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Jaguar Ecological Reserve


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Jaguar Ecological Reserve overview

The Jaguar Ecological Reserve is a 1200-hectare federally registered reserve (R.P.P.N. - Reserva Particular de Patrimonio Natural) in the heart of the Pantanal. The Jaguar Reserve is owned by a local Pantaneiro family who has pledged to preserve it. For over a decade guests have enjoyed the homely comforts of a family-run lodge, the expertise of local guides, and the spectacular setting. This area has some of Brazil's most beautiful scenery and many of The Pantanal's finest wildlife habitat. 

The Reserve and the surrounding ranches are one of the best places in Latin America to see a jaguar, and sightings are frequent when cruising on the Cuiaba River. While we can't promise that you will see a jaguar or puma, we know that you will see other breathtaking wildlife during your stay. Smaller cats such as the ocelot, as well as tapir, giant anteater, peccary, howler monkey, caiman and hundreds of bird species, are regularly seen here.

As well as spotting jaguars on a boat trip, you can expect sightings of giant otters and numerous bird species. The lodge also offers guided walks through the Pantanal which are an excellent way of observing the local wildlife, culture and scenery of the region. Night drives allow you to experience the nocturnal world and its wildlife.

The Jaguar Ecological Reserve is one of the southernmost ecotourism lodges along the Transpantaneira, and the extra driving time is well worth the effort. The remote location offers the opportunity to enjoy the Pantanal at its most pristine. Wildlife tends to be more abundant near the Reserve than at other lodges closer to Pocone and Cuiaba and without doubt the jaguar sightings along the Cuiaba River are better than anywhere else in the world.


Open:  Jaguar Ecological Reserve is open all year.

Location:  Jaguar Ecological Reserve is located in the heart of the northern Pantanal. It is situated in 1200 hectares. The lodge is 4 hours’ drive from Cuiaba.  

Rooms:  There are 15 guest rooms. All have a private bathroom with hot water (solar powered), mosquito nets, ceiling fan and a veranda with hammocks. Accommodation is basic but comfortable.   

Activities  Canoe excursions, boat trips on the Cuiaba River looking for wildlife, guided trail walks, wildlife viewing, bird watching, night safaris, horse riding.

Facilities:   The dining room is open for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. It specialises in local dishes. Soft drinks, bottled water and beer are available, as well as the caipirinha (rum, lime and sugar). There is a small shop selling locally-made crafts and clothes. There is a limited supply of electricity, usually in the evening.  

Dining:  Meals are taken at individual tables.

Children:  Children of all ages are welcome.

Health: Malaria prophylactics are recommended for the Pantanal.

Communication: There is no internet access.

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The lodge and the land of Jaguar Ecological Reserve have been passed from father to son, and the owner-manager Eduardo was brought up in the region and knows the land and its people and wildlife intimately. Profits from the Reserve's lodge are re-invested to purchase more land for the 1200 hectare reserve with the intention of significantly expanding the conservation area, and the lodge has funded the construction of a school for local children on its land.

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client reviews

Christopher Van Vliet

"Simple but great lodge, good shower excellent food confortable beds "

Jennifer Stenhouse
"This is extremely friendly, and more fun to stay in. However it was very hot, and our first night we were given a very basic room with nothing but a fan and two beds! However the next room was a great improvement. Food was similar to Cristalino, though slightly better."
Margaret UK
"Simple rustic charm. Very local feel. 45 min drive to Porto Jofre each day but bird and some animal viewing en route. Local accompanied nature trails. "
Mr. Philip O'Brien
"This was a disappointing experience but part of this was due to the inclement weather which led to us being marooned in the lodge for most of the first 2 days we were there. There was limited trails available to walk and a vehicle safari only used one road which was repeated on the night safari on both occasions the wildlife was close to non existent. On the 2 days we were able to get to the river to view Jaguars one day was OK and we were able to see some wildlife including one jaguar as the sun was setting on the second day the weather was cold and over cast and we had a very brief viewing of a jaguar and only managed to find one family of otters, thios wasn't helped by us having the slowest boats on the river and having a boatman one day who couldn't speak a word of english and no guide. The food at the lodge was adequate however with the heavy rains ont the evening of the day we arrived our room was flooded soaking my suitcase. They had only 2 guides and with the numbers at the lodge this was inadequate. generally it was an amateurish operation very different to the rest of our experience on the holiday."

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