8 day safari

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Tour Highlights

Chance to see multiple Macaw species

Services of an expert local naturalist

Ethical access to private nesting sites of Hyacinth Macaw

Private jaguar safaris on the Cuiaba River

When you visit Brazil on a wildlife holiday even if it involves a Jaguar Safari in the Pantanal you soon pick up on the fact that nearly all the local guides are full on birders and will take every opportunity to point out 'special' birds to their clients. As all birders know, if you want to maximise the variety of sightings and species you need to visit a diversity of habitats and altitudes in the company of an expert guide. This combination of higher altitude Cerrado plateau and Wetland habitat - without the need to travel too far in Brazil - is ideal for keen birders and those looking to see a diversity of landscapes and wildlife in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso. 

    When to go:
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  • Dec

Best time to visit - SEP

Safari Style: SMALL GROUP

Day 1

Brazil wildlife holiday Chapada dos Guimarães
Arrive into Cuiaba and transfer to Chapada dos Guimarães
Your private naturalist and expert birder will meet you off the mid-morning flight into Cuiaba Airport and then transfer you around 2 hours to the Chapada dos Guimarães, where you will overnight at the beautifully located ‘Pousada do Parque’

Accommodation : Pousada do Parque

Day 2

Where to see red and green macaws in Brazil
Walk the best birding trails in Chapada dos Guimarães
Early start and enjoy a private walk with your naturalist to the best birding locations at Chapada dos Guimarães. It is a large national park with many different trails and viewpoints so it is important to have an expert guide with you to focus on your objectives. Red-and-green Macaws can be seen around the cliffs at the falls, and Yellow-faced Parrot is possible along the dirt road to Cidade da Pedra.

Day 3

Best places to see giant anteater in Brazil
Morning birding then transfer to Pocone
Another early start and a focus on any birds we may have missed the previous day before a 4-5 hour transfer to Pocone and the start of the famous Transpantaneira unsealed road. You will see your first birds associated with the famous Pantanal wetlands, such as the huge Jabiru storks, many diferrent Ibis and Stork species and the omnipresent snail kites. This drier northern section of the road is also great habitat for Ocelot and Anteater.

Accommodation : Pousa Alegre Lodge

Day 4

Best places to see Hyacinth Macaws in Brazil
Transfer to Porto Jofre - the end of the road!
Very early morning safari around Pousa Alegre, looking for Tapir, Anteaters and Ocelot before starting the long drive south to Hotel Pantanal Norte located next to the Cuiaba river. Wildlife Trails is lucky to work with local Pantaneiro guides who have relatives with ranches along this road and they have protected certain tree species which the endangered Hyacinth Macaws prefer to nest in. Because they are private residences the viewing is very controlled and we have have the chance for great photographs without disturbing them.

Accommodation : Hotel Pantanal Norte

Days 5&6

Best places to see Jaguars in Brazil
Two days of private jaguar boat safaris
Two days of morning and afternoon private boat safaris in one of the best locations in the world to see Jaguars. There is also a chance to see Tapir, Giant River Otters, Black Howler Monkeys, Iguana, lots of Caimans and many beautiful birds attracted to the riverine forest.

Day 7

Brazil wildlife holidays Jaguar safari and birding
Drive back to Cuiaba to connect with your flight
Sadly, this is the end of your Pantanal birding tour and you will drive back north to Cuiaba to connect with your onward flight. If the flight is in the evening, we will have time to stop for lunch en route and look out for the ever playful Giant River Otters in the many water bodies we will pass during our car journey.

Pricing Info & Dates

Cost £2500 based on two people sharing and not including international flights

Valid for travel from May 2021 until November 2022.


  • £100 donation to Panthera to protect Jaguars across their entire range
  • Return flights from Sao Paulo to Cuiaba
  • Expert local naturalist and top birder
  • Private transfers and activities throughout


  • The cost of international flights to Sao Paulo (we can quote on request)
  • Costs of applicable Visas and travel insurance
  • Lunch and dinner in Cuiaba
  • Gratuities for boatman and main birding guide


Our clients say about us

Wednesday December 20, 2017
Amazing Experience

We travelled through the Pantanal in Brazil. Our guide was fantastic. He met us at our hotel and accompanied us throughout. Transportation (4x4) with a driver was very comfortable, particularly as...

By Isabell and Steve
Saturday March 4, 2017
A Pantanal Adventure

We re-visited the Pantanal having enjoyed a previous trip so much. This time, with Eduardo as our guide, it was truly an adventure. His enthusiasm and excitement about all of the wildlife is so...

By Avril and Brian
Friday September 23, 2016
An excellent wildlife holiday

We are so delighted that this interesting combination of the Pantanal, Chapada dos Guimarães and the southern Amazon worked out so well. It was a real pleasure organising this bespoke...

By Scott
Wednesday January 13, 2016
Tremenous Pantanal and Iguacu experience with Wildlife Trails

Spent 2 weeks in October in the Southern and Northern Pantanal, and amongst numerous other encounters with a range of animals, got to spend time with Giant anteaters, Tapirs, Jaguars, Capuchin and...

By Del and Sheila
Wednesday November 18, 2015
Brazil. Pantanal plus City visits.

Three of us had a three week holiday with included visits to Salvador, Rio, Iguasu Falls and Ilhe Grande, fitted in around 13 days in the Pantanal and Cristalino Lodge. We flew, via Lisbon, into...

By Roger, Debbie and Liz
Monday November 9, 2015
A feast of Pantanal wildlife & hospitality

We have just spent 2 weeks in the South & North Pantanals in Brazil, experiencing all the wonderful wildlife this area has to offer. Our first stop in the south was Pousada Aguape, 3 hours...

By Avril and Brian
Wednesday September 24, 2014
Up close and personal with Brazilian wildlife

Our trip was a tailor made one for my wife and I with the specific aim of seeing certain mammals in Brazil, specifically Giant Anteater in Minas Gerais and Jaguars in the North Pantanal. Wildlife...

By Dave
Wednesday August 20, 2014
The perfect trip

Our trip to the Pantanal was organised so well that it flowed without a hitch from start to finish. Our guide Tito was the perfect companion who was knowledgeable, friendly and hard working, with...

By Andy
Thursday December 26, 2013
Lived up to our most optimistic expectations

First time in Brazil on a trip tailor-made to rise to the challenges of adventure and wildlife encounter (for Mr) tempered with a slower pace and touches of luxury (for Mrs). Starting from Rio, 2...

By Rachel and Peter
Monday November 4, 2013
The Pantanal, Iguassu falls, and Rio - simply fantastic!

What an amazing holiday! This trip far exceeded our expectations. Our itinerary was brilliant and suited us perfectly. Our guides were excellent - all were enthusiastic and knowledgeable and...

By Louise and John
Monday August 26, 2013
A stunning wildlife tour of Brazil's Pantanal and Atlantic Rainforest

Following a hectic but enjoyable 24 hours in New York we (a family of four with two teenage boys) flew to Cuiaba in Brazil where we were met by Eduardo our highly-rated naturalist driver, boatman...

By Graham