Jofre and Araras Lodge - Jaguar Safari 7 Days / 6 Nights

The combination of the Pantanal region along its main rivers and the drier regions far from the large rivers is a must to anyone seeking to know and get familiar with the Pantanal wildlife and biodiversity.

The Cuiabá river and its tributaries by the end of the Transpantaneira Par Road, offers superb possibility to meet most of the aquatic bird life, besides giving us the BEST opportunity to meet JAGUARS roaming along there river banks and sand beaches as well as giant river otters.

The natural grassland and forest along the Transpantaneira, offer us the best possibilities to meet other amazing wildlife as the giant anteater and the tapir, South Americas largest mammal. In these areas, birds are the most populous inhabitants of the region.

Jaguar Safari and Araras Eco Lodge
7 Days / 6 Nights
PTS 6.1 – Cuiaba river and Araras Eco Lodge
From July to October

Day 1: Arrival – Cuiaba to Pantanal 
Meeting and greeting at Cuiaba airport. After a briefing on your trip and itinerary, departure at 13h20 to Porto Jofre region. This transfer is divided into two different stages. The first is a journey on a paved road along farms and cattle ranches. After reaching Poconé – a small mining town and the gateway to the Northern Pantanal, we take the Transpantaneira Park Road at km “0” (108 km / 67.1 mi. from Cuiaba). This is a park road at its best, allowing us to drive above the water level, watching the flora and fauna of the Pantanal ecosystem – a photo safari along 146 km of dirt road with several stops along the way for photos and information. 
Arrival at your choosen Hotel in Jofre Region for dinner and accommodation. 

Days 2 & 3: Safari along Cuiabá River and Meeting of the Waters State Park
The area between the Cuiabá, Piquiri and Three Brothers rivers hold the Meeting of the Waters State Park, home for a superb high concentration of jaguars (over 60 individuals). After early breakfast, depart for a morning river safari on motor boat along bays and channels of Cuiabá River and tributaries. This area is home of great wildlife, such as Caymans, capybaras, giant river otters without mention the hundreds of birds and of course the jaguars. Returning to the hotel for lunch and rest, and restarting later in the afternoon searching until sunset. Dinner and overnight. 
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Day 4: Arrival at Araras Lodge – A walk to know our concepts and projects supported by Araras
Breakfast yet at the hotel. Possibility of joining an optional morning river safari to increase your chances of spotting jaguars. Departure along the Transpantaneira Park Road to Araras Eco Lodge, on a photograph safari. Accommodation and lunch. Later, you will be guided on an introductory walk through the surroundings of the lodge, as far as the Great Egret Lookout, a 12 m / 39 ft. high observation tower. After dinner, night walk under the Southern Hemisphere sky.
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Day 5: Araras Lodge - Canoeing and trekking 
After breakfast, take a photo safari through private dirt roads towards the Clarinho River. 
Reaching its banks, board a canoe and paddle down the river, exploring the forest that grows by the riverbanks and mangroves. Here lives a colony of “ariranhas” – giant river otters. With some luck, you may spot a family playing with their babies and teaching them how to swim and fish. Chance of fishing the elusive piranha, not an easy task, but fun. Enjoy a barbecue lunch under the shadow of the threes (*). Hammocks are slanged to enjoy a “siesta”.
Return to the Lodge in time for the afternoon tea. Later on, trek the Howler Monkey trail to the Howler Monkey Tower, our highest observation point – 25 m high -, for a magnificent view of the sunset. 
After dinner, join a night drive in search of nocturnal animals. 
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(*) If the Sentinela Camp is not accessible (depending on the weather and terrain conditions), this canoeing tour will take place on the Corixo River. In that case, we will return to the lodge for lunch. 

Day 6: Araras Lodge - horseback riding and trekking
After breakfast, enjoy a horseback ride, which will allow you to explore the diversity of the Pantanal landscape including some flooded areas of the Pantanal plain. The Pantaneiro horse are docile and has adapted, through the centuries, to eat with its nose underwater. In this region, the horse is the Pantaneiros’ best friend, a daily companion during work and leisure. Return to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon, trek the Rondon Trail towards the 13 m high Jabiru Stork Tower, where you can watch a Jabiru Stork nest. Return to Araras Eco Lodge for dinner and overnight. 
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Day 7: Departure to Cuiabá Airport 
Sunrise walk to witness the awakening of the Pantanal. Departure after breakfast (07:30) or after lunch (12:30) – depending on your flight.

Note: The order of the activities may be modified according to the program at the lodge and weather or terrain conditions. Our team commitment is for a full enjoyment of the Pantanal Flood Plains, making it an unforgettable stay.

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