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Jaguar Viewing by Houseboat

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South America
Brazil,  7 Days From $ 3,650 per person Themes
Eco Wildlife & Nature
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This adventure consists of two experiences: a stay at an eco-lodge and a jaguar conservation experience by houseboat.

Araras Eco Lodge offers a homely atmosphere, where visitors from diverse generations and cultures, find the creative space to fulfill their personal experiences. The lodge, built in regional rustic style, offers comfortable rooms with air conditioning with screened windows, ceiling fans, private bathrooms (cold and hot showers); a swimming pool with an adjoining covered area for meals, large verandas with hammocks, reading room and conference hall, gift shop, bar, and restaurant. The excellent regional food consists of dishes made from the tasty meat and fishes of the Pantanal, as well as featuring organic salads, vegetable, and seasonal fruits.

The Barão de Melgaço Yacht based on the Paraguay River, in Mato Grosso, has 9 suites (with private baths, sounds systems, and air-conditioning), living room, TV satellite, DVD, panoramic deck and barbecue grill, the boat is a complete floating house in middle of a spectacular wildlife. Kindly note that the boat stays anchored on the North side of the Taiaman Island: the access is done by car from Cuiaba until a private embarkation point near Taiaman Ecological Reserve.

The jaguar is the largest cat at the Americas and the 3rd in the world, after the Tiger and Lion. From the end of June to early November, it is the best season to see them since it is the dry season so they need to be closer to the river banks to get water. 


Available July through November.

Activity (Activities)

Eco Lodge

Green Approach



Brazil Adventure Tourism (ABETA)

Day 1 – Sunday –IN CUIABÁ / ARARAS LODGE (D)

Arrive at Cuiabá. Regular transfer to Pantanal at 1:20 PM or 5:00 PM (100 km on paved road and 32 km on dirt road – approximately 2h30). Arrive and accommodation at Pousada Araras Eco Lodge. Short rest. Presentation of the surroundings, environment care projects. Dinner and night walk.

Days 2/3– Monday/Tuesday – ARARAS LODGE ACTIVITIES (BLD)

After breakfast, depart for a full day to contemplate the marvelous flora and fauna of this spot. By truck, horse or walking you will be able to interact and get to know this complex ecosystem better with photo-safari or by canoeing. Lunch: dry season by the river; wet season at Lodge. Hike to 25m /82 ft high Howler Monkey’s Tower for sunset. Dinner and Night drive.


After early breakfast, depart at 7:00 AM from Araras Lodge to Jaguar House Boat (205 km on paved road and 76 km on dirt road, around 5 hours. Snacks included). Arrival and board the Boat. Accommodation and Lunch. Depart for a half day boat tour searching for the Jaguars. Dinner and overnight.

Days 5/6 – Thursday/Friday – JAGUAR HOUSE BOAT – Boat Tour (BLD)

Breakfast and 1 full day river safari around the Tayaman Reserve Island and 2 more half day river safaris along the Paraguay River and channels.


After breakfast, depart at 7:00 AM to Cuiaba airport arriving around 2:00 PM for afternoon flight to your next destination – or to a hotel if you have extra night in Cuiabá.

Departure City


Finishing City


Group Size

Minimum of 4 people

Optional Activities

There are options to spend 2 nights at the eco-lodge and 4 nights on the houseboat.


  • Airfare;
  • Beverages;
  • Travel insurance;
  • Optional extra nights in Cuiabá;
  • Phone calls and personal expenses;
  • All other services stated as optional or not explicitly stated as included


Araras Lodge

  • Regular transfer Cuiabá/Araras Lodge;
  • Meals as mentioned – Breakfast (B)/ Lunchbox (Lb) / Lunch (L) / Dinner (D)
  • Daily tours at Fazenda according to the Schedule;
  • 2 or 3 nights’ accommodation at Araras Lodge
  • Naturalist English speaking guides - 1 guide for up to 10 passengers

Jaguar House Boat

  • Regular transfer Araras/Jaguar House Boat/Cuiabá;
  • Snacks during transfer Araras/Jaguar House Boat
  • Meals as mentioned – Breakfast (B)/ Lunchbox (Lb) / Lunch (L) / Dinner (D
  • Boat tours at JHB as mentioned – boats have11 individual seats or 4 individual seats;
  • 3 or 4 nights’ accommodation at Jaguar House Boat
  • Naturalist English speaking guides - 1 guide for up to 8 passengers

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