The Brazilian Pantanal is one of the world’s largest freshwater flood plains. Its river and lagoons are the home of countless animal species. Among these species, we find Caymans, jaguars, capybaras, marsh deer, giant anteaters, tapirs, hyacinth macaws and many others thrive in this rich ecosystem of high lands, fields and flood plain. UNESCO appointed the Pantanal as a member of the World Heritage and Biosphere Reserve list.
This itinerary is the perfect combination for nature lovers who are seeking for the Brazilian wildlife with a memorable experience to search for the Jaguar.
Day 1 | Arrive Cuiaba
Welcome to Brazil. Arrive into Cuiaba, the capital of the Mato Grosso State, founded on the discovery of gold in the region by the “bandeirantes”, the Portuguese settlers in Brazil and fortune hunters, on the beginning of the 18th century. You will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Day 2 | Cuiaba / Northern Pantanal
Araras Eco Lodge will pick you up for the private transfer to the Pantanal lowlands, The Pantanal, a World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, is one of the world’s remaining great wilderness and the largest continuous floodplain of the planet. It is South America’s primary wildlife sanctuary covering a total of 240,000 km² / 149,129 mi² at the center of the continent. The Pantanal is a biogeography mixing bowl, containing elements of the Amazonian and Atlantic rainforests, the Brazilian Savanna and the Paraguayan Chaco. This fantastic biodiversity is the home of 698 bird species, 100 mammals, 177 reptiles, 40 amphibians and over 250 fish species.
The journey will take approximately 3 to 4 hours. The transfer is divided into two stages: the first, on a paved road for 100 km / 62.13 mi to Poconé, along farms and through the Brazilian savanna. After a short stop in Poconé, we start the second stage of the transfer entering at Km 0 of the Transpantaneira Park Road (dirt road) built on a level higher than the floodplain. The road has more than 127 wooden bridges, fording fields, bays and grazing lands. The Araras Pantanal Eco Lodge is at km 32 / 19.88 mi. and the transfer is meant to be a photo-safari for the many species of animals and birds found along its length. The vehicle will make several stops for photos.
Set out each day in the morning and afternoon, in a boat with your guide, heading along the Cuiaba, Three Brothers and Piquiri Rivers as well as their tributaries. This is the best opportunity to spot Jaguar and also giant otters and a variety of bird species and reptiles.
Day 8 | Northern Pantanal (Porto Jofre) / Cuiaba
After breakfast, depart on a private transfer back to Cuiaba. The trip will take about 5 hours over dirt and paved road.
Day 9 | Depart Cuiaba
You will be transferred to the airport for your flight to your onward destination.