Jaguar Tours at the Taiama Ecological Station
This tour is based at the Baiazinha Lodge on the remote Paraguay River. This is one of the two extraordinary areas for viewing jaguars – by far the less visited of the two! The Station area cannot be visited on land but we are allowed to navigate its boundaries by boat. Jaguars in this area are masters of hunting yacare caiman (crocodilians), killing them instantly with a powerfully placed bite piercing the skull. The quality here is good compared to the better known Porto Jofre area, but there are far fewer boats in the area, increasing the possibilities of private jaguar viewing and good photography opportunities.
This area was approved as a wetland area of international importance, also known as a Ramsar site. These regions provide essential ecological services for species of fauna and flora and for the well-being of human populations. The Taiamã Ecological Station is one of the largest humid extensions on the planet, it is the fourth recognized site in this biome. The Station has high levels of biodiversity, including a great abundance of birds - 237 species have already been identified, or 51.18% of the total of birds already described for the Pantanal biome. The Station plays an important role in the conservation of this feline that is considered almost threatened by IUCN. Other species of large mammals considered vulnerable are also present, such as the otter and the wetland deer.
Day 01_CUIABÁ/ TAIAMÃ RESERVE
You will be met upon arrival at the Cuiabá airport or at a hotel there by your guide, who will take you to a ride of 3 hr until the region/city of Cáceres, where you continue driving another 75 km (1.5h) on a dirt road through mountains (a rare gem found in the lowlands) or, depending on the condition of the road, and your preference for a more comfortable transfer, we could take a boat for 2 hours from Caceres to the lodge down the majestic Paraguay river. This river receives the water of all the other rivers in the world’s largest wetland. Arrival and accommodation at the Baiazinha Lodge – a nice and comfortable resort on the river banks with some rooms built on the top of the rocks, with a view to the river and others to the swimming pool. Enjoy the swimming pool for a rest or simply walk around to feel nature on your own.
Day 02, 03_TAiAMÃ RESERVE
These days are devoted to the mission of observing the elusive Jaguars. After a long time of being seriously endangered, due to the idea that they were responsible for the killing of cattle (which was the only economic activity before tourism), the largest cat in the Americas has found peace and tranquility for their survival with the creation of the Taiamã Ecological Station. This magnificent place is an island with many other little rivers protected, with fishing forbidden all over the area. Due to the remoteness of the area, Jaguars there are less used to human beings, so, in spite of being harder to observe them, this is compensated by the pleasure of not having a dozen other boats surrounding you. The large diversity of aquatic environments has species of wildlife, that include the Giant-river Otters – the ‘wolves of the rivers’ as well as Tapirs and many Capybaras and Caiman. Taking a fast motor boat equipped with radio-communication is the best and most guaranteed way to see Jaguars. The Jaguars could be hidden, just resting on the river banks, or playing on the beaches, or hunting Caimans and Capybaras. For the avid Jaguar seekers, we offer the possibility of being during the whole day on the boat ride, carrying our lunch in a box and returning to the lodge just at sunset.
Day 04_TAIAMÃ RESERVE/ CUIABÁ
In the morning there is one more boat ride to seek Jaguars. Hopefully we will also be able to see a huge variety of animals, including birds and reptiles, like the Herons, Oropendulas, Toucans, Troupials, Jacamars, etc. Lunch and transfer to Cuiabá, in a journey of about 5 hours and drop-off at the airport or a hotel.
2020 Price per person in US$:
All of the rooms have a bathroom and are equipped with:
Wi-Fi, TV, Fridge, Air conditioning, water heated by solar energy. They have singles, doubles (with 2 singles or a double bed), triples (with 3 single beds) and quads (with 4 single beds or a double and 2 single beds)
Best to visit June - September