Brazil Northern Pantanal Jaguar Expedition

10 Days 9 Nights

Dates: August 13-22 2019

Start and end in Cuiabá (airport code CGB)


Arrival on August 12 is an option with an overnight in Cuiaba if no morning flight into Cuiaba exist on August 13 (hotel in Cuiaba on the 12th not included in package). Tour officially starts on August 13. 

Day 1 August 13: Arrive at Cuiaba (CBG)

Arrival at Cuiabá airport, transfer to an hotel in Cuiaba.

Rest of the day to relax and get ready to head into the jungle. Overnight in Cuiaba.


- Transfer to Pouso Alegre Lodge (approximately 1h30 on a paved road until reaching the Transpantaneira Road, where our wildlife experience begins). Lunch on the way. - Open truck safari or walk to watch and photograph wildlife at Pouso Alegre grounds. Besides the famous birds of the Pantanal such as the hyacinth macaw, Pouso Alegre is known to offer good chances of encounters with mammals such as the giant anteater and the Brazilian tapir, besides lots of caimans. - Dinner and overnight at Pouso Alegre Lodge.


- Breakfast and full day to explore the area of Pouso Alegre on open truck photo safari and/or walking. - Lunch, dinner and overnight at Pouso Alegre Lodge.

Day 4 August 16: PORTE JOFRE

- Breakfast, check-out and drive to Porto Jofre at the end of the Transpantaneira Road. Lunch on the way, always searching for the Pantanal wildlife and enjoying the landscapes along the road. - Arrival and check-in at Porto Jofre Hotel, located deep inside what has become known as “Jaguar Country” or “Jaguar Land” (“Onçolândia” in Brazil), due to the abundance of these amazing and elusive cats. - If time permits, we will go out for our first boat ride searching for Jaguars and other Pantanal wildlife such as the giant otter. - Lunch, dinner and overnight at Porto Jofre Hotel.

Day 5 August 17: PORTE JOFRE

Full day boat safari in search of jaguars, giant otters and birds. Meals included B, L, D.

Day 6 August 18: PORTE JOFRE

Full day boat safari in search of jaguars, giant otters and birds. Meals included B, L, D.

Day 7 August 19: PORTE JOFRE

Full day boat safari in search of jaguars, giant otters and birds. Meals included B, L, D.

Day 8 August 20: PORTE JOFRE

Full day boat safari in search of jaguars, giant otters and birds. Meals included B, L, D.


- Breakfast

-Last morning boat safari

-Check-out and drive back through the Transpantaneira Road to Rio Claro Lodge. Lunch on the way.

- The narrow river that gives name to the lodge is known for offering good chances to watch and photograph water birds such as black-collared hawks, sungrebes, sunbitterns and different species of kingfishers and herons.

- Afternoon boat activity in the Rio Claro, dinner and overnight at the lodge.


- Breakfast at the lodge, morning boat activity, check-out and drive back through the Transpantaneira Road to Cuiabá Airport.

- Lunch on the way before your continuing flight to next destination.

-Afternoon departure flight.



- Private transfers IN/OUT by 1 closed comfortable van

- Private local nature guide English speaking

- Accommodation in double room, air cond., private bathroom (based on 2 person shared accomodation)

- Full board (excluding bottled water, soft drinks, wine)

- Excursions as stated in itinerary

- Jaguar safaris with expert boatmen and unlimited fuel

- Mineral water to refill your bottles

- Wi-fi


- Airfare

- Mandatory travel insurance (To purchase a policy click HERE)

- Beverages

- Personal expenses



Why go?

If you’re not an animal lover before you go to the Pantanal, you will be by the time you leave! There is no better place to see wildlife in South America. Being an open habitat the animals are easy to observe, with herds of square-nosed capybaras, masses of sunbathing caiman and clouds of complaining water birds accompanying every outing. Take a boat trip in pursuit of some of the more elusive species, like the stately marsh deer or playful giant otter. These days the Pantanal is the jaguar-watching capital, with four-day boat trips into the Puerto Jofre area offering virtually guaranteed encounters with the biggest cat in the Americas. Birdwatchers will have their hands full identifying the 550-plus species recorded in the area. 


Travel insurance - Although we will include a basic health assistance plan in your program, we strongly recommend purchasing a comprehensive travel and health insurance plan at your own discretion, according to your specific needs.

Excess luggage - Baggage fees are usually expensive in Brazil. As of July 2017, there is no checked baggage allowance on domestic flights and each company is adopting a different price policy per piece or per kilogram.

Carry-on luggage is limited to 10 kilograms per passenger. So, we recommend participants to pack as light as possible and will be glad to suggest the most suitable equipment for each situation in the itinerary.

Visa - Brazil’s visa policies usually follow a principle of reciprocity with your country of origin’s policies. Please check if you need a visa to entry in Brazil.

Brazil requires U.S. citizens to carry a valid U.S. passport and a Brazilian visa when traveling to Brazil for any purpose. You must obtain your Brazilian visa in advance from the Brazilian Embassy or Consulate nearest to your place of residence in the United States. This requirement means, for example, that if you live in LA but happen to be in NY, you cannot get your Brazilian visa from the NY Brazilian consulate. There are no "airport visas" and immigration authorities will refuse entry into Brazil to anyone not possessing a valid visa. The U.S. government cannot assist you if you arrive in Brazil without proper documentation.

New Brazilian eVisa In January 2018 Brazil launched a new eVisa system for citizens of the U.S., Canada, Australia, and Japan.

Packing suggestions - What you should bring along: light weight pants (convertibles come in quite handy), t-shirts, one long sleeved shirt (for protect on against mosquitoes), shorts, bathing suit, extra socks and underwear, good hiking boots or tennis shoes, sandals/ flip- flops to use during relaxing periods, windbreaker/jacket, rain gear (both for personal use and to protect equipment), a cap/hat, sun glasses and any personal medication. Heavier clothing for cold weather is recommended especially from June to September. Also very useful are a flashlight, sunscreen, insect repellent, binoculars, camera with extra batteries and memory cards, and a reusable water bottle. Your guide will bring along basic guidebooks with information about the region to be visited.

Issues with commercial flights- In the event of itinerary changes due to cancelled or delayed commercial flights, the cost coverage is limited to those legally provided by the air company in charge. However, we will always make all efforts to rearrange your program according to suppliers’ availabilities. Also, there may be additional costs for new transfer and hotel arrangements, shall the commercial flight delay cause the need for new hotel, transfer, tour, guiding and other service arrangements.

Airport transfers-Unless when specified, the price for the program includes one single land vehicle to transfer the participants from and to the airport at pre-established times and days, according to the program. If participants come in different flights, the first to arrive will wait for the remaining members of the group to follow on with the transfer. If any participant wishes to take an extra transfer to avoid waiting at the airport, this will be charged extra and must be requested in advance, as last- minute transfer arrangements nay not be possible. Therefore, we recommend that all participants book the same inbound and outbound flights, according to our recommendation of best flight times.

Electricity - Standard voltage is 127V / 60 Hz. Brazil uses Type N, three-pin plugs (compatible with 2-pin Type C). It's recommended that you bring your own AC plug adapters and extension cords for local outlets.

Tipping - Tips for local staff and guides are not included, participants should feel free to provide additional gratuity at their discretion if they feel especially pleased with the services provided by a given individual. Local people here (such as native guides) will be very happy with gifts/souvenirs such as mini flashlights, pocket knives, caps, t-shirts, chocolate, etc. Having some of these low cost gifts with you may help opening doors and make people happy to work and help you get better wildlife opportunities. At restaurants, it is usual to leave a 10% tip for waiters – sometimes this is already included in your bill.


- Vaccinations: only yellow fever vaccine is recommended (but not required) for the Pantanal. For more details regarding health information for travelers to Brazil, please visit Please bring along your own medicine in case of you having specific needs (such as allergies or other restrictions), since specific medication is hard to find in the remote locations that we will be visiting.

Meals and dietary restrictions- We always try our best to offer special differentiated meals in case of dietary restrictions, but this may not be fully possible in more remote locations. Please let us know about your specific needs so we can try to serve you properly.

Vaccinations required/ recommended for Brazil:


-Hepatitis A

-Hepatitis B

-Yellow fever



All photos provided by Daniel De Granville

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