Good mix of group, excellent leader who really knew his job. Bird spotting was really good and we were lucky enough to see Brazilian Porcupine, Tapir & Coati. We saw Giant River Otters almost everyday and Jaguar everyday while staying at the Flotel.
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.
Paulo Ribiero was the hardest working guide I have ever known. His attention to the needs of the group, his skill and dedication to ensuring that we got the max from this tour was superb. He seemed to be working tirelessly all the time and the group seemed to respond positively and consequently worked well together.
The travelling was a major part of the trip. The airlines were perfect. The road transportation with the open air seated 'lorry' was an unforgettable experience and brought us directly into the Pantanal experience. We took to the rivers and creeks in our high powered boat looking for jaguars and otters - again a fantastic and successful experience driven by Manuel. Five jaguar is a good haul. The Ocelot hide was a great success, esp when a Giant Anteater appeared on 'stage' for a cameo appearance!!
The trip surpassed our expectations and was perhaps the most memorable holiday we have had given the transportation, variety, spirit of adventure and overall success, thanks in no small part to the work of the guides.