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7 Days Wildlife Tour in Pantanal Conservation Area Brazil

Porto Jofre

Exciting Wildlife Tour in Brazil

Join Birding Pantanal in an exciting wildlife safari tour in the Pantanal Conservation Area. Pantanal is regarded as the largest wetland in the world and is one of the last major untouched nature reserves. Wildlife in Pantanal will give you unique opportunities to spot Brazilian birdlife which you might not find anywhere else. Furthermore, you can also embark for an opportunity to find the most elusive cat in the area, the jaguar.

Overview

  • Minimum group size: 2 (private tour)
  • Starting point and ending point: Cuiabá
  • Main wildlife to be viewed: Brazilian birds such as stork, roseate spoonbill, rufescent tiger-heron, egrets, ibises, southern screamer, hawks, blackbird, egrets, cocoy, herons, sungrebe, sunbittern, kingfishers, cardinals, cowbirds, saffron finch, grey-crested cachalote, chestnut-eared aracari, parakeets, blue-fronted parrots, guans, piping guans, red-legged seriemas, and greater rheas. You might also see black howler and capuchin monkeys, black-tailed marmoset, crab-eating fox, tapir, capybara, marsh deer, cayman, and jaguar.

Highlights

  • 6 days of wildlife tour
  • Full time professional guiding services
  • 4-hour boat excursion at Rio Claro and 2,5 days of jaguar searching
  • A chance to see various Brazilian exotic birds, jaguar, and other wildlife
  • Airport transfers from Marechal Rondon International Airport (CGB)
  • Ground transportations in a VW Amarok or Mercedes Sprinter
  • 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 6 dinners
  • 6 nights' accommodation

Styles


6 activity days in English
The organizer also speaks: French, Spanish
The maximum participants in the group is 12
Airport transfer included: Marechal Rondon International Airport
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Accommodation

This tour will be based in four different lodges, which gives you better wildlife-viewing opportunities. Your days should have an early start with full mornings exploring mostly easy terrain, followed by a midday break after lunch. At some nights, you will have night excursions in search of mammals and nocturnal birds.

Program

Day 1: Cuiabá to the Pantanal

Upon arrival at Marechal Rondon International Airport (CGB), you will meet Birding Pantanal guide and drive to the Pantanal. After driving about one and a half hour on paved road, you will hit the Transpantaneira Highway, a dirt road that transects the northern portion of the Pantanal. The water ditches along the road attract all sorts of birds and mammals and make wildlife sightings easier, making every drive a great safari.

On the drive to your lodge, you may already see such species as jabiru stork, roseate spoonbill, rufescent tiger-heron, several species of egrets, plumbeous and buff-necked ibises, southern screamer, savanna and road-side hawks, scarlet-headed blackbird and many others. Other creatures might include capybara, marsh deer, and caymans. Your first night is along the Rio Claro, a narrow river full of wildlife along its banks. You will overnight at Pantanal Area.

  • Meal plan: Lunch and dinner

Day 2: Rio Claro to Porto Jofre

This morning, you will explore many photo opportunities this place offers. The Rio Claro is a narrow river surrounded by gallery forest and is one of the most renowned in the northern Pantanal among birders and photographers. On the boat drive along its quiet waters, you will be looking for (and photographing) great and snowy egrets, cocoy, striated and agami herons, sungrebe, sunbittern, black-collared and great black hawks, and all five species of South-American kingfishers.

On the feeders, you might get red-crested and yellow-billed cardinals, shiny and giant cowbirds, saffron finch, grey-crested cachalote, chestnut-eared aracari, and nanday parakeets. After lunch, you will check out and drive further into the Pantanal. There should be plenty of wildlife along the road, as you must drive all the way to the end of the Transpantaneira road, to a place called Porto Jofre, in order to get to your hotel by the end of the afternoon. You will make use of the good afternoon light photographing birds and mammals along the way. You will spend the night in jaguar area.

  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Days 3 and 4: Searching for Jaguars

You will have two full days devoted to the boat trips in the Cuiaba river and its tributaries in order to maximize your chances of seeing and photographing jaguars. Although jaguar sightings are not guaranteed, this region offers the best chances ever to find these that are among the most powerful and elusive cats in the world.

Your outings will always be during the day when you will move along the rivers in search of cats that come to the river banks in search of food, water, or just a cool breeze. These rivers are also home for a few groups of giant otters, along with many capybaras and caymans. Pied lapwing, black skimmer, large-billed and yellow-billed terns can also be seen along the sand margins, and you might make a few stops to photograph them as well. You will overnight in jaguar area.

  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 5: Porto Jofre to Fazenda Ypiranga

Today, you will have a long drive back on the Transpantaneira road to your next lodge, but you might still spend the morning on the river, depending on the group’s needs. This evening you will be at Pousada Piuval, which will be your home for the next two nights. This property is a working cattle ranch with more than 15.000 acres of forest, swamps, savannas, and natural pasture. It stands as one of the best places for birds and mammals in the northern Pantanal. You will overnight in Pantanal area.

  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 6: Pantanal Area

Moving to another lodge gives you a chance to find other birds and animals that you might not have seen yet at the previous places. Most of your time here will be spent driving or walking the many trails in the property. You will explore on foot, by horse, boat or aboard the safari vehicle. You will explore the wetlands, fields, and forests in search of black howler and capuchin monkeys, black-tailed marmoset, crab-eating fox, tapir, and many other mammals.

You should also see birds such as blue-fronted parrots, yellow-chevroned and peach-fronted parakeets, chestnut-bellied guans, the beautiful red-throated piping guans, red-legged seriemas and greater rheas. You will overnight in Pantanal area.

  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 7: Return to Cuiabá Airport

Today’s activity will depend on the flight schedule of the group, but you might still have time to explore a bit more of the property and search for animals that we may not have seen yet. You will be taken to Marechal Rondon International Airport (CGB) at your convenience.

  • Meal plan: Breakfast

Recommended literature:

  • Guia Fotográfico Aves do Pantanal - Giuliano Bernardon, Edson Endrigo, and Tietta Pivatto.
  • Birds of Brazil: The Pantanal and Cerrado of Central Brazil - John Gwynne, Robert Ridgely, Guy Tudor, Martha Argel - Wildlife Conservation Society.
  • Pantanal Wildlife: a visitor’s guide to Brazil’s Great Wetland - James Lowen.

Notes:

Daily schedule is normally made of an early start around sunrise time (05:30 or 06:00 at local time) with breakfast before the outing or late morning, stopping for lunch and afternoon break avoiding the heat peak between 12:00 and 15:00, going until dusk or dinner time (dinner is generally between 19:00 and 20:00). Evening outings may happen before or after dinner and generally last between one and two hours.

During the tour, daily itinerary might change according to weather, the group’s interests, or any unexpected reason, in which case the guide will consider what is better for the group regarding the group’s needs and safety. The lodges and itinerary might still change due to room availability or to best fill the group’s needs.

Included excursions

During this tour, you will get four hours of boat excursion at Rio Claro and 2,5 days of boat excursion at Jofre Region.

Location

This safari will take place in Pantanal Conservation Area, Mato Grosso, Brazil. The largest wetland in the world, the Pantanal is one of the last major untouched nature reserves on the face of the earth and a land of superlatives. The wildlife is amazingly abundant here, and its seasonally flooded plains attract immense quantities of birds and caimans. It is also one of the most mammal rich areas of South America.

Food

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 6 days of wildlife tour in Pantanal
  • Full time professional guiding services
  • 4 hours of boat excursion at Rio Claro
  • 2,5 days of jaguar searching by boat
  • Airport transfers from Marechal Rondon International Airport (CGB)
  • Ground transportations (4x4 VW Amarok or similar up to 4 people, Mercedes Sprinter from 5 to 12 people)
  • 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 6 dinners
  • 6 nights' accommodation

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Beverages
  • Bottled water
  • Room service
  • Tips
  • Insurance
  • Medical costs or hospitalization
  • Departure taxes
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Laundry
  • Telephone calls or other items of personal nature

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 60 days before arrival.
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Single occupancy supplement fee is 660 BRL.

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