Jaguar spotting holiday in Brazil

“Sit aboard a small soundless motorboat on the Paraguay River and keep your senses set to stun as you discover the wildlife of the world's largest tropical wetlands, the Pantanal.”

Highlights

Cuiaba | Porto Jofre | daily boat safaris | Taima Ecological Reserve | Paraguay River | the Pantanal | Taima Island | Wildlife known to inhabit the area, includes: tapirs, monkeys, macaws, anacondas, capybaras, giant otters and jaguars |

Description of Jaguar spotting holiday in Brazil

South America’s Pantanal is the largest tropical wetland area in the world. It stretches across Brazil, Bolivia and Paraguay, and its annual floods support a hugely diverse array of flora and fauna. The low, scrubby forests and savannah-style plains are home to 300 mammal species, including tapirs, giant anteaters and giant river otters, and its 1,000 bird species include hyacinth macaws and jabiru storks – the tallest flying bird in Latin America.

This jaguar spotting holiday in Brazil takes you to the particularly biodiverse northern Pantanal in search of one of the wetlands’ more elusive creatures. As strong swimmers, jaguars are well suited to this landscape – and you’ll be joining them on the water with four nights on the comfortable Jaguar House Boat which is anchored in the Taima Ecological Reserve, one of the best places to spot these formidable predators. From here, you’ll head out in small motorboats along tributaries in search of anacondas, capybaras, monkeys and jaguars.
 
You’ll then spend two nights in Araras Ecolodge, named after the hyacinth macaw (arara jacinta) which is often seen in the surrounding area – both the ecolodge and the boat have en suite rooms.

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Our top tip:
You will be spending a fair bit of time on the water so bring sea sickness tablets, sun block and waterproof carry cases for cameras and binoculars. Also, insect repellent is definitely worth investing in.
Trip type:
Small group. Average size 12. Minimum age 16.
Activity level:
Leisurely. Wildlife walks, boat trips and eco-lodges.
Accomm:
1 night hotel, 4 nights houseboat and 3 nights lodge - all en suite.
Included:
Accomm, transport, activities and tour leader throughout.
Meals:
8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners.
Solos:
Single room supplements apply.
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Responsible tourism

Jaguar spotting holiday in Brazil

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

Environment

Activity:
Our local guides and nature experts are able to deliver briefings on the least disruptive ways to interact with the wildlife. We also operate with a strict ‘leave no trace’ policy, which involves being vigilant with proper disposal of litter and taking measures to ensure that no flora or fauna is damaged. By taking boat trips to see the jaguars, we can get close to the action without intimidating or overcrowding them. The boat is also the quieter option as it runs on a noiseless generator.

Conservation:
As a part of our continued commitment to responsible tourism, we work closely with our local operator to run this trip in a way that aims to reduce impacts and to give as much back as possible to local communities and the environment. Our local partners are involved in local environmental projects including a Hyacinth Macaw conservation programme, environmental education of local inhabitants, conservation of the woodlands around Rio Clarinho, and helping locals adapt their honey gathering practices from mutilation of trees to access wild honey to building bee-hives and harvesting the honey domestically.

UK Office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.

Community

Accommodation and Meals:
We will be spending one night in a hotel, four nights in the Jaguar House Boat and three in the Araras Lodge. All of the accommodation is locally staffed, which is beneficial for employment levels in the region. As a wildlife tour, all lodgings are strong when it comes to environmental policies. The house boat no longer uses diesel as fuel after investing in electrical line and the ecolodge belongs to the Roteiros de Charme Association, which vets its members with strict sustainable practice regulations. Most meals are provided and they are likely to make for a varied diet including locally sourced produce. Barbequed meat, fish stew, fresh fruit and fried parcels of cheese and shredded chicken are all delicious Brazilian specialties which are not to be missed.

Group Size:
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.

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1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Seeing Jaguar and Tapir were the most memorable highlights of the wildlife spotting on the trip for me though others liked the giant anteater or the lesser
anteater also called a southern Tamandua.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


The Eco lodge has a problem with bats they are nesting in the roof and their guano drops through the roof on to the beds and people in the rooms. I can
state categorically that rooms 19 and 17 have this issue as I woke up with bat crap smeared on my face and hands in room 19 and then I was moved to room
17 where the droppings again fell onto the bed, I thought initially that the droppings were from rodents but the staff who knew of the problem assured me it was bat poo. I do not know what would happen if the droppings had fallen into my mouth as I do not know what diseases/viruses/bacteria would be in the
guano. I did not see any droppings in the dining room but I did not inspect the kitchens. There is also an issue with the breakfast area, the birds at the lodge
land on and peck at the food this is a safety problem again and while there are covers for each item set out on the breakfast table these are sometimes left
off the plates or attached above the table and away from the food. Look out for the problems I have listed there are probably others that I did not see.
On the Jaguar houseboat, the room designated as PIAU had a shower door which does not close this is not a problem if the water from the shower does not
make the floor too slippery when stepping out of the shower more worrying is the fact that the electrics above the shower head are exposed as the lid does
not fasten properly this could lead to a tragedy but by being careful there should be no electrocutions, hopefully. Do not look for the superb quality types of
accommodation standard to be found on African safaris, these locations are not POSADAS in the wilderness. The food is not gourmet but very nice and the
fish is generally excellent and I asked for the recipe for the beans I liked them so much. I failed to send any postcards as they were on sale but without
stamps and the post office at the airport was shut on the day I tried to buy them, it being a weekend. I brought pens, pencils, calculators and mathematical
sets for what I thought would be a rural school but was taken initially to a large one in Cuiaba with 1800 students many of which were special needs and I
felt that the drop in the ocean of equipment i had taken to donate was too small, another school found on the roadside going towards the state capital was
given some things that I had overlooked in my suitcase initially and that was a good place to visit since it was small enough to benefit from the few things
handed over so if you bring things to give to those who are in need I feel it would be best to give where it would do the most good, others may disagree since it is also true that the large school is also in need of support and a lot more than I was able to supply.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


The people on the Jaguar houseboat and at the lodge are mostly locals and they get good tips from the guests, The kitchen staff on the houseboat make the
best beans I've tasted anywhere, the food here is better in my opinion than at the lodge both places I'm told are owned by the same people. Efforts are made
to reduce the presence of the tourists on the environment recycling at the lodge and requests to turn off unneeded lights and the room fans and air
conditioning when not needed but some of the tourists have children and they often chase the birds at the lodge apparently unchecked by their parents.
Conservation is mentioned but the lodge is also a working farm and the needs of the stock must come first with the stockmen. Everyone is very friendly.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Overall good, the weather was unexpectedly and unseasonably cold and wet for most of the time on the river but this did not stop four sightings of Jaguar two
of the same female and two other hunting females, both hunts were unsuccessful, lucky Caiman and Capybara!

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