Brazil, South America's largest country,
offers the tourist kaleidoscopic carnivals, spectacular cities and towns -
Rio de Janeiro, Salvador and Curitiba for example - lively friendly
people, superb beaches and the massive Iguaçu Falls in the south, but
naturally many visitors come to Brazil looking for wildlife.
An Amazon River tributary, with local village. Photo by Jim
An Amazonian tarantula in north Brazil, one of the critters you might expect to meet during a night stroll in the forest. Photo by Jim
The Amazon Basin vegetation is so dense that you'd be lucky to see an
anteater at ten paces, even if it ventured out in the daytime.
We exaggerate of course. You can find interesting little animals and birds in the rainforest, but you really need a good, knowledgeable guide with great eyesight!
If you really want to see clear cut Brazilian wildlife consider heading for The Pantanal further south instead. We have no experience of this massive swampland but some visitors say it's the bees knees.
Iguaçu Falls in south Brasil, an awesome destination but a long way south, so it's a plane ride or a very long road trip. Photo by SFBrit
time to go to coastal areas is from April-September but for the Amazon
or Pantanal it's best from July-October, the dry