Hotel Pantanal Norte, formerly Hotel Porto Jofre, is a comfortable hotel in the northern Pantanal at the end of the dirt track that is grandly called the Transpantineria Highway, on the banks of the Cuiaba River. This is a great area for viewing jaguars - the main reason for staying at this hotel.
The hotel has 28 individual apartments set in spacious gardens rich in birdlife. All apartments are en-suite with air-conditioning, television and fridge. There is a porch complete with hammock, ideal for relaxing between wildlife viewings. The lodge also has a TV room with separate games room, a swimming pool and sundeck with sunloungers. The restaurant serves regional fare, including lots of locally caught fish.
The focus of a stay here is the jaguar spotting trips on the Cuiaba River, which are organised in smallboats. These can involve long days searching for jaguars along the river bank, but nowhere else in the world are you likely to get such excellent jaguar sightings.
Open: Hotel Pantanal Norte is open all year.
Location: Hotel Pantanal Norte is located in the northern Pantanal at the end of the Transpantaneira on the banks of the Cuiaba River, 245kms from Cuiaba, about a 5 hour drive.
Rooms: There are 28 apartments in groups of 2, all with air conditioning, TV, minibar and en-suite bathroom. They have shared verandas and hammocks.
Activities: Boat trips on the Cuiaba River looking for jaguars, guided walks, bird watching, night drives looking for wildlife, visits to local families living by the Cuiaba River.
Facilities: There is an outdoor swimming pool. The hotel gardens attract a variety of birds including Hyacinth macaws and there is a lake with waterlilies. The restaurant serves home-made regional dishes and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. There is a TV room, a games room with 2 pool tables, an internet room, souvenir shop and a conference hall. The hotel offers a laundry service.
Dining: Meals are taken at individual tables.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome.
Health: Malarial prophylactics are recommended for the Pantanal.
Communication: There is internet access, to be paid for locally.
Notes: The hotel was previously called Hotel Porto Jofre