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Pantanal Ultimate Wildlife River Cruise

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Brazil

Pantanal Ultimate Wildlife River Cruise

Destinations

  • Cuiaba
  • Porto Jofre
  • Taiama Ecological Station
  • Paraguay River

Highlights

  • 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

Itinerary at a Glance

  • DAY 1 Cuiaba – Porto Jofre – Aguape Houseboat
  • DAY 2-3 Jaguar Photography Safari Cuiaba River
  • DAY 4 Amolar Hills Hike - Paraguay River Exploration
  • DAY 5 Paraguay River Jaguar Photography Safari – Taiama Ecological Station
  • DAY 6 Morning Jaguar Photography Safari - Taiama Ecological Station / Afternoon Jaguar Photography Safari - Baiazinha Region
  • DAY 7 Paraguay River - Caceres - 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:

DAY 1 CUIABA – CACERES – MEETING OF THE WATERS STATE PARK - BARCO HOTEL AGUAPE

Meeting your guide 06:30am at the hotel and proceed with transfer to the Pantanal, 100km paved to Poconé city and 145km dirt along Transpantaneira Park Road to Porto Jofre. There, we go into the Aguapé Houseboat to have lunch already onboard and follow to the Meeting-of-the-Waters State Park, that contains one of the Pantanal's highest Jaguar concentrations. The animals, here, are used to humans presence and boats can often approach, keeping always a safe distance of, at least, 20 meters. Each day, after sunrise and breakfast, we go for safaris on radio-equipped speedboats, with great sightings chances for Giant Otters, Kingfishers, Howler Monkeys, and the main attraction – Jaguars. It is rare to come away from this Park without having seen at least a couple of cats. We will also encounter other interesting wildlife including Capybara, Caiman, and Anaconda. The birdlife here is also fantastic, with many different species present, including Jabiru Storks, Toucans, Trogons, Ibises, along with many other species. The next 2 nights, the Houseboat will be anchored just on the entrance of the State Park, not missing a single minute!

DAY 2-3 JAGUAR PHOTOGRAPHY SAFARI – CUIABA RIVER

After breakfast, we start the boat safaris in the main search of the Jaguar, stopping to lunch on board and continuing the safaris in the afternoon. The area, to be explored today and tomorrow, is along the Cuiabá River and its tributaries, perfect to find Jaguars, Howler and Capuchin Monkeys, Giant Otters, Capybaras, Caimans, Anaconda and to many kinds of birds, including Hyacinth Macaw. Dinner and overnight on board. On the 3rd day, the end of afternoon we return to the boat already moving downstream and continuing along the night toward the Amolar Hills.

DAY 4 PARAGUAY RIVER EXPLORATION, AMOLAR MOUNTAIN RANGE

Today, we explore in the morning, after breakfast, outing on land for a forest walk in search of monkeys, birds and also visiting a natural swimming pool, where it is possible to swim. There are chances to spot endemic species like the Bolivian Slaty Antshrike, Chaco Titi Monkey and more rare or difficult species to be found like Chaco Puffbird, Red-and-green Macaw, and Yellow-collared Macaw. Lunch on board, navigating upstream along the Uberaba and Gaiva Bays in the afternoon and overnight on the Paraguay River.

DAY 5 JAGUAR PHOTOGRAPHY SAFARI – PARAGUAY RIVER EXPLORATION, TAIAMA ECOLOGICAL RESERVE

We wake up and the Aguapé continue its way, heading to the Taiamã Ecological Reserve. We spend the morning in the Aguapé for breakfast and to appreciate the Paraguay from a high point of view, as we pass by. After lunch, anchored by the Taiamã Reverve, in the afternoon we restart the speedboat safaris, exploring the area looking for Jaguars, Giant Otters, Monkeys, Birds, Capybaras, Caimans. Dinner on board. Tonight, the Aguapé will be anchored by the Taiamã Reserve.

DAY 6 JAGUAR PHOTOGRAPHY SAFARI – TAIAMA ECOLOGICAL RESERVE

Today, we start our speedboat safaris after breakfast still in the region of Taiamã Reserve and, after lunch onboard, continue the quest along the region from Descalvados to Barranco Vermelho, exploring the Paraguay River.

DAY 7 PANTANAL - CUIABA

After early breakfast, we start our last outing on speedboats looking for Jaguars and other riverine wildlife of the Paraguay River, returning to the Aguapé Houseboat to lunch already near the meeting of Jauru and Paraguay rivers. After lunch, packing and preparing to leave the boat at the town of Cáceres and have a 228km transfer to airport/hotel in Cuiabá.


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

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 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 endemic species
  • 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 Endemic Species

Special excursions to see endemic species, including the White-whiskered Spider Monkey, the Spix's Red-handed Howler Monkey, and nocturnal hike for a chance to see the very rare and elusive 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

Mota

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

Sep 29, 2020 - Oct 10, 2020 12-days $6,498

 

Brazil FAQ

Brazil Facts for Visitors

Location

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

Size

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

Language

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.

Religion

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

Currency

The currency of Brazil is the Brazilian Real.

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We're Wild for Wildlife...
  • Featuring 2 jaguar destinations: Taima Ecological Station, a protected area that is not open to the public; and Porto Jofre, a more popular area with a high concentration of jaguars. We average 1.5 jaguar sightings per day on the jaguar safari segments.
  • Sustainable & Responsible Jaguar Safaris - Our expert biologist & naturalist guides use strict jaguar viewing protocols.
We're Wild for Wildlife...
  • Featuring 2 jaguar destinations: Taima Ecological Station, a protected area that is not open to the public; and Porto Jofre, a more popular area with a high concentration of jaguars. We average 1.5 jaguar sightings per day on the jaguar safari segments.
  • Sustainable & Responsible Jaguar Safaris - Our expert biologist & naturalist guides use strict jaguar viewing protocols.
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