Jaguar Safari in the Pantanal of Brazil

Jaguar Safari - Baiazinha Lodge & Araras Eco Lodge

Explore one of the last wild frontiers of the planet for
7D/6N Starting at $3979 per person

The Pantanal is a wonderland of landscapes and biodiversity - the reason that makes the Pantanal South America's main sanctuary of wildlife.

The Paraguay river, that borders in many moments points of granite mountains, represents the source of the plate river basin. These granite hills are the farthest ripples of the Andes Mountain Chain, which dates 400 million years ago, unique scenario in the whole Pantanal. 

jaguar in the pantanal

This program intends to take visitors to explore the stunning landscapes of the magnificent Paraguay River in the vicinity of the Tayaman Ecological Reserve, well known as very rich in biodiversity with a remarkable and very well-preserved jaguar population.

Our presence in this region contributes to the conservation of this admirable species, a sacred symbol of many tribes in Amazonia.

pantanal river

The combination of the Pantanal ecosystem, particularly the Araras Eco Lodge Reserve, and the Paraguay River region, comes together with the combination of the flora and fauna of wet and dry land.

It is a must for those seeking to know the diversity of the Pantanal. In this area, the presence of the giant anteater and the tapir, the biggest mammals of South America and numerous species of birds, combine for an unforgettable experience.

4- and 5-Day programs available. 

 

Lost World Adventures itineraries can be tailor-made according to your plans and preferences: budget, hotel selections, travel dates, optional excursions, length of trip, etc.

Day 1: Cuiaba - Transpantaneira Road - Pantanal Lodge

Meet and greet at Cuiaba airport. After a trip briefing depart on the transfer to the lodge. This transfer is divided into two different stages. The first is a journey on a paved road along farms and cattle ranches. After reaching Poconé – we take the Transpantaneira Park Road at km “0” (108 km / 67.1 mi. from Cuiaba).

This is a park road at its best, allowing us to drive above the water level, watching the flora and fauna of the Pantanal ecosystem – a photo safari along 146 km of dirt road with several stops along the way for photos and information. Welcome drink on arrival and accommodation.

Later, the guide will lead you into an introductory walk through the surroundings of the lodge, explaining our concepts and many conservation projects. Continue to the Great Egret Lookout, a 12 m / 39 ft. high observation tower. After dinner, night walk under the Southern Hemisphere sky.

Overnight Araras Eco Lodge.

All meals are included from dinner today through breakfast on the final morning.

Day 2: Pantanal - Canoeing and Trekking

After breakfast, take a photo safari through private dirt roads towards the Clarinho River. Reaching its banks, board a canoe and paddle down the river, exploring the forest that grows by the riverbanks and mangroves.

Here lives a colony of “ariranhas” – giant river otters. With some luck, you may spot a family playing with their babies and teaching them how to swim and fish. Chance of fishing the elusive piranha, not an easy task, but fun. Enjoy a barbecue lunch under the shadow of the trees (*). Hammocks are available to enjoy a “siesta”.

Return to the lodge in time for afternoon tea. Later on, trek the Howler Monkey trail to the Howler Monkey Tower, our highest observation point – 25 m high - for a magnificent view of the sunset. After dinner, join a night drive in search of nocturnal animals.

(*) If the Sentinela Camp is not accessible (depending on the weather and terrain conditions), the canoeing trip will take place on the Corixo River. In that case, we will return to the lodge for lunch.

Day 3: Pantanal - Horseback Riding and Trekking

After breakfast, enjoy a horseback ride which will allow you to explore the diversity of the Pantanal landscape including some flooded areas of the Pantanal plain.

The Pantaneiro horses are docile and have adapted, through the centuries, to eat with its nose underwater. In this region, the horse is the Pantaneiros’ best friend, a daily companion during work and leisure. Return to the lodge for lunch.

In the afternoon, trek the Rondon Trail towards the 13 meter-high Jabiru Stork Tower, where you can watch a Jabiru Stork nest. Return to Araras Eco Lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 4: Araras Eco Lodge to Baiazinha Lodge

Early breakfast at the lodge. Depart at 7:00am to Cáceres in the Pantanal ecosystem (BR 070 - 190 km on paved road and 76 km on dirt road – approximately 5 hours).

The Paraguay River, main river of Pantanal, touch in many places, huge granite hills, which offers splendid scenery to this region. The areas we will explore offers the special opportunity to view jaguars on rocks, beside to see them on white sand beaches and riverbanks. Those hills are the farthest ripples of the Andes Mountain Chain.

The next days will be devoted to explore riverbanks, lakes and bays in search of the elusive Panthera-Onca or Jaguar, the 3rd largest wild cat, South Americas’ top predator. The only of the cats that bites strait into the skull of its pray.

The area we are exploring is quite secluded, therefore unspoiled and practically exclusive, as very few tourist boats roam this region. You will be onboard a special river safari motor boat equipped with a silent and powerful 115 HP outboard 4-stroke motor.

The boat is equipped with: very comfortable seats and plenty of space to move around without bothering your travel partners or bouncing the boat. It is a very steady boat that allows you to take very good photos of the wildlife you will meet.

After lunch, we do our first river safari, searching for jaguars and other wildlife. Return to the lodge for dinner.

Overnight at Baiazinha Lodge.

Days 5, 6: Paraguay River - Riverbanks, Bays and Channels

Breakfast. Departure for a morning river-safari on motor boat along the banks, beaches, bays and channels of the Paraguay River. This region is a paradise for wildlife, and still little explored for ecotourism, so that jaguar sightings are basically exclusive to our boats.

We will be searching for capybaras and caimans sunbathing on the beaches, giant river otters playing in the water and jaguars’ roaming the river banks searching for prays. Return to the Lodge for lunch.

In the afternoon, join another river safari, returning late afternoon for dinner and overnight.

We will be exploring the region in the vicinity to the Taiaman Ecological Reserve with a dense jaguar population, close monitored by the environmental authorities. The chance of spotting the biggest feline in the Americas, although not guaranteed, is high.

Overnight at Baiazinha Lodge.

Day 7: Pantanal - Cuiaba

After breakfast, return to Cuiaba.

 

Price from $3,979.00 per person, based on double occupancy
Days 7
Nights 6
Includes:
  • Cuiaba Airport transfers
  • 7 nights lodge accommodations
  • All meals
  • Daily excursions with English-speaking naturalist guides
Excludes:
  • International and domestic airfare
  • Tips to guides and drivers
  • Personal expenses

"Excellent trip!"

Everything worked out smoothly. We especially liked the relaxed and engaging attitudes of all the guides and transfer personnel. There was never a feeling of panic or too-tightly wound control. A work of art, really!

- Frederic P, Feb 2015

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