Jaguars & Wildlife of Brazil's Pantanal
A Small-Group Expedition into the Rich Biodiversity of South America’s Grandest Wildlife Realm
National Geographic called Brazil’s Pantanal the “Wild Wet,” an apt moniker for the world’s largest seasonal floodplain that sprawls over 75,000 square miles in the heart of South America. Though the Amazon is better known, the Pantanal is the continent’s primary wildlife sanctuary. Its freshwater wetlands support a profusion of aquatic fauna that attract larger predators, from birds to reptiles and mammals, creating a huge, intricate food chain that constitutes the largest concentration of wildlife in the Americas. At the top is the elegant and elusive jaguar—and our Pantanal adventure offers the world’s best chance to see them! On foot, by boat and 4x4, come venture into the Pantanal's verdant recesses on South America’s most epic wildlife safari.
- Alongside expert guides, discover South America’s largest wildlife sanctuary in depth, where opportunities to view jaguars are the best on Earth!
- Explore by boat in the northern Pantanal and on foot in the south—you won't find another trip that includes such variation in setting, perspective and sheer number of species on view
- Journey to remote, less-visited parts of the Pantanal including renowned Caiman Ecological Refuge, where we’ll look for giant anteater, tapir, ocelet, marsh deer, hyacinth macaw and more
No One Shows You the Pantanal Like We Do!
Brazil is one of the planet’s most stupendous nature destinations. Encompassing vast rain forests, wild ocean coast and the world’s largest wetlands—the Pantanal—Brazil is a must for nature lovers. We take pride in offering a carefully designed itinerary that immerses you in the wildlife mecca of the Pantanal in greater depth than any other opportunity we're aware of. Take a look at what makes our itinerary so distinctive:
- See the Pantanal from the Very Best Locations for Wildlife Viewing
In the sprawling Pantanal, the world’s largest marsh, wildlife is even more abundant than in the Amazon. We may see Brazilian tapir, capybara, giant armadillo, giant river otter, maned wolf, caiman, and the top prize for most wildlife watchers, the elusive jaguar. But not every lodge is situated to take full advantage of proximity to the greatest wildlife concentrations, especially jaguars. We have deliberately selected our bases in the Pantanal for their superlative location, where wildlife viewing—and the activities offered to experience it—is far better than anywhere else.
- More Time in the Pantanal from Multiple Perspectives
We spend eight full days at three different locations in both the north and south Pantanal to fully immerse you in this UNESCO World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve. We’ll explore this vast mosaic of flooded marshlands, dry islands and savanna via multiple means, from nature walks and wildlife drives to boat rides and canoe safaris—each mode revealing a new vantage point on the varied landscape and its wild inhabitants.
- Private Chartered Flight from North to South—a Nat Hab Exclusive!
Getting from the northern part of the Pantanal to the south can be a challenge. But rather than subject you to a 10-hour drive along rough, remote roads, plus two short commercial flights in between, which most travelers must endure, we charter 4-passenger planes that take us directly to Caiman Ecological Refuge. It's not only a far more comfortable and efficient option, but it offers a 360-degree aerial view of the watery green wilds that few visitors are ever privileged to enjoy. There's no better way to appreciate the vastness of the Pantanal than from the air!
- Our Small Group Means More Authentic Nature Encounters
There’s no question that when you’re exploring some of the most renowned nature destinations on the planet, the best way to do it is away from other tourists, for a quiet, personal experience of wildlife and solitude. That’s why we limit our group to no more than 12 travelers. Our small group also helps us ensure that your needs and expectations are attentively met, and you have plenty of individual attention from our Expedition Leader.
- Authentic Accommodations in Unparalleled Natural Settings
We choose our accommodations for comfort, atmosphere and especially for their superb locations, where wildlife viewing is best. Hotel Pantanal Norte is located in Porto Jofre, where more jaguars are seen than anywhere else. Another highlight is Caiman Ecological Refuge, part of a unique private research, conservation and ecotourism initiative. Unlike more-touristed Pantanal accommodations, this remote ecolodge lies far from where other visitors tend to stay, with added benefits: while they are very elusive, jaguars are also regularly seen here.
- Your Expedition Leader is a Top Professional Naturalist
NHA has a well-deserved international reputation for the highest-quality Expedition Leaders in the industry. Our Brazil guides average 10 years of experience, with additional training and resources from WWF’s world-class scientists, so your trip is sure to be a learning adventure. In the Pantanal, we are also joined by local guides from each lodge who are resident experts in the flora and fauna of the region. See Expedition Leader bios and traveler comments regarding the quality of our leaders.
- Our Quality-Value Guarantee Ensures Your Exceptional Brazil Adventure
With Natural Habitat Adventures, you receive our exclusive guarantee that clearly states that we will meet the high expectations we set forth in our promotional materials. To our knowledge, this is the most ambitious guarantee made by any adventure travel company. Read our important promise.
- Feel Good About the Way You Travel
We all care about the planet, and you can travel with us knowing that the emissions from your trip are 100-percent carbon-offset. Natural Habitat Adventures is the world’s first carbon-neutral travel company, a feature that is especially critical when considering that wildlife and habitats are under substantial threat from our planet’s warming temperatures. And we continue to set standards in eco-conscious travel worldwide.
- Natural Habitat Adventures Is World Wildlife Fund’s Travel Partner
Because of our commitment to environmentally friendly travel, as well as the exceptional quality of our small-group nature adventures, World Wildlife Fund, the world’s leading environmental conservation organization, has named Natural Habitat its worldwide travel partner – a designation that makes us exceedingly proud!
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