February 16, 2024

11:35 pm

Adam Walter


The Pantanal Chronicles:
A Recap of Our 2023 Adventure

August 5 - 22, 2023

The Pantanal Chronicles: A Recap of Our 2023 Adventure & Looking Ahead to 2025

Dive into the heart of Brazil with us as we recount an unforgettable journey through the Pantanal, the world’s largest tropical wetland. This natural wonder served as the backdrop for an trip filled with wildlife marvels and unparalleled experiences. As we cherish these memories, we’re thrilled to announce our next adventure: “Brazil: Pantanal’s Big Five,” slated for August 9 to 26, 2025. Join us as we explore the enchanting landscapes and encounter Brazil’s iconic “Big Five.”

Unforgettable Highlights

  • River Safaris & Night Excursions: Our journey through the Pantanal was marked by thrilling river safaris along the Cuiabá River, offering close encounters with the elusive jaguar and vibrant birdlife. Night excursions revealed the nocturnal wonders of the wetlands, from ocelots to tapirs under the starlit sky.
  • Expert Guidance: Guided by Diogo, a renowned naturalist, our trip was enriched with in-depth insights into the Pantanal’s ecosystem. Diogo’s expertise and passion for conservation brought the wilderness to life, making every encounter more meaningful.
  • Wildlife Conservation Workshops: Emphasizing our commitment to the environment, the trip featured workshops on wildlife conservation. These sessions highlighted the importance of preserving the Pantanal’s biodiversity, engaging travelers in the global effort to protect these critical habitats.
Leopard© Noreen Rudd
© Noreen Rudd

Nancy Frank: Encounters of a Lifetime

Nancy Frank’s 2023 Pantanal trip was a series of awe-inspiring wildlife encounters, guided by the incomparable expertise of Diogo. Witnessing the “Big Five” of Brazil in their natural habitat, Nancy’s journey was a testament to the vibrant life that thrives in the Pantanal. Her reflections underscore the invaluable role of conservation efforts discussed by Diogo, enhancing the trip’s impact beyond mere observation.

“The Pantanal is an amazing area! We were able to view all of the big 5–jaguar, ocelot, tapir, giant anteater, giant otter—many of them multiple times. We saw other wonderful animals and hundreds of beautiful birds. Diogo, our guide, was the best guide I’ve ever had on a trip!” -Nancy Frank

David Hoar: Insights and Wildlife Encounters

David Hoar’s Pantanal experience was a testament to the seamless organization of Cheesemans’ trips. He praised the trip’s structure and the remarkable knowledge of their guide, Diogo. David’s fascination with the “Big Five” was evident, with the jaguars and striking birds like Jabirus and Seriemas leaving an indelible mark on him.

“Learning how the whole process of introducing jaguars to people has evolved over time to become a reliable way of showing guests these amazing creatures. There is hope that other species will also develop tolerance and draw guests into their world in a meaningful way.” -David Hoar

Barred Antshrike
© Grace Chen

Noreen Rudd: In the Realm of Jaguars

Noreen Rudd’s Pantanal trip was a wildlife enthusiast’s dream come true. Her experience, immersed in the natural habitat of jaguars, was profound and well-facilitated, showcasing the importance of skilled guidance in wildlife tours. Diogo’s expertise shone, particularly in his adept management of group dynamics, enhancing Noreen’s adventure and underscoring the worth of the journey from Canada. The pinnacle of her trip was the peaceful time spent with jaguars, a cherished encounter that resonated deeply with her passion for wildlife photography.

“A guide sets the tone for a trip such as this and Diogo is a very special guide. I wanted to see Jaguars in their natural habitat and he managed that very well.” -Noreen Rudd

Grace Chen: Pantanal’s Wildlife Embrace

Grace Chen’s Pantanal experience with Cheesemans’ was nothing short of extraordinary, painting her journey with strokes of vibrant wildlife encounters and educational richness. She praises the trip as one of the best, highlighting the abundant and colorful birds and the skilled guidance of Diogo, who she regards as exceptionally knowledgeable and adept at wildlife spotting. A treasured memory from her adventure was the entrancing sight of jaguars, offering a privileged look into their world. Her commendation of the accommodations at Caiman and the personalized service emphasizes the quality of the experience that awaits future travelers in our 2025 trip.

“The trips are educational. We spent the maximum time in the field and the guides know how to anticipate where the animals will be. Also the guide knows how to position the vehicles for optimum viewing.” -Grace Chen

Hyacinth Macaw
© Grace Chen

Join Us in 2025

As we look back on the success of our 2023 Pantanal trip, we extend an invitation to you for our 2025 adventure. Set to explore the vibrant ecosystems and encounter the “Big Five” of Brazil, this journey promises to be an extraordinary trip into the wild heart of Brazil. Embark with Cheesemans’ Ecology Safaris on a journey that transcends the ordinary, where each moment is a step closer to nature’s profound beauty and mystery.

Reserve your spot for “Brazil: Pantanal’s Big Five” in August 2025 and be part of a story that continues to unfold. Together, let’s create memories that will inspire for a lifetime.

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