Jaguar Extreme

See wild Jaguars along the shore as you cruise a labyrinth of rivers.

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“We got to see Jaguars everyday!” –Nita Taublib & Gideon Kiriat

Wild Jaguar, SouthWild Jaguar Flotel, Pantanal, Brazil.
Photography: Cheryl Connolly. Jaguars of Brazil’s Pantanal.

 

Selected by Nat Geo TV and the BBC

as the best location for filming both Jaguars and Giant Otters

 

Wildlife you are likely to see on this tour:

Amazing Creatures of the Pantanal

 

“One of the best photography trips we’ve ever had.”

–John and Carol Fryer, June 2015

 

The Jaguar Flotel is a renowned biologist’s dream come true.

#1 on Trip Advisor

 

Our Jaguar Guarantee

US$ 1,000 refund per person if you don’t see a Jaguar.

 

Guest Advisory

Jaguar tours are frequently sold out one year in advance.

We strongly advise early booking, especially if your travel dates are not flexible.

 

 

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Biologist-designed boating searches optimize sightings and photography.

Observing a Jaguar from a search boat, SouthWild Jaguar Flotel, Pantanal, Brazil.
Photography: Arcana Mundi Expeditions. Jaguars of Brazil’s Pantanal.

 

Jaguar Extreme Fixed Departures

(Up to 11 guests)

 

US$ 4,765 per person in a cabin. Single supplement: US$ 740

US$ 6,290 per person in a Jaguar Suite. Single supplement: US$ 970

The price includes travel insurance for U.S. and Canadian residents through the age of 59 years (over that age, there is a supplementary fee). If you are a resident of either country, please provide your date of birth so that we can quote the supplementary fee, if applicable. Residents of other countries receive a 6% reduction in the tour price to purchase coverage in their home country. All prices are per person based on two people sharing a guest room. An intial payment of 50% of the land price is requested to guarantee a reservation, with the balance payable two months before tour commencement.

No air tickets are included, nor do we sell any. We recommend booking the intra-tour flights through your international carrier, Expedia or OneTravel. If you need an overnight in Cuiabá before the tour, we suggest booking your accommodations through priceline or similar hotel-reservation websites.

Children under 12 are welcome in private, family groups. Our Jaguar Guarantee: If you spend at least three nights at the Jaguar Flotel and do not see a Jaguar, we will refund US$ 1,000 per guest.

Our fixed-departure tour is the guaranteed, affordable way to enjoy Jaguars and Giant Otters in the wildest heart of the fabulous Pantanal: The Jaguar Research Center Reserve. There are several departure dates each month from mid-June through mid-November, which is the peak season for Jaguar sightings. Please contact us for details.

Save money on our fixed-departure tour, on which 7 to 11 guests share:

• A guide with our unique iPad with our in-house Pantanal bird photo guide and many other apps

• Air-conditioned transfer vehicles and open, roofed photo-safari trucks

• Mobile-phone-equipped wildlife boats at the SouthWild Pantanal Lodge

• Radio-equipped, articulated-umbrella-equipped Jaguar search boats at the Jaguar Flotel

• Scientific lectures by a resident Jaguar researcher

 

 

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“How about 15 Jaguar sightings in 5 days!!!” –Arden & Leonard Zalman

Jaguar, SouthWild Jaguar Flotel, Pantanal, Brazil.
Photography: Paul Donahue. Jaguars of Brazil’s Pantanal.

 

Jaguar Extreme Private Tours

(Minimum of 2 guests)

 

US$ 5,210 per person in a cabin. Single supplement: US$ 900

US$ 6,850 per person in a Jaguar Suite. Single supplement: US$ 1,135

The price includes travel insurance for U.S. and Canadian residents through the age of 59 years (over that age, there is a supplementary fee). If you are a resident of either country, please provide your date of birth so that we can quote the supplementary fee, if applicable. Residents of other countries receive a 6% reduction in the tour price to purchase coverage in their home country. All prices are per person based on two people sharing a guest room. An intial payment of 50% of the land price is requested to guarantee a reservation, with the balance payable two months before tour commencement.

Upon written request, we can provide reception, a private transfer from the airport to the hotel and overnight in Cuiabá the day before the tour. No air tickets are included, nor do we sell any. We recommend booking the intra-tour flights through your international carrier, Expedia or OneTravel.

Children under 12 are welcome in private, family groups. Our Jaguar Guarantee: If you spend at least three nights at the Jaguar Flotel and do not see a Jaguar, we will refund US$ 1,000 per guest.

We can always design and operate a private, customized tour for the Jaguars. Please contact us for details. National Geographic TV and the BBC both chose the Jaguar Flotel as the best location for filming Jaguars and Giant Otters for their 2013 and 2014 specials, respectively.

We are entering our ninth year of guaranteeing Jaguar sightings, the only such guarantee anywhere. We are the only operators in the world to offer a US$1,000 refund per person if you don’t see a Jaguar.

Our departures achieved 100% Jaguar success in 2011, 2012, and 2013. In 2013, our guests enjoyed an average of 2.5 Jaguar sightings per day, a 50% increase over past rates of sighting. Many guests were astounded by 4 to 6 Jaguar sightings in one day. One group had 12 Jaguar sightings between breakfast and lunch. A group of guests in late October through early November 2013 marveled at 25 sightings in a five-night stay at the Jaguar Flotel.

Jaguar sightings typically are 25 to 50 meters away from the boat. We used to watch the Jags from 6 meters, but we noticed about 5 years ago that we got better displays of behavior by far if we held back and gave the Jaguars more space. If we were closer than 10 to 15 meters, the cats often just watched us rather than remembering and feeling comfortable doing in full view some rarer, much more spectacular behaviors on their “to-do” list.

We also are the only operator in the world that insists on having at least three radio-equipped boats out on the water for most of each day, regardless of the number of guests.

 

 

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From your search boat, see Jaguars relaxing, hunting and mating.

“Mick Jaguar” hunting a Yacare Caiman, SouthWild Jaguar Flotel, Pantanal, Brazil.
Photography: Arcana Mundi Expeditions. Jaguars of Brazil’s Pantanal.

 

Jaguar Extreme Itinerary

Recommended: Intra-tour flight São Paulo (GRU) – Cuiabá (CGB), Day 1, 9:20 am – 10:30 am, GOL GS 1872 (Not included)

Your flight arrival should be no later than 12:30 pm.

Day 1: São Paulo – Cuiabá – SouthWild Pantanal Lodge. Meet your guide at the Cuiabá airport, lunch and depart from Cuiabá by 2 pm for a 3-hour-long drive in a closed, air-conditioned van to the SouthWild Pantanal Lodge (SWP) . Trip Advisor lists SWP as the #1 wildlife lodge on the entire Transpantaneira Road. Stops to observe wildlife along the Transpantaneira. Arrive at the SWP between 5 and 7 pm. Dinner. Overnight in the SWP or similar. L, D.

Day 2: SouthWild Pantanal Lodge – Jaguar Flotel. Breakfast. Observe abundant fauna around the lodge, breakfast and 7 am departure in an open-sided, roofed safari truck or a closed, air-conditioned van to the end of the road at Porto Jofre. Stops along the Transpantaneira to see wildlife, with arrival at the end of the road by 10 am. Then take a search boat for the half-hour, 16-kilometer trip upstream on the Cuiaba River to the Jaguar Research Center Reserve and the Jaguar Flotel. Lunch. This afternoon, a 4-hour boat outing. Dinner and a scientific lecture. Overnight in the Jaguar Flotel (Flotel 1, Flotel II or Jaguar Suites). B, L, D.

Days 3, 4, 5: Jaguar Flotel. Breakfast. This morning, a 4-hour boat outing in search of Jaguars and Giant Otters on some of these river channels: Three Brothers, Black Channel, Cuiabá and Piquiri. Lunch. This afternoon, a 4-hour boat outing. Dinner and a scientific lecture. Overnight in the Jaguar Flotel (Flotel 1, Flotel II or Jaguar Suites). B, L, D.

Day 6: Jaguar Flotel – SouthWild Pantanal Lodge. Breakfast. Check out of the Jaguar Flotel, take a morning boat outing until 8 or 8:30 am and then take a search boat for the half-hour, 16 kilometer trip downstream to Porto Jofre. Upon arrival, begin a road transfer to the SouthWild Pantanal Lodge in an open safari truck or a closed, air-conditioned van. Lunch. Afternoon 2-hour motorboat outing on the wildlife-rich Pixaim River. After dinner, one hour of spotlighting in our safari truck. Overnight in the SWP or similar. B, L. D.

Recommended: Intra-tour flight Cuiabá (CGB) – São Paulo (GRU), Day 7, 3:40 pm – 6:45 pm, GOL GS 1875 (Not included)

Your flight departure should be no earlier than 11 am.

Day 7: SouthWild Pantanal Lodge – Cuiabá – Your Next Destination. Observe fauna right around lodge, breakfast and depart at 6:30 am in a closed, air-conditioned van, with arrival at the Cuiabá airport in time for flights leaving Cuiabá at or after 11 am. B.

 

 

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“The tally for number of Jaguars for 5 nights at the Flotel was 21.” –Tanya Cox

Speeding to a Jaguar sighting reported by one of the scout boats, SouthWild Jaguar Flotel, Pantanal, Brazil.
Photography: Arcana Mundi Expeditions. Jaguars of Brazil’s Pantanal.

 

Inclusions

 

• Comfortable, air-conditioned, shared or private transfers between Cuiabá and the SouthWild Pantanal Lodge.

• Open safari truck for shared or private transfers between the SouthWild Pantanal Lodge and the end of the Transpantaneira Road. This low-speed, open-air drive may be dusty or rainy, so bring plastic bags to protect cameras.

• Nights in double accommodation as described in each itinerary.

• 3 meals per day according to the itinerary.

• Shared or private activities in SouthWild Pantanal Lodge: walk in our scientifically-designed trail system, access our observation towers on the river and at the Jabiru Stork nest and take one horseback ride or one boat ride per day (2-hour maximum) at times agreed upon with our team and according to the itinerary.

• Shared or private boat outings at the Jaguar Research Center Reserve. One group may use several boats with the single guide rotating from boat to boat.

• Predeparture information, including a list of all the 180 commonly-seen bird species of the Pantanal floodplain, sensu strictu.

• Shared or private, highly-trained, English-speaking guide, with iPad that shows our in-house photo guide of all 400 Pantanal bird species and other unique information.

• Unique, 2-meter-wide, bendable (“articulated”) sun umbrellas that fit into unique umbrella slots on our Jaguar observation boats. Only we use these umbrellas, and they are the best option for shade because the pole is in the middle of the boat and, thus, does not have side struts or posts to ruin Jaguar photography. They are bendable because from 7 to 10 am and from 2:30 to 5:30 pm, the sun slants in from the sides, not the top. We thought about this problem a lot.

• At the Jaguar Research Center Reserve, we keep three radio-equipped boats on the river for most of each day, regardless of how few guests are staying with us. No other operator makes this expensive commitment.

• Free WiFi internet at the SouthWild Pantanal Lodge and the Jaguar Flotel whenever weather permits (about 90% of the time).

• Unlimited free drinking water in large coolers at the SouthWild Pantanal Lodge and the Jaguar Flotel. Bring Nalgene or metal water bottle to refill for free. Help to reduce plastic rubbish.

• On private tours, an exclusive guide throughout the entire tour, with private walks and boat outings. The size of the Jaguar safari boats vary. Only transfers between Porto Jofre and the Jaguar Flotel may be shared.

Travel insurance for U.S. and Canadian residents through the age of 59 years (over that age, there is a supplementary fee). Others receive a 6% reduction in the tour price to purchase coverage in their home country.

Not Included:

• The lunch on the last day, soft drinks, bottled water, beer, wine, mixed drinks, laundry, tips, insurance, early or late transfers from or to Cuiabá for any reason and air tickets.

 

 

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Anchored in the heart of the most Jaguar-rich watershed on Earth.

Flotel I, SouthWild Jaguar Flotel, Pantanal, Brazil.
Photography: Arcana Mundi Expeditions. Jaguars of Brazil’s Pantanal.

 

Jaguar Research Center Reserve

 

This SouthWild-owned reserve covers 3,025 hectares (7,467 acres, or 12-square miles), making it the largest privately-owned Jaguar conservation area on the Three Brothers River, the most Jaguar-rich watershed in the world. This reserve also includes 100% of the neighboring, Jaguar-packed “Black Channel” (“Corixo Negro” in Portuguese), a locality that appears in many on-line Jaguar reports.

 

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Giant Anteaters.

Pousada Aguapé, Aquidauana, Southern Pantanal, Brazil.
Photography: Scott Anagnoste.

 

Want to see more wildlife in Brazil? Add the Southern Pantanal

We recommend the southern Pantanal as an extension to our Jaguar tour in the northern Pantanal for those guests who want a longer wildlife experience in Brazil. Our Southern Pantanal tour offers the best chance to see Giant Anteaters and Ocelots. 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.

 

 

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