Hello! My husband and I (both fairly fit and active, in our 30s) are looking for an Amazon tour in Brazil that gives us the most exposure to fauna/wildlife possible. Your tips are appreciated!! Thanks.
Truth be told, there is not a lot of wildlife to be seen in the Amazon. The place to see a lot of wildlife is the Pantanal.
Manaus in the Amazon:
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Amazon River by boat: 70 travel tips:
Plying the waters of the Amazon.
Getting to and around the Pantanal, Brazil
The Pantanal is located mostly within the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso do Sul and is accessible through three major gateways: Campo Grande in the south, Cuiabá in the North, and Corumbá in the west.
Map of Brazil:
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I was on a four-day Amazon boat cruise, which was wonderful, but it’s important to know that, apart from a few caiman and pink river dolphins, one shouldn’t expect to see much wildlife in the Amazon. As I indicated in Post #1, you really have to go to the Pantanal for that.
We did a fair amount of canoeing and a couple of rainforest walks, mostly to observe the tropical flora. The Amazon canopy is rather high, however, making it hard to spot birds without binoculars (parrots and toucans).
Pantanal is the way to go for wildlife, as MonteCD points out. I used a company called Pantanal Safaris. Contact Fabrizio there and he'll set you up. They work with pros fro Nat Geo and others. We went from Cuiabá and then on through Poconé. Incredible the amount of wildlife we saw on a 7 day trip.
Thank you all so much! We will switch from Amazon to Pantanal then. Unfortunately we are looking at travelling in February of 2018, which seems like the wet season and not the best for seeing wildlife. Does anyone have experience going at this time?
I would contact Fabricio (above) and ask him. He'll tell you what it's like. And water levels don't affect the birds, of which you will see TONS. And crocs. Or gators or whatever they are. Anancondas are hard to see these days as the crocs eat them and they are now protected in the Pantanal. There are apparently over 30 million of them these days. We also saw tiny marmosets, monkeys of various shapes and sizes, giant anteater and a jaguar at the Porto Jofre end of the Pantaneira. You will have a fantastic trip!
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