Unveil Brazil’s Wild Side: Pantanal Wildlife Wonders FAQ 

 Unveil Brazil’s Wild Side: Pantanal Wildlife Wonders FAQ 

Embark on an unforgettable journey with New Paths Expeditions as you explore the Pantanal, one of the world’s largest and most biodiverse wetlands. With our expert-led tours, witness Brazil’s wild side up close, immersing yourself in the awe-inspiring scenery and unrivaled wildlife encounters. From dazzling bird species to elusive jaguars, the Pantanal is a treasure trove for wildlife enthusiasts and adventurers alike.

In this comprehensive FAQ, we’ll address everything you need to know about planning your Pantanal expedition with New Paths Expeditions, from the remarkable habitats, must-see flora and fauna to recommended travel tips. Our goal is to ensure that your Pantanal experience is nothing short of extraordinary, providing memories you’ll cherish for a lifetime. 

1. Understanding the Pantanal: An Overview of This Unique Ecosystem

The Pantanal spans over 70,000 square miles across Brazil, Bolivia, and Paraguay, making it the largest tropical wetland in the world. This UNESCO World Heritage site is known for its abundant wildlife and rich diversity of flora and fauna. The unique ecosystem is characterized by a mix of forest, savannah, and wetlands, creating numerous habitats that support a vast array of species.

Climate and Hydrology

Located within the Tropic of Capricorn, Pantanal has a tropical climate with two distinct seasons – the wet season (November to March) and the dry season (April to October). During the wet season, the region’s intricate river systems overflow, creating vast seasonal water bodies and flooded forests. The dry season sees the water receding, exposing natural lagoons and grasslands teeming with wildlife.

2. Marvelous Wildlife Encounters in the Pantanal

Boasting an unrivaled richness of mammals, birds, and aquatic species, the Pantanal serves as a true paradise for wildlife enthusiasts. With New Paths Expeditions, expect to witness a range of extraordinary species during your journey into the wild heart of Brazil.

Jaguars: Pantanal’s Most Iconic Predators

The Pantanal is one of the best places in the world to spot the elusive and awe-inspiring jaguar. These magnificent felines thrive along the riverbanks, hunting capybaras, caimans, and other prey. New Paths Expeditions offers guided boat safaris along the Cuiaba River, providing a remarkable opportunity for close encounters with these majestic predators.

Birdwatching Extravaganza

Home to over 650 bird species, the Pantanal is a birdwatcher’s paradise. Expect to encounter vibrant blue-and-yellow macaws, impressive jabiru storks, and the iconic hyacinth macaw, the world’s largest parrot. Our expert-guided tours will help you spot elusive birds like the endangered wattled curassow and the striking golden-collared macaw.

Caimans and Capybaras

As you explore the Pantanal, keep an eye out for the region’s most abundant large mammal, the capybara. These oversized rodents often graze by the water’s edge, sharing their habitat with the black caiman, one of the largest reptiles in the Americas.

In Search of the Giant Otter

One of the more elusive yet fascinating species in the Pantanal is the giant otter. Growing up to six feet in length, these highly social and vocal creatures make their home in the region’s waterways and lakes. With New Paths Expeditions, you’ll have the unique opportunity to observe these magnificent animals in their natural environment.

3. Immersive Pantanal Experiences with New Paths Expeditions

Combining intimate wildlife encounters and immersive excursions into the heart of the Pantanal, New Paths Expeditions crafts unforgettable journeys, taking you deep into the Brazilian wilderness.

Expert-Led Safaris

Our knowledgeable guides, with years of hands-on experience in the Pantanal, provide expert insight into the region’s wildlife and ecosystems. Embark on river safaris, walking excursions, and Jeep tours with the guidance of our experts to get up close and personal with the unique inhabitants of the Pantanal.

Authentic Pantanal Accommodations

Ensuring your stay is as immersive as your excursions, New Paths Expeditions offers authentic and comfortable accommodations in the heart of the Pantanal. Experience the traditional charm of a Brazilian fazenda (ranch) or relax within eco-friendly lodges that are fully integrated into the surrounding landscape.

Customizable Itineraries

At New Paths Expeditions, we recognize that each traveler has unique interests and preferences. Our customizable itineraries allow you to construct the journey of your dreams, ensuring an unforgettable adventure tailored to your desires.

4. Best Time to Visit the Pantanal and Additional Travel Tips

Timing your visit to the Pantanal can have a major impact on the type of experiences and wildlife encounters you’ll have during your trip.

Wet Season vs. Dry Season

The wet season (November to March) sees lush vegetation and the arrival of many migratory bird species. However, accessibility may be limited due to flooding. The dry season (April to October) is generally the preferred time to visit, as the receding waters draw wildlife to remaining water bodies, providing excellent viewing opportunities.

Essential Packing Tips

Dressing appropriately for the Pantanal’s climate and landscape is crucial. Lightweight, breathable clothing in neutral colors, waterproof footwear, a wide-brimmed hat, and strong insect repellent are must-haves. A dependable pair of binoculars, camera gear, and a reusable water bottle will further enhance your Pantanal experience.

Health Considerations

As with any travel to remote regions, consult your healthcare professional before your Pantanal adventure for any necessary vaccinations or medications. Though the Pantanal is not among Brazil’s major risk areas, precautions against mosquito bites are advised.

Embark on Your Unforgettable Pantanal Adventure with New Paths Expeditions

The Pantanal stands as a majestic testament to nature’s beauty and resilience, offering travelers the experience of a lifetime with its remarkable biodiversity, alluring landscapes, and unforgettable wildlife encounters. With New Paths Expeditions, unravel the secrets of this exceptional ecosystem and immerse yourself in the wonders of Brazil’s hidden gem.
Ready to set off on your life-changing Pantanal adventure? Check out New Paths Expeditions’ small-group travel packages and allow our expert team to create the perfect itinerary tailored to your desires. Book your expedition now and prepare to enter the magical realm of the Pantanal, forging memories that will last a lifetime. Don’t just witness nature – become a part of it.

Pantanal Private

Pantanal Private










The Brazilian Pantanal (UNESCO World Heritage Site) is the largest tropical wetland in the world and harbors some of the most unique wildlife found anywhere, including South America’s ‘Big Six’ – jaguar, giant river otter, giant anteater, capybara, South American tapir, and anaconda. Your chances to enjoy good sightings and photograph all of them are quite high!.

New Paths Expeditions is proud to announce that the most experienced naturalists in the area will be your Master Naturalists. Limited to 12 participants, and only a few openings available for the upcoming departure.

Please note that NPE’s Pantanal itinerary is the only one that provides four nights at the heart of the Jaguar hot-spot. This allows us to provide you with Jaguar searching excursions in rivers seldom visited by tourists. 

NPE guarantees Jaguar sightings: In case you do not see a wild Jaguar, we will refund you US 500.00 per person. In 20 years of offering this guarantee, we have never needed to provide any refunds. 


  • Visit the UNESCO world largest tropical wetland
  • Superb Wildlife observation looking for “the Big Six.”
  • Jaguars Guaranteed
  • Extensive birding opportunities
  • Many endemics species
  • Accompanied by a Head Naturalist Guide
  • Upscale Pre-Extension at the Belmond Das Cataratas in Iguassu Falls
  • Post-Extension at the award-winning Caiman Lodge
  • The best lodging available
  • Multiple private boat excursions
  • The best naturalist guides
  • The best pricing in the market

“Jobs fill your pockets, adventures fill your soul.”


If you have any questions, please let us know. We are here to help you!

Itinerary in Brief

Day 1 

Arrive in Cuiaba, Brazil.

Arrive today’s afternoon on a flight from the US (Via Sao Paulo). Meet your Senior Leader and drive to the town of Pocone and then to Pantanal Mato Grosso Hotel over the Transpantaneira “Highway”. Multiple stops for wildlife spotting will include abundant Yacare Caimans, Capybara, and Jabiru Storks, among many other species.


Day 2

To Porto Jofre on the Transpantaneira

Enjoy a morning boat excursion on the Pixaim River in search of Giant River Otters. Then drive to the deepest point in the Northern Pantanal, Porto Jofre. Check-in at Porto Jofre Hotel (best in the area) and go out on your first wildlife excursion.

(B, L, D)

Day 3 – 5

Jaguar and the ‘Big Six’ Search

Using excursion boats explore the Cuiaba, Tres Imaoes, and Piguiri Rivers in search of the ‘Big Six’. This is Jaguar territory, and your chances of spotting and photographing this species in the wild are estimated at 95%! Safari vehicle explorations, short hikes, night excursions and top-quality lectures by your Senior Leader will also fill up the days.

(B, L, D)

Day 6

To Araras Eco Lodge Private Reserve plus Superb Birding

Drive to the Araras Eco Lodge and arrive in time for lunch. Then enjoy some of the best birding in the world at the lodges canopy towers.

(B, L, D)

Day 7 & 8

Araras Wildlife Reserve Exploration

The Araras private nature preserve consists of 7,500 acres that include three main ecosystems: wetlands, savanna, and forest. On short hikes and safari, vehicle excursions explore the surrounding countryside. Superb birding encounters with Capuchin, Howler, and Marmoset monkeys and even some of the ‘Big Six’ species await you.

(B, L, D)

Day 9

Enjoy a Morning Wildlife Excursion – Drive to Cuiaba

Fly Home or Continue with the Upscale Southern Pantanal Extension.


Pantanal Mato Grosso Hotel

We selected this hotel because of its excellent position on the Pixain River. The river is a hotspot for Giant River Otters as well as a plethora of birds. The Mato Grosso Hotel has hot running water, air conditioning, decent food, and clean, basic rooms as well as granting you greater access to wildlife.

Porto Jofre Hotel

You will find that despite its remote location in the heart of the Pantanal that the Porto Jofre Hotel provides comfortable accommodations. The rooms are clean with hot water and air conditioning, and the food is fresh. This is one of the best places to observe the Pantanal wildlife, and there is an excellent chance for Jaguar sightings. You will be able to see Macaws and Toucans right on the hotel grounds. The lodge is the best place to stay when you’re in the heart of the Pantanal.

Araras Eco Lodge

Built-in harmony with the environment, but without renouncing comfort, Araras Eco Lodge rooms feature air conditioning, ceiling fans, and hot running water. The three distinct ecosystems in the adjacent area provide great opportunities for wildlife observation, especially birds. Canopy towers provide access to the upper reaches of the forest, and a boardwalk meanders through the wetlands towards the nearby forest.

Grand Park Hotel

While the Grand Park Hotel is only a stopover between expeditions, it will still provide a memorable stay due to its modern and comfortable rooms, excellent dining facilities, and nearby shopping opportunities. The hotel includes a gym, sauna, and Wi-Fi among its many services. This city hotel has a 4-star rating and it is considered the best in town.

Refugio Caiman (Caiman Lodge)

The Caiman Lodge is considered to be the best eco-lodge in South America. You will find that the rooms are charming and modern and are situated in groups of 5 or 6 to provide a more personalized and private atmosphere. The service at the Caiman Lodge is perfect and the food excellent. The tourism operations at the lodge are the best available in the Pantanal. The lodge provides among the best opportunities for wildlife observation in the world.

When to go

The best time to go to the Pantanal is from July to November, when the rainfall is at its lowest and animals cluster around the shrinking oxbow lakes and rivers. 

The last half of July and the first half of August feature an astounding wading bird concentration just 15 minutes south of the town of Poconé at some of the first bridges on the Transpantaneira Road. The Giant Otters tend to be visible daily at close range from early June through Dec. The Jabiru Stork nests are active from July through early November.  The most colorful flowering trees are available in July (the yellow-flowering Voychysia divergens) and August (the pink-flowering and yellow-flowering Tabebuia species). So far, our four years of field research have shown that July through November are the best months to see Jaguars on the rivers.


If you have any questions, please let us know. We are here to help you!

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