Pantanal Ultimate Wildlife River Cruise

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Pantanal Ultimate Wildlife River Cruise


  • Cuiaba
  • Taiama Ecological Station
  • Paraguay River
  • Meeting-of-the-Waters State Park
  • Porto Jofre
  • Pousada Piuval


  • Night safaris with spotlights to search for nocturnal wildlife
  • Highest density of jaguar population, in the entire Pantanal means 95% chance of jaguar sightings
  • Meals are included whilst aboard the riverboat, prepared by fantastic Brazilian chefs and served either in the dining room or on open deck
  • Guided horseback ride to explore the forest and grasslands for animals and birds including rheas, marsh deer, armadillos, storks, coatis, capybaras, hyacinth macaws, howler monkeys

Itinerary at a Glance

  • DAY 1 Cuiaba – Caceres – Paraguay River - Barco Hotel Aguape
  • DAY 2-3 Jaguar Photography Safari – Paraguay River "Bays & Tributaries"
  • DAY 4 Jaguar Photography Safari – Taiama Ecological Station
  • DAY 5 Paraguay River Exploration, Amolar Hills
  • DAY 6 Pantanal National Park, Cuiaba River
  • DAY 7-9 Meeting-of-the-Waters State Park
  • DAY 10 Porto Jofre – Pousada Piuval, Transpantaneira
  • DAY 11 Pantanal Exploration at Pousada Piuval
  • DAY 12 Pantanal – Cuiaba

Pantanal Ultimate Wildlife River Cruise

Detailed Itinerary

Identical itinerary runs front to back or back to front depending on departure date.

Itinerary front to back:


Your guide will pick you up at 7:30am from your Cuiaba hotel and transport you to the Pantanal, first traveling 228km by car to the town of Cáceres where you will embark on your Houseboat, the Barco Hotel Aguape, and commence traveling downstream on the Paraguay river. After lunch, you will have time to relax and enjoy the scenery of the river views. In the late afternoon, we hop into launches and explore the Pantanal along the water’s edge. We should see howler monkeys, capybaras, giant river otters, toucans, herons, kingfishers, and many other species. Return for dinner and overnight on the houseboat. Travel during some of the night.


After breakfast we start boat safaris, mainly searching for Jaguar. The areas we will be exploring today and tomorrow are the tributaries and "bays" that exist along the river, as well as the main river itself. These are true nature sanctuaries, with beautiful landscapes and abundant wildlife. We'll be looking for Jaguars, howler capuchin monkeys, giant otters, capibaras, caimans, anaconda, and many kinds of birds, including the hyacinth macaw.

After lunch we will set off for further safaris via speed boat, returning in the early evening for dinner and overnight on board.


Today in the morning we arrive at the northern part of the Taiama Reserve, a remote and pristine pantanal area. After an early breakfast, embark in our motorized boat and travel downstream along the Paraguay river to explore the Estação Ecológica do Taiama to search for Jaguars. We will spend the morning exploring one side of the river and switch to the other in the afternoon, hoping to encounter more interesting wildlife, including giant river otters, caimans, howler monkeys, capybaras, and many bird species. Tonight the houseboat will travel downstream toward the northern edge of Gaiva Bay, continuing until you reach the Ambolar Mountain Range. We will have dinner and overnight on-board.


Spend the morning enjoying the crossing of Gaiva bay, anchoring at the base of the Amolar Mountain range where we will disembark for a morning hike (1 mile). After returning to the boat for lunch and a little rest, we will set our in the mid-afternoon for a longer forest walk in search of monkeys, birds, and endemic species like the Bolivian Slaty Antshrike, the Chaco Titi Monkey and more. Along the hike, enjoy a quick dip in a natural swimming pool as you keep an eye out for more rare species like the Night Monkey, Chaco Puffbird, Red-andgreen Macaw, and Yellow-collared Macaw.

In the late afternoon, return to the boat for dinner around 7pm. After dinner we will set off ofr a short night walk before overnighting aboard the Aguape.


We wake up as the house boat crosses Pantanal National Park. From the boat take advantage of the best potential sightings of marshdeer and giant lilypads. After lunch, we switch gears to safari via boats, exploring the confluence of Paraguai and Cuiaba Rivers, two of the biggest in the Pantanal. With the goal of spotting a host of mammals and birds, we will safari downt the Cuiaba and its tributaries, the Negrinho and Negrao rivers. Tonight we will anchor at Porto Jofre, about 30 minutes by speedboat from Meeting-of-the-Waters State Park.


We explore Meeting-of-the-Waters State Park, which has some of the highest concentrations of Jagaur in South America. The animals here are used to human presence so boats can often approach them while remaining at a safe distance. Each day before sunrise, we depart on radio-equipped, six-seater boats with English speaking guides. There are great chances of sightings of giant otters, kingfishers, howler monkeys, and the main attraction – jaguars. It is rare to come away without having seen at least a couple of cats. We will also encounter other interesting wildlife including: capyabaras, giant river otters, caymans, howler monkeys, and anacondas to name but a few. The birdlife here is also fantastic with many different species present, including jabiru storks, toucans, trogons, hyacinth macaws along with many others. The house boat will remain anchored right by the park, meaning not a single minute is wasted!


After early breakfast, we slowly drive 150 km along the Transpantaneira, one of the best wildlife viewing areas in the entire world. Lunch will be along the way at Mato Grosso Hotel. Keep your eyes peeled for endangered marsh deer, South American coati, anaconda, giant anteater, toco toucans, tapirs, armadillos, hyacinth macaws, and a host of other animals and birds. In the afternoon, arrive at Pouso Alegre Lodge, a countryside lodge known as one of the best places for wildlife in the Northern Pantanal, home to an incredible variety of birds and mammals. After dinner we take a night Safari with spotlights, drive along the private road of the lodge. We will watch for tapirs, anteaters, foxes, raccoons, owls, spiders, snakes, nocturnal birds and other animals common to this region. Overnight at Pouso Alegre Lodge.


Full day dedicated to observing the Pantanal's flora and fauna found in and around the Pouso Alegre area. Early morning walk for bird and wildlife viewing. Return to the Lodge for Breakfast. After breakfast your guide will lead out on truck and trail safaris through the forest and grasslands to spot animals and birds, including rheas, marsh deer, armadillos, storks, coatis, capybaras, hyacinth macaws, howler monkeys, and a dozen of other animals and birds. After lunch in the afternoon we drive by open truck and explore the open lands and grasslands in search for marsh deer, South American coati, crab eating fox, giant anteater, toco toucans, tapirs, armadillos, hyacinth macaws, peccaries and a host of other animals and birds. After dinner we go on another night safari. Overnight at Pouso Alegre Lodge.


Before breakfast go for one more nature walk – a last exploration of this incredible area teeming with wildlife. Look for anteaters, armadillos, tapirs, peccaries, coati, lizards, snakes, monkeys, toucans, falcons, storks, macaws, parrots and other wild animals. After lunch travel back to Cuiaba in time for your flight. End of our services.

Please note: This itinerary should be used as a guide only and may vary from day to day depending on river conditions, weather, group decisions & desires, and circumstances beyond our control.


Brazil Lodging

Pantanal Riverboat

Aquape Barco River Boat


  • 10 air-conditioned cabins
  • Private en-suite showers
  • 110 volt and 12 volt electrical system
  • Spacious dining area
  • Bar and lounge
  • On board meals included
  • Brazilian-style three-course dinners



Brazil Activities

At a Glance

We know you've chosen to travel with us for our wildlife emphasis, so we've included a wide variety of adventure activities designed to educate, inspire, and bring out the wonder in you. All of our activities are flexibly designed to accommodate different skill levels and interests, while exposing you to a variety of unique eco-systems in order to see the most amount of wildlife. And did we mention fun?

Adventure activities in 2 distinct regions of the Pantanal and a remote area of the Amazon expose you to more natural wonder, more ecosystems - and more wildlife - than any other conventional tour.

  • Exclusive Jaguar Photo Safari
  • Special expedition to search for Anacondas in the Pantanal Wetlands
  • Safari by horseback, jeep, foot and boat in 2 different regions of the Pantanal
  • Hike the Amazon Rainforest for rare primates
  • View the Amazon from atop a canopy tower
  • Kayak or canoe the Cristalino River in the Amazon
  • Option to interact with natives in the Amazon

Exclusive Wildlife Activities

Jaguar Photo Safari

Photograph jaguars as they hunt caiman by the riverside - a Wild Planet Adventures Exclusive!

Search for Anacondas in the Pantanal Wetlands

Track anacondas on the wetlands between Taiama Ecological Preserve and our lodge, an area also frequented by hyacinth macaws - a Wild Planet Adventures Exclusive!

Hike the Amazon Rainforest for Rare Primates

Special excursions to see rare primates, including the tiny endemic Emilia’s Marmoset, red-nosed bearded Saki monkey, and nocturnal hike to see the owl-faced Feline Night-monkey.

Other Activities

Safari by Horseback, Jeep, Foot & Boat

In three distinct regions to for up-close wildlife encounters with jaguars, giant otters, tapirs and more.

View the Amazon from Atop a Canopy Tower

Hike with expert naturalist guides to a canopy tower where you can see the rainforest canopy from above, and look for monkeys, macaws and other birds.

Kayak or Canoe the Cristalino River in the Amazon

Magnificent boating through the Amazon rainforest. The crystalline river water is the life-blood for many birds and animals.

Cultural Interaction

Option to interact with natives in the Amazon


Brazil Wildlife

Rare or Endangered Possible Sightings

Primates: Bare Ear Marmoset, Feline Night Monkey, Red-Nosed Bearded Saki Monkey, Emilae's marmoset
Other Animals: Harpy Eagle, Ocelot, Puma, Azara's Agouti, Punare, Colocolo

Likely Sightings

Primates: Gold & Black Howler Monkey, Black-Tailed Marmoset, Silvery marmoset, Emilia's Marmoset, Red-Handed Howler Monkey, Duski Titi, Brown Capuchin, White-whiskered spider monkey
Other Animals: Jaguar, Brazilian Tapir, South American Coati, Capybara Paca, Giant Anteater, Southern Tamandua (lesser anteater), Crab-Eating Fox, Pantanal Cat, Crab-Eating Raccoon, Tayra, Margay, Oncilla, Pampas Deer, Nine-Banded Long-Nosed Armadillo, Six-Banded Armadillo, Giant Armadillo, Hyacinth Macaw

Prolific Sightings

Wild Planet's wildlife eco-tours and safaris are designed for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts. We take care to seek out wildlife that is rare, off the beaten path, and in greater numbers than you will see on conventional tours. Our expert naturalist and biologist guides will educate you in the field so your experience is intimate and unparalleled. Still, wildlife viewing can unpredictable and requires patience and sensory awareness.

Primates: Brown Capuchin Monkey, Black Howler Monkey, Duski Titi Monkey, White-Whiskered Spider Monkey
Other Animals: Giant Otter, Neotropical Otter, Black Caiman, Spectacled Caiman, Collared Peccary, White-Lipped Peccary, Marsh Deer, Red Brocket Deer, Brown Brocket Deer, Brazilian Rabbit, Brazilian Porcupine, Short-Tailed Possum


Brazil Guides


Jaguar Tracker
Mota was born in Caceres, a small city along the Paraguay River about 220 km from Cuiaba. He grew up in the surrounding Pantanal region and learned much of the Pantanal water ways and its wildlife from his father. Because of his experience on the water he is an expert jaguar spotter. His specialty is guiding for wildlife photographers as he knows the best spots and angles for beautiful photos. Mota is an expert at handling the boats and approaching jaguars with minimal disturbance. He takes excellent care of all our travelers on our expeditions and contributes greatly to the quality of the tour.

Douglas Braga Rocha

Biologist & Pantanal Tour Guide
Douglas is a Brazilian naturalist with a degree in Biology from the State University in Rio de Janeiro, and a Masters Degree in Ecology and Conservation at Federal University of Mato Grosso. He started guiding nature trips in the Chapada dos Guimaraes before guiding nature & wildlife tours throughout the diverse Pantanal eco-systems. He is an expert in the Pantanal's many biodiversity hot spots. As a guide he enjoys sharing with our guests his knowledge of Pantanal's natural history, ecology, wildlife and culture. His detailed knowledge of Brazil economics, politics and history are remarkable and he speaks excellent English.

Joelson Toledo

Naturalist Guide
Joelson has extensive experience guiding in the Peruvian Amazon and the Pantanal in Brazil, including many important conservation projects. While in Peru, he worked as a field assistant for Project Guacamayo Tambopata National Reserve, where he led groups monitoring macaw nests. There he observed the behavior between mothers and pups with micro cameras inside the nest.

As the leading field guide for the Caiman Ecological Refuge, Joelson was responsible for groups of up to 16 people specializing in birdwatching and horses. During this time he also used traps to capture herpetofauna with identification chips, made a chemical analysis of the water supply, and monitored the fish species in the Pantanal Rio Negro area.


Brazil Departures

Brazil-Pantanal Ultimate Wildlife River Cruise

Oct 01, 2018 - Oct 12, 2018 12-days $7,498


Brazil FAQ

Brazil Facts for Visitors


Brazil is located in Eastern South America, bordering the Atlantic Ocean.


Brazil is the fifth largest country in the world, with a total of 8,514,877 sq km


The official and most widely spoken language in Brazil is Portuguese. Other languages include Spanish, German, Italian, Japanese, English, and a large number of minor Amerindian languages.


Roman Catholic 73.6%, Protestant 15.4%, Other 11%


The currency of Brazil is the Brazilian Real.

Choose Your Brazil Travel Style! Any of our wildlife adventures are also available as fully customizable private trips, honeymoons or family wildlife adventures.
We're Wild for Wildlife...
  • Remote & Non-Commercial Destinations - Our Jaguar Photo Safari is in the virtually unknown Taiama Ecological Station, a protected area that is not open to the public. No traveler is allowed on the reserve, but we can circumnavigate it by boat. We average 1.5 jaguar sightings per day here.
  • Sustainable & Responsible Jaguar Safaris - Our expert biologist & naturalist guides use strict protocols: we limit jaguar sightings to one small boat, for a limited time, using authentic radio-free tracking, and have access to a crowd-free habitat that requires special logistics to access.
  • Exclusive Wildlife Activities - Primatologist-designed excursions to see rare primates in the Amazon and track jaguar, anaconda & giant otters in the Pantanal.

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