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North Pantanal Jaguar Safari, 8 Days

July through October 2020

Northern Pantanal - Jaguar seen at the Cuiaba River

Southern Amazon & Pantanal Jaguar Safari

Travel to some of the best areas for wildlife-viewing in Brazil, from the diverse rainforests of the southern Amazon to the Pantanal, where you will spend three or four days tracking jaguars with your expert guides.

Combine the biodiverse rainforests of the southern Amazon with the wetlands of the Pantanal, two of the most wildlife-rich regions on Earth. Starting off in the Amazon, exploring the meandering forest trails in search of primates, birds and other wildlife. Travel south along the Transpantaneira Highway to the Pantanal wetlands, where you will head out on boat safaris to discover the wildlife of this unique ecosystem. Along with capybaras, caimans and giant river otters, the Pantanal is best-known for jaguars, which can be observed hunting and relaxing on the water’s edge.

Highlights

  • Spend time in the Pantanal, the best region in the world to see jaguars in the wild
  • Follow your expert jaguar guide and tracker in search of the largest predator in the Americas Scour for wildlife such as capybara, caiman, giant river otters, tapir, macaw and more
  • Learn about the Pantaneiro lifestyle as you spend two nights at a traditional but comfortable ranch

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Your journey at a glance

Day
Travel/Activities
Accommodation
1
Cuiaba - Northern Pantanal
Pousada Piuval
2
Northern Pantanal
Pousada Piuval
3
Northern Pantanal - Jaguar Viewing Area
Hotel Pantanal Norte
4 - 7
Jaguar Viewing
Hotel Pantanal Norte
8
Depart Jaguar Viewing Area to Cuiaba
 

Itinerary

Day 1: Cuiaba - Northern Pantanal

On your arrival into Cuiaba you will be met at the airport by your guide who will transfer you south to Pocone (please ensure that you arrive before 11:30am as this transfer is set to leave at 12:30), the start of the Transpantaneira Highway. This is a 145 kilometre long dirt road that leads south through the heart of the Pantanal ending at the Cuiaba River in Jofre. As you enter the Transpantaneira Highway you start to see families of capybaras, pools of caiman and flocks of water birds and raptor; let your wildlife safari begin! En route to the lodge you will have the chance to stop and enjoy the many lakes and streams which are packed full of animals. After this 2 hour drive, arrive at your lodge in time for an afternoon outing and spend a relaxing evening before your wildlife adventure truly beings tomorrow.

Overnight accommodation

Pousada Piuval - Located near the start of the legendary Transpantaneira Highway, Pousada Piuval is the ideal base to start or finish your exploration into the Pantanal. One of the original "fazendas" of the area, this property boasts W-Fi and A/C in all rooms, a swimming pool and restaurant serving fresh Pantaneiro dishes, ideal after a long day of observing wildlife.

Meals: D

Crocodiles in the Cuiaba River

Day 2: Northern Pantanal

Spend the day fully exploring this part of the Pantanal. You will have a choice of several activities such as nature walks, boat safaris, observation towers, horseback riding and a night drive, all guided by an expert naturalist guide. Come into close contact with the resident flora and fauna which may include giant anteaters, ocelot, deer, fox, tapir, jabiru stork (pictured), and much more.

Overnight accommodation

Pousada Piuval

Meals: B,L,D

Ostriches

Day 3: Northern Pantanal - Jaguar Viewing Area

After an early breakfast, head out on another guided activity before lunch at the lodge and continuing your adventure south, down the Transpantaneira Highway to Porto Jofre, about 3 hours away. En route you will have the chance to stop and enjoy the views and look out for the resident wildlife. Jaguars are often along the final 35 kilometres of the road before getting to Jofre so keep a keen eye glued to the road for possible sightings. On arrival, settle into your lodge by the river.

Overnight accommodation

Hotel Pantanal Norte - Thought to be the best hotel in the Pantanal area, Porto Jofre is simple yet spacious and often used by the fishermen of the area. Located at the end of the Transpantaneira Highway, on the banks of the Cuiaba River, it is the perfect base for jaguar spotting. The 28 en-suite rooms have ample space and the well maintained gardens are often frequented by Hyacinth macaws and toco toucans.

Meals: B,L,D

Jaguar

Day 4 - 7: Jaguar Viewing

Spend the next 4 days exploring and searching for jaguars and giant otters on Three Brothers, Cuiaba and Piquiri Rivers. Enjoy two boat outings per day, returning to the lodge for lunch and some time to relax. This is the best place in the world to see these elusive cats in the wild and we are proud to report an average of 2 sightings per day on these waters. Other possible sightings include tapir, giant river otters, caiman, ocelot and even elusive pumas who are known to share this habitat with the jaguars. At the end of the day, return to your accommodation where you will be able to edit photos, compare sightings with other guests or just sit back and relax by the pool.

Overnight accommodation

Hotel Pantanal Norte

Meals: B,L,D

Jaguar

Day 8: Depart Jaguar Viewing Area to Cuiaba

This morning you are transferred back to Cuiaba airport (about about 5-6 hours) for your flight home, along the way keep a lookout for the resident wildlife of the Pantanal.

Meals: B

Tapir in Brazil

COSTS:
2 people in a double room with private activities: from $7,625 per person
4 people in 2 double rooms with private activities: from $6,00 per person

Includes: Accommodation and meals as stated (B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner), private transfers, private activities while at Pousada Piuval, private jaguar viewing, preservation fees and all park fees

Excludes: International and domestic flights, visas, tips, items of a personal nature, items not mentioned in the “Includes” section, possible fuel surcharges, possible departure taxes

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