Brazil: Pantanal & Jaguar Search

The Pantanal is the largest wetland in South America, and the largest wetland in the world that has not been substantially modified by humans. The sheer abundance of large birds, reptiles and mammals mark its importance as a huge reservoir of biodiversity. The Pantanal covers an area of 66,100 square miles, that is 10 times the size of Florida Everglades. Sediment cores suggest that 13,000-23,000 years ago, the Pantanal was covered by sandy desert. The name “Pantanal” comes from the Portuguese word “pântano,” meaning wetland, bog, swamp or marsh. Average yearly rainfall in the Pantanal reaches up to 40 to 55 inches. Seventy-eight percent of the Pantanal is submerged during the rainy seasons. The Pantanal is home to about 3,500 plant species, 656 bird species, 325 fish species, 159 mammals, 53 amphibians and 98 reptiles.

The best place to see Jaguar in the wild. Jaguars are rare, secretive, and mostly nocturnal; they have been hunted for hundreds of years by farmers and poachers, and thus the chances of actually coming across one are very low. However. In recent years we have seen more frequent encounters with this great cat, and we feel that we can offers a good chance of seeing Jaguar.

Our tour will begin in the Pantanal just as water levels are receding and hundreds of Jabirus, Wood Storks, Limpkins, Roseate Spoonbills and thousands of other waders, Paraguayan Caiman and Capybaras congregate around the shrinking ponds. We will keep our eyes peeled for these massive cats on quiet, relaxing boat trips packed with kingfishers, curassows, Agami Herons, Sungrebes, and Sunbitterns and a family of Giant Otters.

We will take walks through the forest to see everything from Hyacinth Macaws to woodcreepers, antbirds, and spinetails. On drives along the Transpantaneira park road, which we will cover from beginning to end.


Join us for this amazing adventure!

  • Day 1: Arrive to Cuiaba, Mato Grosso - to The Pantanal Pouso Alegre

We will pick you up from your hotel or airport (matechal grondon) in Mato Groso-Cuiba and them we will start our drive along Transpantaneira Highway to get our first lodge. There are several kind of birds to see where we can stop to get a better view or nice photo.  Night at Pouso Alegre

  • Day 2: Full Day Birding

We will check out the extensive low-lying marsh right behind our lodge and surroundings. . After dinner we can try for: Nacunda Nighthawk, Scissor-tailed Nightjar, and some nocturnal mammals such as Crab-eating Fox and, with great luck, Giant Anteater and Ocelot. Night at Pouso Alegre.

  • Day 3: Drive to Porto Jofre - Pousada Neco

After breakfast we will start our birding drive to jofre area where is popular for fishing and jaguar expeditions along the Rio Cuiaba. We will see capybaras, caiman, Maguari Stork, Southern Screamer, Scarlet-headed Blackbird and many others birds along the road on the way to Porto Jofre. Dinner and Night at Porto Jofre.

  • Day 4: Jaguar search full day

After breakfast we will have full morning boat trip searching for the king of the amazon THE JAGUAR and for sure several birds species, family of Giant Otters and caimans laong the river sides. After lunch we will do our second time searching for wildlife by boat. Night at Porto Jofre.

  • Day 5: Drive to Pousada Rio Claro

After breakfast will start our birding drive on the pantaneira for some extra species on the way to our next lodge. Lunch and some birding along the trails. There is a chance to do some owling after or before dinner. Night there.

  • Day 6: Full Day Birding

Today we will have a full day birding among the trails lodge surroundings. Owling before or after dinner. Night there.

  • Day 7: Drive to Pousada Piuval

After breakfast we will begin making our way back towards the beginning of the Transpantaneira with plenty of time to appreciate the congregations of waterfowl along the way. We will reach our lodge by mid afternoon and go out this afternoon in search of Yellow-breasted Crake, Least Bittern, Azure Gallinule and if we still have time to do some Owling in the evening for Tropical Screech-Owl, Great Potoo ans some Nightjars as well as some mammals to add to our list. Night there.

  • Day 8: Birding-Afternoon flight 

Breakfast and birding before lunch, then transfer to Cuiba, Mato grosso airport.

Have a nice Jaguar Trip!


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GROUP SIZE From 2 to 8 People
TOUR DATES From July to September with fixed and custom dates - TOUR CALENDAR
PRICE PER PERSON Before: US$ 3,500.00  - NOW:  US$ 3,000.00 
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT US$ 700.00 (we do not charge this; hotels and lodges do)
ACCOMODATION Confortable places with private toilet, hot water, AC, WI-FI 
EASY OF BIRDING Easy to moderate with some challenging species
INCLUDE Hotel, lodges, full meals, soft drinks, train, entrance fee, private land and boat transport, driver and birding guide
NOT INCLUDE International / Domestic flights, any alcoholic drinks, laundry, phone calls, extra activities




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