Wildlife of the Brazilian Pantanal and Cerrado


9 Days – 8 Nights

Starts and ends in Cuiabá


What our clients say!

On his 2010 photo tour to Iguazú

…”Debbie and I have just returned from Argentina and Brazil where we had the great pleasure of having Miguel as a guide for part of the trip. We travel a lot and recognize a great guide when we have one. Miguel has the personality, knowledge and language skills to make a trip truly memorable. We will be returning to South America regularly in the coming years and plan to make Trogon Tours a part of our planning.”






This tour has been designed bearing in mind the special needs of wildlife photographers and naturalists, who wish to explore the mythical Brazilian Pantanal and neighbouring Cerrado scrubland, discovering their unique biodiversity. These habitats are home to unique animals, like Maned Wolf, Giant Otter and the mighty Jaguar. More than 300 bird species thrive in this vast wilderness, considered to be the best and easiest place to watch and photograph wildlife in the Neotropics. We invite you to join Trogon Tours in this fantastic nature journey of a lifetime to the heart of tropical South America. To ensure best fauna watching opportunities, our group size limit for this tour is 8 participants with one Trogon Tours’ leader.



Tour runs on request – Prices based on group size.

This tour has been designed bearing in mind the special needs of wildlife photographers and naturalists, who wish to explore the mythical Brazilian Pantanal and neighbouring Cerrado scrubland, discovering their unique biodiversity. These habitats are home to unique animals, like Maned Wolf, Giant Otter and the mighty Jaguar. More than 300 bird species thrive in this vast wilderness, considered to be the best and easiest place to watch and photograph wildlife in the Neotropics. We invite you to join Trogon Tours in this fantastic nature journey of a lifetime to the heart of tropical South America. To ensure best fauna watching opportunities, our group size limit for this tour is 8 participants with one Trogon Tours’ leader.

The Cerrado, or Campo Cerrado, with its very characteristic vegetation, corresponds to the arboreal savanna of other tropical continents. It spreads over an area of more than 2 million square kilometers, taking in 22 % of Brazil’s territory. This habitat covers most of Brazil’s west-central region, stretching way into Paraguay. Sparsely scattered low trees and bushes with twisted branches, thick grooved bark, and leathery leaves give shape to this distinctive woodland. Reddish-colored termite nests are prominent on the trunks and these are a great attraction to nesting Campo Flicker and Peach-fronted Parakeet, who tunnel into their depths. Thirty three thousand hectares of this dry scrubland are protected since 1989 within the boundaries of Chapada Dos Guimaraes National Park. Sitting in a high plateau 860 meters above sea level, this reserve is home to birds like Red-and-green Macaw, Blue-and-yellow Macaw, Red-legged Seriema, the secretive Collared Crescentchest and the endemic Rufous-winged Antshrike to name but a few. Some interesting mammals like Brazilian Tapir and Maned Wolf also make their home in this particular type of ecosystem.

Covering an area of roughly 142,500 sq. kilometers, the Pantanal is about the size of the state of Georgia in the USA. Located in the middle of South America, Pantanal mostly spreads within the Brazilian territory, but part of it penetrates into neighboring Bolivia and Paraguay. The lowland plains are characterized by pronounced wet and dry seasons. Habitats range from semi-deciduous and evergreen forests to palm woodlands and true Pantanal (seasonally flooded grasslands with scattered clumps of Cerrado scrubland on elevated patches of land). An enormous number of lakes and rivers dot and cross the region, constantly cleansing and renewing the wetlands. Wide-open areas facilitate the spotting of animals such as the rare Brazilian Tapir, Marsh Deer, Giant Anteater, Capybara, Black-and-gold Howler-Monkey, Ocelot, Margay and Jaguar. While this impressive cat occurs over a wide range, Pantanal is the only place where chances of seeing a Jaguar are not just reasonable, but quite high. Despite its impressive diversity of mammals, it is the amazing abundance of birds that gives Pantanal its fame. It is a destination for three major South American migratory routes. The shrinking of vast flooded areas at the beginning of the dry season, concentrates fish for waders such as Jabiru, Maguari and Wood Storks, Great and Snowy Egret, numerous herons, five species of ibis and Roseate Spoonbill. Add to this fantastic collection of animals, reptiles of all kinds like the widespread Pantanal Cayman and colorful Yellow Anaconda, plus a myriad of wild flowers and butterflies, and the result is a must-go destination for nature enthusiasts the world over!

Our itinerary in a Nutshell

Your Trogon Tours’ leader will meet you at the airport of Cuiabá, in the afternoon of day 1. From here, we will drive to Chapada dos Guimaraes, where we’ll spend the following two nights. On day 2 we will explore the Cerrado, searching for birds and other wildlife. We will leave Chapada in the morning of day 3, and drive all the way to Pantanal, where we’ll spend two nights at a lodge in the northern part of the Transpantaneira road. Day 4 will be devoted to explore the northernmost part of Pantanal, with its particular flora an fauna; a great location for some unique mammals like for instance Giant Otters, one of our targets for this morning. On day 5 we will slowly drive south on the Transpantaneira, making frequent stops for watching wildlife and seizing photo opportunities, to finally reach Porto Jofre, our base for the following three nights. Days 6 and 7 are to be spent in the Porto Jofre area, enjoying its bird diversity which includes such striking species like Hyacinth Macaw. But our main goal here is to thoroughly explore some isolated areas of the Cuiabá River by boat, where chances to see Jaguar are very high. On day 8 we will bid our farewell to Pantanal and drive north on the Transpantaneira, all the way back to Cuiabá, where we’ll spend the last night of our tour. Early in the morning of day 9 we will drive to Cuiabá City airport, where the tour ends.


Wildlife highlights

Jaguar, Maned Wolf, Ocelot, Hyacinth Macaw, Brazilian Tapir, Crab-eating Racoon, Red-and-green Macaw, Sungrebe, Sunbittern, Blue-throated and Red-throated Piping-Guans, Red and Gray Brocket Deers, Bare-faced Curassow, Helmeted Manakin, Blue-and-yellow Macaw, Toco Toucan, Chestnut-eared Aracari, White-lipped Pecari, White Woodpecker, Orange-backed Troupial, Marsh Deer, Black-and-gold Howler-Monkey, Black-tailed Marmoset.


Best time to go

This tour is only possible during the dry season (June to November). Southern hemisphere summers here are very hot and rainy, rendering the tour difficult or impossible to run.


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 days 1 to 9 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. Personal travel and medical insurance. Anything not specified in “What is included?”


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