On arrival at Cuiaba airport, you will meet your zoologist escort and be taken to your accommodation in Cuiaba (4* hotel – Amazon Hotel). Your zoologist escort will be around all day for you to ask any questions before your welcome to Brazil evening meal and briefing on the tour.
After breakfast you will leave at around 07:30am and depart for the Pantanal, this is a 1.5 hour drive to reach Transpantaneira Road, which is one of the best places in the world to spot wildlife (rivalling anywhere in Africa or India). Whilst travelling we will stop several times in order to appreciate the spectacular flora and fauna. We will be looking for hyacinth macaws, giant anteaters, capybara and other bird life but one species we will have no difficultly in finding is the Yacre caiman. There are around 20 million of these in the Pantanal and at this time of year they are everywhere. There are some excellent wildlife photography opportunities along the way and around half way there we will stop and have lunch along the way at the Mato Gosso Hotel before continuing onto the accommodation (permenant safari tents – Jaguar Camp).
Over the next 7 nights you will be exploring the Pantanal via the Cuiaba, Piquiri and Tres Irmaos Rivers in search of jaguars and other wildlife of this very rich area. Jaguar watching trips here average 1.1 jaguar sightings per day and with a 94% success rating for all people who stayed here (we have 100% record in this area ourselves); it is the best place to see jaguars in the world. We had a record tour in September 2011 where we totalled 14 different Jaguar sightings, including 2 kills (1 Caiman and 1 Capybara), numerous failed hunts, a female and cubs swimming across the Rio Cuiaba and a fight between 2 males. As you will have access to a private boat each day we can go where you please but each day usually follows a set routine, each morning you will be taken into onto the waterways with the expert help of trained jaguar trackers (who are in radio contact with other boats, wildlife photographers, film makers and researchers) and your zoologist escort. Most of the day will be spent looking for recent jaguar activity on the river banks as they come down to the water to cool off in the hot dry season. During these jaguar spotting days you will visit the Tre Irmaos River which has the highest density of jaguars in the world and here more sightings are recorded than anywhere else in the world. Most sightings occur during the day and at close range so that the photography here is just exceptional. In fact most of the video footage and photographs you will have seen of wild jaguars will have been taken here. During the middle of the day we often find a secluded and shady area of the riverbanks for lunch and a siesta, before continuing our search for jaguars and other wildlife. Other wildlife in the area which is commonly seen include capybaras, giant otters, yellow anacondas, black howler monkeys, green iguanas as well as hundreds of species of birds. Also on some of the evenings you will be offered the chance of spotlighting in a jeep night safari to find some of the many nocturnal wildlife such as crab-eating foxes, Brazilian tapirs, Yacre caiman and nocturnal birds like nightjars and potoos. It is the nightjars and potoos who provide many of the sounds you will hear amid the general hubbub of bullfrogs which all adds to the intense and spellbound atmosphere of the rainforest in the evening. Each evening you will stay at the jaguar camp in Porto Jofre (permenant safari tents).
This morning we can try to find jaguars again for a couple of hours in the early morning, but as we should have seen some by now you may choose to leave for the trip back to Cuiaba in the morning. So that the whole day is not as long as it could be. On the way back to Cuiaba we will once again have some wildlife watching along the Transpantaneiro Highway. Once we arrive back in Cuiaba you will have your farewell evening meal before a well deserved rest in the hotel (4* hotel – Amazon Hotel).
This morning you will be transferred to the airport in time to catch your return flight home.
Please note that the itinerary stated above is correct as our planned intentions for the tour. However adverse weather conditions and other local considerations can necessitate some modifications of the itinerary during the course of the tour; any changes will be made to make the best of the time and weather conditions available to us.
This tour is available on different date (subject to availability) please contact us for more details about running this tour on a date which suits you more.