Jaguar Extreme

See wild Jaguars along the shore as you cruise a labyrinth of rivers.

Jaguars Pantanal wildlife photography tours Brazil

“We got to see Jaguars everyday!” –Nita Taublib & Gideon Kiriat

Wild Jaguar, SouthWild Jaguar Flotel, Pantanal, Brazil.
Photography: Cheryl Connolly. Jaguars of the Pantanal: Wildlife Photography Tours in Brazil.

 

One of the safest, most zika-free, and most fun places in the Americas…

 

Only three of 2,181 mosquitos (one tenth of one percent) captured recently at SouthWild Pantanal Lodge in north Pantanal, Brazil, were of the genus Aedes, which is the only vector of the zika and dengue viruses. Portuguese biologist Paulo Barreiros, who works full time as field researcher and ecoguide for the ecotourism company SouthWild, captured and examined a sample of 2,181 individual mosquitoes near the lodge. Due to the very striking and characteristic white markings on the legs and bodies of Aedes mosquitoes, it was possible definitively for Barreiros to identify the Aedes individuals.

Speaking now about zika virus, people who contract the virus from being bitten in the towns and cities of Brazil by a contaminated Aedes mosquito then are only able to infect another Aedes mosquito with the virus for a time window of less than a week, typically five days. After that, the person recovers and then has lifetime immunity to zika and does not contaminate any more Aedes mosquitoes.

Given that SouthWlid Pantanal Lodge only has 15 persons on staff, and none of them go deep into the wilderness to work at the lodge if they are ill, the chances of one of them having active zika and being bitten by the incredibly rare Aedes mosquitoes there is one in a million or less.

Contrast this with the profile of mosquitoes in the towns and cities of Brazil, most of tropical America, and even the 30 states of the USA that have Aedes mosquitoes in the summertime. In 2015, researchers captured and identified 11,800 mosquitoes in the city of Cuiabá and in suburbs and towns near Cuiabá and found that 20% were Aedes. The remaining 80% were of three species of the mosquito genus Culex, which does not carry either the zika or dengue virus.

Initial counts by Paulo Barreiros on 19 May in the city of Cuiabá showed that 5 out of 8 mosquitoes that he caught were Aedes.

The reason that we carried out this count is that our scientific advisor, Dr. Charles Munn, hypothesized that since the species Aedes aegypti is known to be so very specialized on living in close association with human towns and cities — in fact, it is an extreme specialist on humans – that out in the wilderness of the Pantanal, species of native mosquitoes of the Pantanal that specialize on biting birds, monkeys, capybaras, jaguars, and other wild creatures would “squeeze out” Aedes, not allowing it ecological space to survive and breed and to reach significant population sizes. Munn’s hypothesis appears to be correct.

Therefore, ironically, one of the safest, most zika-free, and most fun places in the Americas for a pregnant woman to live during her entire 9-month pregnancy would not be in Miami, Atlanta, Baltimore, Philadelphia, or New York, but rather at the SouthWild lodge deep in the wilderness of the north Pantanal. All those U.S. cities have Aedes mosquitoes. Alternatively, pregnant ladies could go far north, say northern New Hampshire or into Canada, or far south to the country of Chile, as those regions have no Aedes mosquitoes at all. Arcana Mundi also offers wildlife tourism in southern Chile, far from any Aedes mosquitoes.

Munn and Barreiros now plan to carry out similar mosquito surveys at the Jaguar Flotel, and perhaps at other ecolodges to which Arcana Mundi sends guests in other parts of South and Central America. We predict that in remote nature lodges far from human towns and cities, the same pattern will appear, namely almost complete absence of Aedes, thus making remote nature lodges some of the safest, most zika-free places to visit.

 

Wildlife you are likely to see on this tour:

Amazing Creatures of the Pantanal

Ocelot Tower at SouthWild Pantanal Lodge

 

Why Choose Our Jaguar Tour?

 

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Jaguars Pantanal wildlife photography tours Brazil

Biologist-designed boating searches optimize sightings and photography.

Observing a Jaguar from a search boat, SouthWild Jaguar Flotel, Pantanal, Brazil.
Photography: Arcana Mundi Expeditions. Jaguars of the Pantanal: Wildlife Photography Tours in Brazil.

 

Selected by Nat Geo TV and the BBC

as the best location for filming both Jaguars and Giant Otters

 

A renowned biologist’s dream come true

#1 on Trip Advisor

 

“One of the best photography trips we’ve ever had.”

–John and Carol Fryer, June 2015

 

Jaguar Extreme Fixed Departure (7 days/6 nights)

(Up to 11 guests)

US$ 4,765 per person in a Jaguar Cabin. Single supplement: US$ 740

US$ 6,290 per person in a Jaguar Suite. Single supplement: US$ 970

We are pleased to announce

Fixed Departures will start on the following days, with departure from the Cuiabá airport (CGB) by 2 pm:

2016: 25 & 31 August; 5, 15 & 24 September; 2, 12 & 20 October; 5 November

2017: 11 June; 7 & 11 July; 1, 11 & 16 August; 7 & 15 September; 2, 12 & 20 October; 4 November

The price includes travel insurance for U.S. residents through the age of 59 years (over that age, there is a supplementary fee). If you are a resident of the U.S., please provide your date of birth so that we can quote the supplementary fee, if applicable. Residents of other countries receive a 6% reduction in the tour price to purchase coverage in their home country. All prices are per person based on two people sharing a guest room. An intial payment of 50% of the land price is requested to guarantee a reservation, with the balance payable two months before tour commencement. The standard form of payment is by wire transfer. If you prefer to use a credit card, there is a 3% surcharge, which is our cost of processing such transactions. No air tickets are included, nor do we sell any. The flights are best arranged through your international carrier, Expedia or OneTravel. If you need an overnight in Cuiabá before the tour, we suggest booking through Priceline or similar hotel-reservation websites.

Children under 12 are welcome in private, family groups. Our Jaguar Guarantee: If you spend at least three nights at the Jaguar Flotel and do not see a Jaguar, we will refund US$ 1,000 per guest.

Our fixed-departure tour is the guaranteed, affordable way to enjoy Jaguars and Giant Otters in the wildest heart of the fabulous Pantanal: The Jaguar Research Center Reserve. There are several departure dates each month from mid-June through mid-November, which is the peak season for Jaguar sightings. Please contact us for details.

Save money on our fixed-departure tour, on which 7 to 11 guests share:

• A guide with our unique iPad with our in-house Pantanal bird photo guide and many other apps

• Air-conditioned transfer vehicles and open, roofed photo-safari trucks

• Mobile-phone-equipped wildlife boats at the SouthWild Pantanal Lodge

• Radio-equipped, articulated-umbrella-equipped Jaguar search boats at the Jaguar Flotel

• Scientific lectures by a resident Jaguar researcher

 

 

Jaguars Pantanal wildlife photography tours Brazil

“How about 15 Jaguar sightings in 5 days!!!” –Arden & Leonard Zalman

Jaguar, SouthWild Jaguar Flotel, Pantanal, Brazil.
Photography: Paul Donahue. Jaguars of the Pantanal: Wildlife Photography Tours in Brazil.

 

Private Departure (7 days/6 nights)

(Minimum of 2 guests)

US$ 5,210 per person in a Jaguar Cabin. Single supplement: US$ 900

US$ 7,520 (1 guest in a Jaguar Cabin)

US$ 6,850 per person in a Jaguar Suite. Single supplement: US$ 1,135

US$ 9,400 (1 guest in a Jaguar Suite)

The price includes travel insurance for U.S. residents through the age of 59 years (over that age, there is a supplementary fee). If you are a resident of the U.S., please provide your date of birth so that we can quote the supplementary fee, if applicable. Residents of other countries receive a 6% reduction in the tour price to purchase coverage in their home country. All prices are per person based on two people sharing a guest room. An intial payment of 50% of the land price is requested to guarantee a reservation, with the balance payable two months before tour commencement.

No air tickets are included, nor do we sell any. We recommend booking the intra-tour flights through your international carrier, Expedia or OneTravel. If you need an overnight in Cuiabá before the tour, we suggest booking your accommodations through priceline or similar hotel-reservation websites.

Children under 12 are welcome in private, family groups. Our Jaguar Guarantee: If you spend at least three nights at the Jaguar Flotel and do not see a Jaguar, we will refund US$ 1,000 per guest.

We can always design and operate a private, customized tour for the Jaguars. Please contact us for details. National Geographic TV and the BBC both chose the Jaguar Flotel as the best location for filming Jaguars and Giant Otters for their 2013 and 2014 specials, respectively.

We are entering our ninth year of guaranteeing Jaguar sightings, the only such guarantee anywhere. We are the only operators in the world to offer a US$1,000 refund per person if you don’t see a Jaguar.

Our departures achieved 100% Jaguar success in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. In 2013 and 2014, our guests enjoyed an average of 2.5 Jaguar sightings per day, a 50% increase over past rates of sighting from previousl already-high rates of 1.0 to 1.5 cats per day. Many guests were astounded by 4 to 6 Jaguar sightings in one day. One group had 12 Jaguar sightings between breakfast and lunch. A group of guests in late October through early November 2013 marveled at 25 sightings in a five-night stay at the Jaguar Flotel.

Jaguar sightings typically are 25 to 50 meters away from the boat. We used to watch the Jags from 6 meters, but we noticed about 5 years ago that we got better displays of behavior by far if we held back and gave the Jaguars more space. If we were closer than 10 to 15 meters, the cats often just watched us rather than remembering and feeling comfortable doing in full view some rarer, much more spectacular behaviors on their “to-do” list.

We also are the only operator in the world that insists on having at least three radio-equipped boats out on the water for most of each day, regardless of the number of guests.

 

Our Jaguar Guarantee

US$ 1,000 refund per person if you don’t see a Jaguar.

 

Guest Advisory

Jaguar tours are frequently sold out one year in advance.

We strongly advise early booking, especially if your travel dates are not flexible.

 

Southern Pantanal Extension

 

 

Jaguars Pantanal wildlife photography tours Brazil

From your search boat, see Jaguars relaxing, hunting and mating.

“Mick Jaguar” hunting a Yacare Caiman, SouthWild Jaguar Flotel, Pantanal, Brazil.
Photography: Arcana Mundi Expeditions. Jaguars of the Pantanal: Wildlife Photography Tours in Brazil.

 

Jaguar Extreme Itinerary

Recommended: Intra-tour flight São Paulo (GRU) – Cuiabá (CGB), Day 1, 9:20 am – 10:30 am, GOL G3 1872 (Not included)

Your flight arrival should be no later than 12:30 pm.

Day 1: São Paulo – Cuiabá – SouthWild Pantanal Lodge. Meet your guide at the Cuiabá airport, lunch and depart from Cuiabá by 2 pm for a 3-hour-long drive in a closed, air-conditioned van to the SouthWild Pantanal Lodge (SWP) . Trip Advisor lists SWP as the #1 wildlife lodge on the entire Transpantaneira Road. Stops to observe wildlife along the Transpantaneira. Arrive at the SWP between 5 and 7 pm. Dinner. Overnight in the SWP or similar. L, D.

Day 2: SouthWild Pantanal Lodge – Jaguar Flotel. Breakfast. Observe abundant fauna around the lodge, breakfast and 7 am departure in an open-sided, roofed safari truck or a closed, air-conditioned van to the end of the road at Porto Jofre. Stops along the Transpantaneira to see wildlife, with arrival at the end of the road by 10 am. Then take a search boat for the half-hour, 13-kilometer trip upstream on the Cuiaba River to the Jaguar Research Center Reserve and the Jaguar Flotel. Lunch. This afternoon, a 4-hour boat outing. Dinner and a scientific lecture. Overnight in the Jaguar Flotel or Jaguar Suites. B, L, D.

Days 3, 4 & 5: Jaguar Flotel. Breakfast. This morning, a 4-hour boat outing in search of Jaguars and Giant Otters on some of these river channels: Three Brothers, Black Channel, Cuiabá and Piquiri. Lunch. This afternoon, a 4-hour boat outing. Dinner and a scientific lecture. Overnight in the Jaguar Flotel or Jaguar Suites. B, L, D.

Day 6: Jaguar Flotel – SouthWild Pantanal Lodge. Breakfast. Check out of the Jaguar Flotel, take a morning boat outing until 8 or 8:30 am and then take a search boat for the half-hour, 16 kilometer trip downstream to Porto Jofre. Upon arrival, begin a road transfer to the SouthWild Pantanal Lodge in an open safari truck or a closed, air-conditioned van. Lunch. Afternoon 2-hour motorboat outing on the wildlife-rich Pixaim River. After dinner, one hour of spotlighting in our safari truck. Overnight in the SWP or similar. B, L. D.

Recommended: Intra-tour flight Cuiabá (CGB) – São Paulo (GRU), Day 7, 3:40 pm – 6:45 pm, GOL G3 1875 (Not included)

Your flight departure should be no earlier than 11 am.

Day 7: SouthWild Pantanal Lodge – Cuiabá – Your Next Destination. Observe fauna right around lodge, breakfast and depart at 6:30 am in a closed, air-conditioned van, with arrival at the Cuiabá airport in time for flights leaving Cuiabá at or after 11 am. B.

 

 

Jaguars Pantanal wildlife photography tours Brazil

“The tally for number of Jaguars for 5 nights at the Flotel was 21.” –Tanya Cox

Speeding to a Jaguar sighting reported by one of the scout boats, SouthWild Jaguar Flotel, Pantanal, Brazil.
Photography: Arcana Mundi Expeditions. Jaguars of the Pantanal: Wildlife Photography Tours in Brazil.

 

Inclusions

 

• Comfortable, air-conditioned, shared or private transfers between Cuiabá and the SouthWild Pantanal Lodge.

• Open safari truck for shared or private transfers between the SouthWild Pantanal Lodge and the end of the Transpantaneira Road. This low-speed, open-air drive may be dusty or rainy, so bring plastic bags to protect cameras.

• Nights in double accommodation as described in each itinerary.

• 3 meals per day according to the itinerary.

• Unlimited free drinking water in large coolers at the SouthWild Pantanal Lodge and the Jaguar Flotel. Bring Nalgene or metal water bottle to refill for free. Help to reduce plastic rubbish.

• Fresh orange juice on most days; grape, guava or mango juice from concentrate on the rare day or two that fresh orange juice is unavailable; coffee; tea; hot chocolate; whole milk and mineral water. Skim milk and soy milk if requested in advance. Kindly note your request in the dietary preferences section of your Guest Registration.

• Shared or private activities in SouthWild Pantanal Lodge: walk in our scientifically-designed trail system, access our observation towers on the river and at the Jabiru Stork nest and take one horseback ride or one boat ride per day (2-hour maximum) at times agreed upon with our team and according to the itinerary.

• Shared or private boat outings at the Jaguar Research Center Reserve. One group may use several boats with the single guide rotating from boat to boat.

• Predeparture information, including a list of all the 180 commonly-seen bird species of the Pantanal floodplain, sensu strictu.

• Shared or private, highly-trained, English-speaking guide, with iPad that shows our in-house photo guide of all 400 Pantanal bird species and other unique information.

• Unique, 2-meter-wide, bendable (“articulated”) sun umbrellas that fit into unique umbrella slots on our Jaguar observation boats. Only we use these umbrellas, and they are the best option for shade because the pole is in the middle of the boat and, thus, does not have side struts or posts to ruin Jaguar photography. They are bendable because from 7 to 10 am and from 2:30 to 5:30 pm, the sun slants in from the sides, not the top. We thought about this problem a lot.

• At the Jaguar Research Center Reserve, we keep three radio-equipped boats on the river for most of each day, regardless of how few guests are staying with us. No other operator makes this expensive commitment.

• Free WiFi internet at the SouthWild Pantanal Lodge and the Jaguar Flotel whenever weather permits (about 90% of the time).

• On private tours, an exclusive guide throughout the entire tour, with private walks and boat outings. The size of the Jaguar safari boats vary. Only transfers between Porto Jofre and the Jaguar Flotel may be shared.

Travel insurance for U.S. and Canadian residents through the age of 59 years (over that age, there is a supplementary fee). Others receive a 6% reduction in the tour price to purchase coverage in their home country.

Not Included:

• The lunch on the last day, soft drinks, bottled water, beer, wine, mixed drinks, laundry, tips, insurance, early or late transfers from or to Cuiabá for any reason and air tickets.

 

 

Jaguars Pantanal wildlife photography tours Brazil

Anchored in the heart of the most Jaguar-rich watershed on Earth.

Flotel I, SouthWild Jaguar Flotel, Pantanal, Brazil.
Photography: Arcana Mundi Expeditions. Jaguars of the Pantanal: Wildlife Photography Tours in Brazil.

 

Jaguar Research Center Reserve

 

This SouthWild-owned reserve covers 3,025 hectares (7,467 acres, or 12-square miles), making it the largest privately-owned Jaguar conservation area on the Three Brothers River, the most Jaguar-rich watershed in the world. This reserve also includes 100% of the neighboring, Jaguar-packed “Black Channel” (“Corixo Negro” in Portuguese), a locality that appears in many on-line Jaguar reports.

 

 

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Giant Anteaters.

Pousada Aguapé, Aquidauana, Southern Pantanal, Brazil.
Photography: Scott Anagnoste.

 

Want to see more wildlife in Brazil? Add the Southern Pantanal

We recommend the Southern Pantanal as an extension to our Jaguar Extreme in the Northern Pantanal for those guests who want a longer wildlife experience in Brazil. Our Southern Pantanal extension offers the best chance to see Giant Anteaters and Ocelots. As well, a vast sinkhole falls precipitously into the Earth, holding within it a galaxy of Red-and-Green Macaws that live in the cavities of the pink sandstone walls. Nearby, the crystalline waters of the Río da Prata abound with colorful fish, creating a remarkable snorkeling experience.

 

Southern Pantanal Extension

 

 

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