Letters correspond to points on the map found at the bottom of this page.
Day 1, September 11th: Arrive to Cuiabá
The expedition begins at the gateway to Brazil’s Pantanal: the city of Cuiabá. After your arrival we will transfer to the Hotel Deville. As people will arrive at different times, dinner will be on our own in the hotel.
Day 2, September 12th: SouthWild Jaguar Flotel & Suites
Today begins with breakfast at the hotel. Afterwards we will commence our journey into the Pantanal on the Transpantaneira road, enjoying the benefits of the raised earthen road to view many native Pantanal animals. After lunch at SouthWild Pantanal Lodge we will continue to Porto Joffre where speedboats will be waiting to transport us to SouthWild Jaguar Flotel & Suites: our live-aboard river hotel that will serve as our ‘home base’ while we search the rivers for jaguars.
Day 3-6, September 13th - 16th: Pantanal Jaguar Expedition
For the next three days we will invest our time heavily in pursuit of Panthera onca; the jaguar. Expect to find this elusive feline patrolling the banks of the Cuiabá River and to be able to photograph it from our private speedboats. The days will be filled with the exciting expectation of seeing jaguars, followed by the adrenaline of coming face to face with one. Between jaguar sightings you will be able to enjoy photographing many animals which live in or around the river. These could include giant river otters, tapirs, toco toucans, caiman, capybara, monkeys and many more.
Day 7, September 17th: SouthWild Pantanal Lodge
Today we retrace our steps for an overnight stay at a birder’s paradise: the SouthWild Pantanal Lodge. We will enjoy a vast array of tropical birds during our explorations on foot. Jacaré caiman and capybaras will also be present around the lodge.
Day 8, September 18th: Return to Cuiabá
After our final breakfast together we will say our goodbyes and head for the Cuiabá airport for flights back home. However, the trip does not need to end here – there is an optional extension to Iguaçu Falls for those that are interested!
EXTENSION TO IGUAÇU FALLS 18-20 SEPTEMBER, 2016
Iguaçu means ‘Big Water’ in the Guarani Indian language, which is a fitting description for this magnificent landscape. Iguaçu is simply spectacular! The Falls range from 60-80 meters (200-269 feet) in height and stretch for 2.7 kilometres (1.7 miles), making them twice as wide as Niagara Falls. They are encompassed within two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, which means the lush microclimate created by the large clouds of spray and the falls themselves are protected. A visit here will undoubtedly leave you in awe.
The fauna around the Iguaçu Falls is extremely rich with over 60 species of mammals, 422 birds, over 40 reptiles, 18 amphibians, and 250 butterfly species. This area has usually proven to be our best chance of seeing large numbers of toco toucans, the most spectacular of all toucans.
Day 8, September 18th: Fly to Iguaçu Falls
For those that choose to indulge in this spectacular waterfall we will head from Cuiabá to Foz do Iguaçu where we will stay the night at the only hotel within the park borders: the famous Das Cataratas Hotel. We will use the afternoon to explore our surroundings, and scout the best areas for photography. With continuous access to the falls from our hotel we will be free to come and go as we please. Not only is Iguaçu Falls on our doorstep but so is the exciting wildlife of the region including coatis, jays and toucans.
Day 9, September 19th: Iguaçu Falls
Today is a day of difficult decisions! You can either have the day for personal exploration of the region or partake in one of the many optional extras including the opportunity to explore the power of the falls from a large, fast inflatable boat at water level or visiting the neighboring bird park which hosts many exotic captive bird species in natural settings. We will meet back at Das Cataratas Hotel in the evening to spend the night there.
Day 10, September 20th: Depart Iguaçu Falls
Today is our final chance to explore the region before our transfer takes us back to Foz do Iguaçu for our return flights home. It is the last chance to get that photo you have been itching to take and a final look at the spectacular wildlife we will have seen.