Brazil: Pantanal Safari: Aug 20—Sep 02, 2018
Birds & Jaguars
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Price: To Be Announced.
($6,795 in 2017)
Tour Limit: 12
Operations Manager: Erik Lindqvist
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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 14 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.
Among the prizes we will seek are Greater Rheas, 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, Gray-crested Cacholote, Mato Grosso Antbird, Yellow-billed Cardinal, Orange-backed Troupial, and many others.
Good accommodations and good food throughout; three nights in the Pantanal 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 multiple days in the Pantanal, with three 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