We got off the boat and got up close and personal with a group of caiman resting on a sandbank and took some great photographs.
Next day visited a fishing camp; saw beautiful blue hyacinth macaws, giant otters hunting and a caiman eating a snake fish.
The afternoon safari was amazing, we found another female jaguar called Ruth who was around 10 years old and we spent about an hour following her by boat as she hunted for caiman along the river banks. We also saw another male jaguar hunting in the water hyacinth but he was quite shy and soon disappeared.
The next morning we travelled back to SouthWild Pantanal Lodge for a couple of days where we had fantastic viewings of giant otter, a black collared hawk eating a piranha, blue heron and a beautiful bird called an agame heron.
This was our first visit to Brazil, we wanted to experience the varied wildlife, rainforest and Pantanal regions for 16 action-packed days.
We arrived in San Paulo early morning after a night flight from Heathrow then took two internal flights to Alta Floresta, deep in the southern Amazon rainforest. We stayed three nights at the wonderful Cristalino Lodge where we spent the next two days experiencing the rainforest and exploring the Cristalino River by boat.
Michael, our guide, looked after us very well, introducing us to the wonderful wildlife of the region and an abundance of unusual and beautiful birdlife such as humming birds, tiger herons, sungrebe and Amazon kingfisher to name but a few.
The Cristalino Lodge was very welcoming and a large G&T with lots of ice proved a particular hit at the end of a wonderful but tiring day.