Pantanal’s Big Five
BrazilAugust 9 to 26, 2025
Explore the vast Pantanal for South America’s Big Five – jaguar, giant anteater, giant otter, ocelot, and South American tapir. Travel via boat, private bus, and safari vehicles through regions where marshes, lakes, and streams provide a diverse ecosystem that fosters superb encounters with these awe-inspiring mammals plus many beautiful birds, like the hyacinth macaw. Journey down the famous Transpantaneira Highway in the northern Pantanal to Porto Jofre where cruises on the Cuiabá River afford numerous opportunities to see jaguars, giant otters, and other wildlife not easily seen by land. While in the southern Pantanal, stay at Caiman Lodge, a top wildlife destination, and a sure bet for giant anteaters and ocelots. Join biologists in the field to learn about this region’s wildlife research and conservation efforts. Don’t miss this spectacularly beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site and biosphere reserve!
- Boat downriver to spot jaguars cooling off on the banks while keeping an eye out for giant river otters.
- Head out at night to search for nocturnal animals such as ocelot, giant anteater, South American tapir, and yacaré caiman.
- View the world’s largest parrot, the hyacinth macaw, and the prehistoric-looking jabiru stork along the Transpantaneira Highway.
- Join conservation researchers in the field and learn about this region’s conservation issues.
Itinerary Updated: November 2023
Our Trip Leaders
Diogo studied Biology at Bahia Federal University, one of the most renowned academies in Brazil, and began working as a naturalist guide in the Pantanal region in 2011. His skills in zoology, animal behavior, botany, animal tracking, ecology, birding, and photography have propelled his career in guiding for renowned lodges, safari groups, and research programs. On safari, Diogo aspires to build a bond between travelers and nature and instill a commitment to conservation by sharing his experiences, knowledge, and love for the region.
Explore the Pantanal to seek South America’s “Big Five” – jaguar, giant anteater, giant otter, ocelot, and South American tapir.