Mammals of the Brazilian Pantanal and Cerrado


12 days – 11 nights

Starts and ends in Cuiabá.


What our clients say!

On his 2011 private Northern Pampas birding tour

…”I would like to tell you had a wonderful guide you have in Lucas Marti. He led us for your short tour of the northern pampas last week near Buenos Aires. His birding skills were superb. He has a great ear for calls and put us on almost everything we tried for. I was most impressed. On top of that, he very friendly, spoke very good English and was a pleasure to spend time with. I would love to be in the field again with him on any potential future trips. Thanks for such a good experience.”

Gary Ludi- Atlanta GA, USA

Gary Ludi






Located on Brazil’s border with Bolivia, the Pantanal is the largest wetland on Earth. Habitats here range from semi-deciduous and evergreen forests to palm woodlands and true “Pantanal” (seasonally flooded grasslands with scattered clumps of Cerrado scrub on elevated patches of land). An enormous number of lakes and rivers dot and cross the region, constantly cleansing and renewing the wetlands.



Tour runs on request – Prices based on group size.

Located on Brazil’s border with Bolivia, the Pantanal is the largest wetland on Earth. Habitats here range from semi-deciduous and evergreen forests to palm woodlands and true “Pantanal” (seasonally flooded grasslands with scattered clumps of Cerrado scrub on elevated patches of land). An enormous number of lakes and rivers dot and cross the region, constantly cleansing and renewing the wetlands.

Pantanal is considered the easiest place to see and photograph the most incredible collection of Neotropical fauna, and it is world renowned as a top bird watching destination due to its 650 species of birds. The shrinking of vast flooded areas at the beginning of the dry season concentrates fish for waders, caimans and carnivore mammals. The legendary “Transpantaneira” is the only road across northern Pantanal and it extends for nearly 150 kilometers, from the small village of Poconé to Porto Jofre, on the northern shore of the Cuiabá River. Being raised above the level of the flooding marshes and lagoons, and with roughly 150 wooden bridges along its way that can be easily used as convenient lookout platforms, this dirt road offers superb chances for roadside fauna viewing. There is nothing like spending time along the Transpantaneira searching for the wide array of unique mammals that make Pantanal their home. There are nearly 200 mammals in the Brazilian Pantanal, and many of the most wanted-to-see species can be spotted in this area. The islands along rivers and streams in the Pantanal are perhaps among the very last strongholds for the largest and most beautiful wild cat of the Neotropics: the Jaguar. Isolated populations of Jaguars still thrive in some remote areas of this seemingly endless wetland. A boat trip along the maze of streams and rivers will maximize our chances for a close encounter with the king of the Neotropical cats.

The Cerrado, or “Campo Cerrado”, with its very characteristic vegetation, corresponds to the “arboreal savannas” of other tropical continents. It occupies more than 23 % of Brazil’s land area. This habitat dominates west-central Brazil, and extends into Paraguay. It is formed by sparsely scattered low trees and bushes with twisted branches, thick grooved bark, and leathery leaves. Reddish-colored termite nests are prominent and these are a great attraction to some nesting birds that tunnel into their depths and for termites feeding mammals such as the Giant Anteater. Some 130,000 hectares of excellent Cerrado habitat are protected within the boundaries of Das Emas National Park. Located in the border between the Brazilian states of Goiás, and Mato Grosso do Sul, this protected area is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it supports a wide variety of mammals and several species of wild cats -including Ocelot, Jaguar, Giant Anteaters, Maned Wolves, and Giant Armadillos to name but a few.

Our Itinerary in a Nutshell

Our tour starts in the Brazilian city of Cuiabá, where you’ll be received by your Trogon Tours trip leader at the local airport. We will drive to the Transpantaneira, and spend the following four nights in local lodges. From day 2 to day 4 we will look for the mammals mentioned above, and many others. During our stay in this part of Pantanal, we will take at least two boat tours in search of Giant Otters. On day 5, we will drive to Caceres, a city located on the shores of the Paraguay River. From here a boat transfer will take us to our hotel, located in a remote area of Pantanal. We will spend days 6 and 7 searching for Jaguars and other wildlife in this area. On day 8 we will return to Caceres, and from there we will drive to Das Emas National Park. Days 9 to 11 will be devoted to look for mammal specialties of the Cerrado in this superb wilderness. On day 12, we will drive back to Cuiabá where the tour ends at the local airport.


Some mammals we’ll look for

Brazilian Tapir, Nine-banded Armadillo, Marsh Deer, White-lipped Peccary, Capybara, Pampas Deer, Giant Armadillo, Giant Otter, Maned Wolf, Black-and-gold Howler Monkey, Bare-ear Marmoset, Crab-eating Raccoon, Ocelot, Jaguar.


Best time to go

This tour is only possible during the dry season -July to November- but August, September and October should be considered the “premium” months to go. Southern hemisphere summers are not good months to go, since it is the rainy season, and the climate is terribly hot and humid.


What is included?

Private transportation for all transfers and excursions. Boat excursions as per program. Accommodations on a twin/double basis. Single supplements on request. Full time Trogon Tours’ leader to accompany the group from day 1 in Cuiabá to day 12 in Cuiabá. All breakfasts, lunches, box-lunches and dinners with one non alcoholic drink per person/meal. Admission fees to all national parks and nature reserves.


What is not included?

International and domestic airfares and airport taxes. Tips to guides, drivers, hotel & restaurants personnel, etc. Drinks with your meals. Personal travel and medical insurance. Anything not specified in “What is included?”


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