Pantanal – Jaguars

There is something about the Pantanal which is difficult to describe. It is like going to an unseen world where weird and wonderful animals lie waiting around every corner. The Giant Anteater roaming the plains alongside Puma and Jaguar is an unreal and a unique experience only seen in National Geographic Documentaries. Due to this and so many more fascinating experiences we fell in love with this crazy place the first time we went.

The sheer size, diversity and history of the Pantanal is astounding and reveals a bygone era of cattle ranching and wildlife. Instantly one becomes aware of the brightly coloured parrots flying over head the flocks o which are punctuated by the bright yellow bills of Toucans! The multitude of Caiman and Capybara set the scene on the ground for when the mighty and majestic view of the Hycinth Macaws fly overhead in a flash of blue. Then if that was not enough to satisfy you, you have the complete juxtaposition of the Emas National Park in the Cerrado. Where bountiful birdlife overwhelms you! If you are lucky enough you may be able to spot the very rare and elusive Maned Wolf.

Other unique species like the Giant Anteater, Tapir and if you have enough dedication and patience the Ocelot may grace you with its presence. The primary focus of this tour is to see Jaguars and the tour mentioned here goes to the hot spot for Jaguar viewing – Porto Jofre. We do, however,  combine this location with other wildlife zones where you have the opportunity to see and photograph wildlife mentioned here.

Day 1: Cuiabá airport to St Teresa Lodge, a traditional Pantanal ranch

When you arrive at the airport you will be met by your guide who will transfer you to the Pantanal. After about one and a half hours you will arrive at Poconè. From there you follow the transpantaneira road, a dirt road that bisects the Northern Pantanal. The ponds one observes along the roadside attract mammals and birds. They congregate here in search of food (fish, snails, crabs, caiman) in the remaining water, making wildlife sightings easier and every drive a great safari. You will arrive at the lodge just before lunch time. After a midday break you will go on a forest walk in search of land mammals and birds. At night you go on a night safari in search for nocturnal animals like the Ocelot, Puma, Giant Anteaters, Tamandua, Crab-eating Raccoon, Pottoos and Owls. Dinner and Overnight.

Day 2: Fulll Day Sta Teresa

Early Walk before breakfast. After breakfast you will go on a boat safari on the Pixaim River in search of the Sunbitterns, Agami herons, 5 species of kingfisher, Giant River Otters and Jaguars. In the afternoon you will go out on another boat Safari. You will explore the surrounds in the evening on an overland safari. Dinner and overnight.

Day 3: Transfer Sta Teresa – Porto Jofre

The morning drive takes you further into the Pantanal from St Teresa lodge to Porto Jofre. You will have the pleasure of obvserving plenty of wildlife enroute as you traverse the Pantanal to reach Porto Jofre for your lodge situated on the river bank of the mighty Cuiabá. Lunch and break. In the afternoon go on your first boat safari in search of Jaguars and other Wildlife concentrated long the river banks. Dinner and overnight.

Day 4, 5 & 6: Porto Jofre 

Three full days devoted to the boat safaris on the Cuiabá and its tributaries in order to maximise your chances of watching and photographing Jaguars, Giant River Otters and other wildlife in the Meeting of the Waters State Park.

Day 7: Transfer Porte Jofre to Cuiabá

After a hearty breakfast you will be taken on an overland Safari to the Poconè. There is usually plenty of wildlife along the way. After a break for lunch you will be transferred to Cuiabà Airport.

Ocelot – The Ocelot hide can be included in your trip.
Male Jaguar – Finding your own Jaguar is a very special moment. He came very close to the boat and allowed us a special shot from close range. Now where else is this possible than in the Northern Pantanal.
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Waiting in the Ocelot hide for dark. We were unlucky the first night but on our second he came out and we had some time with this amazing creature.
Seeing an animal so relaxed around people is very special. The professionalism of the guides has allowed the Jaguars to become more accustomed to the boats and are more relaxed as time has gone on.
Maybe the best animals to view. The Giant River Otter. Always on the move and interaction between group members is truly amazing to watch. So even when the Jaguars are hiding the otters offer amazing photographic viewing.

Price Per Person: CHF 2900

Prices may change due to currency changes.


Private overland transportation for all transfers (including to and from Airport).  Activities as in the itinerary. Overland safari in comfortable vehicle, Private Boat Safari in search for Jaguars, Giant River Otters and other wildlife (3 full and 1 half day boat safaris on Cuiabá river). 

Private English speaking wildlife guide.

Accommodations in double rooms (4 nights Hotel Pantanal Norte Porto Jofre, 2 nights Sta Tereza lodge). All rooms are ensuite (air-conditioning & hot shower), with breakfast, lunch and dinner included. 

Not included:

International and domestic airfares and airport taxes.


Tips to local leaders, guides, drivers, hotels and restaurants personnel, etc.


Items of a personal nature, such as laundry services, telephone calls, etc.

Anything not specified in “Included on the tour”.

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14 – 20 | Group of 6 | Fully booked


02 – 08 | Group of 6 | Fully booked 

04 – 10 | Group of 6 | Fully booked

22 – 28 | Group of 6 | Fully booked


4 – 10 | Group of 6 | Fully booked


4 – 10 | Group of 6 | 6 places

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If you would like to enjoy this itinerary on a private tour please do not hesitate to contact us. This tour can be the perfect family holiday/honeymoon or even a couples retreat.

There are no fixed dates for private tours and we will try and accommodate your dates as best we can. To avoid disappointment enquire well in advance for your private tour to guarantee your dates.

Porto Jofre 6 nights as per the itinerary listed here – Price for 2 people: CHF 3950 Per person.

Please see itinerary tab for more info.

Price may change due to currency fluctuations and supplier charge.

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