Brazil is a tropical paradise, teeming with one of the most biologically diverse ecosystems in the world. It is home to The Pantanal (the largest freshwater wetlands in the world), the Pampas (grasslands), tropical and subtropical rainforests, and 60 percent of the Amazon Rainforest. All of these regions are home to the most known species of mammals, fish, and plants in the world and the third highest number of bird species. Brazil is famous for its tropical creatures, including anacondas, jaguars, pumas, giant anteaters, toucans, cougars, crocodiles, sloths, and a variety of monkeys. In the lakes, rivers, and along the coastline there are more than 3,000 species of fish and 500 species of amphibians, including sharp-toothed piranhas, pink dolphins, poison dart frogs, and pirarucus (the world's largest river fish).
One of the world’s most elusive animals, the jaguar is a beautiful creature with an unforgettable presence. In Brazil, jaguar tourism has truly kicked off, with private group safaris heading deep into the Pantanal to help you catch sight of this gorgeous cat. Head down the Paraguay River or explore the labyrinth of rivers and lakes within the Pantanal between June and November with an expert guide who will point out these amber-eyed animals.
With 1,622 identified species of birds, you are sure to see something spectacular when you go bird watching in Brazil. These fantastically colourful birds vary from the Amazon to the Caatinga, Cerrado, Pantanal, Atlantic forest, and the Pampa. In the Cerrado and Pantanal you will see the largest bird in Brazil, the rhea (similar to the emu). In the Amazon and Pantanal you will see tropical birds such as parrots and toucans.
The world’s second largest river, the Amazon is surrounded by lush jungle terrain with endless plant and animal species, indigenous Indian tribes, and traditional villages. Take an Amazon Cruise to see the natural wonders of the Amazon River. Tour operators offer cruises that range from day trips upwards to 10-day itineraries.
While the Amazon gets most of the attention, you will actually see more (and better) wildlife in the Pantanal. This is the largest tropical wetlands in the world and the wide open areas are home to a rich and varied ecosystem with a variety of plant and animal species. See the Pantanal on a boat tour, horseback riding, hiking, or in an open-vehicle safari.
Sepetiba Bay Cruise
The wildlife-filled waters of Sepetiba Bay are best seen on a cruise. Saveiros (schooners) cruise the waters of the bay, helping you spot dolphins, turtles, stingrays, and giant kingfishers. Look to the skies and you will see colourful parrots riding the wind around you.