Brazil, South America's largest country, offers the curious tourist kaleidoscopic carnivals, some spectacular cities and towns - Rio de janeiro, Salvador and Curitiba for starters, lively friendly people, superb beaches and the massive Iguaçu Falls in the south, but naturally many visitors come to Brazil looking for wildlife.
Beware, the Amazon can raise false expectations, this is not an African wildlife experience with teeming herds of animals.
An Amazon River tributary, with local village.
A hungry Amazonian tarantula in north Brazil.
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.
time to go to coastal areas is from April-September but for the Amazon
or Pantanal it's best from July-October, the dry