7 days from £5040pp plus international flights.
This trip is ideal for lovers of wildlife and nature. Come and search for jaguars and giant otters in the wild!
The highlight will undoubtedly be the days spent on the river seeking out jaguars, but you also have time to take forest hikes, climb observation towers and go horse riding through fields and forest. the Jaguar Flotel is on the Cuiaba River about an hour away from Porto Joffre. It is in the heart of jaguar-spotting territory and the odds of seeing jaguars here at very high!
It's not just jaguars though. Giant otters are commonly seen here and they too are usually very hard to find, so this is a real treat. In addition you'll see capybaras, caiman, the rare hyacinth macaws and hopefully many other species.
You will have a dedicated English-speaking guide throughout the trip, helping you make the very best of your time in this unique environment.
With this trip you have a choice of whether to join a group set departure, or if you prefer we can arrange this trip for you as a private departure on whatever date you like.
On the whole, the best time to do this trip is between July and September, though the months either side can also be good too.
Arrive at Cuiaba airport, where you will be met and depart for the SouthWild Pantanal Lodge at Fazenda Santa Tereza, with various stops en-route. You should reach the lodge by 7 pm, in time for dinner.
An early departure from the lodge in an open safari truck to reach Porto Jofre by 10 am. Here you board manoeuvrable boats for the upstream journey into the heart of Jaguar Zone to SouthWild Jaguar Flotel, where you spend the next 4 nights.
Two full days of boat rides to search for jaguars and giant otters. Each day will include up to 8 hours of searches and observation in radio-equipped motorboats between 6 am and 6 pm. Uniquely, the jaguars along this stretch of the river have become accustomed to boats and are habituated to the presence of humans. The Cuiaba River is also home to large family groups of giant otters and the riverbanks teem with birds and monkeys. Of course the river is also home to countless capybara and caimans.
Have an early breakfast and check out of Jaguar Flotel. Transfer back to SouthWild Pantanal in the open safari truck. Enjoy afternoon activities at SouthWild Pantanal. You have the chance to take boat rides on the Pixaim River, hike on forest trails, view the Pantanal from observation towers and to go horse riding through fields and forests, as agreed with your guide. Full board.
Guide price from (pp sharing): £5040 (ex. international flights)
Price notes: 2019 guide price pp sharing: Flotel rooms from £5040. Jaguar Suite rooms from £5665.
English-speaking guide throughout the tour; air conditioned transport between Cuiaba and SouthWild Pantanal; open safari truck for transfers between SouthWild Pantanal and Porto Jofre; all meals as specified; unlimited drinking water at both SouthWild Pantanal and SouthWild Jaguar Flotel.
International flights; departure taxes; visas; travel insurance; tips/gratuities; items of a personal nature; soft drinks, beer, wine.
This trip starts and ends at Cuiaba airport in Brazil. You will probably need to fly via Sao Paulo to reach here, and a rough idea of return flight prices to Cuiaba from the UK is around £1000 pp.
Departure dates: This is a group trip with set departures - see below. However it can also be run as a private trip which can be arranged for you at any time to suit you (at extra cost).
2017 group dates: 11 June; 7 July; 13 July; 1 August; 11 August; 16 August; 7 September; 15 September: 2 October; 12 October; 20 October; 4 November.
2018 group dates: 11 June; 7 July; 11 July; 1 August; 11 August; 25 August; 5 September; 15 September: 2 October; 12 October; 20 October; 4 November.
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Time: GMT -3 hours
Flight time: Most flights go to Sao Paulo but some airlines have direct flights to Rio de Janeiro, and to North-eastern Brazil. British Airways and TAM have direct flights from London and many European carriers also offer flights to Brazil.
Language: Portuguese is the official language. Spanish and English are understood quite widely.
Visas: Not required for British nationals.
Health: There are no compulsory vaccinations, except yellow fever if you are coming from an infected area. Malaria prophylactics are recommended in the rainforest.