Pantanal In Search of The Jaguar - Cuiabá River 06 nights (Porto Jofre and Araras Eco Lodge)
The Pantanal is the world’s largest contiguous wetland area (actually an alluvial plain) located in the center of South America, spanning three countries, with around 168,000 km2 (60,000 sq. miles) being in Brazil. It’s a perfect ecological niche for a great number of birds, reptiles and other animals to the delight of wildlife lovers and photographers. The Transpantaneira Park Road, a raised dirt road 147 km (90 miles) in length from Poconé to Porto Jofre crossing 126 small wooden bridges, penetrates deep into the Pantanal ecosystem.
DAY 1 - CUIABÁ - PANTANAL LOWLANDS - PORTO JOFRE
A fabulous safari along the entire Transpantaneira Park Road, with several opportunities to photograph nature and wild life. Arrive later in the afternoon, check in. Dinner at Hotel. (D)
DAY 2 AND 3 - PANTANAL - HOTEL PORTO JOFRE
The region between the Cuiabá and Piquiri rivers hold the State Park "Encontro das Águas", in live a superb high concentration of jaguars (over 60 individuals). Most of those cats are quite habituated to boat traffic and people. The meeting of those rivers offer exceptional good fishing possibilities, receiving therefore hundreds of fisherman's since more than 20 years. That’s the main reason why since some years , jaguars viewing has increased and has become an international "fever".
The best way to meet those enigmatic and mythic "kings of the jungle" is by boat, cruising in low speed the rivers border, searching in the tree shadows and empty beaches for signs of them, as well as other rare wild life as ocelots an giant river otters, among others.
We depart early in the morning, have the option to return to the Lodge for lunch and rest, and restart later in the afternoon searching until down.
Dinner and night at Hotel.
DAY 4 - PANTANAL LOWLANDS – PORTO JOFRE > ARARAS ECO LODGE
We have included 4 half day boat trips, but if you haven`t been lucky so far, there is an additional possibility of a 4hs morning boat-safari. If you are fine with your encounters, your guide will take you on a walk in the nearby forest. We ask you to free the rooms before 11h00, have lunch and than drive along the Tranpantaneira toward NE until Araras Ecolodge. Check in, have an introduction tour, dinner and night at the Lodge. (B,L,D)
DAY 5 AND 6 - PANTANAL - ARARAS ECO LODGE
This part of the Pantanal is a little bit higher, therefore house other wild life, very complementary to what you can see along the great rivers and road. We will explore Araras Private reserve on wonderful hikes along its many wonderful trails, visiting 3 different panoramic outlooks and hides. Canoeing, horseback riding and photo safaris. 2 night drives increase our chances on tapirs and ant eaters. Lunch, dinner and night at Araras. (B,L,D)
DAY 7 PANTANAL – ARARAS LODGE
Morning sunrise tour before leaving on a 2h30 min drive to the airport of Cuiabá.
NOTE: Boats for 1 and 2 guest: 6m aluminum with 20Hp
For 3 guest 40Hp outboard.
Up to 4 guests Marajó 19 feet with 115HP outboard.
Meals: 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 6 dinners included.
Guide: Naturalist English speaking guide.