Pantanal & Iguazu Falls
14 Day Pantanal Jaguar Expedition and Iguazu Falls
The Pantanal wetlands of Brazil are one of the most extensive wildlife areas in the world. On this tour you have a great chance of seeing a great variety of birds, mammals and reptiles including lizards and caiman, capybara, giant river otter and, hopefully giant anteater and jaguar. Then on to the spectacular Iguazu Falls.
- Stay on board the Jaguar Flotel which is set in the heart of the Pantanal and has a 100% jaguar sighting record to date.
- Listen to the thunderous roar of the almighty Iguazu Falls
- Have a fantastic chance of spotting the Brazilian tapir and giant anteater whilst staying at Pouso Alegre
- 13 nights’ accommodation
- Meals as per the itinerary
- Selected domestic flights
- All transfers
- Activities as per the itinerary
ITINERARY13 Nights 14 Days
- Day 1 | Arrive in Cuiaba, gateway to the Pantanal, and transfer to Pouso Alegre
- Day 2 | Pouso Alegre
- Days 3-6 | On board Jaguar Flotel
- Days 7-9 | South Wild Pantanal
- Day 10 | Cuiaba to Iguazu
- Days 11-13 | Iguazu Falls
- Day 14 | Depart
Arrive in Cuiaba, gateway to the Pantanal, and transfer to Pouso Alegre
From Cuiaba, transfer to Pouso Alegre Lodge (approx 3 hours). Travel through the dry forests and on to the Transpantaneria. Observe caiman, capybaras and waterbirds on the way, tropical species as you approach the lodge. After dinner night drive to view nocturnal animals and insects.
Spend a day observing spectacular wildlife and beautiful flora. In the evening, take a nocturnal excursion and look out for rare species including tapir, crab-eating fox, giant anteaters, armadillo, coatis, ocelot and maybe, even a puma. Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
On board Jaguar Flotel
Observe colourful morning birds around the lodge and depart SouthWild Pantanal after breakfast for a three hour photo-safari drive to Porto Jofre. Transfer by boat to your ‘Jaguar Flotel’ for four nights on a full board basis. Enjoy jaguar and giant otter sightings and informative evening lectures.
South Wild Pantanal
Travel downstream to your vehicle for return to SouthWild Pantanal. Enjoy lunch, then choose another river excursion or explore on foot – there are two wildlife observation towers close to the lodge and just down the river is a colony of brown capuchins and a family of giant otters. Evening transfer back to Cuiaba.
Early start for flight to Iguazu. View these magnificent falls in the afternoon from both the Brazilian and Argentinean sides. In the morning, take forest walks spotting coatis and myriad colourful birdlife. An evening sundowner cruise to the falls is a fitting finale to your visit.
Spend a leisurely morning exploring and take lunch overlooking the Falls, before transferring to the airport for onward or return travel. Breakfast
Your Itinerary Accommodation
Pouso Alegre Lodge, Pantanal
Take a trip deep into the Pantanal to this traditional cattle ranch lodging. Authentic hospitality and unparalleled local knowledge are available from the family of staff and guides.
Located a 3 hour drive from Cuiaba, there is plenty of sightseeing points to stop at along the way. This is the perfect setting to immerse yourself in the flora and fauna of this part of Brazil. Even the fields along the access road to the estate are popular for feeding birds.
The 13 brick built apartments are cool and comfortable with the fans or A/C providing a welcome respite from the heat. Take advantage of the hammocks in the shaded garden to relax and do some bird spotting.
You’ll find endless activities and areas to explore at Pauso Alegre Lodge. Jump in a canoe and take a trip along the Bento Gomes River or do some fishing in the Claro. Then take a guided horseback ride across the farmland on a tamed horse, don’t worry they’re used to even the most nervous of passengers!
Or if you prefer to travel by foot, take a camera and explore local delights such as the wood islands of the Piquetao or the beautiful Retrinho Bay, a gallery of woods adjoining the oxbow lake.
In the restaurant you will find hearty, buffet style meals on offer, fresh from the firewood oven. Whether it is to set you up for a day of activities or as a reward for an action packed afternoon, there will be plentiful home-cooked, native produce on offer.
Southwild Jaguar Flotel, Pantanal
Unique accommodation offering unparalleled viewings of jaguars in their natural habitat. Moored on the banks of the Cuiaba River, roughly 2.5 km from the opening to the Three Brothers River this floating hotel is a must-stay for wildlife enthusiasts.
Wake up to views across the Pantanal plains and step out onto the deck to be immersed into the natural beauty of the river and surrounding wetlands, perhaps spotting a giant otter on your way to breakfast.
This one of a kind flotel has spacious rooms for two with air conditioning, hot showers and en-suite bathrooms. Ample windows offer excellent views of the river or the wide Pantanal beyond.
Meals can be taken in the restaurant/lounge area which has large picture windows to allow you to soak in the view. Or you can choose to eat al-fresco on the top deck where you can enjoy the evening breeze across the river.
Trips are on offer both morning and afternoon in motor boats driven by a skilled boatsman. Knowledgeable guides will take you to the best spots to see jaguars, giant otters, caiman and capybara. The guides have a reputation for their friendly rivalry between them and will ensure you get the best from your trip. There is an average of 1.5 sightings of Jaguar per day. The felines, unfazed by their celebrity status, will go about their business whilst you observe and take photographs.
In the evening the guides offer post-dinner presentations in the flotel’s lecture room on the local wildlife and their habitat. This provides a rare opportunity to ask questions and learn about the days sightings.
End your day in a hammock on the top-deck, with a freshly made Caipirinha in hand and the soothing sounds of the river to unwind.
Hotel Das Cataratas, Iguazu Falls
This lavish hotel is the only one situated inside the Iguassu National Park. Surrounded by rainforest with the “Devil’s Throat”, visible from the hotel, this really is an unbeatable location for your time exploring the area. Just inside Brazil, on the border of Argentina, the Hotel Das Cataratas is easily accessible by road.
There are four choices of well-appointed rooms for you to choose between. The superior rooms have deluxe queen beds, dark wood furnishings and traditional Portuguese styling, with all the mod-cons you would expect of a hotel of this high standard. For those with opulence in mind, the Cataratas suites offer two luxurious bedrooms, two bathrooms and a beautiful living room with no less than four balconies from which to enjoy spectacular views.
To relax you can indulge in a spa treatment, using natural Amazonian ingredients. Or take in the view from a lounger by the stunning pool area.
There are two restaurants to choose from, the Ipe Grill which provides a vast buffet for breakfast and in the evening holds a “gaucho” style barbecue with a wide selection of perfectly cooked meats. The Itaipu restaurant is the hotel’s fine dining experience, offering delicious Brazilian fusion cuisine in a sumptuous environment.
The breath taking sights of the Iguassu Falls are a mere 15 minute walk away. Or if you want to experience the falls from a different angle the hotel can arrange a helicopter ride, carrying you over the falls for a truly wondrous view. The hotel can also organise the Macuco Safari, an exhilarating trip by Jeep through the rainforest followed by a speedboat ride around the lower falls. The hotel shuttle to the falls runs every 30 minutes from the gates of the National Park.
The lively Bar Taroba has a fantastic selection of cocktails, wines and beer for you to enjoy on the veranda or whilst dancing to the live music on offer every evening.
What Our Customers
• The holiday delivered a truly wonderful wildlife experience from start to finish. The sightings of the jaguars, tapirs, giant anteaters, giant river otters and hyacinth macaws will be etched in my memory forever! Our guide was excellent, his knowledge of the flora and fauna of the Pantanal was exceptional and his ability to spot a bird half a mile away never failed to amaze us. We loved our few nights at Cristalino Lodge, it provided just the respite we needed after a busy couple of weeks and was the perfect place to finish up with, so a great recommendation from you.
We went in the hope of seeing one, maybe two jaguars, but never did we expect to see eleven, staying on the flotel was definitely the right choice, we were literally surrounded by wildlife 24/7. The Pantanal completely exceed our expectations every day with an abundance of wildlife and incredible birding at every turn, the only thing we would change is going for longer, our 12 days just flew by unfortunately.
The highlight had to be our stay at Porto Jofre and seeing the jaguars but being bird watchers, we enjoyed everywhere. Iguassu Falls was stunning and provided us with just the relaxation we needed after our long haul flights. Really enjoyed the food and the mandatory caipirinhas!!!
Just got back from Brazil and I wanted to thank you all for putting together such a superb trip. This is the third time Christine and I have travelled with you and once again you have made an unforgettable time. As you can see the jaguars obliged (as did the anteaters, armadillos, monkeys, caimans, giant otters, marmots, ocelots, pumas and countless birds ). This is just one of the hundreds of photos (obviously not my national geographic front cover shot ! ). We enjoyed bragging to people we met about our superb travel company. I have referred several couples . Just think what I could have done with a Wildfoot T shirt? We very much enjoyed Iguassu for our first stop . Despite the cost of the hotel we could have stayed another night to get over the arrival from UK. We did the helicopter flight over the falls worth very penny and very good guide . Internal flights are “fun” especially three in a day. Cristalino is beautiful but the birding is challenging ( even for me!) Great guide and boatman. Our only hitch was the plane was delayed for three hours to Cuiaba and so our seven hour drive to Porte Jofre was in the dark. The guide and driver were up for it and I saw a Puma! Loved Porte Jofre .I would stay for 8 days as a photographer . The arrangements were brilliant . We had a fast boat (essential) and a really good boatman/driver who worked extremely hard to get me to the Jaguars .Saw them every day .Our stay at Pouso Alegre was “simple “ but the variety of wildlife was good ending with an anteater with a baby on her back (in perfect light) . Rio was an inspired suggestion -Christ the Redeemer statue (-good for birds too) hotel overlooking Ipanema beach, good tour guide and driver, and ate in the bar that the composer saw the girl from Ipanema walk by. Even bumped up to business class on our return. So a big thank you to you all . Just brilliant.
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