Our Pantanal birdwatching tour is a not-to-be-missed experience for any bird enthusiast. The sheer diversity and beauty of the birds within this region has to be seen to be believed, at whatever time of year you visit. Whether you are an expert ornithologist or are trying birdwatching for the first time, we guarantee that the bird life of the Pantanal will amaze you. Hyacinth macaws, the largest parrots in the world, are often seen in trees that surround the lodges we use for our tours. Numerous other species of macaws, parrots and parakeets, as well as toucans, woodpeckers, hummingbirds, birds of prey, storks and herons are in abundance. On our popular night safaris, you can often see nocturnal species such as owls, nightjars, and potoos.
For the wildlife photographer, the Pantanal is a dream come true. There is ample opportunity to photograph not only the diverse, numerous animals, but also the stunning scenery and breathtaking sunsets. We always look to help you take the best photos possible and can recommend the best locations. This also includes patiently waiting for the right light conditions.
The trails surrounding the lodges allow guests to explore a variety of ecosystems, including savannah, wetland, and woodland. Most of the trails are loops, so hikers can spend as long as they wish exploring. Hiking on these trails allows you to surround yourself with the incredible flora and fauna of the Pantanal. Monkeys such as Black Tailed Marmosets, Capuchin Monkeys and Black Howler Monkeys often swing through the trees above you as you walk along the trail. Grassland and forest species such as deer and the South American coati are abundant and bird watching along the trails is also excellent. Your tour guide is an expert on the Pantanal plants and trees, and will identify common species and explain which plants have medicinal and culinary uses.
Boat trips provide an excellent opportunity to observe the giant river otter at close quarters. These are among the rarest otters in the world and are often one of the highlights of our visitors’ trips to the Pantanal. In the region of Porto Jofre, we occasionally see jaguars along the river banks; an experience of a lifetime! Other wildlife commonly seen on the river includes capybara and caiman. Birds that are frequently encountered on the water include kingfishers, egrets, storks, herons, cormorants, anhingas, and terns. We highly recommend adding an early morning or evening boat trip to your itinerary. This will give you the chance to enjoy spectacular sunrises or sunsets while viewing wildlife from a unique perspective. This experience is enriched by listening to the music provided by Pantanal wildlife, day and night.
Jaguar Tracking Tour
The Jaguar Tracking tours are set in the wildlife of the fantastic region of Porto Jofre, where there is a very good chance of spotting the elusive and impressive jaguar. While tracking the jaguars, you can see other interesting wildlife such as monkeys, giant river otters, and numerous bird species from our well equipped boats.
Our specialist knowledge of the Pantanal ensures that visitors are shown the best areas, so that they can fully appreciate the wild environment and have an excellent chance to see the jaguar in the wild. To find jaguars, we occasionally use an indigenous instrument (esturrador), made of bamboo. By blowing into the esturrador, our guide can imitate the unearthly roar of the mighty jaguar.
Most visitors who spend four days or more in the Porto Jofre region will see a jaguar. Of course, we cannot offer a guarantee that you will see one of these marvellous creatures, but we can promise that you will see other equally breathtaking wildlife during your stay. Smaller cats such as the ocelot, as well as other animals such as foxes, howler monkeys, and caiman are all a regular feature of the area. Tapirs, giant anteaters, capybara, and peccaries, all rare in most of their remaining habitats, are seen here.
A night safari can be one of the best ways to observe wildlife. As one of the many differentials of Pantanal Nature, our exclusive Safari Vehicles guarantee the ultimate safari experience, allowing our clients to get up close and personal with the sights, sounds and smells of the fauna and flora of the Pantanal. They are designed with tiered seating, so that nobody’s view is blocked. Along for the ride are our experienced drivers - who have extensive knowledge of the areas through which we travel - and our naturalist guides - experienced, trained and specialized in the Pantanal - who will take you on unforgettable safari trips. Enjoy the comfort and safety of observing wildlife in their natural habitat, whilst enjoying the nocturnal sounds of the Pantanal. Our night safaris provides the best opportunity to allow all your senses to experience the wonders of this fantastic environment.
Our family tours are specifically designed to ensure that all family members, regardless of age or interest, can enjoy the wonders of the Pantanal safely and comfortably. We can introduce children to the magic of this unique area through age-appropriate activities, always bearing in mind that attention can wander! Family trips are flexible and tailored to meet the requirements and interests of individual families. We like to encourage youngsters to feel actively engaged in the natural wonders of the Pantanal while ensuring their safety at all times. Our goal is to allow the whole family to get as close to nature as possible.