Brazil Wildlife Tours

60% of the Amazon jungle is in Brazil making it the most biodiverse country in the world. There is a variety of habitats throughout Brazil, including the Atlantic Forest, Cerrado, and Araucaria. Here, you can find the most known species of plants, freshwater fish, and mammals. Brazil is second to Indonesia in terms of endemic species. and we have incredible options for those seeking Brazil wildlife tours.

As the largest country in South America and Latin America, Brazil spans 8.5 million square kilometers and is the fifth largest country in the world in total area. Brazil is home to more than 210 million people and is also recognized as one of the most multicultural countries in the world due to mass immigration extending over a century.

What animals can you see on a Brazil wildlife tour?


Jaguars are the third largest big cat in the world, however, they are thought to be some of the strongest among all big cats. The Brazilian jaguars found in the Pantanal are the largest of the Jaguars throughout the world. These Jaguars are known to hunt caiman and require them to be incredibly quick and strong.

Jaguars are similar in appearance to the leopard, with spots that resemble the shape of roses.

Where can you find jaguars on a Brazil wildlife tour?

The Pantanal is the best place in Brazil to see jaguars. Many tours will make a point of visiting this hotspot, so as to give their guests the chance to see a jaguar in the wild.

Consider joining Wildland Adventures on their 14-day Ultimate Jaguar and Wildlife tour which starts off in the Pantanal and visits other amazing destinations throughout Brazil.

Capuchin Monkey

The tufted capuchin is a species of capuchin monkey that varies from others in size and appearance. Tufted capuchins are noticed by their tuft of hardened hair on their forehead. These monkeys are extremely resourceful and use stones as a tool to open nuts, as well as “containers” for water, sticks to dig, stones to break through barriers, and sponge-like materials to absorb juices.

Where can you see tufted capuchin monkeys on a Brazil wildlife tour?

The tufted capuchin monkey is found in the northern part of the Amazon jungle. You will want to look for a tour that visits the northwest above the Rio Negro.


The anaconda is a group of large snakes, but most often spoken as a reference to the green anaconda. The green anaconda is the largest snake in the world, and second longest. They are non-venomous but use constriction to suffocate their prey. The green anaconda spends the majority of its life in and around water where they can travel at higher speeds. When on land they tend to be slow due to their size.

The green anaconda has a diet including many types of prey from small rodents and mammals, to large mammals like tapirs, deer, caimans, and even jaguars.

Where can you go to see a green anaconda in Brazil?

The green anaconda is primarily found in the Amazon River Basin of Brazil, so it is possible that you may see one from a river cruise in the Amazon Rainforest!

Join Katerre on a Brazilian Amazon Cruise adventure for 7 impactful days!

Goliath Birdeater

This one is sure to make your skin crawl! The Goliath Birdeater is the largest spider in the world by mass and is found in the northern Brazilian Amazon. These enormous spiders belong to the same family as the tarantula, but lack the leg spurs that other tarantulas have. They can reach sizes up to 30cm in leg span, 12cm in body length, and weigh up to 175g.

Despite their name, their main prey is amphibians, worms, arthropods, and only occasionally small birds. While they do have venom in their fangs, it is likened to a similar effect as a wasp sting.

Where to go to see Goliath bird-eaters in Brazil?

The Goliath bird-eaters are found in burrows along marshy grounds in the northern Amazon of Brazil. They are nocturnal, so would most often be spotted at night.


Rheas are large flightless birds native to South America. They are a distant relative to emus and ostriches, and are classified as “near threatened” on the IUCN Red List. The rhea of Brazil is the subspecies Greater Rhea, and is characterized by its grey brown feathers, long legs, and long neck. They closely resemble the ostrich, and follow a mostly vegetarian diet. On occasion they may eat small insects or rodents.

Where to visit to see a rhea on a Brazil wildlife tour?

Greater rheas are native to South America and are often found in grasslands, woodlands, and pampas of Brazil. They tend to stick to lowland areas and rarely go higher than 1500 m.


The red-bellied piranha is characterized by a reddish belly when they are fully grown. They are primarily scavenger fish, despite their bad reputation. They typically feed on insects, other fish, crustaceans, and worms, however in large packs, will target larger animals that are sick or injured. They often travel in shoals to protect themselves from larger predators.

Where to go to see piranhas in Brazil?

The red-bellied piranha can be found in the white waters of the Amazon River, as well as some lakes and streams.

Consider joining an Amazon River cruise where you’ll have your best chance of seeing piranhas and other exciting wildlife!


In Brazil, you will most often see the Yacare caiman which is one of 3 species of caiman in South America. They have a brown colour with dark splotches, and are 2.5 metres in length. The yacare caiman feeds on snails and small vertebrates. They were heavily hunted in the 1980s for their skin, which caused a major decrease in their populations. Despite this, they are not considered endangered or threatened according to the IUCN Red List.

Where to go to see caiman in Brazil?

The Brazilian Pantanal is the most popular place to see caiman, as it is home to nearly 10 million of them!

Take a trip to the Pantanal with Wildland Adventures! You’ll have the opportunity to see many of the animals we’ve mentioned including jaguars and caiman!