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Highlights
  • Jaguar Safaris - We average 1.5 jaguars per day, far away from the crowds!
  • Pantanal - Explore 3 different regions of this UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve
  • Safaris by Jeep, Boat, Foot, & Horseback
  • 200 species of mammals including the highest density of jaguars on earth
  • 700 bird species: hyacinth macaws, jabaru stork, toco tucan and more
  • Anaconda Tracking - low-impact boat safari in wetlands habitat
  • Stay at authentic "Fazienda" Ranches in the Pantanal
  • Pantanal-to-Amazon Transition - From the world's largest wetlands to the world's largest rainforest
  • Amazon Rainforest - Award-winning lodge & private rainforest reserve
  • Primate Program - Exclusive Amazon Rainforest excursions to see rare Amazonian primates
  • Local Naturalist and Biologist Guides
  • Option for Amazon River Cruise

Our most value-packed itinerary featuring wildlife safaris by jeep, boat and foot in 3 different regions of the Pantanal and a remote area of the Amazon. Special excursions to see jaguars (averaging 1.5 jaguars per day), anacondas, hyacinth macaws, giant otters and giant anteater in the Pantanal, and a special Primate Program in the Amazon to see rare primates.

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This could be your best chance to see jaguars in the wild, guided by conscientious outfitters in Brazil who get special access to an ecological reserve.

Jaguar’s Trail: Pantanal to Amazon

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Itinerary

DAY 1-2 Cuiaba / Caceres

Upon arrival in Cuiaba overnight and transfer to Caceres by air-conditioned vehicle the next morning. Enjoy a wildlife safari by boat to our Paraguay riverside lodge. After dinner, night safari for nocturnal animals.

DAY 3-4 Taiama Ecological Reserve: Jaguar Safari

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Jaguar Photo Safari Full-day boat safaris to photograph jaguars. This is one of the best wildlife sanctuaries in Brazil, with the highest density of jaguars in the world. Jaguars frequently hunt caimans along the riverbanks and are often seen at very close range for extended periods. We average 1.5 jaguars per day, and sometimes see as many as 7!

Wildlife: Jaguars! Giant river otters, capybaras, caiman, howler and tufted capuchin monkeys, and 700 bird species including jabaru stork, toucans, roseate spoonbills and more.

DAY 5 Paraguay River: Anaconda Tracking, Jaguar & Wildlife Safaris

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Anaconda Tracking Track anacondas on the wetlands between Taiama Ecological Preserve and our lodge, an area also frequented by hyacinth macaws. No other company offers this exclusive activity!

Continue our jaguar safari around the Taiama Ecological Reserve. Explore small channels where jaguars play and snooze on the riverbanks, often right by giant river otters, caimans, capybaras and more. Visit a large rookery of nesting woodstorks, roseate spoonbills and egrets.

DAY 6-7 Pixiam River, Alegre Private Reserve: Wildlife Safaris by Jeep, Foot & Horseback

Enjoy morning horseback riding through the forests and grasslands looking for rheas, marsh deer, armadillos, storks, coaits, howler monkeys, black-tailed marmoset and more. Afternoon 4WD deep into the Pantanal through several eco-systems, looking for endangered marsh deer, coati, anaconda, giant anteater, toco tucans, taipirs, armadillos, hyacinth macaws and more. Night safari for pumas, tapirs, anteaters and other night creatures. Enjoy the authentic Brazilian cowboy feel of our lodge - a working cattle ranch and eco-lodge on 8,500 hectares of wetlands, savannah and forest.

Wildlife: Giant anteater! Hyacinth macaws! Tapirs, coati, toucans, armadillos, rheas, jabaru stork, capybara, anaconda, howler monkeys, black-tailed marmoset.

DAY 8 Pixiam River: Walking Safaris, Pixiam River, Giant Otter Safari

Early morning walk for bird and wildlife viewing. After breakfast walk through the woodlands, which protect many species of animals and birds. Afternoon safari by boat on the Pixiam River, where wild giant otters are routinely seen from 3-15 feet away. They often approach the boat, craning their necks in

curiously and snorting loud welcome calls! Night safari for pumas, tapirs, anteaters and other night creatures.

DAY 9-10 Baguari Rserve or Mutum Reserve: Lake & River Safari

Transfer to Motum or Baguari Private Reserves, witnessing the fascinating change in eco-systems. These areas feature many different landscapes that support a wide variety of biodiversity. Enjoy horseback riding, canoeing, fishing, or safaris by jeep and foot. Boat safari on Cuiaba River and Sia Mariana Lake or similar. Nocturnal safari to look for rare night monkeys.

DAY 11 Pantanal to the Amazon

Witness the fascinating transition of eco-systems from the world's largest wetlands to the world's largest rainforest. After an early morning excursion, transfer back to Cuiaba in time for your flight to Alta Floresta, then continue deep into the Amazon to Cristalino Jungle Lodge.

DAY 12-15 Amazon: Cristalino Jungle Lodge

Hike with expert naturalist guides to a canopy tower where you can see the rainforest canopy from above, and look for monkeys, macaws and other birds. Later choose to explore the Teles Pires Island, where colorful parakeets, parrots, macaws and wood storks roost. Or hike to a rustic treehouse and nearby clay lick frequented by large mammals such as Brazilian tapir, collared & white-lipped peccaries, giant anteater and tamandua. Or boat upriver and hike amongst enormous Brazil nut trees.

DAY 13 Amazon: Cristalino Jungle Lodge Primate Program

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Primate Program Special excursions to see rare primates, including the tiny endemic Emilia's marmoset, red-nosed bearded saki monkey, and nocturnal hike to see the owl-faced feline night-monkey.

Today and tomorrow enjoy Wild Planet Adventures' special excursions to see some of the region's rarest primates. Hike Caja Trail for primates who fed on the caja fruit, and Scenery Trail, one of the most beautiful in the reserve with amazing views and many bromeliads, heliconias and orchids.

DAY 14 Amazon: Cristalino Jungle Lodge Primate Program

Magnificent canoeing on the Cristalino River through the Amazon rainforest. The crystalline river water is the life-blood for many birds and animals. Enjoy hiking throughout native cocoa trees, which attract many birds as well as anteaters, primates and armadillos. Continue our special Primate Program to see rare monkeys. Night hike to see the fascinating feline night monkey, also called "owl monkey."

DAY 15 Amazon / Alta Floresta / Cuiaba / USA

Early hike on Tapiri Trail to see the white-whiskered spider monkey. Transfer to Alta Floresta in time for your flight back to Cuiaba. Upon arrival transfer to your flight back to USA, or choose to overnight in Rio (at extra cost) or visit the breathtaking Iguassu Falls.

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 7,598

Price Per Day:

$ 507 per person
 
  • Single Supplement (Single Occupancy): $ 1,298
Prices may vary due to local taxes and trip seasonality. Click "Request Info" to inquire directly with the tour operator for the final trip price.
Details
Flights & Transport
Only ground transport
Group Size:
Intimate Group - 12 max
Accomodations

Hotel InterCity Premium Cuiaba
There is no better hotel to stay at in Cuiaba. Located in the sophisticated Goiabeiras neighborhood, home to the city's best bars and restaurants, the Cuiaba InterCity Premium Hotel is the perfect place to rest upon arriving in Brazil.

Pousada Rio Claro Ranch
Pousada Rio Claro offers rooms with air-conditioning, a pool, and a restaurant. It is located in the beautiful Pantanal region, surrounded by rainforest.

Fazenda Pouso Alegre
A traditional Pantanal cattle farm with 11,000 hectares and great diversity of preserved Pantanal landscapes without introduced species. Pousada Alegre is the perfect base for our land safaris, with large fields of native grass that flood seasonally, several kinds of forest, and both permanent and temporary water bodies. This ecosystem is visited by hyacinth macaws, tapirs, anteaters, and more. While this lodge offers simple accommodations and amenities, it does offer some of the best wildlife viewing in all the Pantanal.

Pousada Baiazinha
Our base to access the remote Taiama Ecological Preserve for our jaguar safaris, Pousada Baiazinha is located on the Paraguay river, with quality rooms and prime access to this wildlife-rich ecosystem.

Cristalino Jungle Lodge
Cristalino Lodge was named one of the "Best Hotels in Brazil" by National Geographic Traveler, combining authentic experiences, sustainability ethic, and a strong community involvement. The lodge has a Private Reserve with more than 29,652 acres (46 square miles), an area two times larger than Manhattan island. This pristine forest reserve is home to a large variety of habitats and natural communities, allowing you to see wildlife in its natural state of being. The pristine Cristalino River, with clean and beautiful water, lies just in front of the lodge.

This region is recognized as an important area of the Amazon in terms of biodiversity. The exceptional number of species, even for the Amazonian standards, makes this one of the richest places in the Amazon for observing birds, mammals, butterflies and orchids in a Primary Forest environment. There is a great variety of endemic species (i.e. that only inhabit this particular region). The lodge forest reserve is located just beyond the borders of the Cristalino State Park, an extremely important conservation area with 456,800 acres. The park is connected to other protected areas forming a huge conservation corridor in the Southern Amazon.

Cristalino Lodge is at the forefront of sustainable eco-lodge practices including composting of all organic disposal; recycling of all non-organic material; solar water heating for all rooms; effluent grey-water treatment with organic system; effluent black-water treatment with filters and evapo-transpiration system; hydro-kinetic energy generator, which provides a small amount of power from the river; smart architecture buildings with wide windows and roof air-escapes, providing a better air circulation inside the rooms; use of biodegradable cleaning products; staff training programs related to the rational use of resources; use of canoes instead of motor boats when possible; use of organic fruits and vegetables when available; trail limits with a maximum of 8 people per guide; low impact of only 20 rooms.

Start City
Cuiaba
End City
Alta Floresta

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