The Pantanal A Wildlife Paradise In Brazil Birdwatching Trips Tour

One photo that says The Pantanal - a magical wetland in Brazil.

There are so many wonderful parts of the world to see amazing birds and wildlife and one that keeps popping up is The Pantanal, Brazil, a vast wetland teaming with wildlife. It is a paradise if you love birds and amazing mammals we would rate it one of the most exciting places we have ever visited. By wildlife watching standards it is also, mostly, relaxing as much of the viewing is done from small boats along the complex of creeks and channels. Perhaps the most wanted sighting in this beautiful place is the jaguar, a beautiful powerful cat that stalks the banks of the rivers in search of its favourite prey, caimen and capybara.

A jaguar called Ruth was the first one we saw on our mind-blowing trip.

Our small group were really excited to be in the heart of The Pantanal and we had already enjoyed a staggering variety of wildlife but now we were setting off to look for our most wanted sighting, jaguar. We climbed aboard our small boat and headed up river, the tension was almost unbearable, this was the animal and now was our first real chance of perhaps spotting one. We had all attended the briefing so knew that it was far from certain we would see one, we would need a lot of luck and lots of scanning. A caiman was basking on a sandbank and several capybara were muching away on riverside vegetation everything was calm and peaceful. There! A shout split the warm sticky air, we scanned the right bank, oh my god! A jaguar! We could barely believe our eyes we had only been looking for a few minutes and we had our first jaguar. Elation doesn't do justice to the thrill and heart pounding excitment on that tiny boat. Our local guide explained this animal was called Ruth how cool was that? Jaguars can be identified by their face marking - each one has a unique pattern - and Ruth was a beautiful cat. Luckily this gorgeous creature stayed in view a long time as she stalked the river edge in search of a meal, seldom have we ever been so excited, these jaguars are just awesome.

Back on our floating hotel, which as you can see above was wonderful, we relived the sighting over and over again through our photographs and videos and had to pinch ourselves to believe it had happened. We saw more jaguars on our river cruises and enjoyed wonderful views of these most beautiful felines, but of course it is that first sighting that is burned into the memory for ever, we will never forget Ruth! Being on a small boat allows us to approach the wildlife closely without disturbing it and each trip we marvelled at so many beautiful and amazing creatures. Few parts of the world can rival The Pantanal for the sheer abundance of wildlife and we just loved every second.

This tiny American Pygmy Kingfisher was sitting in the deep shade tricky to photograph.

This Black-capped Donacobious checked us out from the vegetation by the river.

How about this? A beautiful Capped Heron posing in the evening sun.

We enjoyed wonderful views of giant river otters and they really are huge!

Another of the so many highlights on this tour huge Hyacinth Macaws.

Coming back to our lovely floating hotel after a sunset cruise on the river magical.

We are planning another Birdwatching Trips tour to The Pantanal if you would like to contacted about this very special tour please email us here we can keep you in touch. Of course if you would like details of any of our tours or have any questions at all please fire away...

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