• Duration 10 days
  • Difficulty 2/5
  • Group Size 8

Pantanal

23 August-1 September, 2020


Join us in South America’s greatest wildlife spectacle, Brazil’s tropical wetland region the Pantanal. Escape the urban life and enter the home of one of the continent’s most elusive predators: the mighty jaguar. In a region that boasts perhaps the world’s highest density of jaguars we offer you the opportunity to look into the eyes of this majestic cat. When not in pursuit of jaguars you may find yourself in the company of endangered giant river otters and tapirs, the once-endangered hyacinth macaw, or a plethora of capybara, spectacled caiman and birds of all descriptions.

A maximum of 8 or 4 shares and 2 single participants will be housed in riverboats and land accommodations. Travelers will spend upwards of 3 hours, both mornings and afternoons in a speedboat, the best way to spot jaguars. Finding and photographing wildlife takes extended time and dedication, but can be astoundingly rewarding. You will be situated in the best locations for seeing the region’s birds, mammals, reptiles and of course jaguars. Your leaders were among the first people to photograph wild jaguars in the region (the photos adorned National Geographic, including the cover). Though jaguars are the expedition’s focus, the region also boasts some 350 species of birds plus much more to appease your naturalist and photographic desires. We will also enjoy seeing a host of other animals – some of them endangered, like the giant river otter. If you desperately long to see rare elusive animals and observe unique behaviors this expedition is perfect for you! Why not start the trip with a pre extension to one of the world’s most spectacular waterfalls – Iguaçu Falls.

The map is a visual representation of the locations included in this trip. Click over the image to zoom into the map. For more information, please refer to the itinerary for this expedition.

Trip Details

General Information


USD $7,450.00 per person sharing


SINGLE SUPPLEMENT N/A


Price on request for Iguaçu Falls


Arrival: Cuiaba Airport, Brazil


Departure: Cuiaba Airport, Brazil


Arrival Time: Afternoon of 23rd August for Pantanal.

INCLUDED

  • One Expedition trip leader.
  • Lodging at all hotels during the expedition.
  • All ground transportation.
  • Meals and bottled water.
  • Local guide services in English.
  • Tips to guides and drivers.

NOT INCLUDED

  • Round trip International airfare to Cuiaba.
  • Entry visa for Brazil if required. Check with the Brazilian consulate.
  • Yellow fever inoculation.
  • Early or late check-in at Cuiaba hotel.
  • Personal expenses.

VIEW ITINERARY

A Day 1, August 23rd: Arrive to Cuiabá

The expedition begins at the gateway to Brazil’s Pantanal: the city of Cuiabá. After arrival we will transfer to the Slaviero Varzea Grande Hotel. Dinner will be in a local restaurant followed by a briefing about the trip.

B Day 2, August 24th: Fazenda Pouso Alegre

Today begins with breakfast at the hotel. Afterwards we will commence our journey into the Pantanal on the Transpantaneira road, enjoying the benefits of the raised earthen road to view many native Pantanal animals before arriving at Pouso Alegre. Apart from a wealth of birds including excellent hyacinth macaws we will see during our explorations on foot, this will also be our best chance for giant anteaters. This is a working cattle ranch run by true Pantaneiros (local cowboys)

C Day 3, August 25th: Pantanal Jaguar Expedition

After breakfast at Pouso Alegre we will continue to Porto Joffre where speedboats will be waiting to transport us to SouthWild Jaguar Flotel & Suites: our live-aboard river hotel that will serve as our ‘home base’ for the next days while we search the rivers for jaguars. This afternoon we have our first river excursion in search of jaguars.

D Days 4-7, August 26th – 29th: Pantanal Jaguar Expedition

For the next five days we will invest our time heavily in pursuit of Panthera onca the jaguar. Expect to find this elusive feline patrolling the banks of the many rivers and to be able to photograph it from our private speedboats. The days will be filled with the exciting expectation of seeing jaguars, followed by the adrenaline of coming face to face with one. Between jaguar sightings you will be able to enjoy watching or photographing many animals which live in or around the river. These could include giant river otters, tapirs, toco toucans, caiman, capybara, monkeys a plethora of birds and many more species.

E Day 8, August 30th: South Wild Pantanal Lodge

Today we retrace our steps part way back up the Transpantaneira for 2 nights stay at a naturalist’s paradise South Wild Pantanal Lodge. We will arrive at this paradise in time for lunch followed by a relaxed boat ride on the river for the afternoon activity. In the evening we will look for another elusive cat, the ocelot.

E Day 9, August 31st: South Wild Pantanal Lodge

Our activities today will depend on group interest but might include a vehicle safari, a nature walk, more time on the river or horse riding if it can be arranged.

A Day 10, September 1st: Return to Cuiabá

After our final breakfast together we will say our goodbyes and head for the Cuiabá airport for flights back home. However, the expedition does not need to end here – there is an optional extension to Iguaçu Falls for those that are interested (minimum of 4 required).

F OPTIONAL PRE EXTENSION TO IGUAÇU FALLS

Iguaçu means “big water” in the Guarani Indian language, which is a fitting description for this magnificent landscape. Iguaçu is simply spectacular! The falls range from 60-80 meters (200-269 feet) in height and stretch for 2.7 kilometers (1.7 miles), making them twice as wide as Niagara Falls. They are located within two UNESCO World Heritage sites, which means the lush microclimate created by the large clouds of spray and the falls themselves are protected. A visit here will undoubtedly leave you in awe.

The fauna around the Iguaçu Falls is extremely rich with over 60 species of mammals, 422 birds, over 40 reptiles, 18 amphibians, and 250 butterfly species. This area tends to be our best chance of seeing large numbers of toco toucans, the most spectacular of all toucans.

If you are interested in visiting the falls please contact us as we’ll be happy to help you plan this extension.

Expedition Leaders

Discover the world with experienced travelers


Pete Oxford

Photographer | Owner | Trip Leader

Pete Oxford lived in Ecuador from 1985 – 2019 when he relocated to South Africa. He works as part of a professional photographic and tour leading team, usually with his wife Reneé Bish as part of Pete Oxford Expeditions. They specialise in wildlife and indigenous cultures. Pete began in tourism in 1987 while living as a naturalist guide in the Galapagos Islands. He has been all over the Pantanal exploring the different regions of the wetland, including while working as a consultant for WWF. His excellent knowledge of the wildlife and environment is impressive. Pete was one of the first professional photographers to photograph wild jaguars in the Pantanal, and those photographs subsequently appeared within and on the cover of National Geographic Magazine. He brings a depth of knowledge, experience and humour to each destination.

Photo Gallery

Some of the amazing scenery, wildlife and cultures you will discover during this unforgettable experience


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