6 day safari

Prices from

£2500

Excluding international flights

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

Ultimate Pantanal Birding Tour

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:
  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
  • Jun
  • Jul
  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec

Best time to visit -

SEP

Safari Style -

Small Group

DAY 1

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

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

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

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

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

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

Costs £2500 based on two people sharing and not including flights. Valid for travel from May 2021 until November 2022.

Includes:

  • £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

Excludes:

  • 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

What

Our Clients Say About Us

★★★★★
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 was mainly mud roads! The first few days we spent at Pousada Alegre, Bird sightings were great, but also fox, monkey and tapir to name but a few. Majority of our trip was spent looking for Jaguar o the river. And we definitely were lucky! We had some amazing sightings, including a number of mum and cubs. Allan's organisation of the trip was spot on. Everything worked like clockwork and the guide he chose spoke perfect English and went out of his way to ensure that we were always in the best places / positions to photograph the wildlife. We have used Allan on on several wildlife trips in the past and this one was up to his usual high standards. Allan takes the time to get to know you, your preferences and understand exactly what you wish to do / see and works with you to achieve the type of holiday you wish. Thanks again Allan - looking forward to Tanzania in February!

ByIsabell and Steve
★★★★★
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 ectious. We had some fabulous sightings of jaguar, some totally exclusive to us. Eduardo is equally keen on all that the Pantanal has to offer & energetically pursues experiences for his guests to share. He & I had the most amazing encounter with a giant anteater with a baby on her back. His excitement for this was palpable & it greatly enhanced my experience. We also had some very special daytime tapir viewings and this is entirely due to his observations of their behaviour and the likely directions they may take. So for this and the giant anteater sighting, the viewing was extended by his ability to predict what might happen next. Even staying at his lodge (JER) was a continuation of wildlife experiences as he actively seeks to find all the creatures that he can. Plus I found his lodge delightfully quirky & fun. Eduardo took great & very personal care of us & he was a joy to be with & very knowledgeable. Allan & Kirsty Blanchard make Wildlife Trails perfect for our needs. They have got to know us over time and the experience of working in partnership with them to plan our trips means that our holidays come to life through the planning process. So by the time we set off we can feel confident that our trip will be exactly what we want. Thanks for doing such a grand job.

ByAvril and Brian
★★★★★
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 zilian wildlife tour for you and we hope you have a treasure chest of memories. Wildlife Trails arrangements worked very well

ByScott
★★★★★
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 ler monkeys, and of course the King of the Pantanal, the magnificent capybara! To spend time close to a wild animal, who knows you are there, but continues to act entirely naturally, remains one of the best experiences you can have. Magical. Thanks to Allan and Kirsty at Wildlife Trails for their patience while customising our trip, all connections and transfers were perfect, and our guides Stefan and Tito were great. The 4 days we enjoyed at Iguacu falls were the perfect end to the trip. We have been working with Wildlife Trails for nearly 12 years, since we first went to India and have never been disappointed. Everything is individually customised from the itinerary to choice of lodges/hotels, and all at very reasonable cost. Highly recommended.

ByDel and Sheila
★★★★★
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 vador for a three night stay after the trans-Atlantic flight. Three internal flights took us to Alta Floresta for Cristalino River Lodge. The "wildlife" section of the holiday really exceeded our expectations, the Cristalino river was a great place, not only for mammals, but especially for birds. From the lodge you had a selection of river trips, treks and a trip up a 50 metre tower above the forest cover. A flight back to Cuieba allowed us to be collected by our guide who took us all around our Pantanal visit. The Pantanal was shown to us from three different lodges, all of which have different animals and birds, the highlight of these visits were several sightings of Jaguar, plus giant and neotropical otters. We then had flights to get to Iguasu Falls for a two day visit, prior to flying to Rio and Ilha Grande for a few days before flying back to UK, once again via Lisbon. This is the fourth time we have used Wildlife Trails to arrange a holiday for us. Once again Allan has come up trumps - the preliminary discussions started almost twelve months in advance to get the best dates to visit the Pantanal for Jaguar sightings, once these had been agreed, provisional bookings were made for the lodges of choice, plus our excellent guide, Tito, was engaged. We then discussed the add-on visits we were considering, which Allan then arranged, including adjusting hotels to suit. Internal and international flights were arranged for our convenience - flying directly into Salvador from Manchester!! Everything was always available to check, and there was always someone to discuss or answer any questions or queries we had. On the actual holiday there were no problems in transfers, or any of the minor nitty gritty parts of the holiday.

ByRoger, Debbie and Liz