The world's largest tropical wetland sprawling over an estimated area of 195,000 square km with about 80% of the Pantanal floodplains submerged during the rainy seasons. Nurturing an astonishing biologically diverse collection of aquatic plants and helping support an incredible diverse and dense array of animal species it's no wonder the Pantanal has become world famous as the planets most spectacular wetland system to observe the phenomenal spectacle of nature! Centered in the state of Mato Grosso this birding mecca holds many much wanted and localized bird species as Chestnut-bellied Guan, Bare-faced Curassow, Chaco Chachalaca, Greater Rhea, Red-legged Seriema, Agami and Whistling Heron, Jabiru Stork, Southern Screamer, Hyacinth and Golden-collared Macaw, Blaze-winged and Black-hooded Parakeet, Long-tailed Ground-dove, Sunbittern, Sungrebe, Pale-crested and White Woodpecker, Toco Toucan, Buff-bellied Hermit, Gray-crested Cachalote, Great-rufous Woodcreeper, Red-billed Scythebill, Matto Grosso and Band-tailed Antbird, Large-billed Antwren, Streamer-tailed Tyrant, White-rumped Monjita, Helmeted Manakin, Fawn-breasted Wren, Scarlet-headed Blackbird and an abundance of mammals including the Jaguar! Check out our selection of tour photos below!
- South America's 'Big Five': Brazilian Tapir, Giant Anteater, Giant River Otter, Jaguar, Maned Wolf (check photos here
ITINERARY SUGGESTIONS FOR AN OPEN OR CUSTOMIZED TOUR:
Itinerary 1: 14 days covering Pantanal - Chapada dos Guimarães - Cristalino Jungle Lodge. Optional Jaguar boat trip.
Itinerary 2: 8-9 days covering Pantanal & Chapada dos Guimarães. Optional Jaguar boat trip.
Itinerary 3: 07 days tour South America's 'Big Five' (Brazilian Tapir, Giant Anteater, Giant Otter, Jaguar, Maned Wolf).
Itinerary 4 (NEW): 09 days tour in Southern Pantanal & Bonito.
PANTANAL TOUR REPORT
In November 1996, the excursion committee of the Copenhagen chapter of the Danish Ornithological Society (DOF) carried out its second trip to Brazil in 1996. The purpose of the journey was to birdwatch in the famous Pantanal and a representative selection of rainforest habitats in the Amazonian basin. The trip was arranged by Andrew Whittaker's company, "Birding Brazil". The company had made a perfect arrangement and Andrew himself was our local guide. His detailed knowledge about the areas and his outstanding expertise in bird vocalisations were the main reasons why our birdlist reached 661 species, an incredibly high number for a trip exclusively in lowland areas." Erik Mølgaard, Hvidovre, Denmark.
Photos by Andrew Whittaker.