Jaguars in the Pantanal
I started my adventure in the Pantanal, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. On the drive to my base, the Caiman Ecological Refuge, I had already spotted plenty of wildlife, including caiman, colourful macaws and a family of capybara hanging out by the pool.
Eco-Friendly Amazon Lodge
Next I headed to Cristalino Lodge, a birdwatcher’s haven set within a private reserve deep in the Amazon rainforest. The reserve is home to tonnes of wildlife, with mammals such as the jaguar, puma, sloth and seven species of monkey resident here, as well as around 600 species of bird. The jungle surroundings are completely undisturbed, and as soon as I arrived I was struck by the natural beauty of the place. The eco-friendly lodge is committed to environmental responsibility and was designed using natural materials. Wildlife is free to roam around, and on the way to my room I spotted some capybaras grazing just outside my door.