Pantanal Jaguar Tour
Pantanal, in the footsteps of the mythical jaguar in the heart of Brazil
In the heart of Mato Grosso, set off on an extraordinary wildlife safari, reserved for nature lovers or wildlife photography.
The Jaguar Kingdom Birds & Wildlife of the Pantanal
Day 01: Cuiabá – Arrival
At the arrival at Cuiabá airport (CGB), you will meet your guide and driver that will drive you to the Pantanal.
After driving about one and a half hour on paved road, we hit the Transpantaneira Highway, a dirt road that transects the northern portion of the Pantanal. The water ditches along the road attract all sorts of birds and mammals and make wildlife sightings easier, making every drive a great safari. On the drive to our lodge we may already see such species as Jabiru stork, Roseate Spoonbill, Rufescent Tiger Heron, several species of egrets, Plumbeous and Buff-necked Ibises, Southern Screamer, Savanna and
Road-side Hawks, Scarlet-headed Blackbird and many others. Other creatures might include Capybara, Marsh Deer and Caymans. Our first two nights are along the Rio Claro, a narrow river full of wildlife along it’s banks.
overnight at pousada Arara
Day 02: The Rio Claro
This morning the group will enjoys a sunrise by safari car. Here we have also a full day to explore the river and it’s surroundings. The Rio Claro is a narrow river surrounded by gallery forest and is one of the most renowned in the northern Pantanal among birders and photographers. On the boat drive along it’s quiet waters we will be looking for (and photographing) Great and Snowy Egrets, Cocoy, Striated and Agamy Herons, Sungrebe, Sunbittern, Black-collared and Great Black Hawks, and all five species of South-American Kingfishers. On the feeders, we might get Red-crested and Yellow-billed Cardinals, Shiny and Giant Cowbirds, Saffron Finch, Grey-crested Cachalote, Chestnut-eared Aracari, and Nanday Parakeets; Other birds that we could find on the trails include Helmeted Manakin, Rufous-tailed Jacamar, Barred and Great Antshrikes, Mato Grosso Antbird, White-lored and Chotoy Spinetails, Rusty-backed Antwren, and many more.
Overnight at pousada Arara
Day 03: Rio Claro to Porto Jofre
This morning we will explore the many photo opportunities this place offers, on foot and by car. We have good chances of photographing Peach-fronted Parakeet, Orange- backed Troupial, Plumbeous Ibis, and many more. After lunch we checkout and drive further in to the Pantanal. There should be plenty of wildlife along the road, as we must drive all the way to the end of the Transpantaneira road, to a place called Porto Jofre, in order to get to our hotel by the end of the afternoon. We will make use of the good afternoon light photographing birds and mammals along the way.
Overnight Hotel Pantanal Norte (B, L, D) (En-suite bathroom, air-conditioning)
Days 04: Searching for Jaguars
We will have one full day devoted to the boat trips in the Cuiaba river and it’s tributaries, in order to maximize our chances of seeing and photographing Jaguars. Although Jaguar sightings are not guaranteed, this region offers the best chances ever to find these that are among the most powerful and elusive cats in the world. Our outings will always be during the day, when we move along the rivers in search of cats that come to the river banks in search of food, water, or just a cool breeze. These rivers are also home for a few groups of Giant Otters, along with many Capybaras and Caymans. Pied Lapwing, Black Skimmer, Large-billed and Yellow-billed Terns can also be seen along the sand margins, and we might make a few stops to photograph them as well.
Overnight Hotel Pantanal Norte (B, L, D)
Day 05: Porto Jofre to Piuval Lodge
Today we have a long drive back on the Transpantaneira road, to our next lodge, but we might still spend the morning on the river, depending on the group’s needs. This evening we will be at Pousada Piuval, which will be our home for the next two nights. This property is a working cattle ranch with more than 15.000 acres of forest, swamps, savannas and natural pasture, and stands as one of the best places for birds and mammals in the northern Pantanal.
Overnight Pousada Piuval (B,L,D)
Day 06: Pousada Piuval
Moving to another lodge gives us a chance to find other birds and animals that we might not have seen yet at the previous places. Most of our time here will be spent driving or walking the many trails in the property. We will explore on foot, by horse, boat or aboard our safari vehicle. We will explore the wetlands, fields and forests in search of Black Howler and Capuchin Monkeys, Black-tailed Marmoset, Crab-eating Fox, Tapir, and many other mammals. We should also see birds such as Blue-fronted Parrots, Yellow-chevroned and Peach-fronted Parakeets, Chestnut-bellied Guans, the beautiful Red-throated Piping- guans, Red-legged Seriemas and Greater Rheas.
Overnight Pousada Piuval (B,L,D)
Day 07: Return to Cuiabá Airport
Today’s activity will depend on the flight schedule of the group, but we might still have
time to explore a bit more of the property and search for animals that we may not have
seen yet. Clients will be taken to Cuiabá airport at their convenience.