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Jaguars & Wildlife of Brazil's Pantanal

An In-Depth Foray into South America’s Grandest Wildlife Realm
11 Days
~10
From $10495 (+internal air)

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While the Amazon may be better known, the Pantanal offers South America’s greatest wildlife extravaganza. This UNESCO Biosphere Reserve is the world’s largest seasonal floodplain, sprawling over 75,000 square miles in the heart of the continent and containing its densest concentration of wildlife. The vast mosaic of marsh and islands is home to 10 million caiman, 650 bird species and 100 different mammals, including capybara and maned wolf. The Pantanal’s freshwater wetlands support a profusion of aquatic fauna that attracts a host of larger predators, creating a huge, intricate food chain. At the top is the elegant and elusive jaguar—and our comprehensive Pantanal adventure offers the world’s best chance to see them! On foot, by boat and 4x4, explore the Pantanal's verdant recesses on South America’s most epic wildlife safari.
    A jaguar walks along a riverbank in the Pantanal, BrazilA close-up of a blue hyacinth macaw, Pantanal, BrazilTravelers view a giant anteater walking near their vehicle, Pantanal, BrazilA close-up of an ocelot walking on a tree branch, Pantanal, BrazilA group of caiman sun themselves on a riverbank in the Pantanal, BrazilA tapir stands in the tall grasses of the Pantanal, BrazilAn aerial view of the Pantanal, BrazilA capybara sits in shallow water, Pantanal, BrazilA jaguar looks across the river on a riverbank, Pantanal, BrazilTravelers ride in a boat and photograph the Pantanal, BrazilClose-up of a brown capuchin monkey, Pantanal, BrazilPalm trees along the edge of the river in the Pantanal, BrazilA close-up of a toucan eating, Pantanal, Brazil

Trip Highlights

  • World's Best Chance to View JaguarsAlongside expert naturalist guides, discover South America’s largest wildlife sanctuary—the best place on the planet to spot jaguars in the wild!
  • See More of the Pantanal's BiodiversityExplore by boat in the north, then on 4x4 safari drives and guided walks in the south—you won’t find a more varied or comprehensive Pantanal itinerary
  • Stay at a Renowned EcolodgeEnjoy an exclusive stay at Caiman Ecological Refuge, our remote and secluded base to seek out the giant anteater, tapir, ocelot and hyacinth macaw

No One Shows You the Pantanal in This Much Depth

With the world's largest wetland at the heart of tropical Brazil, the country is a mecca for wildlife lovers. And our intensive itinerary immerses you in the Pantanal in greater depth than any other trip we're aware of. See what sets this adventure apart:

  1. The Very Best Locations for Wildlife Viewing
    In the Pantanal, 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 you can't stay just anywhere in this massive marsh and expect those rewards. An itinerary must be strategically based around the best wildlife-viewing locations, and this one won't let you down. 
  2. More Time in the Pantanal from Multiple Perspectives
    We spend seven 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 explore this vast mosaic of flooded marshlands, dry islands and savanna via multiple means, from nature walks and 4x4 drives to boat rides and canoe safaris—each mode revealing a new vantage point on the varied landscapes and their wild inhabitants.
  3. 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 what most travelers must endure—a 10-hour drive over rough roads, plus two short commercial flights in between—we charter four-passenger planes to fly directly to Caiman Ecological Refuge. It's not only a far more comfortable and efficient option, but you'll get a 360-degree aerial view that reveals the vastness of the Pantanal—a perspective few visitors get to see.
  4. Our Lodgings—Including Caiman Ecological Refuge—Immerse You in Nature
    We choose accommodations for their superb locations where wildlife viewing is best. We spend three nights in the remote Porto Jofre region, where more jaguars are seen than anywhere else. Another highlight is Caiman Ecological Refuge, part of an acclaimed private research, conservation and ecotourism initiative. Unlike more-touristed Pantanal accommodations, this exclusive ecolodge enjoys a remote, private setting, with ever-increasing jaguar sightings.
  5. A Very Small Group (10 Travelers Max) Ensures Intimate Wildlife Encounters
    To foster the most meaningful nature encounters, we limit our group to no more than 10 travelers. A small group also ensures that your needs and expectations are attentively met with personalized care from our Expedition Leader.
  6. Your Expedition Leader is a Top Professional Naturalist
    Nat Hab has a well-deserved international reputation for the highest-quality Expedition Leaders. Our Brazil naturalist guides average 10 years of experience, with additional training and resources from WWF scientists. In the Pantanal, we are also joined by local guides from each lodge who are resident experts in their region's flora and fauna. See Expedition Leader bios and traveler comments regarding the quality of our leaders.
  7. 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.
  8. Feel Good About Your Carbon-Neutral Journey
    We care deeply about our planet, as we know you do. When you travel with us, the carbon emissions from your trip are 100% offset—including your round-trip flights from home. Natural Habitat Adventures has been the world’s first carbon-neutral travel company since 2007.
  9. Natural Habitat Adventures is WWF’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 Adventures its worldwide travel partner—a designation that makes us exceedingly proud!

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