A great chance to spot the biggest Otter in the world, the Giant Otter. On this enjoyable trip, the encounter with Caimans and Capybaras are guaranteed. We may even come face to face with the extraordinary Jaguar. During the trip, Kingfishers, Egrets, Herons, Anhingas, Terns and other aquatic birds fly over our heads, giving us a feeling of total freedom while the scenery along the river is fantastic.
This trip allows you to explore the diversity of fauna and flora that this magnificient ecosystem can offer. Savannahs, wetlands or woodlands are very well explored, giving us a chance to observe a good variety of animals, such as Coatis, Armadillos, Marmosets, Black-howlers and Brown capuchin Monkeys. Endemic birds such as Mato Grosso Antbirds and Planalto-Slaty Antshrike are one of the magnificient birds seen during the tour.
As night is falling, nocturnal animals start moving around, such as Brocket Deer, Ocelots, Tapirs, Foxes, Giant and Lesser Anteaters or even Jaguars. We spot wildlife along the road using a flashlight connected to the vehicle battery. Owls, Potoos and Nightjars can be found quite easily. Also, being in a such wonderful place at night, in the middle of nowhere, listening to Cicadas and Frogs, is one of the rare opportunities we can have nowadays.
This is an excellent way to observe the local landscape. The Pantaneiro horses are very well tamed and we will be accompanied by an experienced local guide.
*Jaguar Spotting Tour (from June until December)
To be face to face with a Jaguar is a breathtaking experience. We spend eight hours per day, 4h in the morning and 4h in the afternoon, looking for this magnificient animal. As we are talking about wildlife, there is no guarantee that we are going to see it, but in 2015 tours,we had a 100% success. For the Jaguar Spotting Tour I suggest at least 3 nights.
Pantanal & Chapada dos Guimarães: The ecological region designated the Pantanal is the low elevation region of Mato Grosso and Mato Grosso do Sul in the basin of the Rio Paraguai, a southward-flowing river of little gradient which crosses Paraguay, joins the Paraná, and empties eastward at Buenos Aires. The number of birds, even in the rainy season, is impressive. All specialties are resident and include Jabiru, Plumbeous Ibis, Southern Screamer, Hyacinth & Golden-collared Macaws, Long-tailed Ground-Dove, American Pygmy Kingfisher, Mato Grosso Antbird, White-lored Spinetail, Helmeted Manakin, Ashy-headed Greenlet, Fawn-breasted Wren. In addition the Chapada dos Guimarães National Park lies at the western edge of the Brazilian central plateau surrounded by cerrado (savanna-like) vegetation with some semi-deciduous Amazonian forest that supports a number of species not found in the Pantanal such as Collared-crescentchest, Blue-winged Macaw, Chapada flycatcher, White-rumped & White-banded Tanagers, Curl-crested Jay, White-backed Fire-eye, Pectoral Sparrow and many more.
For wildlife photographers, Pantanal is one of the best places in the world. There are ample opportunities to photograph not only the diversity of animals, but also the stunning scenery and breathtaking sunsets. We always look to help you take the best photos possible and can recommend the best locations. This also includes patiently waiting for the right light conditions.