We 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 exploring.
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!
At 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.