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Ultimate Jaguar Pantanal Safari

Spend your days in Brazil going in search of the vast array of wildlife which calls the Pantanal home, including the elusive jaguar. You will spend ample time in ideally located lodges and houseboats to ensure that you have the best possible chance of spotting these magnificent creatures.

Duration 8 days
Price From $5,176
When Jun - Sep
Destination Brazil

Safari Overview

On this trip you will have eight action-packed days to delve deep into the wetlands of the Pantanal – the largest wetland area in the world – in search of the elusive jaguar. With lodgings on land and on the rivers itself, you'll be well placed to make sightings of the largest cat in the Western Hemisphere. Though we can never guarantee wildlife sightings, you'll be safe in the knowledge that there is still plenty else to see in this wonderful area of Brazil.

What makes this trip extraordinary

  • Embark on boat safaris to track Brazil's elusive jaguars.
  • See the incredible wildlife of the Pantanal, from caiman and capybara to howler monkeys and a profusion of bird species.
  • Three full days exploring and searching for jaguars and giant river otters on the Piquiri, Cuiabá and Three Brothers Rivers.
  • Spend time on an active cattle ranch teeming with wildlife with a chance to spot tapir and giant anteaters.

From your base on board the panoramico houseboat, you'll be in with the best chance of seeing these magnificent big cats in the wild.

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Day by day

Day 1

Sao Paulo – Cuiabá – Northern Pantanal

On your arrival into Sao Paulo, you will connect with your short domestic flight connecting you to Cuiabá. You will be met at the airport by your guide who will transfer you south to Pocone, 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 Cuiabá River in Jofre. As you begin your journey on the Transpantaneira, you will start to see families of capybara, pools filled with caiman, raptors soaring through the skies, and flocks of waterbirds; 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. This afternoon, enjoy a shared activity and in the evening head out on a safari drive to put you in the right place at the right time for optimal wildlife viewing.

Overnight: Araras Eco Lodge D

Day 2

Northern Pantanal

With one full day to explore the region, you will enjoy morning and afternoon activities accompanied by an expert naturalist guide, setting out into the wild wetlands of the Pantanal. Explore the waterways with a canoe, or follow your guide on the trails that depart from this small family ranch, teeming with wildlife. This is a great way to get off-road and head deeper into the marches, forests and grasslands in search of the animals.

Overnight: Araras Eco Lodge B, L, D

Day 3

Northern Pantanal – Jaguar Viewing Area

Today you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy one last morning activity and a chance to spot caiman, tapir and giant anteaters. After lunch, you continue your adventure by taking a private transfer to the Panoramico Houseboat, after continuing south down the Transpantaneira Highway to Porto Jofre. En route you will have the chance to stop and enjoy the views and look out for the resident wildlife. Jaguars are often found along the final 35 kilometres of road before getting to Jofre, so keep a keen eye glued to the road for possible sightings. On arrival, the evening will be yours to have dinner and enjoy your unique surroundings aboard your floating accommodation.

Overnight: Panoramico Houseboat B, L, D

Days 4-6

Jaguar Viewing

Spend the next three days exploring and searching for jaguars and giant river otters on the Piquiri, Cuiabá and Three Brothers Rivers. Enjoy two private 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 two sightings per day on these waters. Other possible sightings include tapir, giant river otters, caiman, ocelot and even the rare pumas who are known to share this habitat with the jaguars. At the end of the day, return to your floating accommodation where you will be able to edit photos, compare sightings with other guests or just sit back and relax.

Overnight: Panoramico Houseboat B, L, D

Day 7

Jaguar Viewing Area – Northern Pantanal

This morning you are transferred back downriver to Porto Jofre. On arrival you are transferred back north along the Transpantaneira Highway. Along the way, keep a lookout for the resident wildlife of the Pantanal. You are sure to see families of capybara, as well as caiman and various waterbirds. After lunch at the lodge you will head out for an afternoon lodge activity. In the evening, visit the ocelot hide for a chance to see these magnificent cats right before your eyes.

Overnight: Southwild Pantanal B, L, D

Day 8

Northern Pantanal – Cuiabá – Depart

This morning after checking out of your lodge, you will be met and transferred back to the airport in time for your flight to Sao Paulo, where you will catch your international flight home.

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