Pantanal Tour Report 2015
5th October - 14th October 2015
Either for rarity value, excellent views or simply a group favourite.
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Once again we set off into the magical Brazilian Pantanal an area very familiar to Zoothera. This trip was a great success with many outstanding and very memorable experiences. Amongst our bird sightings we were privileged to witness a magnificent Crested Eagle, lots of fantastic views of Hyacinth Macaw and, of course, 2 fantastic Jaguars, one of the most sought after mammals of the Neotropics. Brazilian Tapirs showed well this year with 5 individuals seen, plus Giant River Otters that walked from 200 metres away to with 20 metres before it noticed us was a real highlight, as were the family of Giant River Otters. In fact an amazing 22 species of mammal were seen, as well as some super reptiles, butterflies and dragonflies. Superb boat trips produced the hoped for Sungebes and Sunbitterns, while our parrot tally included 19 species with 7 species of Macaw. We had amazing views of Pheasant Cuckoo, plus Band-tailed, Fiery-capped and Helmeted Manakins, the rarely seen Subtropical Doradito, Common and Great Potoos - the list just goes on. With a perfectly designed itinerary visiting the best of the regions lodges this never fails to be a pure delight to all those that travel with us. Its easy to see why this is one of our more popular tours.