Spotting Jaguars in the Pantanal Wetlands of Brazil

Pantanal Tours

Over the past year the number of jaguars in the Northern Pantanal wetlands has grown to the point that we can say that it is almost guaranteed to find this species on the path during the dry months (July-October). We say “almost” because when it comes to living things nothing can be fully guaranteed, but the chances are great.

The best place to observe the jaguar is the area between the three rivers Cuiabá, Três Irmãos and Piquiri, where the protected National Park was created. The nearest access to this area is out of Porto Jofre, at the end of the Transpanteira.

From Porto Jofre, all of the jaguar observation programs leave by boat along the river, with the intention of exploring the areas around the park, each following the same path. The difference in the programs is only in the structure and maintenance of the boats used and in the facilities offered by the various Lodges.

Brazil Nuts offers the Lodges with the best location for receiving guests interested in Pantanal Tours including jaguar observation activities:

1.    Puma Lodge > Located 210 km from Cuiabá. It has 20 air-conditioned rooms with private bathrooms. They normally use boats with 15 and 25 hp engines. It’s around 35 km from Cuiabá River. It is distant from the observation area, you will have to drive almost 1 hour to reach the river.

2.    Jaguar Lodge > Same location as Puma. They have only 12 rooms with private bathrooms, mosquito nets and fans (some have air-conditioning). The boats used on the tours also have 15 and 25hp engines. It is distant from the observation area, you will have to drive almost 1 hour to reach the river as well.

3.    Porto Jofre Hotel > Located right in Porto Jofre, has 26 rooms, good service and at least 4 big boats for 6, 10 and 20 passengers with a 115hp engine. Our best option at this moment.

“Regardless where you stay the idea is to stay as long as possible cruising along the river in search of signs that indicates the presence of jaguars.
Be patient, wait and enjoy!

This means you go out early morning and you can bring a picnic lunch or return to the Lodge for lunch, restarting later in the afternoon to search along the river bank until 6.00pm.

Therefore we recommend a minimum of 3 nights, although many guest had luck on their first outing, but … For professional’s photographer they mostly go for a 6 nights stay in order to have better chances for a top picture.”

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Brazil Nuts Tours was started in 1985 on the proposition that travelers needed a travel company that combined the highest level of customer service, unmatched product expertise and competitive rates. Over the years, we have succeeded in our mission, and have developed a reputation as the experts in travel to Brazil and South America. Our dedicated and knowledgeable staff has helped thousands of travelers discover the Brazil they really wanted to see, from Rio’s beaches and samba clubs through the pristine wilderness of the Amazon to the sun-drenched shores of Bahia and everywhere in between. Customer Service Our knowledgeable staff will customize your perfect itinerary free of charge; simply fill out our Trip Planning Sheet, send it to us and you’ll have an answer, generally within 24 hours Innovative Programs We were the first travel company in North America to develop and promote Pantanal programs. We were also the first to design culture tours focusing on African-Brazilian culture. And, our "Rio Like A Native", "Salvador Like A Native" and "Manaus Like A Native" programs are unequalled for the inside look they provide into the Brazilian experience. Nobody offers more interesting programs to more of Brazil than us. Support & Price We have our own office in Brazil responsible for negotiating the very best hotel and service rates possible, and then handling all our clients' needs once they arrive in Brazil. Proven Success We are the company of choice for any kind of travel needs to Brazil: Leisure Travel: Guide books and articles in travel publications consistently rank Brazil Nuts as the experts.: Guide books and articles in travel publications consistently rank Brazil Nuts as the experts. Corporate Meetings & Incentives: We handle more corporate events in Brazil than any other US travel company. From seminars for top management in Sao Paulo to an incentive program for 250 salespeople in the Amazon, we do it right.: We handle more corporate events in Brazil than any other US travel company. From seminars for top management in Sao Paulo to an incentive program for 250 salespeople in the Amazon, we do it right. Congresses & Trade Shows: Brazil Nuts has been a part of many major congresses or events in Brazil over the last three years, responsible for arranging rooms blocks, social events and PCO functions for thousands of demanding clients from around the world.: Brazil Nuts has been a part of many major congresses or events in Brazil over the last three years, responsible for arranging rooms blocks, social events and PCO functions for thousands of demanding clients from around the world. Products We pride ourselves in providing the most authentic and innovated programs to our clients. Although we specialize in travel to every corner of Brazil, our most popular destinations are: Rio De Janeiro Salvador da Bahia Amazon Iguassu Falls Pantanal Fortaleza
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