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Brazil 2020


See the wildlife of your dreams in Brazil!

Brazil’s Pantanal is a mix of savanna, forest, and wetland habitats with the highest concentration of wildlife in South America. Home to the world’s largest fresh-water wetlands, the Pantanal is ten times the size of the Everglades, draining into a single channel: the Paraguay River. You’ll venture deep into this world-class wildlife hotspot from August 22 - September 1, 2020.

Discover thriving wildlife

Even a relaxed day can yield more than 100 species of birds and dozens of mammals — Capybara are everywhere! Brazilian Tapir, Maned Wolf, Giant Anteater, Giant Otter, and yes, Jaguar (we saw many on our past trips!), are five of many incredible mammals we seek. Greater Rhea, Hyacinth Macaw, Toco Toucan, Red Legged Seriema, and Helmeted Manakin top the list of impressive bird sightings. Rare Green Anaconda, the world’s largest snake, may be a lucky find, while the small crocodilian Yacaré can be seen by the thousands. For many, it is the sheer number and variety of species that leaves the most lasting impression.

Saving habitat through ecotourism

Tourism can be a major part of the revitalization of a small economy. Ecotourism can have the extra benefit of saving habitat in areas where farming is a big business. Some farmers in Brazil are working with environmentalists on nearby habit to make it appealing to nature enthusiasts who then use the farms as travel accommodations. You’ll support this alternative economic model by staying at a charming (and working) cattle ranch who’s owners have worked to keep their land thriving with its own impressive and distinctive wildlife community.

We also support local economies by frequenting locally owned businesses, restaurants and attractions.

Is the Pantanal on fire?

We take the safety of our participants very seriously. The Pantanal has been affected by the 2019 fires in the Amazon. We're keeping an eye on the situation and will let our registrants know if there are any change of plans. 

Save your space and go to Brazil!

Space is limited so sign up soon for this unique and exotic trip!

Reserve your spot today!

  • Hyacinth Macaw (the biggest parrot in the world)

  • Toco Toucan

  • Jabiru (a type of wood stork)

  • Jaguar

Brazil 2020 Eco-travel Details


August 22 - September 1, 2020


  • Try for South America’s “Big Five” Brazilian Tapir, Maned Wolf, Giant Anteater, Giant Otter, and Jaguar
  • Witness the “Big Five” of birds: Red Legged Seriema, Greater Rhea, Hyacinth Macaw, Toco Toucan, and Helmeted Manakin. Add Southern Screamer,
    Sunbittern, Scarlet-headed Blackbird, and so many more!
  • Explore both sides of the Transpantaneira wilderness — by boat and road on safari-like excursions
  • Find five species of kingfisher
  • Enjoy local cuisine and hospitality at fazendas (working cattle ranches) at several stages along the road
  • Boat the Cuiabá River for an excellent chance at a Jaguar sighting
  • See water birds in mass congregation — like those of the Everglades, but magnified!
  • Find at least four species of monkeys and several hundred species of birds
  • Scan for night birds under intense southern sky constellations; spotlight for mammals, too!
  • Enjoy optional fishing at two locations (additional cost for local boat and guide)


You can download a draft of our itinerary here!


The price per person for 11 days in Brazil is $5940 per person double occupancy. Single occupancy is $7170 and this is limited to two spots.

This price covers:

• 3 domestic flights (Sao Paulo - Campo Grande, Campo Grande - Cuiaba, Cuiaba - Sao Paulo)

• All other domestic transportation (buses and boats)

• All meals and accommodations as described in the itinerary

• Photo safaris, tours, entrance fees

• Local guides

It does not include:

• International airfare to Sao Paulo

• Tips

• Additional beverages (non-alcoholic and alcohol)

A $500 deposit secures your spot on this adventure.

Reserve your spot today!

Photo credits: Carlos Roberto ChavarrÍa

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