Brazil 2022: The Fabulous Pantanal

Jaguars, Jabirus, and Hyacinth Macaws

September 10 – 20, 2022

Tour Length: 11 days
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Get your camera ready! Join High Lonesome Birdtours in the Pantanal, where we can easily spot these rare or difficult-to-see species: Jaguar and Hyacinth Macaw (the largest macaw and an endemic). We’ll also see impressive mammals such as Giant Otter, Lowland Tapir, Giant Anteater, and the magnificent Jaguar. There is no better place in the world than the Pantanal to observe and photograph these big cats up-close and personal. They are especially common during the dry season as they rest and hunt along the river banks. In addition, the Pantanal and nearby cerrado are home to more than 500 species of birds.

Tour Leaders

Stephan Lorenz


Birds, Mammals, Photography


Double Accommodation: $4,250/person
Single Supplement: + $450
Deposit: $1,000

Max. Group Size

8 with High Lonesome leader


Easy to Moderate ; Mostly driving and riding in boats with some easy walks

Future Departures

July 07, 2023

Tour Descriptions

Brazil’s Pantanal is the largest freshwater wetland in the world comprising about 140,000 square miles, most of it in the state of Mato Grosso, Brazil, but some of it extends into Bolivia and Paraguay as well. The Pantanal is formed by a number of rivers that flow into it. During the rainy season, much of it is submerged. During the long dry season, however, the rivers recede and large grasslands appear. Birdlife is truly impressive. Thousands of water birds congregate during the dry season in the remaining marshes and ponds. Jabirus and other waders are extremely common and easily seen and photographed. Caiman are abundant as are capybara, the huge rodent common to South America. As many as 500 bird species occur in the Pantanal. In addition, dozens of mammals, numerous reptiles, and thousands of plant species, many only found in the Pantanal. Of special interest are the rare or difficult-to-see species that are fairly common in the Pantanal: Giant Otter, Lowland Tapir, Giant Anteater, Marsh Deer, and Hyacinth Macaw (the largest macaw and an endemic) can be easily seen and photographed here. One of the most difficult cats in the world to see—the Jaguar—is especially common in the Pantanal during the dry season where they often rest and hunt along the river banks. And, we’ll spend another couple of days in the Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park and its spectacular canyons, falls, and native savanna where different bird species can be found.

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Trip Highlights

Top Birds

Greater Rhea, Undulated Tinamou, Southern Screamer, Muscovy Duck, Brazilian Teal, Chaco Chachalaca, Chestnut-bellied Guan, Blue-throated & Red-throated Piping Guan, Bare-faced Curassow, Maguari Stork, Jabiru, Wood Stork, Rufescent Tiger-Heron, Cocoi Heron, Striated Heron, Whistling Heron, Capped Heron, Agami Heron, Zigzag Heron, Green Ibis, Buff-necked Ibis, Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture, Snail Kite, Black-collared Hawk, Crane Hawk, Great Black-Hawk, Savanna Hawk, Yellow-headed Caracara, Bat Falcon, Red-legged Seriema, Sunbittern, Gray-cowled Wood-Rail, Gray-breasted Crake, Pied Lapwing, Southern Lapwing, Collared Plover, Wattled Jacana, Yellow-billed Tern, Large-billed Tern, Picazuro Pigeon, Picui Ground Dove, Nanday Parakeet, Peach-fronted Parakeet, Hyacinth Macaw, Blue-and-Yellow Macaw, Red-shouldered Macaw, Yellow-chevroned Parakeet, Blue-headed Parrot, Scaly-headed Parrot, Turquoise-fronted Parrot, Orange-winged Parrot, Guira Cuckoo, Pheasant Cuckoo, Black-banded Owl, Spectacled Owl, Buff-bellied Hermit, Glittering-throated Emerald, Blue-crowned Trogon, Green-and-rufous Kingfisher, American Pygmy-Kingfisher, White-eared Puffbird, Letter Aracari, Chestnut-eared Aracari, Toco Toucan, White-wedged Piculet, White Woodpecker, Little Woodpecker, Green-barred Woodpecker, Campo Flicker, Pale-legged Hornero, Chotoy Spinetail, White-lored Spinetail, Greater Thornbird, Narrow-billed Woodcreeper, Mato Grosso Antbird, Band-tailed Antbird, Pearly-vented Tody-Tyrant, Fuscous Flycatcher, White-rumped Monjita, Black-backed Water-Tyrant, Helmeted Manakin, Black-tailed Tityra, White-naped Xenopsaris, Purplish Jay, Fawn-breasted Wren, Masked Gnatcatcher, Chalk-browned Mockingbird, Flavescent Warbler, Sayaca Tanager, Red-crested Cardinal, Red-crested Finch, Saffron-billed Sparrow, Grayish Baywing, Solitary Black Cacique, Scarlet-headed Blackbird, Purple-throated Euphonia.

Top Mammals

Jaguar, Ocelot, Crab-eating Fox, Lowland Tapir, Giant Otter, Giant Anteater, Marsh Deer, Black-and-gold Howler Monkey, Capybara

Reptiles: Anaconda, Caiman

Other Attractions

Spectacular scenery, photography, mammal watching, wilderness


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Planning for the Trip

Meeting Location

Cuiaba, Brazil Airport @ 12:30 PM (arrival of 10:30 AM flight from Sao Paolo)


Comfortable with en-suite bathrooms.


10 nights accommodation and all meals from lunch on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 11. Transport to and from the airport. Transport to birding locations. Services of local guide.


Does not include alcoholic drinks, tips to guides & boatmen (optional) laundry or other items of a personal nature.

Habitats Covered

Extensive freshwater marshlands, Chiquitano tropical dry forests, arid tropical Chaco dry forests, Cerrado savannas.

Expected Climate

Temperatures in Pantanal range from 80 to 90 degrees F. Very dry. Temperatures in the Cerrado are a bit lower.

Suggested Clothing and Gear

Valid, current passport (w/ 4 blank pages)
Visa (if required)
Credit cards / cash
Scope and tripod (optional)
Sunglasses and sunscreen
Extra eyeglasses or contact lenses
Water bottle
Small umbrella
Small day pack / fanny pack
Small flashlight
Mosquito/insect repellant (DEET 25% or greater)
Itch relief cream
Lip screen/balm
Prescription drugs – carry in original packaging to avoid customs problems
OTC medicines (antibiotics, cold/sinus, cough drops, eye drops, analgesic (Motrin, aspirin), anti-diarrheal)
Small alarm clock
Cleaning fluids/cloths/drying cloths
Field guides
Hiking Boots/Shoes
Lightweight shoes/sneakers/sandals
Light-weight long pants
Light-weight long-sleeved shirts
Hat with brim/visor
Rain jacket/wind breaker