In the Pantanal, the world's largest tropical wetland, wildly colorful avian species nest, caiman and capybara roam the river banks, and the top predator is the majestic jaguar, the largest native cat in the New World. With luck, we may also see giant anteater and giant otter here. On this safari-style adventure, we explore by boat, with a day trip to the Porto Jofre area, where jaguar sightings are well known, and safari by 4WD vehicle and canoe in a riverine forest where birdlife includes macaws and huge jabiru storks. We finish with hikes in the stunning ecosystem of Chapada Dos Guimarães National Park. Join us for a phenomenal wildlife adventure!
Arrive: Cuiabá, Brazil
Depart: Cuiabá, Brazil
Pricing below is per person and based on double occupancy. The earlier you book, the more choice you’ll have. WT also has the most generous cancellation and transfer policies in the industry, we make it easy if you change your mind. Have a small group of your own? Take over an existing date or choose your own. You’ll have your own private guide–and the adventure–all to yourselves!
$600 due at time of reservation
90 days prior to departure: Balance
Up to 91 days prior to departure: No Charge!
61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
45 days or less: 100% of trip cost
Scroll through our signature accommodations for this trip below. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.
Day 1 (1 night)
This large modern hotel with spacious guest rooms offers every comfort and convenience—an excellent place to stay before heading off to the wilds of the Pantanal. The service and staff are friendly and efficient, and there's an outdoor pool should you wish to take a cooling swim. Be sure to try a caipirinha...
Days 2-4 (3 nights)
Aymara Lodge has 14 guest rooms with air conditioning and en suite bathrooms, and is set in the middle of a forest and on the edge of a corixo (small watercourse), where animals such as capybara, lobete, paca, coati, and monkey are seen daily, and it's one of the best...
Days 5-7 (3 nights)
Chapada Dos Guimarães National Park, Brazil
Days 8-9 (2 nights)
Pousada do Parque is a simple and welcoming lodge with eight air-conditioned guest rooms, a small swimming pool, garden, and lounge with a fireplace. The guest rooms are small but comfortable, and the restaurant offers a varied local menu in its open-air restaurant. Water for the showers is solar heated,...
The trip is rated Level 2+, Easy to Moderate, according to our trip grading system. Our explorations are timed with wildlife activity, so dawn, dusk, and nighttime excursions are a highlight of the trip, but you will need to be prepared for long days. Travel in Brazil is always an adventure; expect the unexpected! Schedules can change and our logistics are well-planned but subject to local conditions. Our team will do all they can to be sure that the trip runs as smoothly as possible, but this is Brazil, not Switzerland. A spirit of adventure and flexibility will help you get the most out of the trip.
For your own enjoyment, we recommend you make a special effort to be in good physical condition. This is an active expedition, with nature walks and light hikes in a hot and humid climate, covering a variety of terrain including forest trails.
Our trip is timed for the “dry season” (June to September), although afternoon showers can occur year-round. Because there is less rainfall during this time, animals tend to cluster around the smaller stretches of water, leading to greater opportunities for jaguar sightings. Temperatures in the dry season range from the low 60s to the mid-80s. Layers are advisable for cooler evenings. Some rainfall is still likely in the dry season, so be prepared for sunshine as well as moisture.
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With more than 200 different adventures to choose from, we want to help you find the trip that’s right for you. Our Trip Level system ranks each trip in two ways: a number rating from 1 to 6 according to the activity, and general travel rigors. 1 is the easiest and 6+ the most difficult—see descriptions below for explanations of each number. A plus (+) sign means the trip is a bit more strenuous than other trips of that level. The detailed explanation of each trip—below the bar with the number rating—is perhaps more important, specifying activities, altitudes, hiking, and travel conditions. The Detailed Itinerary, available by download or mail, gives further information. Our Area Managers can also answer questions and guide you to the trip that best suits your interests.
Level 1 – Easiest
Non-camping journeys, optional walks, little elevation gain or loss.
Level 3 – Moderate
Half- to full-day hikes (3-6 hours) over rolling countryside on most days, occasional steep trails. Many of our hotel-based walking tours are in this category, as are our snorkeling adventures.
Level 5 – Strenuous
Full-day hikes (4-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Trips with hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 12,000 feet are in this category.