Nocturnal outings here will allow us the opportunity for thrilling encounters with many night-time creatures otherwise next to impossible to see. These include Feline Night Monkey, Kinkajou or Sugar Bear, Common and White-eared Opossums, Oscillated Poorwill, Blackbanded and Crested Owls, the sleek Ocelot, striking Emerald Tree Boa and numerous frogs, spiders, hawk moths, fireflies and even luminescent forest fungi!
In stark contrast to the towering forests of the Amazon are the vast open spaces and breathtaking vistas of the Pantanal. This is the planet's largest wetland and is home to some of the most spectacular concentrations of wildlife on Earth. A seemingly endless mix of backwaters, lakes, rivers, gallery forests and forested islands, this immensely diverse ecosystem supports in excess of 600 fish species, 650 bird species and a staggering 200 species of mammals. Included amongst this suit is our primary target animal of this adventure, the awesome Jaguar! While we stand chances for observing this secretive species in the Amazon, the Panatanal affords us our best opportunity for sightings of this, the world's most powerful feline. Other exciting mammals we can expect to see are herds of comical looking Capybaras, Marsh Deer and family groups of Giant River Otters, one of the world's rarest otter species.
In the evening, night drives here may produce the delightful Crab-eating Fox and Crab-eating Raccoon, opossums, Giant Anteater, Southern Tamandua, further chances for Jaguar, as well as smaller felines such as the beautifully patterned Ocelot, the seldom seen Margay and Jaguarundi. Shining a spotlight under a fruiting tree could even reward us with a rare Brazilian Tapir sighting!
Day to Day Itinerary:
Day 1, 29th Aug: Sao Paulo to Cuiaba (Hotel HITZ)
Day 2, 30th Aug: Cuiaba to Alta Florista into Amazon Rainforest (Cristalino Lodge)
Day 3, 31st Aug: Amazon Rainforest (Cristalino Lodge)
Day 4, 1st Sept: Amazon Rainforest (Cristalino Lodge)
Day 5, 2nd Sept: Amazon Rainforest to Alta Florista to Cuiaba and on to Pantanal (Pousa Alegre)
Day 6, 3rd Sept: Pantanal (Pousa Alegre)
Day 7, 4th Sept: Pantanal (Pousa Alegre to Porto Jofre)
Day 8, 5th Sept: Pantanal (Porto Jofre)
Day 9, 6th Sept: Pantanal (Porto Jofre)
Day 10, 7th Sept: Pantanal (Porto Jofre)
Day 11, 8th Sept: Pantanal (Porto Jofre to Mato Grosso Hotel)
Day 12, 9th Sept: Pantanal (Mato Grosso Hotel) to Cuiaba and depart
Contact us for a detailed itinerary or more information.
Top Birds : Hyacinth Macaw, Red-legged Seriema, Hoatzin, Sun Bittern, Toco Toucan, Jabiru Stork
Top Mammals : Jaguar, Puma, Greater and Lesser Anteater, Giant River Otter, Brazilian Tapir, more than 10 species of primates
Habitats Covered: Tropical wetlands, rivers, tropical rainforests, cerrado (savanna)
Expected Climate : warm to hot and humid
Max Group Size: 8 & 1 Indri leader
Tour Pace & Walking : relaxed
Accommodation: comfortable but simple lodgescomfortable but simple lodges
Ease of Birding: easy to moderate within Pantanal but more challenging within the Amazon
Other Attractions : cruising the Pantanal waterways, Canopy Towers, Brazilian hospitality and fare, world class birding
Photographic Opportunities: excellent
Tour Price (Per Person) US$5,950 * £3,830 * €4,780 * ZAR48,600
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