Brazil 2017: The Fabulous Pantanal. Jaguars, Jabirus, Hyacinth Macaws & More

Jaguar at Pantanal Photo: F. Davis
July 22 - August 02, 2017
Tour Length: 12 days Est. Spaces Left: 0

Get your camera ready! Join High Lonesome Birdtours in the Pantanal this July, where we can easily spot these rare or difficult-to-see species: Jaguar, Jabiru, and Hyacinth Macaw (the largest macaw and an endemic). We’ll also see impressive mammals such as Giant Otter, Tapir, Giant Anteater, and the magnificent Jaguar.  There is no better place in the world than the Pantanal to observe and photograph Jaguar up-close and personal. They are especially common during the dry season as they rest and hunt along the river banks. An extension to Cristalino Lodge in the Amazon basin will round out this trip and fabulous experience!

Photo: Jaguar, Pantanal. Photo by: F. Davis


Future Departures:
July 12, 2018
Tour Leaders:
Max # Birders:
8 with High Lonesome leader & local leaders
Birds; Mammals; Photography;
Relaxed ; Most driving and riding in boats with some easy walks
Double Accommodation:
$ 4000
[per person]
Single Supplement:
+ $ 500
$750 [per person]

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 extending 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 waterbirds 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 to South America. As many as 650 bird species occur in the Pantanal. In addition, 300 mammals, 480 reptiles, and thousands of plant species, many only found in the Pantanal, occur. Of special interest are the rare or difficult-to-see species that are fairly common in the Pantanal: Giant Otter, 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 a 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. Last, but not least, we’ll travel to the Amazon Basin and the fabulous Cristalino Lodge.

BOOK YOUR TOUR using this form >>

Sign up for our newsletter (brown box at right).



  • Download Itinerary
  • Meeting Location

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


    Comfortable with en-suite bathrooms.


    11 nights accommodation and all meals from lunch on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 12. 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.

  • 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, Green Ibis, Buff-necked Ibis, Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture, Snail Kite, Black-collared Hawk, Tiny Hawk, Crane Hawk, Great Black-Hawk, Savanna Hawk, Harpy Eagle (uncommon), Southern Caracara, Yellow-headed Caracara, Bat Falcon, Red-legged Seriema, Sunbittern, Gray-necked Wood-Rail, Pied Lapwing, Southern Lapwing, Collared Plover, Wattled Jacana, Yellow-billed Tern, Large-billed Tern, Picazuro Pigeon, Pibui Ground-Dove, Nanday Parakeet, Peach-fronted Parakeet, Black-capped Parakeet, Hyacinth Macaw, Blue-and-Yellow Macaw, Red-shouldered Macaw, Yellow-chevroned Parakeet, Blue-headed Parrot, Scaly-headed Parrot, Dusky Parrot, Turquoise-fronted Parrot, Orange-winged Parrot, Guira 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, 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, Blackk-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, Bay-winged Cowbird, Solitary Black Cacique, Purple-throated Euphonia.

    Top Mammals

    Jaguar, Ocelot, Tapir, Giant Otter, Giant Anteater, Marsh Deer.

    Reptiles: Anaconda; Fer-de-Lance; Caiman

    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.

  • Other Attractions

    Spectacular scenery, photography, mammal watching.

    Suggested Clothing & Gear
    • Valid, current passport (w/ 4 blank pages)
    • Visa (if required)
    • Credit cards / cash
    • Binoculars
    • 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)
    • Toiletries
    • 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
    • Shorts
    • T-shirts
    • Swimsuit
    Recommended Reading



  • Southern Screamer by Forrest Davis
  • Giant Otter by Forrest Davis
  • Red-crested Cardinal by Forrest Davis
  • Plumbeous Ibis by Forrest Davis
  • Harpy Eagle by Forrest Davis
  • Pied Lapwing by Forrest Davis
  • Sunbittern by Forrest Davis
  • Black-collared Hawk by Marianne Phillips
  • Jabiru by Marianne Phillips

Search Birding Tour By:

MONTH Search By Month

Search Birding Tour By:

REGION Search By Month

Why High Lonesome?


* indicates required