Arcana Mundi Expeditions
The world’s rarest wildlife in nature’s secret places
“It was fantastic! We went for Jaguars, and saw Jaguars.” –Arden & Leonard Zalman
Wild Jaguars in a lovers’ spat, Pantanal, Brazil.
Photography: Joe McDonald. Jaguars of Brazil’s Pantanal.
“One of the best photography trips we’ve ever had.”
–John and Carol Fryer, June 2015
“Your first port of call for sightings of jaguars, pumas and wolves…”
–Animal Experts, Condé Nast Traveller, March 2013
Our Scientific Advisor
Our extreme wildlife experiences only are possible thanks to the lifelong research and exclusive access of Dr. Charles A. Munn, one of the world’s leading conservation biologists. Our tours are reserved for just a few scientists, special film crews, professional photographers and you. To get an idea of the wildlife you could see on one of our tours, we invite you to view photos taken by a recent guest.
Northern Pantanal: Jaguars & Ocelots
If your quest is to experience the world’s rarest wildlife, Arcana Mundi is the place to begin. In Brazil’s Pantanal, the Jaguar Zone discovered by our scientific advisor is considered the best place on Earth for photographing those big cats. Our Jaguar Extreme explores the zone in depth. Fixed departures are based at the Jaguar Retreat, while private departures are based at the Jaguar Flotel. All tours begin and end with a night at the SouthWild Pantanal Lodge — its Ocelot Tower is the best attraction of any lodge on the entire Transpantaneira Road. For the most discerning and demanding photographers, willing to pay the price for a totally private experience with all of the top, most spectacular, most iconic mammals of tropical South America, Jaguar Lake is the ultimate Jaguar experience. For a short introduction to the wildlife of the Northern Pantanal, try our Pantanal Explorer.
Northern Pantanal: Harpy Eagles
Every birder and wildlife photographer wants to see the majestic, elusive Harpy Eagle, the world’s biggest and most powerful bird of prey. Until now, serious nature travelers enjoyed approximately one chance in ten thousand of seeing and photographing that bird well. All that has changed. Thanks to our new and unique method of locating Harpy Eagle nests, we can guarantee excellent sightings. Precede your Jaguar Extreme with our Harpy Eagle Expedition.
Southern Pantanal: Giant Anteaters
You also can extend your Jaguar Extreme with our Southern Pantanal tour. It offers the best chance to see Giant Anteaters. As well, a vast sinkhole falls precipitously into the Earth, holding within it a galaxy of Red-and-Green Macaws that live in the cavities of the pink sandstone walls. Nearby, the crystalline waters of the Río da Prata abound with colorful fish, creating a remarkable snorkeling experience.
Amazon Rainforest: Pink Dolphins, Harpy Eagles, White Uakaris & Golden-backed Uakaris
Black Waters & White: The Two Worlds of the Amazon, designed by our scientific advisor, is a unique voyage of discovery to the two great and very different worlds of the Amazon rainforest: The mysterious Blackwater World of the Río Negro and the prolific Whitewater World of the Amazon River. The tour will travel to the two extremes of the greatest protected area of tropical rainforest on the planet. It will begin with a visit to the world’s largest and most pristine reserve of tropical rainforest in the Blackwater World – the 5.8-million-acre (2.3-million-hectare) Jaú National Park, which lies at the eastern end of the 15-million-acre (six-million-hectare) Central Amazon Conservation Corridor. The tour will continue and conclude at the western end of the Conservation Corridor with a contrasting visit to the greatest of the reserves in the Whitewater World – the 2.7-million-acre (1.1-million-hectare) Mamirauá Reserve, which protects the largest flooded forest in the world. Variations on this tour include our Black Waters Amazon Expedition and White Waters Amazon Expedition.
Northeastern Brazil: Maned Wolves, Hyacinth Macaws & Bearded Capuchin Monkeys
Within and adjacent to Brazil’s Parnaíba Headwaters National Park, the endangered Maned Wolf and Hyacinth Macaw are guarded in a private reserve created by our scientific advisor. The reserve also protects the Green-winged Macaw and tool-using Bearded Capuchin Monkey. This unique combination of wildlife treasures and perfect light make it one of the premier photo locations in the country.
Iguassu Falls: Coatis, Brown Capuchin Monkeys, Scarlet-rumped Caciques, Toco Toucans & Red-breasted Toucans
Iguassu Falls is considered to be one of the seven natural wonders of the planet. Its more than 270 streams suddenly appear from the rainforest to form a myriad of cataracts, large and small, which mingle and blend graciously with the surrounding flora. Walking with a biologist guide, guests will observe the incredible diversity of plants and animals. The most conspicuous and interesting species that guests are likely to sight and photograph include Coatis, Brown Capuchin Monkeys, Scarlet-rumped Caciques, Toco Toucans, Red-breasted Toucans (perhaps the most beautiful of the world’s 39 species of toucans), Dusky Swifts (by the hundreds and thousands, nesting on the moist or wet walls behind the falls) and 9 species of hummingbirds
Río de Janeiro: Golden Lion Tamarins
In the Atlantic coastal forest near Río, the amazing Golden Lion Tamarin has been rescued from near extinction. Normally it is hard to get the conservation biologists to open the site even to scientists, but we know how to get it open for you – and you will observe these rare creatures face to face.
Torres del Paine: Pumas
On 1 April 2015, the Torres del Paine National Park banned any Puma searching off the roads or off of a single, 6.2-km-long, authorized trail from Porteria Sarmiento Park Gate to Porteria Laguna Amarga Park Gate. Thus, something like 99.9% of the Puma viewing opportunities in the national park are history. Now, imagine the ideal place on planet Earth to sight Pumas – a 17,000-acre private ranch surrounded on three sides by Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park. On the south side is Lago Sarmiento, while on the north and west sides is the most Puma-rich zone of the park. The Pumas wander freely between this zone and the ranch, attracted by thousands of wild Guanacos, which are the Pumas’ favorite prey. Thanks to years of conservation talks with the owners and painstaking negotiations by our scientific advisor, Arcana Mundi Expeditions now can offer our Puma Extreme on the newly-established Reserva Pumas del Paine. Your visit will fuel both the protection and the proper, sustainable appreciation of the Pumas at Torres del Paine.
Peru & Ecuador
Machu Picchu & Galapagos Islands
Travel back to ancient empires and the origins of nature … It’s a marriage made in heaven — the remarkable heritage of the Inca Empire and the dramatic natural spectacle of the Galapagos Islands. With the Opulent Machu Picchu & Galapagos itinerary, we invite you to experience both of these ancient South American marvels. Cruise the Galapagos aboard a storied yacht, and then travel on to trace the history of the Incas from the glory of Cuzco, their imperial capital, to the Sacred Valley and fabled Machu Picchu. Beginning with the colorful colonial quarter of Quito, and ending in Lima, the capital of the New World for three centuries, this is the adventure of a lifetime. Throughout your private journey, enjoy all the expertise of a premier tour company, relax in regal accommodations and savor cuisine by the great chefs of Ecuador and Peru. Only have time for one marvel? Consider our Opulent Machu Picchu or Opulent Galapagos.
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
In Peru, the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu combines ancient archaeological sites, snow-covered mountain scenery and cloud forests with a rich biodiversity that includes many different species of birds and beautiful orchids.
Amazon Rainforest: Black Spider Monkeys, Macaw Nest, Macaw Clay Licks & Giant Otters
Lago Soledad, one of the most remarkable of Perú’s Amazon rainforest wildlife lodges, was created to protect endangered wildlife in the Las Piedras Rainforest of southeastern Perú. The 26,000-acre reserve of primeval rainforest is one of the most biologically diverse habitats on Earth. It features abundant Black Spider Monkeys, a viewing tower next to an active macaw nest, four macaw clay licks and a private lake with Giant Otters. Important to your appreciation of it all are the air-conditioned bungalows.
Archaeological & Ecological Tours in South America
In addition to wildlife expeditions, Arcana Mundi offers archaeological and ecological tours throughout South America. We invite you to view the Tour Portfolio on our Inka’s Empire Tours website.
See our 5-star reviews on Google+
“Dreaming of that next epic wildlife adventure? Here are your go-to guys.”
–Condé Nast Traveller
Arcana Mundi Expeditions
© Inka’s Empire Corporation 2014. All rights reserved.