The largest and most elusive feline in the Americas – and the third-biggest cat in the world after tigers and lions – are notoriously tricky to spot on the wild. But since Exodus has been running tours to the northern Pantanal, our groups have had 100% success rate in spotting these amazing cats. Twice the size of a leopard, they are solitary predators, formidable opponents on land, and strong swimmers known to frequent the waterways we will explore, and we divide our time between between a house boat and a lodge, journeying deep into the Pantanal.
Wild and remote, the Pantanal extends from the Amazon and is the world’s largest tropical wetland, straddling the borders of Brazil, Paraguay and Bolivia. Its plains and low scrubby forests are home to over 1000 species of bird and 300 different mammals, including tapirs, anteaters, Jabiru storks, the striking Hyacinth macaw and – of course – the jaguar. Exodus wildlife tours explore the region on horseback, by boat and on foot, in order to get as close as possible to the wildlife as possible.
Long journey to get to the Pantanal but worth it! Three jaguar sightings on the first trip made everyone very happy for the forthcoming adventure. Hotel Baiazinha is the perfect location for trips into the wetlands. Accommodation and food excellent and staff very friendly. Plus around the hotel so many birds. Seven boat trips was tiring in the heat, thankfully the boat has a cover. Finally saw nine jaguar sightings, some repeats, plus two giant otter encounter…….and so many birds. Araras Pantanal Eco Lodge is a nice wind down with good accommodation. Trips out to spot wildlife are good but toucans and hyacinth macaws can be spotted in the grounds early morning!
This trip exceeded all my expectations.Seeing a Jaguar in its natural habitat was wonderful. As usual Paul worked hard with the guides to get the results that we all longed for.The accommodation was good, though the food in Porte Joffre could have been much better. I was a little disappointed with the fact that we had to pay for our luggage on the internal flight. This caused some hassle because none of the flight desk attendants spoke English and I do not speak Portuguese. A similar scenario ensued on the return flight. This was one of the most memorable trips that I have done with Exodus and I look forward to my next one.