offer a full range of activities, from birdwatching tours,
nature hikes through the forest, nighttime wildlife-viewing
drives and fishing. Most guests stay at the Reserve for at
least two nights to make the most of their trip. The average
stay is three nights.
The best time to view wildlife in the Pantanal is at dawn, dusk, and at night. For this reason, most guests elect to rest during the heat of the day. We will be happy to cater to whatever schedule you prefer!
Pantanal is a world-class birdwatching destination. No matter
what time of year you choose to visit, you will have the opportunity
to easily view hundreds of species. Birds (and other wildlife)
in the Pantanal are easily seen in its open grasslands, marshes
and islands of forests, in contrast to the Amazon Basin, where
wildlife is often difficult to find in the dense rainforest.
Whether you are an expert birder or have never tried birdwatching
before, we guarantee you will be amazed by the birdlife of
We can tailor your itinerary depending on your level of expertise and any particular species you wish to see. Our guests typically enjoy birdwatching in the Pantanal in a number of ways – including going on walks, drives and boat trips. Nighttime outings with spotlights often result in close sightings of owls, potoos and nightjars.
macaws, the largest parrots in the world, live on the Reserve
and are easily seen in trees surrounding the lodge. Numerous
other species of macaws, parrots and parakeets, as well as
toucans, trogons, woodpeckers, herons, storks, birds of prey
and hummingbirds, are abundant. You will be amazed by the
beauty and diversity of the birds of the region!
For more advanced birders, our local guides have the expertise, equipment and patience to locate some of the Pantanal’s most elusive bird species for our guests. Guides carry spotting scopes, field guides, and IPOD (and cassette tape) recording and playback equipment. Bird lists are available.
of the best ways to locate and observe wildlife near the Reserve
is from the back of one of our specially-designed four-wheel
drive vehicles. Drives along the Transpantaneira Highway (a
dirt road with little traffic this far south) as well as private
roads near the Reserve provide guests with a safe and comfortable
way to view an incredible array of mammals, birds and reptiles.
Photographers will have ample opportunities to record their adventures. Our guides are eager to help you take the best photos possible, from recommending picture-perfect locations to waiting patiently for the right light conditions. We are delighted to help you photograph the breathtaking sunsets, diverse flora and fauna, and the famous cowboys of the Pantanal.
popular trip takes visitors to the vast marshland of Campo
Jofre, a short drive south of the Reserve. Here large groups
of capybaras and caiman gather along the waterways and are
easily observed. We often see marsh deer and anaconda in Campo
Jofre. This is an excellent spot to find jaguars and ocelots.
To view the most wildlife and avoid the midday heat, drives usually take place in the early morning and late afternoon. We also highly recommend nighttime drives, when we use spotlights to find wildlife more easily. Among the mammals we commonly observe at night are crab-eating foxes, tapirs, ocelots and, with a little luck, jaguars.
have built a network of trails through the Reserve. The trails
allow guests to explore a variety of the Pantanal’s habitats,
from grasslands to forests. Most of our trails are loops,
so hikers can spend as much or as little time as they wish
Walking in the Pantanal enables you to view wildlife up-close and to get to know the plants of the area. The mammals our guests most often see while hiking are capuchin monkeys, black and gold howler monkeys, and South American coati. It is often possible to follow the monkeys as they travel across the forests – an unforgettable experience. Birding along the trails is also excellent. Many grassland and forest species are abundant; our guides can help you locate less common species as well.
Our staff is very familiar with the Pantanal’s plants and trees. We will be happy to help you identify common species and relate to you the medicinal and culinary uses of various plants.
We have our own six-passenger boat to take guests on the Cuiabá River. We are also happy to arrange boat trips on the Pixaim River. Additional boats are available for hire for larger groups. Both rivers can be reached in less than an hour from the Reserve.
Boat trips provide an excellent opportunity to view giant river otters up-close. This is often a highlight of visitors’ trips to Brazil. In the dry season, we occasionally see jaguars on the exposed beaches of the rivers – a once-in-a-lifetime experience! Other wildlife commonly seen on the river are capybara and caiman. Birds frequently encountered include kingfishers, egrets, storks, herons and terns.
If you have the time, we highly recommend adding an early morning or evening boat trip to your itinerary. It allows you to enjoy a spectacular sunrise or sunset, while viewing wildlife from a unique perspective. We can also teach you how to fish for piranha!
the Jaguar Ecological Reserve we will do everything necessary
to make your stay as fulfilling as possible. If you have any
special interests or needs, just let us know and we can design
a perfect itinerary. For example, depending on the season
we can arrange extended fishing trips or camping. We can take
you to neighboring ranches should you wish to learn more about
the local culture. We regularly host professional photographers
and film crews for extended periods.
Our guides can also accompany you to other destinations in the Pantanal or beyond. Should you wish to spend time at another lodge, we can make arrangements for you. A popular destination outside the Pantanal is Chapada dos Guimarães – a spectacular area of red cliffs, waterfalls, and arid cerrado landscapes located approximately 55 kilometers from Cuiabá. Our guides regularly lead trips to Chapada and will be happy to accompany your group. Spending a day or two in Chapada allows visitors a glimpse at a completely different ecosystem than the Pantanal. Birders will delight in the many endemic species present in Chapada.
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