Jaguar Safari Cruise - 7 Day Cruises
The newly launched Motor Vessel MINAS DO PANTANAL, with only 5 sophisticated en-suites, offers the best conditions for an amazing experience. Guest will cruise along the Paraguay and Cuiabá rivers through 4 amazing Nature Reserves - The Taiaman Ecological Reserve, the Pantanal National Park, the Meeting of the Waters State Park and the Transpantaneira Park Road in search of its fascinating and rich wild life as the elusive ‘panthera onca’ or jaguar, the playful giant river otters, the numerous caimans sunning along the sand bars, the enchanted ‘Victoria Regia’ giant water lilies as well as the thousands of diverse birds that compose the wildest South American Sanctuary.
DAY 1 – IN / CUIABÁ + Transfer to boarding place (LD)
Reception at (CGB) Cuiabá airport (flight must arrive before noon). Depart towards the town of Cáceres for approximately 205 km on the paved BR 364 federal highway. Lunch at local Restaurant, en route. Before reaching Cáceres, we access an unpaved road and drive for approximately 75km through a beautiful valley, formed at the same period as the Andean elevation occurred, some 400 million years ago. We’ll board the MINAS motor vessel by the end of the day, for dinner and rest.
DAY 2 – TAIAMAN ECOLOGICAL RESERVE – Searching the Jaguars (BLD)
During the cruise there will be several outings or river safaris, done in a very comfortable and safe speed boat, exploring side lacks, river channels and lagoons searching for jaguars and other wild life roaming along the river boards and sand dunes. After an early breakfast, board your river safari boat to explore this region water hides. Return on board for lunch, while the Motor Vessel start its cruise to the Taiaman Ecological Reserve. Board the speed boat and explore its water ways and overflowed grass land. Dinner and overnight.
DAY 3 – PARAGUAY RIVER – Searching the Jaguars (BLD)
Taiaman Ecological Reserve is a 70km long island. In a speed boat we will explore the right side known as ‘Braçinho’ while the motor vessel cruises on the Paraguay river channel, meeting the group for lunch around the ‘Formoso’ Bay. Afternoon further river safari, while the vessel keeps cruising down river up to a region known as Concepcion Port. (Up to the 70's the cattle, bred in the fields between Poconé and the Paraguay river, used to be loaded at this Port and taken downriver to Corumbá in order to be transported by train to São Paulo city).
Day 4 – AMOLAR MOUNTAIN CHAIN – Searching for Jaguars (BLD)
Morning river safari in the surrounding bay and river channels in search of jaguars and other wildlife. Back to the Motor Vessel we will cross two of the largest bays on the Paraguay River, the ‘Uberaba’ and ‘Gaiva’ bay, each more than 30km large, almost like crossing a sea. We will keep cruising up to the ‘Amolar’ mountain chain, an exceptionally beautiful landscape. Here the giant water lilies are only one of the marvelous gifts of nature to be observed.
DAY 5 – PANTANAL NATIONAL PARK – Searching for Jaguars (BLD)
Early in the morning the Vessel will keep cruising up to the ‘Gaiva’ Hill, where the group will visit an archeological site, then further exploring the ‘Acorizal’ Bay, following our river safari up to the ‘Caracará’ land mark. Lunch on board, while cruising towards the Pantanal National Park. In our safari boat, explore the ‘Burro’ Bay, the Park’s main bay, while the Vessel already begins to cruise up the Cuiabá River. Overnight in the proximity of the ‘Negrao’ River.
DAY 6 – MEETING OF THE WATERS’ STATE PARK – Searching for Jaguars (BLD)
Morning river safari exploring the ‘Negrão’ and ‘Negrinho’ Rivers, while the Vessel keeps cruising up river towards the ‘Jofre’ Port. Lunch on board. Further river safari exploring the ‘Meeting of Waters’ State Park and its labyrinth formed by the waters of the Piquiri, Three Brothers and Cuiabá Rivers. Meet the Vessel for dinner and rest.
DAY 7 – TRANSPANTANEIRA PARK ROAD SAFARI + Transfer to CUIABÁ / OUT (BL)
After early breakfast, latest at 8.00 a.m. disembark for our last safari, this time back to air conditioned vehicles along the 147km unpaved Transpantaneira Park Road up to the gold miners town of Poconé, then further for 111 km on the paved state road towards Cuiabá airport. Lunch at a restaurant close to the airport. Check in for your late afternoon flight, for your next destination. End of our services.
DAY 1 – IN / CUIABÁ - PORTO JOFRE (L/D)Reception at Cuiabá airport, flight must arrive before noon. Depart to the gold miner’s town of Poconé, then further on towards Porto Jofre along Transpantaneira Park Road. Lunch enroute. We’ll board the vessel by the end of the day for dinner and rest.
DAY 2 – MEETING OF THE WATERS’ STATE PARK – Searching for Jaguars
DAY 3 – PANTANAL NATIONAL PARK – Searching for Jaguars
Day 4 – AMOLAR MOUNTAIN CHAIN – Searching for Jaguars
DAY 5 – PARAGUAY RIVER – Searching for Jaguars
DAY 6 – TAIAMAN ECOLOGICAL RESERVE – Searching for Jaguars
DAY 7 – CÁCERES - CUIABÁ / OUT (B/L)After early breakfast (latest at 8.00 a.m.), disembark the vessel at Cáceres and board your air- conditioned vehicle back to Cuiabá airport. Lunch enroute. Check in for your late afternoon flight for your next destination.
2021 Departure dates:
Route: Cáceres to Porto Jofre (North - South)
Departure Dates: Jul 25th to Jul 31st / Aug 8th to Aug 14th / Aug 22nd to Aug 28th (blocked)
Route: Porto Jofre to Cáceres (South - North)
Departure Dates: Jul 31st to Aug 6th / Aug 14th to Aug 20th / Aug 28th to Sep 3rd
Transfer in and out from Cuiabá;
All meals as mentioned in the day by day (B – breakfast; L – lunch; D – dinner);
6 nights’ accommodation;
1 naturalist guide;
Daily departures by speed boat to search for wildlife.
Boat technical information:
4 private ensuite cabins with lower beds
1 private ensuite with bunk beds
Air conditioned dining room
Outdoor area and covered space
Refreshing shower on the 3rd deck
1 speedboat 9m long with 12 rotating cushioned seats
Total safety with alarms and floating system approved by Brazil’s Navy.
Guide Languages: English
The activities described may be altered due to weather conditions, season or group make-up with the intent of maximizing your experience of the eco-systems.
T-shirts, long sleeved shirt, sneakers or hiking boots, jeans or track suit, hat, sunscreen, mosquito repellent, binoculars, flashlight, prescribed medication, camera and film. Sweatshirt or sweater recommended from June to September.