The Pantanal is the largest wetland in South America, and the largest wetland in the world that has not been substantially modified by humans. The sheer abundance of large birds, reptiles and mammals mark its importance as a huge reservoir of biodiversity. The Pantanal covers an area of 66,100 square miles, that is 10 times the size of Florida Everglades. Sediment cores suggest that 13,000-23,000 years ago, the Pantanal was covered by sandy desert. The name “Pantanal” comes from the Portuguese word “pântano,” meaning wetland, bog, swamp or marsh. Average yearly rainfall in the Pantanal reaches up to 40 to 55 inches. Seventy-eight percent of the Pantanal is submerged during the rainy seasons. The Pantanal is home to about 3,500 plant species, 656 bird species, 325 fish species, 159 mammals, 53 amphibians and 98 reptiles.
The best place to see Jaguar in the wild. Jaguars are rare, secretive, and mostly nocturnal; they have been hunted for hundreds of years by farmers and poachers, and thus the chances of actually coming across one are very low. However. In recent years we have seen more frequent encounters with this great cat, and we feel that we can offers a good chance of seeing Jaguar.
Our tour will begin in the Pantanal just as water levels are receding and hundreds of Jabirus, Wood Storks, Limpkins, Roseate Spoonbills and thousands of other waders, Paraguayan Caiman and Capybaras congregate around the shrinking ponds. We will keep our eyes peeled for these massive cats on quiet, relaxing boat trips packed with kingfishers, curassows, Agami Herons, Sungrebes, and Sunbitterns and a family of Giant Otters.
We will take walks through the forest to see everything from Hyacinth Macaws to woodcreepers, antbirds, and spinetails. On drives along the Transpantaneira park road, which we will cover from beginning to end.
Join us for this amazing adventure!