James Lowen

The Pantanal offers some of South America's finest wildlife watching. From jaguars to anacondas, parrots to caimans, this is the place in Brazil to see animals. Choose your season carefully -- come in the dry season for birdwatching, or head there just after the rains for mammals.

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  • Rio de Janeiro

    Rio de Janeiro

    Is there another city on earth that can match Rio's beauty? Mountain peaks, lush forests, beautiful beaches and playful inhabitants make Rio a must-see on any Brazilian itinerary...Read more
  • Paraty


    Paraty offers a mix of small-town colonial Brazil and excellent wildlife watching -- complete with beaches and a bay made for watching sunsets...Read more
  • Amazon


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  • Iguazu Falls

    Iguazu Falls

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A Taste of Brazil

A short trip to Brazil’s top highlights
Approx. 6 days
Rio de Janeiro (3 days) → Pantanal (3)
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Paraty, Rio & Pantanal Trail

Explore the highlights of Brazil
Approx. 10 days
Rio de Janeiro (3 days) → Paraty (3) → Pantanal (3)
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Things to do in Pantanal

Our recommended experiences and activities

Explore the world’s largest tropical wetland

Explore the world’s largest tropical wetland

The Pantanal covers an area of 140,000 to 195,000 sq/km and is home to monkeys, toucans, macaws and giant anteaters. You can easily spend two or three days here, canoeing, hiking, horseback riding, on caiman-spotting excursions or photo safari.

Birdwatching in the Pantanal

Birdwatching in the Pantanal

The Pantanal is a birders’ paradise. Look out for the greater rhea, guira cuckoo, chaco chachalaca, black-hooded parakeet and hyacinth macaw, among hundreds of other endemic and migratory species.

Where to go in Brazil

Our recommended places

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