupial, and many others.

Good accommodations and good food throughout; four nights in the Pantanal (three nights on July departures) based on a river boat with air-conditioned cabins with private bathrooms (hot showers); easy terrain; most birding along lightly traveled gravel roads or on good, flat trails; full mornings of birding, with significant post-lunch breaks on most days; afternoon boat trips on most days in the Pantanal, with four mornings of river trips focused on searching for Jaguars as well as birds; generally warm to hot, dry climate.

VIDEO: Jaguars of the Pantanal, by Andrew Whittaker