Land of the Jaguar

Land of the Jaguar

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Land of the Jaguar

9 Days Starting and ending in Cuiaba

Visiting: Cuiabá, Paraguay River, ሀመር።, Cáceres, Poconé, Araras Pantanal Eco Lodge

Tour operator:

Exodus

Tour code:

WAI

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

4 - 16

Physical rating:

Leisurely

Age range:

16-99

Special diets catered:

Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements

Tour operated in:
English
Activities:

Sightseeing, Walking

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Tour Overview

The Pantanal straddles the borders of Brazil, Paraguay and Bolivia and is the world's largest wetland region. Its plains and low scrubby forests are home to over 1000 species of bird and 300 different mammals, including tapirs, anteaters, Jabiru storks and the striking Hyacinth macaw. Concentrating on the incredibly rich northern Pantanal in the southwest of Brazil, we divide our time between two lodges in different areas of the Pantanal, journeying deep into the Pantanal in search of the jaguar, the largest and most elusive feline in the Americas. These solitary predators, as well as being formidable opponents on land, are strong swimmers and are known to frequent the waterways we will explore.







Highlights

  • Wetland bird-watching

  • Good chances of seeing capybaras, Giant anteaters, Jabiru storks and other wildlife

  • 90% success in jaguar sightings to date

  • 7 boat trips to maximise chances of Jaguar sightings

  • Explore a more off the beaten path part of the Pantanal

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Start Cuiaba.

Location: Cuiabá

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Deville Prime Cuiabá (or similar)

Meals Included: No Meals

The group flights should be arriving in the early afternoon. The rest of the

day is free to relax after the long journey.





Day 2 : To Hotel Baiazinha Lodge On The Paraguay River

Location: Paraguay River

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel Baiazinha (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning we head towards the remote Paraguay River in the Pantanal. We

start by driving 205kms towards the town of Caceres before continuing a

further 100kms on dirt roads to our lodge located on the banks for the

Paraguay River where we will spend the next 4 days exploring the region for

jaguars and other wildlife.



This area is further off the beaten path and the ideal place for jaguar

spotting and, with fewer visitors than other areas of the Pantanal, is also

much quieter.



This afternoon we will board our small motorboats to go on our first jaguar

safari exploring the river and its tributaries for the elusive big cat as

well as tapirs, monkeys, macaws, anacondas, capybaras, Giant otters and any

other wildlife we can find. Whilst no guarantees can be made when it comes to

wildlife, there is a 95% chance of seeing jaguars. 





Day 3 - 5 : Morning And Afternoon Boat Safaris On The Paraguay River Searching For Jaguar And Other Wildlife

Location: Paraguay River

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel Baiazinha (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We spend the next three days on morning and afternoon boat safaris looking

for jaguars and other local wildlife and learning about the delicate

ecosystem of the area. The exact lengths of the outings will, of course, vary

depending on the sightings and you should be prepared to be flexible with the

timetable. Make sure to bring all you’ll need including sun protection,

insect protection, rain protection, water and, of course your cameras and/or

binoculars.





Day 6 : Transfer To Araras Lodge

Location: Cáceres, Poconé, Araras Pantanal Eco Lodge

Accommodation: Araras Lodge (or similar)

Accommodation Name: Araras Lodge (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning we retrace our steps towards Caceres and on to Pocone and

finally Araras Ecolodge. Surrounded by pristine forest, the lodge offers a

range of activities designed to showcase the flora and fauna of the Pantanal,

including jeep safaris, trail walks, nocturnal safaris, canoeing and horse

riding. The lodge’s expert bilingual naturalist guides accompany us on all

excursions to truly enhance our wildlife viewing.





Day 7 - 8 : Search For Giant Anteaters And Capybaras

Location: Araras Pantanal Eco Lodge

Accommodation: Araras Lodge (or similar)

Accommodation Name: Araras Lodge (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The next two days we have a full programme of activities around the lodge.

Hundreds of species of bird, and dozens of mammals and reptiles have been

recorded in the immediate surroundings, and if we are lucky, we will catch

sight of the striking Hyacinth macaw (Portuguese: Arara jacinta) after which

the lodge is named. The largest of the macaws, its dark blue plumage and the

bright yellow skin around its eyes and beak make it instantly recognisable.





Day 9 : To Cuiaba; End

Location: Cuiabá

Meals Included: Breakfast

After breakfast we head back to Cuiaba where the trip ends. Those on the

group flights will be departing this afternoon.



What's Included

  • Meals
    5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners.


* 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners
* All accommodation (see below)
* All transport and listed activities
* Tour leader throughout
* Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

What's Not Included

  • Travel insurance

  • Single accommodation (available on request)

  • Visas or vaccinations

Accommodation

We spend the first night at a hotel in the centre of Cuiabá. We then spend four nights at Hotel Baiazinha on the banks of the Paraguay River. It has air-conditioned rooms and a swimming pool.



We also spend three nights at Araras Lodge, which is designed in a rustic regional style and has 19 comfortable rooms, all with air-conditioning, ceiling fans and private bathrooms. The lodge has a bar, swimming pool and gift shop, plus a spacious restaurant whose excellent dishes feature lots of local fruits, vegetables, meat and fish.

Food


All breakfasts, 7 lunches and 7 dinners are included.

All meals are included in Hotel Baiazinha Lodge and Araras Lodge. Food is
likely to be a mix of dishes using a lot of local produce. The local fruit is
normally very good. Meat is a staple part of the Brazilian diet, but
vegetarians can be catered for throughout the trip. Please advise us at the
time of booking if you have any special dietary requirements, especially
since the remote nature of the places we stay means that special supplies can
be difficult to obtain without prior arrangement.

Check out our Q&As

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    16+ people can go on this tour.

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    No

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes

  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    If you wish to make any changes to your booking, particularly if you need to alter any flights booked through us, please let us know as soon as possible. There is a booking or flight amendment fee of £40 per change and flight amendments often incur extra airline costs depending on the changes to be made and if the ticket has been issued or not.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Exodus has been trading since 1974

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Your final joining instructions and flight details, if booked with us, will then be sent out 2 to 3 weeks before departure. If you would like a hard copy posted, or if you require these any earlier, please contact the customer operations team. We advise that if you are booking connecting travel before receiving these, please ensure you leave plenty of time.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Travellers are welcome to opt to share a room with a tour member of the same gender for no additional charge. If you'd like your own room, we can request a single supplement so that you will have your own room throughout.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    You are welcome to meet the group after the tour has departed however there is no reduction in rate for joining a tour after the departure date.

Reviews from travellers on this tour

The Pantanal deliverd

This trip to the Pantanal ranks amongst the best.

This trip to the Pantanal ranks amongst the best. Yes, Jaguars are illusive but so are lots of big cats. patience and trust are required. Trust in so much that your guide will do his/her utmost to find you a jaguar. If they are there, they will find them. But while you are waiting, just observe the absolute plethora of wildlife, Birds of all sizes and colours, you might encounter a swimming Tapier or be entertained by a family of river otters. While you are travelling you might see a giant ant eater, dont be surprised to be able to see a Cayman with young on its back, or see an Anaconda curled up sleeping after a meal. There is so much to see. Beautiful Macaws, what colours. Its pure entertainment. I cant wait to return.

Land of the Jaguar

Amazing array of wildlife. Providing you don't mi

Amazing array of wildlife. Providing you don't mind roughing it a bit and don't mind getting bitten (a lot!), this is a fabulous holiday. Must have been good as I came home with over 2500 photos!

Incredible journey to see jaguars

A wonderful trip to see these elusive jaguars by r

A wonderful trip to see these elusive jaguars by riverboat. The accommodation was comfortable and allowed a great base for jaguar boat trips or at Araras Eco Lodge a series of nature walks and night safaris in search of birds and ocelots. Juan the guide was excellent throughout, well organised, enthusiastic and with an encyclopedic knowledge of the wildlife on hand.

Brilliant

Fantastic trip - brilliant guide - great accommoda

Fantastic trip - brilliant guide - great accommodation - superb wildlife sightings. Be prepared for very high temperatures but so worth it.

When can I go back?

This was a terrific holiday, despite the weather b

This was a terrific holiday, despite the weather being the coldest on record for that time of year.

Land of the Jaguar

Overall a relatively full on experience with very

Overall a relatively full on experience with very little 'down' time. An amazing abundance of wildlife especially birds. A trip that definitely lived up to expectations.

A short trip but very enjoyable

We went on this holiday principally to see Jaguar,

We went on this holiday principally to see Jaguar, Giant Anteater, Giant River Otter, Tapir and Hyacinth Macaws. We opted for a short trip combining a boat hotel and and land-based lodge. We had been with Exodus previously and felt they would do a good job. Food at both venues was very well prepared although a little monotonous at times. Travel arrangements were very good.

Land of the Jaguar

For those interested in wildlife and the possibili

For those interested in wildlife and the possibility of seeing a Jaguar in the wild, this trip to the Pantanal of Brazil is an affordable winner. Logistics were well coordinated, accommodations were fine though it should be noted the Jaguar House Boat is not luxurious but more than adequate for its remote location on the Paraguay River. The three nights at the very nice Araras EcoLodge were a pleasant bonus. Our guide, Tony, could not have been better. He is experienced, knowledgable and very pleasant. With his skill we had three jaguar sightings during our time on the Paraguay River. Contrary to the Exodus trip description, the majority of the time is spent scouring the river banks of the main river and its narrow channels. It was quite a long distance by small speed boat to the Taima Ecological Reserve and that was reserved only for our last day. According to Tony there are jaguars in the Reserve but they are more difficult to see and eluded us. However, we had excellent caiman, giant river otter and bird sightings. The abundance of birds in the Pantanal was extraordinary and I personally saw over 90 different species. Tony knows them all! So, if you are "into" birds and jaguars, you will be well entertained. The majority of our group of 13 were interested in photography so that was enjoyable. One goes in the dry season to spot jaguars more easily but you will not see the Pantanal flooded as depicted in many photos. One needs to go in a different season for that experience; I am already dreaming of a return trip!

Land of the Jaguar - and other wildlife

The trip provided the wildlife viewing we had hope

The trip provided the wildlife viewing we had hoped for - five jaguars, plus giant otters, armadillos, anteater etc etc and a wide variety of bird life.

A great trip of two very different parts

This trip is in two parts. Four days on the Jaguar

This trip is in two parts. Four days on the Jaguar houseboat looking for jaguars, the boat's a bit cramped and you spend all day on the river, but the sight of your first jaguar makes it all worthwhile. Then the fantastic Araras Eco Lodge, which is spacious and relaxing and the bird life is amazing! You need to be prepared for long days and you need lots of patience, but it's definitely a fantastic experience.

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