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Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.

Day 1: welcome to manaus

Manaus is a thriving city in the heart of the jungleManaus is a thriving city in the heart of the jungle

Upon arrival in Manaus you'll be met at the airport and transfered to your hotel for the night.

Lodging
Hotel Villa Amazonia

Day 2: manaus tour / rio negro

The M/Y Tucano, your home in the AmazonThe M/Y Tucano, your home in the Amazon

After breakfast, depart for tour to discover a bit of the history of the rubber process in the region. Visit the Seringal Museum, a place where you can see and learn about the way of life of the rubber man and the Amazon Rubber Boom. This tour is in a speed boat. Have lunch and ten meet for a transfer onto the Motor Yacht Tucano.

After, you'll transfer to the dock to embark on the Motor Yacht Tucano (M/Y Tucano). The M/Y Tucano experience is comfortable, intimate, efficient and fun. The vessel is not a luxury vessel, but it is the best way to experience the Amazon rainforest environment. On the M/Y Tucano, you'll get outside of the enclosed glass aquarium bubble that defines luxury cruising and instead dive in and embrace the environment, experiencing the exotic sights and sounds of this great wilderness on earth to its fullest. 

As the vessel glides up the Rio Negro, you'll learn from your guide about the diverse Amazon environments, and by late afternoon you'll enter one of the world’s largest river island systems, the Anavilhanas Archipelago. The boat will weave along a winding channel with rainforest on both sides in a riot of brilliant vegetation. Weather permitting, enjoy a launch excursion in the gnarled and dense flooded forest known as the igapó. Along the river bank you may see some Squirrel Monkeys and hear the other-worldly growls of Howler Monkeys echoing through the primitive rainforest. The Amazon has one of the greatest collection of birds in the world and you are also sure to see some of these brightly colored jewels perched in the treetops. 

Return to the M/Y Tucano for hors d’oeuvres on the observation deck and a toast to the rainforest sunset. Following dinner embark on a search of nocturnal creatures such as the Caiman, the Amazon’s crocodilians. You may also see one of the large night birds such as a Potoo with its bulging eyes and large mouth adapted to swallow the huge Mariposa Moths.

Meals
Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging
M/Y Tucano

Day 3: anavilhanas archipelago

You never know who you'll meet on the riverYou never know who you'll meet on the river

Shortly after sunrise, explore the Anavilhanas Archipelago, a reserve that includes the world’s largest system of river islands and also areas of tall dense rainforest. Here you will see the strange environment called the igapó, the black water where dense forests grow right out of the dark water of the Rio Negro. Mid-morning you'll return to the vessel for a hearty Brasilian breakfast.

After some time to relax, weather permitting, disembark and walk in the type of rainforest known as the Terra Firme. Here you will have a good chance to see the markings, if not the animals themselves, of some of the Amazon’s great mammals like peccaries (wild pigs) or even a jaguar.

Mid-day return to the vessel for lunch and a siesta. In the afternoon enjoy another excursion in the launches along the edges of the dense forest and listen to the sunset chorus of birds, howler monkeys, and frogs. Weather permitting, tonight you'll have an excursion to spot caiman and other nocturnal creatures. It's likely you'll see arboreal porcupines or sloths scrambling high in the limbs. 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
M/Y Tucano

Day 4: village on the rio negro

Spot unusual creatures in the Amazon jungleSpot unusual creatures in the Amazon jungle

This morning wake up to another remote rainforest area where you will explore in the launches early in the morning and walk in the forest mid-morning. Mid-day the vessel will venture downstream to a small village on the east bank of the Rio Negro. You'll visit the community to learn how traditions help families survive in the remote interior.

Later this evening your vessel will voyage downstream through the night to the Xiborena Peninsula that divides the two of the world’s most storied rivers: the Rio Negro and the Amazon River.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
M/Y Tucano

Day 5: encontra das aguas (meeting of waters)

Keep an eye out for intriguing wildlifeKeep an eye out for intriguing wildlife

Rising early, you will venture into the Lago Janauari Ecological Park, a dense forest that is flooded with the coffee-colored water of the Amazon River. Explore a labyrinth of small channels overhung with gargantuan trees and vines. Listening to the chatter of creatures in the undergrowth you also might see monkeys, Three Toed Sloths, and the occasional Collared Anteater. By mid morning, return to the M/Y Tucano for a hearty breakfast and some time to relax, followed by another foray off the vessel for more exploring. 

After lunch, navigate to the “Encontra das Aguas”, the several-mile long merging of two of the world’s greatest rivers, the Rio Negro and The Amazon. The dark and light waters run side by side for several miles without mixing, and often Pink and Grey River Dolphins leap and cavort along this stark line of contrasting currents. The vessel will upstream to cruise on the Amazon River until the late afternoon (on Brasilian maps, this river is called Rio Solimões, but it is the same vast, turbulent, mighty river that we know as the Amazon.) At this point in its course the river has truly become the most magnificent one on the planet, carrying fully 20% of all the fresh water on Earth.

Late afternoon, another launch excursion will take you to a fascinating environment known as the Varzea where you may spot piranhas or thrill at brightly colored birds that hunt in the vast fields of waving grass. At sunset, slowly begin to ascend the Rio Negro, cruising along but not stopping at the Port of Manaus, one of the world’s great ports. More than a thousand miles from the sea, Manaus is the major port for much of the entire Amazon. Observe boats of every imaginable shape and purpose that serve this continent-sized forest.

Tonight, sample the national drink of Brasil, the Caipirinha and have a farewell dinner. 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
M/Y Tucano

Day 6: manaus

After breakfast you will disembark from the Tucano Boat and have a private tour to visit the Opera House (Teatro Amazonas) in Manaus. Opened in 1896 it is the most signficant architectural achievement of the golden period of the rubber and the main artistic and cultural heritage of the state. Usually works as a home theater with artistic attractions regional and national and international. Afternoon is free time. 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch
Lodging
Hotel Villa Amazonia

Day 7: brasilia tour

Modernism in BrasiliaModernism in Brasilia

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Brasilia

Once settled at your hotel, meet for a guided tour of the capital of Brazil. Visit residential super blocks, Our Lady of Fátima Church, St. John Bosco Sanctuary, TV Tower, Militar Sector, JK Memorial (fee not included), Metropolitan Cathedral, Minitries Boulevard, Itamaraty Palace (Foreign Affairs Ministry), Three Powers Square, Democracy and Liberty, Pantheon Lucio Costa Cultural Space, Jaburu Palace (Vice President), Alvorada Palace (President), JK Bridge and South Embassies Sector. After a full day of touring, return to your hotel for the night.

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
Hotel Royal Tulip Alvorada (or similar)

Day 8: araras eco lodge

Cozy Araras Eco Lodge awaits youCozy Araras Eco Lodge awaits you

After breakfast you'll transfer to the airport for your flight to Cuiabá, and from there you'll transfer to Araras Eco Lodge. Araras Eco Lodge offers comfortable rooms in a rustic setting, each with air conditioning, screened windows, ceiling fans, private bathrooms, a swimming pool with an adjoining covered area for meals, large verandas with hammocks, a reading room and conference hall, gift shop, bar, and restaurant. The lodge's excellent regional food consists of dishes made from the tasty meat and fishes of the Pantanal, plus organic salads, vegetables and seasonal fruits.

Meals
Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging
Araras Eco Lodge

Days 9-10: the pantanal

See abundant wildlife everywhere you lookSee abundant wildlife everywhere you look

The Pantanal, the largest continuous wetland on the planet and a UNESCO-declared World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve, is South America's primary wildlife sanctuary. With a total area of approximately 150,000 km² and located in the center of the continent, the Pantanal is a mixing bowl containing elements of the Amazon Forest, the Caatinga, the Brazilian Savannah, the Atlantic Rainforest and the Paraguayan Chaco. This fantastic biodiversity includes 698 birds species, 80 mammals, 260 fish species and 50 reptiles. 

Today and tomorrow are designed for you to explore the wonders of this amazing region. By truck, horse, canoe, or walking, you will be able to interact and get to know this complex ecosystem. 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner daily
Lodging
Araras Eco Lodge

Day 11: jaguar houseboat

The Jacaré Houseboat navigates hidden channelsThe Jacaré Houseboat navigates hidden channels

Early risers might want to enjoy a sunrise walk before beginning the transfer to Porto Jofre. Depending on when you arrive to Porto Jofre, tonight you'll either stay on the Jaguar Houseboat.

Once on the boat, you'll begin your search for jaguars. The Jaguar Houseboat's seasoned staff knows the best places to spot this amazing creature, almost guaranteeing a sighting every time.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Jaguar Houseboat

Days 12-13: in search of jaguars

Witness jaguars in their natural habitat (photo by Marc Faucher)Witness jaguars in their natural habitat (photo by Marc Faucher)

Spend two days venturing out on boat in search of the elusive jaguar. This region has the highest density of jaguar population in the entire Pantanal. You will have a 95% chance of seeing these amazing creatures.  

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Jaguar Houseboat

Day 14: begin your trip home

Say good-bye to the critters of BrazilSay good-bye to the critters of Brazil

After breakfast, you'll make your way back to Cuiaba airport along the Transpantaneira Highway known as the "Heart of North Pantanal." It is a long paved and dirt road that takes you over 125 wooden bridges. Once at the airport, it's time to say good-bye to Brazil and begin your trip home. 

Meals
Breakfast

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
From
$7,750
Groups of 8 or more: $7,495 per person Groups fewer than 8 people: $7,750 per person The land cost published is for the stated itinerary and is subject to change. This covers accommodations, transfers, activities, touring, guide services and meals as described in the full itinerary. For a custom & private adventure, the final cost will be based on the activities selected, trip duration, accommodations, etc. Developing an initial custom trip itinerary is a service we provide to all clients at no cost. If after development of the initial itinerary you request additional development but are not ready to make a deposit, a trip planning fee may apply.
Single Supplement:
$1,175
The single supplement is applicable if a roommate is not available or if single accommodation is specifically requested. While single accommodation is not available on all trips, we will try and honor this request whenever possible.
Custom & private on your dates

Need to Know

Duration:
14 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost. The total number of days includes the time required to travel between the USA and the destination country.
Comfort Level:
●●○○○
(see full descriptions)
Delightful boat cabins and hotel accommodations
Activity Level:
●●○○○
(see full descriptions)
Group Size:
Most custom trips can accommodate groups of any size, from one person to as large of a group as you'd like. Some exceptions apply; ask your Adventure Specialist for details.
Terms & Conditions: 

Brazil Wildlife Wonders

Please note that this trip operates under different payment and cancellation policies than those described in our complete Terms & Conditions as noted on our website and elsewhere. Please review the complete Terms & Conditions prior to submitting a deposit. 

Expenses covered

Normally, our stated land costs include the cost of all guides, leaders, permits obtained after arrival, lodging accommodations, food and entry fees as specified, and all surface transportation associated with the planned itinerary. We do our best to avoid increasing prices after receipt of your deposit, but, rarely, factors beyond our control might require us to change our prices without prior notice, even after you have signed up. 

Expenses not covered

Costs not included in the price may include: meals not indicated as included in itineraries; meals prior to arrival in starting cities; transfers, if not arriving or departing on the scheduled group flights; soft drinks, bottled water, and alcoholic beverages; medical expenses, costs of hospitalization, or evacuation from remote areas; laundry; airport departure taxes not included on your airline ticket; accommodations en route to starting cities; visas; airfares; gratuities; and insurance. 

Payment and Deposit Schedule​

A 40% deposit per person per trip or the applicable amount based on the trip and the proximity of the departure date.  Final payment for land arrangements is due 60 days prior to departure. Airlines require full payment when tickets are issued. The deposit may be made by Visa, Master Card, American Express, or check, and the Reservation Form may be submitted via our website. Full payment schedule and cancellation penalties are described in our Terms and Conditions as noted in on our website, and elsewhere. Please request these if you do not have them before advancing a deposit.

Airfare
We can help you secure air travel arrangements to correspond with land travel booked through Journeys International. We work with an airfare consolidator to assist in booking the flights that suit your needs. If you decide to make your own flight arrangements, you must provide Journeys International with a complete copy of your itinerary showing departure and arrival flights and times. You should plan to arrange your own air travel if you are using mileage credit or originating outside North America, but please be in touch with our office before you finalize ticketing so that we can help you to coordinate the correct arrival and departure dates and times.

Insurance

When you make your reservation, we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations. Please contact us for a recommended policy.

Itinerary Change Fee

There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

From the Bird's Word Blog

Amazon Jungle Tours offer Jaguars and Exotic Wildlife

The Amazon. No, we’re not talking about the Internet retail giant that somehow co-opted the name of a magical, mystical geographic destination. We’re talking Brazil’s Amazon and …

See the vibrant colors of the country's birdlife
See the vibrant colors of the country's birdlife
See the jaguars of the Pantanal (photo by Marc Faucher)
See the jaguars of the Pantanal (photo by Marc Faucher)
As you cruise, you'll learn amazing features of the Amazon
As you cruise, you'll learn amazing features of the Amazon
Birding is excellent in the Pantanal
Birding is excellent in the Pantanal
Abundant wildlife awaits your arrival
Abundant wildlife awaits your arrival
Get an insider's perspective aboard the Tucano
Get an insider's perspective aboard the Tucano
See the sunset aboard your house boat
See the sunset aboard your house boat
Tour cultural centers of Brazil
Tour cultural centers of Brazil

Wildlife Wonders of Brazil

Amazon and Pantanal wildlife journey—including jaguars!—aboard two small ships

overview

The mysterious Amazon and diverse Pantanal come together in this wildlife-focused small ship-based trip. Explore everything the Amazon has to offer from your home base, the M/Y Tucano, where you’ll experience the exotic sights and sounds of this great wilderness. Once in the Pantanal, you’ll visit the Araras Eco Lodge, then later board a houseboat and see how many of the 80 mammals, 698 bird species, 260 fish species, and 50 kinds of reptiles that call this region home.

Here, we've outlined a sample itinerary that can be adjusted however you'd like. Add or remove activities, change how much time you spend in a specific place, tell us you just want to sit at your lodge and soak in the wildness all by yourself—whatever you want, you got it! 

itinerary

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overview

The mysterious Amazon and diverse Pantanal come together in this wildlife-focused small ship-based trip. Explore everything the Amazon has to offer from your home base, the M/Y Tucano, where you’ll experience the exotic sights and sounds of this great wilderness. Once in the Pantanal, you’ll visit the Araras Eco Lodge, then later board a houseboat and see how many of the 80 mammals, 698 bird species, 260 fish species, and 50 kinds of reptiles that call this region home.

Here, we've outlined a sample itinerary that can be adjusted however you'd like. Add or remove activities, change how much time you spend in a specific place, tell us you just want to sit at your lodge and soak in the wildness all by yourself—whatever you want, you got it! 

Continue to detailed itinerary...

itinerary

Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.
  • Day 1: welcome to manaus
    Manaus is a thriving city in the heart of the jungleManaus is a thriving city in the heart of the jungle

    Upon arrival in Manaus you'll be met at the airport and transfered to your hotel for the night.

    Lodging
    Hotel Villa Amazonia
    Show on a map
  • Day 2: manaus tour / rio negro
    The M/Y Tucano, your home in the AmazonThe M/Y Tucano, your home in the Amazon

    After breakfast, depart for tour to discover a bit of the history of the rubber process in the region. Visit the Seringal Museum, a place where you can see and learn about the way of life of the rubber man and the Amazon Rubber Boom. This tour is in a speed boat. Have lunch and ten meet for a transfer onto the Motor Yacht Tucano.

    After, you'll transfer to the dock to embark on the Motor Yacht Tucano (M/Y Tucano). The M/Y Tucano experience is comfortable, intimate, efficient and fun. The vessel is not a luxury vessel, but it is the best way to experience the Amazon rainforest environment. On the M/Y Tucano, you'll get outside of the enclosed glass aquarium bubble that defines luxury cruising and instead dive in and embrace the environment, experiencing the exotic sights and sounds of this great wilderness on earth to its fullest. 

    As the vessel glides up the Rio Negro, you'll learn from your guide about the diverse Amazon environments, and by late afternoon you'll enter one of the world’s largest river island systems, the Anavilhanas Archipelago. The boat will weave along a winding channel with rainforest on both sides in a riot of brilliant vegetation. Weather permitting, enjoy a launch excursion in the gnarled and dense flooded forest known as the igapó. Along the river bank you may see some Squirrel Monkeys and hear the other-worldly growls of Howler Monkeys echoing through the primitive rainforest. The Amazon has one of the greatest collection of birds in the world and you are also sure to see some of these brightly colored jewels perched in the treetops. 

    Return to the M/Y Tucano for hors d’oeuvres on the observation deck and a toast to the rainforest sunset. Following dinner embark on a search of nocturnal creatures such as the Caiman, the Amazon’s crocodilians. You may also see one of the large night birds such as a Potoo with its bulging eyes and large mouth adapted to swallow the huge Mariposa Moths.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Dinner
    Lodging
    M/Y Tucano
    Show on a map
  • Day 3: anavilhanas archipelago
    You never know who you'll meet on the riverYou never know who you'll meet on the river

    Shortly after sunrise, explore the Anavilhanas Archipelago, a reserve that includes the world’s largest system of river islands and also areas of tall dense rainforest. Here you will see the strange environment called the igapó, the black water where dense forests grow right out of the dark water of the Rio Negro. Mid-morning you'll return to the vessel for a hearty Brasilian breakfast.

    After some time to relax, weather permitting, disembark and walk in the type of rainforest known as the Terra Firme. Here you will have a good chance to see the markings, if not the animals themselves, of some of the Amazon’s great mammals like peccaries (wild pigs) or even a jaguar.

    Mid-day return to the vessel for lunch and a siesta. In the afternoon enjoy another excursion in the launches along the edges of the dense forest and listen to the sunset chorus of birds, howler monkeys, and frogs. Weather permitting, tonight you'll have an excursion to spot caiman and other nocturnal creatures. It's likely you'll see arboreal porcupines or sloths scrambling high in the limbs. 

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    M/Y Tucano
    Show on a map
  • Day 4: village on the rio negro
    Spot unusual creatures in the Amazon jungleSpot unusual creatures in the Amazon jungle

    This morning wake up to another remote rainforest area where you will explore in the launches early in the morning and walk in the forest mid-morning. Mid-day the vessel will venture downstream to a small village on the east bank of the Rio Negro. You'll visit the community to learn how traditions help families survive in the remote interior.

    Later this evening your vessel will voyage downstream through the night to the Xiborena Peninsula that divides the two of the world’s most storied rivers: the Rio Negro and the Amazon River.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    M/Y Tucano
    Show on a map
  • Day 5: encontra das aguas (meeting of waters)
    Keep an eye out for intriguing wildlifeKeep an eye out for intriguing wildlife

    Rising early, you will venture into the Lago Janauari Ecological Park, a dense forest that is flooded with the coffee-colored water of the Amazon River. Explore a labyrinth of small channels overhung with gargantuan trees and vines. Listening to the chatter of creatures in the undergrowth you also might see monkeys, Three Toed Sloths, and the occasional Collared Anteater. By mid morning, return to the M/Y Tucano for a hearty breakfast and some time to relax, followed by another foray off the vessel for more exploring. 

    After lunch, navigate to the “Encontra das Aguas”, the several-mile long merging of two of the world’s greatest rivers, the Rio Negro and The Amazon. The dark and light waters run side by side for several miles without mixing, and often Pink and Grey River Dolphins leap and cavort along this stark line of contrasting currents. The vessel will upstream to cruise on the Amazon River until the late afternoon (on Brasilian maps, this river is called Rio Solimões, but it is the same vast, turbulent, mighty river that we know as the Amazon.) At this point in its course the river has truly become the most magnificent one on the planet, carrying fully 20% of all the fresh water on Earth.

    Late afternoon, another launch excursion will take you to a fascinating environment known as the Varzea where you may spot piranhas or thrill at brightly colored birds that hunt in the vast fields of waving grass. At sunset, slowly begin to ascend the Rio Negro, cruising along but not stopping at the Port of Manaus, one of the world’s great ports. More than a thousand miles from the sea, Manaus is the major port for much of the entire Amazon. Observe boats of every imaginable shape and purpose that serve this continent-sized forest.

    Tonight, sample the national drink of Brasil, the Caipirinha and have a farewell dinner. 

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    M/Y Tucano
    Show on a map
  • Day 6: manaus

    After breakfast you will disembark from the Tucano Boat and have a private tour to visit the Opera House (Teatro Amazonas) in Manaus. Opened in 1896 it is the most signficant architectural achievement of the golden period of the rubber and the main artistic and cultural heritage of the state. Usually works as a home theater with artistic attractions regional and national and international. Afternoon is free time. 

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging
    Hotel Villa Amazonia
  • Day 7: brasilia tour
    Modernism in BrasiliaModernism in Brasilia

    After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Brasilia

    Once settled at your hotel, meet for a guided tour of the capital of Brazil. Visit residential super blocks, Our Lady of Fátima Church, St. John Bosco Sanctuary, TV Tower, Militar Sector, JK Memorial (fee not included), Metropolitan Cathedral, Minitries Boulevard, Itamaraty Palace (Foreign Affairs Ministry), Three Powers Square, Democracy and Liberty, Pantheon Lucio Costa Cultural Space, Jaburu Palace (Vice President), Alvorada Palace (President), JK Bridge and South Embassies Sector. After a full day of touring, return to your hotel for the night.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    Hotel Royal Tulip Alvorada (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 8: araras eco lodge
    Cozy Araras Eco Lodge awaits youCozy Araras Eco Lodge awaits you

    After breakfast you'll transfer to the airport for your flight to Cuiabá, and from there you'll transfer to Araras Eco Lodge. Araras Eco Lodge offers comfortable rooms in a rustic setting, each with air conditioning, screened windows, ceiling fans, private bathrooms, a swimming pool with an adjoining covered area for meals, large verandas with hammocks, a reading room and conference hall, gift shop, bar, and restaurant. The lodge's excellent regional food consists of dishes made from the tasty meat and fishes of the Pantanal, plus organic salads, vegetables and seasonal fruits.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Dinner
    Lodging
    Araras Eco Lodge
    Show on a map
  • Days 9-10: the pantanal
    See abundant wildlife everywhere you lookSee abundant wildlife everywhere you look

    The Pantanal, the largest continuous wetland on the planet and a UNESCO-declared World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve, is South America's primary wildlife sanctuary. With a total area of approximately 150,000 km² and located in the center of the continent, the Pantanal is a mixing bowl containing elements of the Amazon Forest, the Caatinga, the Brazilian Savannah, the Atlantic Rainforest and the Paraguayan Chaco. This fantastic biodiversity includes 698 birds species, 80 mammals, 260 fish species and 50 reptiles. 

    Today and tomorrow are designed for you to explore the wonders of this amazing region. By truck, horse, canoe, or walking, you will be able to interact and get to know this complex ecosystem. 

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner daily
    Lodging
    Araras Eco Lodge
    Show on a map
  • Day 11: jaguar houseboat
    The Jacaré Houseboat navigates hidden channelsThe Jacaré Houseboat navigates hidden channels

    Early risers might want to enjoy a sunrise walk before beginning the transfer to Porto Jofre. Depending on when you arrive to Porto Jofre, tonight you'll either stay on the Jaguar Houseboat.

    Once on the boat, you'll begin your search for jaguars. The Jaguar Houseboat's seasoned staff knows the best places to spot this amazing creature, almost guaranteeing a sighting every time.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Jaguar Houseboat
    Show on a map
  • Days 12-13: in search of jaguars
    Witness jaguars in their natural habitat (photo by Marc Faucher)Witness jaguars in their natural habitat (photo by Marc Faucher)

    Spend two days venturing out on boat in search of the elusive jaguar. This region has the highest density of jaguar population in the entire Pantanal. You will have a 95% chance of seeing these amazing creatures.  

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Jaguar Houseboat
    Show on a map
  • Day 14: begin your trip home
    Say good-bye to the critters of BrazilSay good-bye to the critters of Brazil

    After breakfast, you'll make your way back to Cuiaba airport along the Transpantaneira Highway known as the "Heart of North Pantanal." It is a long paved and dirt road that takes you over 125 wooden bridges. Once at the airport, it's time to say good-bye to Brazil and begin your trip home. 

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Show on a map

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
From
$7,750
Groups of 8 or more: $7,495 per person Groups fewer than 8 people: $7,750 per person The land cost published is for the stated itinerary and is subject to change. This covers accommodations, transfers, activities, touring, guide services and meals as described in the full itinerary. For a custom & private adventure, the final cost will be based on the activities selected, trip duration, accommodations, etc. Developing an initial custom trip itinerary is a service we provide to all clients at no cost. If after development of the initial itinerary you request additional development but are not ready to make a deposit, a trip planning fee may apply.
Single Supplement:
$1,175
The single supplement is applicable if a roommate is not available or if single accommodation is specifically requested. While single accommodation is not available on all trips, we will try and honor this request whenever possible.
Custom & private on your dates

Need to Know

Duration:
14 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost. The total number of days includes the time required to travel between the USA and the destination country.
Comfort Level:
●●○○○
(see full descriptions)
Delightful boat cabins and hotel accommodations
Activity Level:
●●○○○
(see full descriptions)
Group Size:
Most custom trips can accommodate groups of any size, from one person to as large of a group as you'd like. Some exceptions apply; ask your Adventure Specialist for details.
Terms & Conditions: 

Brazil Wildlife Wonders

Please note that this trip operates under different payment and cancellation policies than those described in our complete Terms & Conditions as noted on our website and elsewhere. Please review the complete Terms & Conditions prior to submitting a deposit. 

Expenses covered

Normally, our stated land costs include the cost of all guides, leaders, permits obtained after arrival, lodging accommodations, food and entry fees as specified, and all surface transportation associated with the planned itinerary. We do our best to avoid increasing prices after receipt of your deposit, but, rarely, factors beyond our control might require us to change our prices without prior notice, even after you have signed up. 

Expenses not covered

Costs not included in the price may include: meals not indicated as included in itineraries; meals prior to arrival in starting cities; transfers, if not arriving or departing on the scheduled group flights; soft drinks, bottled water, and alcoholic beverages; medical expenses, costs of hospitalization, or evacuation from remote areas; laundry; airport departure taxes not included on your airline ticket; accommodations en route to starting cities; visas; airfares; gratuities; and insurance. 

Payment and Deposit Schedule​

A 40% deposit per person per trip or the applicable amount based on the trip and the proximity of the departure date.  Final payment for land arrangements is due 60 days prior to departure. Airlines require full payment when tickets are issued. The deposit may be made by Visa, Master Card, American Express, or check, and the Reservation Form may be submitted via our website. Full payment schedule and cancellation penalties are described in our Terms and Conditions as noted in on our website, and elsewhere. Please request these if you do not have them before advancing a deposit.

Airfare
We can help you secure air travel arrangements to correspond with land travel booked through Journeys International. We work with an airfare consolidator to assist in booking the flights that suit your needs. If you decide to make your own flight arrangements, you must provide Journeys International with a complete copy of your itinerary showing departure and arrival flights and times. You should plan to arrange your own air travel if you are using mileage credit or originating outside North America, but please be in touch with our office before you finalize ticketing so that we can help you to coordinate the correct arrival and departure dates and times.

Insurance

When you make your reservation, we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations. Please contact us for a recommended policy.

Itinerary Change Fee

There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

Trip Extensions

There are currently no suggested extensions for this itinerary. Please ask the Destination Specialist if you'd like to customize one.

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× comfort level
Choose accommodations and amenities that fit your personal style
●○○○○ Simple
Our most natural accommodations. Bath facilities often shared, sometimes rustic.
●●○○○ Delightful
Comfortable and especially personal. Small to mid-sized lodges, typically with private bath.
●●●○○ Superior
Lodges and hotels with additional amenities, refined artistry, or extra-special settings.
●●●●○ Deluxe
Exclusive or luxury lodges, hotels, or safari camps with fine dining options.
●●●●● Uncommon
The most indulgent accommodations arranged specially for private trips.
× activity level
Match the trip’s intensity to your ability and motivation.
●○○○○ Gentle
Easy walking, with opportunities for low-key physical activity.
●●○○○ Active
Energetic exploration with optional day hikes, leisurely cycling, or light canoeing.
●●●○○ Vigorous
Day-long active excursions and options for demanding activity in varied environments.
●●●●○ Challenging
Strenuous hiking or other intense activity that may be at high altitude or over rough terrain.
●●●●● Demanding
Multi-day trekking and other activities requiring endurance or strength. Steep trails. No technical expertise necessary.
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