Travel to Cuiaba
The jaguar adventure starts from Cuiaba, Mato Grosso. The best way to travel to Cuiaba is either via Sao Paulo, Brasilia or Rio De Janeiro. Most of our clients travel through Sao Paulo to Marechal Rondon International airport (Cuiaba).
Recommended airlines for your domestic flight
We recommend to travel with Azul, GOL or Avianca airlines when travelling within Brazil. GOL airlines have a mileage program that is connected to several European (KLM, Air-France) and American (Delta) mileage programs as well.
Transfer from Cuiaba to Porte Jofre
On the day of the tour start we meet you at the airport or the hotel to start the trip.
We advise to arrive in early morning, no later than 11 am. We prefer an early arrival since the transfer from Cuiaba to Poconé will take around 1,5 hours (100km). From the capital city of the Pantanal (Poconé) we continue our route on the Transpantaneira for 147 km towards Porte Jofre. Since it is a dirt road the drive will take around 3,5-4 hours.
During our drive on the Transpantaneira we will cross 122 bridges, most are still the wooden original bridges. In 2016 the government started to replace some of the bridges with new concrete bridges. During our drive many wildlife and species of birds can be seen since the Transpantaneira road crosses the heart of the Pantanal.
Arrival at Porte Jofre
We will arrive in the late afternoon, where we check-in our rooms and have time to relax at the lodge.
We stay at the Pousada Porte Jofre lodge. It is located next to the Cuiaba river, the starting point for our daily jaguar safaris by boat.
The lodge offers rooms with private bathrooms, air-conditioning, electrical outlets to charge your devices and Wi-Fi in the lodge restaurant. The lodge also offers a swimming pool for relaxation.
All meals (breakfast, lunch & diner) are included. Breakfast and dinner are served as a buffet. They serve a variety of mostly local dishes.
A few examples of the food served:
Breakfast: cereals, fruits, egg, bacon, yoghurt, bread, marmalade, fruit juices.
Lunch: Rice, fish/meat, vegetables
Diner: Stews, potatoes, farofa, rice, pasta, vegetables served with fish or meat.
We offer special meals for clients who have an intolerance for certain types of food or prefer a specific diet.
Pantanal Safaris works with a small team of passionate and highly skilled local guides. All our guides grew-up in the Pantanal and know all the secrets the Pantanal has to offer. Since we guide many professional photographers we developed a keen eye on positioning the boat/car for the best photographic opportunities. All our guides speak Portuguese and English.
Below you find our daily program for our jaguar safaris. From our experience most jaguar sightings are seen during the day and not in early mornings. However, if the group prefers a sunrise in the river this is possible.
Breakfast 6 am
Depart 7 am
Spot for jaguars 7 am – 12 am
Lunch 12 am (in the boat)
Spot for jaguars 13 pm -17.30 pm
Return to lodge 18 pm
Dinner served 19.30 pm
Group tour maximum 6 participants
USD 2540, – per person*
For single travelers a supplement of USD 500 will be charged.
Day 1: Pick-up from airport hotel or hotel and transfer to Porte Jofre (latest 11 am)
Day 2: Full day of jaguar safari
Day 3: Full day of jaguar safari
Day 4: Full day of jaguar safari
Day 5: Full day of jaguar safari
Day 6: After breakfast transfer to Cuiaba airport in time for your flight or transfer you to your hotel.
Transfers from – and to the airport
Activities as described
Experienced English-speaking guide
Water during the day
Drinks (soda & alcohol)
Activities other than described in this itinerary
When to visit:
Our jaguar safaris are offered from mid- May till mid-November during the dry season. In the dry season the water level is low, temperatures are high attracting the wildlife including the jaguar towards the rivers. These months provides excellent opportunities to view and photograph the majestic jaguar from close range.
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