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Brazil - Just Jaguars!

Tour Code: BRA02

A 12-day holiday in search of the largest of South America's cats and the abundant wildlife of Brazil's Pantanal.

12 days from £3995(inc flights) Land Only Price: £3300 SRS: £395


The Jaguar is one of the most elusive and difficult of South American mammals to find, but on these highly successful tours we narrow the odds by taking boat excursions deep into their riverbank forest territories in this unique section of the Brazilian Pantanal that boasts habituated Jaguars and Giant Otters.  Our rewards have included close-ups of these “top cats” , both in repose on the riverbank and carefully stalking caimans.  Other Pantanal wildlife includes the world’s most visible Giant River Otters, Paraguayan Caimans, Giant Anteaters, photogenic families of Capybaras, abundant waterbirds, and the spectacular Hyacinth Macaw, but it is the mighty Jaguar that is our principal focus!

  • Jaguar sightings: 100% success rate to date!
  • Giant River Otters (also 100% to date) and other Pantanal mammals
  • Giant Anteater regularly seen by our groups
  • Hyacinth Macaws and a wealth of other colourful birds
  • Caimans by the thousands

 

Food

All included in the price.

Accommodation

Comfortable ecotour lodges on the Transpantaneira Road (Pouso Alegre, SouthWild Pantanal) and floating in the middle of the 'Jaguar Zone' (SouthWild Jaguar Flotel) on the 100-km-long network of uniquely Jaguar-rich river channels that lie 10-50 km upstream from Porto Jofre. All have private facilities.

Jaguar (Dani Free)

Jaguar (Dani Free)

Outline Itinerary Download

Day 1 Fly Sao Paulo

Day 2 Fly Cuiaba & drive to Pouso Alegre

Day 3 Pouso Alegre

Day 4/7 Jaguar Flotel

Day 8/10 SouthWild Pantanal Lodge

Day 11 Fly Sao Paulo and onward to London

Day 12 Arrive London

There is no doubt that the cat family occupies a special place in human affections. Whether it is a domestic tabby purring contentedly on its favourite choice of bed or a magnificent Tiger ‘burning bright’ as it pads through the forest undergrowth, there is a unique charisma about these creatures which instils both primitive fear and intense admiration. Naturetrek clients have always enjoyed a wide choice of tours offering the opportunity to observe ‘big cats’, including our unrivalled ‘Just Tigers!’ tour, but until now the beautiful Jaguar has remained just an enigmatic possibility on a few of our South American tours. Notoriously shy and elusive, this supreme predator is adept at concealment but, in the Pantanal region of Brazil, where Jaguar numbers are probably higher than anywhere else on the continent, the chances of encountering one greatly increase during the dry period between June and November. This is the season when the Pantanal waters are in recession, concentrating both prey and predator into the disappearing wet areas, and it is the time when Jaguars are most easily located.  

Consolidating the experience gained from our previous Pantanal holidays, this exciting tour makes the search for the elusive Jaguar its principal focus. Even at this most favourable season, it cannot be guaranteed that we will find our quarry. However, great effort will be made to maximise our chances of achieving our objective, with evening spotlighting and boat trips adding extra frisson to our searches. Even if the Jaguars fail to oblige there is a wealth of wildlife to enjoy in the Pantanal. Resident mammals include the bizarre Giant Anteater, Brazilian Tapir, Tayra, Marsh Deer, Crab-eating Fox and Giant River Otters whilst the exotic avifauna features a fine selection of waterbirds and the gorgeous Hyacinth Macaw.  

We begin the holiday by flying, via São Paulo, to Cuiabá in southern Brazil. From here we follow the Transpantaneira road to Pouso Alegre where we stay for two nights. We would have to be very lucky to find a Jaguar in this part of the Pantanal but we will use our time to simply enjoy the abundance of wildlife frequenting this magical place, particularly the great concentrations of herons, storks, ibises and wildfowl which feed under the baleful surveillance of Paraguayan Caiman that lie, scattered like logs, across the marshes. This is the haunt of snakes, countless amphibians and a myriad of insects, including colourful butterflies and gaudy dragonflies. During the heat of the day we will seek the comfort of our lodge and focus our field activities on the cooler early morning and afternoon periods when rewards may include such elusive creatures as a shy Brazilian Tapir or maybe a Jaguaroundi or Ocelot, two smaller cats to whet the appetite.  

From Pouso Alegre we journey south along the Transpantaneira Road to the locality of Porto Jofre. Travelling in our custom-built safari truck, the 120-kilometre journey is a wildlife safari in itself and we have the chance of encountering a wide range of wildlife, from troops of Black Howler Monkey to parties of grazing Capybara, the world’s largest rodent. Upon reaching Porto Jofre, we take to the water and cruise for 15 kilometres upriver to the Jaguar Flotel (a floating hotel) where we will be based for four nights. Located in the heart of what is widely regarded as the best area in the world for viewing Jaguars, we follow a routine of morning and afternoon boat safaris to explore the Cuiabá, Three Brothers and Piquiri Rivers, carefully scanning the dense riverine forest edge and rush-beds for a glimpse of South America’s apex predator. Our exact itinerary will be dictated by the latest sightings from local guides and, as on previous days, the search for our objective will be far from a single-species quest, for we will encounter a tremendous plethora of birds and wildlife frequenting this unspoilt wilderness. 

Returning to Porto Jofre we board our safari vehicle and retrace our steps along the Transpantaneira Road to our final destination, the intimate SouthWild Pantanal Lodge, where we spend three nights. Filling our days with a mix of slow boat rides, leisurely forest walks and safari drives, we are able to explore the rich gallery forests of the area, seeking terrestrial species that will have proved difficult from the flotel such as Azara’s Agouti, Brown Capuchin and even Southern Tamandua.     

All too soon we will have to return to Cuiabá and begin the long journey back to Europe but, as we take our leave, the mighty Jaguar and all the many other fascinating creatures of the Pantanal will be facing yet more challenges as the waters continue to retreat, although the older animals will be instinctively aware that eventually the onset of rains will once again replenish the marshes to continue the cycle of life into another year.

 

 

Jabiru (Gerald Broddelez)Vulture on dead Caiman (Gerald Broddelez)Vermillion Flycatcher (Steve Wray)Hyacinth Macaw (Steve Wray)Giant River Otters (Gerald Broddelez)Rufous-tailed Jacamar (Gerald Broddelez)Tent-making Bats (Gerald Broddelez)Monk Parakeet (Gerald Broddelez)Toco Toucan (Steve Wray)Black Vulture (Gerald Broddelez)Jaguar Portrait (Gerald Broddelez)Porto Jofre (Gerald Broddelez)Pantanal Marmoset (Gerald Broddelez)Roadside hawk (Gerald Broddelez)South American Coati (Gerald Broddelez)Cowboys (Gerald Broddelez)Entrance to the Pantanal (Gerald Broddelez)Jamaican Fruit-eating Bat (Gerald Broddelez)Capybara (Gerald Broddelez)Parguayan Caiman (Gerald Broddelez)Southern Caracara (Gerald Broddelez)Brazilian Porcupine (Gerald Broddelez)Jaguar (Gerald Broddelez)Yellow-faced Amazon (Dani Free)Yellow Anaconda (Dani Free)Yacare Caiman with catfish (Dani Free)Yacare Caiman (Dani Free)Yacare Caiman (Dani Free)Yacare Caiman (Dani Free)Vermilion Flycatcher (Dani Free)Toco Toucan (Dani Free)Striated Heron (Dani Free)Southern Screamer (Dani Free)South American Coati (Dani Free)Snail Kite (Dani Free)Six-banded Armadillo (Dani Free)Silvery Marmoset (Dani Free)Savannah Hawk (Dani Free)Rufous-tailed Jacamar (Dani Free)Roseate Spoonbill (Dani Free)Roadside Hawk (Dani Free)Pouso Alegre Driveway (Dani Free)Pouso Alegre dawn (Dani Free)Pied Lapwing (Dani Free)Male Capybara (Dani Free)Lesser Anteater (Dani Free)Lesser Anteater (Dani Free)Jaguar (Dani Free)Jaguar (Dani Free)Jaguar (Dani Free)Jaguar (Dani Free)Safari Truck (Dani Free)Pouso Alegre Lodge (Dani Free)Pink Trumpet Tree (Dani Free)Pantanal Cerado Habitat (Dani Free)On the river! (Dani Free)Night drive dress code (Dani Free)Entrance to the Transpantanal (Dani Free)Jaguar (Dani Free)Jabiru Stork (Dani Free)Jabiru on nest (Dani Free)Hyacinth Macaw (Dani Free)Greater Rhea (Dani Free)Giant River Otter (Dani Free)Giant River Otter (Dani Free)Giant River Otter (Dani Free)Giant River Otter (Dani Free)Giant Anteater (Dani Free)Crested Caracara (Dani Free)Crab-eating Fox (Dani Free)Chestnut-eared Aracari (Dani Free)Capybaras (Dani Free)Campo Flicker (Dani Free)Buff-necked Ibis (Dani Free)Brazilian Tapir (Dani Free)Black Howler Monkeys (Dani Free)Black Howler Monkey (Dani Free)Azara's Agouti (Dani Free)Yellow-billed TernsYacare CaimanYacare CaimanWoodcreeperWattled JacanaWattled JacanaWalking JaguarVermillion FlycatcherToco ToucansToco ToucanToco ToucanThe FlotelSwimming CapybaraSunset while on Night DriveSunrise while on Early Morning DriveSunbitternStriated HeronSouthWild Pantanal LodgeSix-banded ArmadilloSix-banded ArmadilloScissor-tailed NightjarScaled DoveRufescent Tiger HeronRoseate SpoonbillsRoseate SpoonbillRoseate SpoonbillSouthWild Pantanal LodgeFlotelRinged KingfisherRinged Kingfisher with FishPlumbeous IbisJaguarJaguar WalkingJaguarOcelot on Night DriveNeotropical CormorantsMuscovy DucksLapwingJaguarJaguar on TreeJaguarJaguarJaguarJaguarJaguarJaguarJaguarJaguarJaguarJaguarJaguarJaguarJabiru Watching TowerJabiru StorkJabiru shielding nestJabiru on Nest with ClientsIguanaHyacinth MacawHyacinth MacawHunting JaguarGreat PotooGreat PotooGreat Black Hawk vs Crested CaracaraGiant River OttersGiant River OttersGiant River OtterGiant River OtterGiant River OtterGiant River OtterGiant River OtterFlying JabiruFlowerFlotelFerruginous Pygmy OwlDining Room - FlotelCrested CaracaraCrane HawkCocoi HeronCocoi Heron in FlightCocoi HeronChestnut-eared AracariChestnut-eared AracariChaco ChachalacaCapybarasCapybaraCapybaraCapped HeronCapped HeronCampo FlickerBoat used for safarisBoat-billed HeronBlue-throated Piping GuanBlue-fronted ParrotBlack-crowned Night HeronBlack-collared HawkBlack-capped CapuchinBlack-capped CapuchinBlack-capped CapuchinBlack VultureBlack VultureBlack SkimmerBlack SkimmerBatsAnhingaAnhingaAmerican Wood StorkAmazon KingfisherAzara's AgoutiAdolescent Rufescent Tiger HeronMother and Cub
D.S.
South Yorkshire
Kike was an excellent guide and full of knowledge on a diverse amount of species and topics - a pleasure to have as tour leader. The excursions and transfers were seamless as always, there was a great variety of terrain covered and the morning outings weren't too early. Nothing seemed set in stone and if we discovered something exciting, we weren't rushed away from it due to closing times and were allowed to take most sights in at leisure.
L.F.
London
The trip was great, not just the Pantanal and all the wonderful sightings of Jaguar, Anteater, Hyacinth Macaws etc but also the extension you arranged to Iguazu. Everything went smoothly; the lodge and guide were excellent - the Falls, breathtaking. I'm still going through the 2500+ pictures taken and reliving the experiences.
J.M.
Surrey
Firstly I have to say that although I have enjoyed all of the tours that I have taken with Naturetrek, the 'Just Jaguars' tour exceeded all my expectations due to the excellent sightings, the varierty of accommodation, my fellow travellers, but mainly because of the enthusiasm and determination of our guide Paulo to find us all we had hoped to see and much, much more, he really did give us 110%, willingly and happily. I know that myself and the rest of the group really appreciated his efforts and I hope many more of your clients will have the benefit of his guiding. All in all a very fulfilling, interesting and delightful trip, many thanks.
Mr & Mrs W.
Derbyshire
Paulo was a fabulous guide (we have done quite a few tours in the past and can say we have never had a guide go the extra mile so much and as often ever). We had a fabulous holiday packed with more close quarter and prolonged sighting of much more wildlife than anticipated.
A.L.
Kent
Overall an excellent trip. So far, the best area visited for wildlife, with excellent viewing from the open-sided trucks and especially the boats in the 'Jaguar Zone'. Marcos was one of the best local guides we have had. Excellent in the field and a clear communicator - good at sharing his knowledge with his group, and full of enthusiasm. The Pantanal is superb for getting involved in the day to day lives of the animals and birds and Naturetrek's itinerary and guides ensured we saw just about everything on offer.
Mr & Mrs W.
West Midlands
Marcos was brilliant - a lovely, friendly person who could spot wildlife anywhere. He worked so, so hard to give us all an experience of a lifetime and certainly succeeded plus he was super organised and made sure everything ran smoothly for us. A true asset to the Just Jaguars tour which far exceeded our expectations with magical viewings of six Jaguars over extended periods of time and also families of Giant River Otters. The Pantanal is outstanding for wildlife viewing and the tour made the very most of it all.
D.W.
Switzerland
Great holiday with plenty of Jaguar sightings! I was very impressed with our tour guide/naturalist Kike. He had excellent wildlife knowledge and was always helpful and approachable. He also did a lot of extra work behind the scenes helping out at the lodges etc to ensure everyone was catered for.
A.C.
Sussex
Great views of a huge range of birds, animals and insects etc so a very successful trip. I also greatly appreciated the lectures by the zoologist on the flotel.
P.F.
Cheshire
We had a fabulous holiday and the Jaguar sightings were beyond our expectations. Along with Giant River Otters and so so much more, and a Puma one night even made Marcos' day! Everything went smoothly and Marcos was a charming young man. Obviously we went in the hope of seeing Jaguars and we were not disappointed - one day we watched for such a long time walking along the river bank - stopping to drink and swim.
V.M.
Hertfordshire
Marcos is an amazing man with an astonishing ability to find wildlife. He is extremely conscientious, thoughtful and tries his best to give his guests the best experience possible.
J.D.
Somerset
It was wonderful to see so many iconic wild animals. During our visit to the flotel we saw five beautiful Jaguars whose names I remember, and two more on about twelve occasions. We watched them swimming, and (abortively) hunting Capybara. We saw a pair walking together and watched a Giant River Otter family interacting, fishing and calling, each day that we were staying at the flotel. For my husband, who is a keen birder, there were many beautiful birds. Our guide, Enrique Lucas, always endeavoured to ensure any needs we had were met. He was good at spotting wildlife both during the day and on night drives, and adjusted activities to suit the group and the heat. I would highly commend him for his consistent hard work and especially for his depth of knowledge.
K.M.
Norfolk
The holiday delivered a truly wonderful wildlife experience from start to finish. The sightings of the Jaguars, Giant River Otters, Tapirs, Giant Anteaters and Hyacinth Macaws will be etched in my memory forever! Marcos is an excellent guide, taking care of his clients throughout the trip. His knowledge of the flora and fauna of the Pantanal are exceptional. His amazing ability to spot and name the animals meant we saw so much. His organisation and management of the tour was faultless!
Mr & Mrs E.
Suffolk
The whole holiday was just a great experience. We had great sightings of Jaguar, Giant River Otter very close to the boat, and an incredible amount of birds, and we even saw a Tapir swimming! The wildlife experience could not have been bettered. Our guide, Paulo, was fantastic. It was also good to be with like-minded people and we all got on well. We really enjoyed the boat rides which at times were really exhilarating and great fun! We feel the whole holiday needs no improvement. It was just an absolutely fantastic experience.
J.A.
Essex
Enjoyed seeing plenty of wildlife, including Jaguars, Giant River Otters, Ocelot, Brazilian Tapir and a large variety of birds. Having an enthusiastic tour leader always makes for a good holiday and he was excellent.
P.R.
Worcestershire
The tour was fantastic way beyond my wildest expectations, the encounters with the Jaguars simply stunning. Marcos was a superb guide, his knowledge of the birds and mammals excellent. Also a great group of clients - we all got on so well, this was important to me since I was travelling alone.
Mr & Mrs E.
Kent
The organisation worked perfectly, the accommodation was absolutely fine (basic at the lodges, really great in the suite on the flotel) and our guide Paulo worked tirelessly to ensure we had a wonderful time. His enthusiasm and helpfulness know no bounds and he made the whole experience incredible. He also ensured we got as many sighting opportunities as possible whilst adopting a very responsible attitude to protect the animals we saw. In fact all the people involved that we met were friendly, professional and helpful, from boat and truck drivers to lodge staff. This was our first trip with Naturetrek and we have been so impressed that we have just booked another trip.
J.W.
Worcestershire
Kike was an excellent guide being extremely knowledgeable about all flora and fauna and also very calm when managing issues within the group. He really went beyond the call of duty to ensure everything ran well and we all had a marvellous time. The time spent at the flotel (the Jaguar suites are a real luxury) and out on the river searching for wildlife was fantastic. We had 10 Jaguar spots of 6 different cats with some quality viewings including a female hunting Caiman and a confrontation between a male and female and another male - amazing.
E.L.
Merseyside
Great trip - 7 individual Jaguars, 13 sightings with fantastic views. One highlight, Jaguar with Caiman kill. Great close-up view of an otter enjoying his fish breakfast. Not forgetting good sightings of birds and mammals. The flotel was the ideal base, right in the centre of the wildlife and my favourite area. Marcos worked hard to make sure everyone saw everything they wanted to see. Great leader, enthusiastic and knowledgeable about all wildlife. The trip was well organised from the time we were picked up at the airport, to the time we were dropped off.
A.N.
Derbyshire
The tour was of the right duration for me and the choice of hotels were excellent. The best thing about the tour was the excellent opportunity it provided to see one of the most enigmatic big cats. I also have to make a special mention of the tour leader Kike, who was a real star. He was very knowledgeable, enthusiastic and extremely helpful. No request was too much for him and he constantly tried to make the trip an enjoyable one for everyone.
C.W.
Cumbria
Kike was a superb guide, really knows his subject matter.
C.H.
Gwynedd
The guide was excellent, very friendly and sociable with a very good all round knowledge of the local fauna. The wildlife experience was also excellent with a total of 8 different Jaguars sighted at close quarters along with Giant River Otters and an Ocelot at the SouthWild Lodge on the way home.
J.A.
Herefordshire
This was our 7th holiday with Naturetrek and as usual everything was extremely well organised and our tour leader was very pleasant and knowledgeable.
M.H.
Surrey
As our prinicpal focus was Jaguars, Dan advised us to take the ‘Just Jaguars’ tour and add on the Iguazu Falls rather than the tour which included both but had a prime focus of birds and did not stay at the Flotel. It was such sound advice as our multiple sightings of 8 different Jaguars whilst on the river, far surpassed our expectations and we were still able to enjoy the amazing avian life. We felt that the leadership of Marcos, ably assisted by drivers and boatmen, were exceptional and contributed greatly to our total enjoyment. He was able to be inclusive to the varied knowledge and needs of all members of the group.
S.M.
Berkshire
The holiday delivered exactly what we were after.
P.R.
Worcestershire
This was a fantastic holiday with the sightings of Jaguars way beyond my expectation. Marcos Felix was a superb guide.
M.S.
London
The guide, organisation, itinerary, boatmen and wildlife spectacle really lived up to expectations. Very good indeed. It was good value compared to other companies. Still very expensive but the rewards are worth it.
Mr & Mrs B.
Cheshire
It was amazing - you really do put together a 5 star viewing. Paulo's enthusiasm was overwhelming, having a new idea at every turn. We had close-up meetings with amazing creatures beyond our expectations.
R.W.
Tyne & Wear
Having filled in the questionnaire relating to the Just Jaguars trip, I would like to add my own personal thoughts on the trip. Having travelled with a number of companies over the years, Naturetrek stands well above all others. Its success is brought about by a number of factors, past and present research into status of the group of mammals, birds or other animals that are being quested. This is coupled with a great depth of knowledge of the countries being visited. Above all is the dedication of the staff employed to engage with the clients to bring about the fulfillment of the purpose of the trip. Naturetrek takes all of the above criteria and comes up with the results. Accommodation was good and in the right areas, local staff were fully versed with the wildlife of their areas and made a large contribution to the success of the trip. One cannot speak too highly of the naturalist tour leader, Marcos Felix. His knowledge of the whole area, its birds, mammals, trees, plants etc. ensured a continuous flow of information over a wide range of subjects.
V.S.
Staffordshire
We had an amazing holiday and would certainly recommend the holiday to anyone who wanted to see Jaguars.
A.L.
Cornwall
Overall an excellent trip. So far, the best area visited for wildlife, with excellent viewing from the open-sided trucks and especially the boats in the 'Jaguar Zone'. Marcos was one of the best local guides we have had. Excellent in the field and a clear communicator - good at sharing his knowledge with his group, and full of enthusiasm. The Pantanal is superb for getting involved in the day to day lives of the animals and birds and Naturetrek's itinerary and guides ensured we saw just about everything on offer.
Mr & Mrs M.
Cornwall
Marcos was brilliant, a lovely, friendly person who could spot wildlife anywhere. He worked so, so hard to give us all an experience of a lifetime and certainly succeeded plus he was super organised and made sure everything ran smoothly for us. A true asset to the Just Jaguars tour which far exceeded our expectations with magical viewings of six Jaguars over extended periods of time and also families of Giant River Otters. The Pantanal is outstanding for wildlife viewing and the tour made the very most of it all.
S.W.
Gwent
Our guide, Marcos Felix, was outstanding. His passion for the animals was obvious and he appeared to take just as much pleasure in watching the Jaguars, Tapirs, Giant Otters and all the birds as we did. I was amazed, not only at seeing nine different Jaguars, but at seeing six Tapirs, four of which were in the daytime. This really is an amazing trip that I would highly recommend to anyone who wants to see the amazing animals of South America.
A.H.
USA
This was a very successful trip with great sightings of Jaguars and other iconic mammal species. Certainly the presence of the Jaguar researchers added an element of interest, as we were able to identify some of the Jaguars by comparing photos with their database.
M.Y.
London
Marcos Felix, our guide, was outstanding.
R.S.
Dorset
Marcos was everything a leader-cum-naturalist should be. The group was a delightful, friendly one, and the Jaguars seen were magnificent and, as a non-birder, I learnt a lot. Fantastic time!
J.C.
Essex
Itinerary excellent. We were disappointed when Marcos Felix said he had been requested to leave us. That would have spoilt the last 3 days as Marcus and the group had built up a great rapport. Very pleased he remained with us, especially for our last night when he presented us with a fantastic video of our trip and experiences. Marcos also had many interesting PowerPoint presentations which either prepared us for our excursion or provided an excellent learning summary to reflect upon our experiences. He encouraged group participation and enhanced his own learning and appreciated our feedback. He provided a great video of our experience in the Pantanal. An excellent guide, very knowledgeable, professional, enthusiastic and a great sense of humour! A great trip - Just Jaguars and a lot more!!!
P.H.
London
Great view of Jaguars and Otters which the location of the Flotel and use of trackers facilitated. Right at the beginning of the trip we chanced on a Giant Anteater crossing the road with a young one on its back. Birdlife was equally stunning and some of local guides/boat drivers were excellent. We found five Agami Herons at SouthWild Lodge. Food on the Flotel was excellent and the pool at SouthWild was a relief.
K.C.
Essex
I would like to commend our guide, Marcos Felix. We have had many guides over the years and this man rates in the top three. Diligent and hard-working, he never stopped pointing out birds and mammals, although we had seen them before, which was good for getting another photo shot. His knowledge of all things natural is excellent. And yet he is always expanding his knowledge. His PowerPoint presentations were very interesting and variable. His command of English is very good but he is still wanting to improve by asking us different ways of expressing things. Look after this man - he is a credit to Naturetrek. All in all, a fantastic holiday which far exceeded my expectations with nine sightings of five different jaguars plus 160+ bird species and numerous mammals, reptile and butterfly sightings.
A.M.
Dorset
Marcos proved to be an excellent leader, combining friendliness with efficiency from the initial meet at Cuiaba airport. He gave everything possible to make the trip thoroughly informative about the natural history of the Pantanal - the plants, butterflies, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals, supported by short talks (around lunch) with overheads. He kept us busy with the night-spotting, daytime walks, drives and boat trips. In essence he could have not done more. We were all offered adaptors to help solve certain problems some had charging batteries etc! He was energetic and tireless in pursuit of our wildlife objectives. He was a real asset to Naturetrek. The wildlife species seen, that were depicted in the Naturetrek documents, fully met expectations. Five different Jaguars (all male) were seen. Brief views also included Giant Anteater and Tapir with many smaller mammals, with longer views of nine Banded Armadillo, Capuchin and Giant Otters. No other cat species were seen but for me good views of lizards and a yellow anaconda made up for this. My photo of a Mole Cricket did, however, leave most (not our leader) unphased! The birds were spectacular. The tour was a photographer's dream.
S.E.
London
Driving into the Pantanal is like entering a different world. Three things in particular account for the outstanding success of this tour. The location of the eco-lodges which meant we were immersed in the wildlife from the first night to the last morning. Our guide, Marcos Felix, whose enthusiasm, knowledge and sharp eye enabled us to see so many unusual mammals and dazzling birds. And thirdly, luck. The Flotel brought us close to the main object of our trip, the Jaguar. Seven different Jaguar - was that awesome? We watched them walk, hunt, swim, play (mother with two cubs) or just return our stare. We even heard the mating roar! The giant otters did their best to compete, chomping on their catch, socialising, in family groups, on river and bank and swimming in formation on the 'war path' at full throttle. Naturetrek could not have improved the quality of this holiday.
Mr & Mrs C
Essex
I would like to thank Naturetrek for a fantastic holiday. To have nine sightings of five Jaguars far exceeded our expectations and the birding also was a plus. To have such an excellent guide as Marcos Felix was a great bonus.
Mr & Mrs G
Leicestershire
We have just returned from this tour with Naturetrek. It was quite simply one of the best wildlife experiences imaginable. We saw 7 individual Jaguars in a total of about 14 sightings. Our guide was Marcos Felix, who could not have been better. He worked incredibly hard to ensure we saw the maximum amount of wildlife - and it is not always easy in the thick undergrowth. His spotting of animals and birds at long range was exceptional. He had an uncanny ability to anticipate where Jaguars in particular were going to turn up and even managed to produce a small video of the tour by working late at night. In some 10 years of wildlife photography trips this has to rank as one of the best ever and this was in many ways because of Marcos's hard work and expertise.
Mr & Mrs G.
Leicestershire
We have just returned from this tour with Naturetrek. It was quite simply one of the best wildlife experiences imaginable. We saw 7 individual Jaguars in a total of about 14 sightings. Our guide was Marcos Felix who could not have been better. He worked incredibly hard to ensure we saw the maximum amount of wildlife - and it is not always easy in the thick undergrowth. His spotting of animals and birds at long range was exceptional. He had an uncanny ability to anticipate where Jaguars in particular were going to turn up and even managed to produce a small video of the tour by working late at night. In some 10 years of wildlife photography trips this has to rank as one of the best ever and this was in many ways because of Marcos's hard work and expertise.
J.W.
Bristol
The holiday was great in that the wildlife was abundant and amazing. Mario was an excellent guide, and we saw 7 Jaguars.
Mr & Mrs B.
Cumbria
This was an excellent trip much enjoyed by us both. The highlight obviously being our wonderful prolonged sightings of Jaguar which far exceeded our expectations.
P.S.
Shropshire
We thoroughly enjoyed [the tour] and saw nearly everything we expected.
P.R & C.M.
Warwicks
Mario is a superb guide - fully knowledgeable but a real people person - look after him! Seeing one jaguar was special but to see two was incredible, we were blessed. It was just us in the middle of nowhere drifting up the river when they appeared, swimming in front of us - an unsurpassable wildlife experience. Thanks to Naturetrek, Mario and our lucky stars!
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Mon 6th July 2015 - Fri 17th July 2015

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Thu 30th July 2015 - Mon 10th August 2015

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Wed 12th August 2015 - Sun 23rd August 2015

5

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Tue 18th August 2015 - Sat 29th August 2015

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Sat 22nd August 2015 - Wed 2nd September 2015

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Sun 30th August 2015 - Thu 10th September 2015

4

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Sun 6th September 2015 - Thu 17th September 2015

1

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Mon 14th September 2015 - Fri 25th September 2015

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Fri 18th September 2015 - Tue 29th September 2015

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Sun 27th September 2015 - Thu 8th October 2015

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Sun 4th October 2015 - Thu 15th October 2015

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Sun 11th October 2015 - Thu 22nd October 2015

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Sun 25th October 2015 - Thu 5th November 2015

YES

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Tour Reviews

Kike was an excellent guide and full of knowledge on a diverse amount of species and topics - a pleasure to have as tour leader. The excursions and transfers were seamless as always, there was a great variety of terrain covered and the morning outings weren't too early. Nothing seemed set in stone and if we discovered something exciting, we weren't rushed away from it due to closing times and were allowed to take most sights in at leisure.
D.S., South Yorkshire