Trip reference number: 8731

Trip Operator: Wildlife Worldwide

Jaguar Fiesta

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This trip is designed to combine the best elements of Brazil's North and South Pantanal and take in locations that offer a diversity of experiences, habitats, fauna and flora while focusing on jaguar photography with expert Nick Garbutt.

Add to this, the likelihood of seeing giant otter, Brazilian tapir, giant anteater, hyacinth macaw, both howler and capuchin monkeys, jabirú storks, toco toucans and countless capybara and yacaré caiman, and it is easy to appreciate why the Pantanal is regarded as such a special place.

We start our adventure in the southern Pantanal: whilst this area undoubtedly harbours healthy jaguar populations, the region is not generally regarded as a rewarding place to see them – in most locations sightings are sporadic. However, Refúgio Ecológico Caiman is at the forefront of major jaguar research and the development of a new type of jaguar ecotourism, and there are excellent chances of close encounters and good photographic opportunities there.  

Just to the south lies Buraco das Araras - known as the ‘Sinkhole of the Macaws' - where we spend some time geting to grips photographing the amazing red-and-green macaws which nest and roost there in large numbers. 

After our time in the south, we head to North Pantanal, first to an area part way down the famous Transpantaneira road dominated by open areas of grassland, forest patches, drying marshes and seasonal rivers, where the concentrations of capybara, yacaré caiman and wetland birds are incredible. Our final destination is the Cuiaba River, the prime location for viewing jaguar. Some animals remain quite shy, while others are extremely tolerant, often allowing prolonged and close sightings.

Typical itinerary

The full itinerary detail is available on our website.

  1. Day 1: Depart UK
  2. Day 2: Arrive Sao Paulo, fly to Campo Grande & transfer to Refúgio Ecológico Caiman
  3. Days 3-5: Refúgio Ecológico Caiman & jaguar tracking
  4. Day 6: Refúgio Ecológico Caiman, transfer to Jardim
  5. Day 7: Buraco das Araras & Rio da Prata
  6. Day 8: Transfer to Pousada Aguapé
  7. Day 9: Explore Southern Pantanal
  8. Day 10: Fly to Cuiaba & transfer to Porto Jofre
  9. Days 11-13: Cuiaba River boat trips, jaguar photography
  10. Day 14: Transfer to Araras Eco Lodge
  11. Day 15: Northern Pantanal photography safaris
  12. Day 16: Transfer to Cuiaba & depart
  13. Day 17: Arrive UK

Please note: This itinerary is based on current domestic flight schedules. Local airlines reserve the right to change these without notice, and there is no guarantee that we will be able to follow this exact itinerary. If forced to change the itinerary, we will make every effort to adhere to the itinerary described above.

  • Available*: Sep
  • Group size: 14
  • Price including flights from/to UK: From £8,995 pp
  • Price excluding international flights: From £7,895 pp
  • Included in the price/package:
    • Domestic flights between Sao Paulo, Campo Grande, Cuiaba, Sao Paulo
    • 4 nights Sede Villa, Refugio Ecologico Caiman
    • 10 nights in hotels/pousadas
    • Most meals
    • 3 days Onçafari Jaguar Project with research team
    • Donation to Onçafari Jaguar Project
    • Services of English speaking local guide
    • Photography tuition from Nick Garbutt
  • Activities available:
    • Nature drive
    • Photography
    • Swimming
    • Walking


This is a group trip with fixed departure dates. Please refer to our website for further information.

This trip has no fixed departures but restrictions may apply - check operator website

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