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TRA 132 Wild Brazil: Pantanal Wetlands & IguazĂș Falls

Course Description

Our journey will traverse the northern end of the legendary Trans-Pantanal Highway; really just a gravel road flanked by wetlands teaming with birds and other wildlife. We will stay in riverside lodges and explore the adjacent wetlands by boat, searching for the wild and wonderful wildlife of the region. After immersing ourselves in the unforgettable water world of the Pantanal we will end our journey at Iguazú Falls, arguably the most beautiful waterfalls in the world. On seeing the falls for the first time, Eleanor Roosevelt opined ?Poor Niagara?. The Pantanal is the largest, most diverse freshwater wetland in the world; home to several hundred colourful species of birds such as the magnificent hyacinth macaw, as well as many of the large charismatic mammals of South America, such as: howler monkeys, giant anteaters, giant river otters, coatimundi, collared tamanduas, Brazilian tapirs, marsh deer, crab-eating foxes and ocelots.

The Pantanal also has the highest density of jaguars in the world. In recent years, daylight sightings of this mystical, powerful cat have become more frequent than ever. Seeing a wild jaguar, of course, is never a guarantee, but just knowing that such a glorious predator may be glimpsed as we round a curve in the river adds an unforgettable energy to the search. You will be amazed at the color of the toucans and parrots the elegance of the herons, egrets and storks, the liquid flight of the snail kites, the energy of the giant river otters tirelessly fishing for piranhas, the primeval magnificence of the basking caimans, the playful antics of the capybara, and the crimson beauty of the sinking sun as it cast rainbow hues across the rivers.

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 Introduction with Wayne Lynch


Accompanying resource person: Dr. Wayne Lynch

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