Pure Wildlife

Araras Lodge

Jaguar - North Pantanal Cruise

By Cristian Dimitrius

North Pantanal Cruise Boat

Wild Blue Macaw

by Samuel Melim

Pantanal • North Pantanal (Cruise and Land) • South Pantanal

This is just Pure Wildlife, in one of the best places to spot wildlife in Brazil – if not the best!

Because of its biome and the water regime, the Pantanal is a diverse and fascinating destination with innumerous plant and animal species. It is the largest floodplain of the planet, and UNESCO declares the place as World Heritage and Biosphere Reserve, the true wildlife sanctuary of South America.

 Araras and Aymara Lodges in Northern Pantanal, offer specialized guided tours. From these lodges, have the opportunity to perform excellent birdwatching, walk on trails in primary forest and on suspended walkways over wet areas, practice canoeing, explore fields and forests on horseback, take day and night photo safaris on appropriate vehicles, watch the stunning Pantanal sunset from the observation towers, and everything with the permanent assistance of naturalist guides. Just a small taste of what is possible to find in the area: the hyacinth macaws (world’s largest parrot), capybara (world’s largest rodent), jaguars (world’s 3rd largest feline and the largest concentration of individuals is in the Pantanal), maned wolf (the largest canid in South America), Jabiru (the tallest flying bird in South and Central America) and so much more.

In only a few places on Earth one can see big cats in the wild and, guess what, the jaguars love the North Pantanal region. At the end of the Transpantaneira Road is Porto Jofre – known to be the best place on Earth to see jaguars in action in the wild. This comes with a cost – lots of other people are also interested in this sighting. So, don´t be surprised if you find yourself surrounded by many other boats with the same intention.

Here´s a solution for that: an exclusive and unique experience in North Pantanal. A small cruise, designed by Pure Brasil, on set departures with a maximum of 10 travelers or on private trips. The cruise connects two of the best jaguar spotting areas that are only accessible by boat – Porto Jofre (with the highest chances of sightings) and Cáceres (fewer sightings recorded, but with almost no boats around).

Fly over the vast wetland on a private charter plane from North to South, to experience different regions in the Pantanal, besides having outstanding views from the top and saving time from long driving distances.

Casa Caiman has its own airstrip, landing right on comfort and unique experiences. Apart from the traditional tours offered by the lodges in Southern Pantanal, Caiman offers two experiences with conservational purposes: Onçafari and Hyacinth Macaw Institute, with guests joining scientists and biologists to observe jaguars in their natural habitats and monitor Hyacinth Macaw nests, respectively.

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