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Pantanal, Brazil

Jaguars and Maned Wolf Conservation

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Duration

11 Days

Prices Start from

£5,795pp (ex. flights)

The epitome of conservation, community and tourism working together, this holiday is for anyone looking for more than just sightings of Brazil’s endemic wildlife. Travel across two vastly different ecosystems to go in search of Brazil’s most iconic big cat, the jaguar and its most endangered canid, the maned wolf. Embrace the concept of slow travel and spend extended time in the Pantanal and the Cerrado, staying at outstanding properties. 

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

South American Coati, Caiman Ecolodge, Pantanal, Brazil 1

Brazilian Savannah

Spend time exploring the Cerrado, the most biodiverse savannah in the world.

Oncafari Logo, Brazil 2

Expert knowledge

Benefit from the knowledge of naturalists, Oncafari researchers and local landowners.

Boat excursion, Baia das Pedras, Pantanal, Brazil 3

Pantanal

Gain a unique insight into the culture, conservation and wildlife of Brazil’s Pantanal region.

Jaguar lying by log in dense undergrowth,Brazil 4

Incredible wildlife

Have the best chance of seeing a jaguar and maned wolf in their natural habitat.

Why we like it

Wild landscapes, endemic wildlife, exceptional accommodation and dynamic conservation – what’s not to like.

In the vast tropical savannah of the Cerrado, stay at Pousada Trijuncao, home to the research project committed to protecting the maned wolf. Take safaris by vehicle, by foot and by kayak with researchers from the project to look for maned wolves and other Cerrado wildlife. Finish with four days in the world’s largest tropical wetland, taking boat safaris in search for the Pantanal‘s apex predator – the jaguar.

This holiday was originally run on a group basis, but due to its popularity we now offer this itinerary as a private holiday.

Explore our suggested itinerary

  • Day 1

    Brasilia

  • Day 2

    Brasilia - Cerrado

  • Days 3-5

    Cerrado

  • Day 6

    Cerrado - Brasilia - Cuiabo

  • Day 7

    Cuiaba - Pantanal

  • Days 8-10

    Pantanal

  • Day 11

    Pantanal - Cuiaba

Day 1

Brasilia

JK Bridge in Brasilia, Brazil

Arrive into Brasilia and take a guided panoramic tour of the city’s most interesting sights.

Day 2

Brasilia - Cerrado

Landscape of the Brazilian cerrado in the Chapada dos Veadeiros, Brazil

Depart for Pousada Trijuncao, located in Brazil’s great savannah, the Cerrado. Check into the lodge, the remainder of the day will be at your own leisure.

Days 3-5

Cerrado

Maned wolf (Chysocyon brachyurus)

During the next three days, take guided excursions around the Cerrado, looking for the wildlife that calls this wild region home.

Day 6

Cerrado - Brasilia - Cuiabo

View of Cuiaba City, Cuaiba, Brazil

Return to Brasilia, from here fly to Cuiaba, the capital city in the state of Matto Grosso in the northern Pantanal.

Day 7

Cuiaba - Pantanal

Mutum expedition boat exterior, Brazil

Depart after breakfast and drive from Cuiaba to the Porto Jofre region. On arrival to Porto Jofre, board the Mutum expedition boat, your home for the next four nights.

Days 8-10

Pantanal

Wild Jaguar, Brazil

The next three days will follow a similar pattern. Set out each day in the morning and afternoon in a boat with your guide, heading along the Pantanal’s four main rivers – the Sao Lourenco, Cuiaba, Three Brothers and Piquiri.

Day 11

Pantanal - Cuiaba

Pantanal, Brazil

Depart after breakfast to travel back to Cuiaba.

Our travel experts can tailor this itinerary to suit you.

More details

Landscape of the Brazilian cerrado in the Chapada dos Veadeiros, Brazil
Cerrado, Brazil

Cerrado, Brazilian Savannah

The Cerrado is the most biodiverse savannah in the world, home to more than 850 species of birds, 251 mammals, 482 reptiles and amphibians and 1,200 fish as well as 13,000 plant species (about 5% of all plant species of the world). Currently, there remains less than 50% of the original Cerrado in Brazil and it is estimated that 150 species of animals are at risk of extinction as a result of destruction or damage to this habitat. The jaguar, ocelot, armadillo, anteater, maned wolf and grey eagle are among these species.

Maned wolf (Chysocyon brachyurus)
Brazil

Oncafari Maned Wolf Project

Neither a fox nor a wolf, the maned wolf is an intriguing animal. Unlike its namesakes in other parts of the world, the maned wolf prefers to hunt alone, looking for rodents, lizards, small birds and even fruit. A combination of habitat loss, hunting, road kills and disease have led to the maned wolf being threatened with extinction. This is where the Oncafari project steps in with a plan to use eco-tourism, in conjunction with field research, to help protect the maned wolf.

Thanks to Steppes’ partnership with Oncafari, you will have the opportunity to meet with researchers to learn about the maned wolf conservation project in more detail.

Pousada Trijuncao exterior, Brazil
Brazil
Pousada Trijuncao entrance area, Brazil
Pousada Trijuncao, Brazil
Pousada Trijuncao room
Brazil
Pousada Trijuncao Vehicle, Brazil
Brazil

Pousada Trijuncao

The first part of this tour will be spent at Pousada Trijuncao, a beautiful boutique property located in a remote position in the Cerrado and the base for Oncafari’s maned wolf conservation project. The seven rooms are located around an open courtyard where a plethora of trees and flowers attract a variety of birds. The rooms are furnished to an extremely high standard with stylish local art pieces and a relaxed rustic feel. The restaurant has indoor and outdoor seating and a barbeque area.

Luciano Lima, Tour expert, Brazil
Brazil

Guides

Feedback from our clients regarding the guides at Pousada Trijuncao and the researchers from Oncafari has been consistently outstanding. One of the guides available to you is Luciano Lima. Sustainability Coordinator at Pousada Trijuncao, keen conservationist and professional ornithologist with a masters degree in zoology. Luciano grew up in southern Minas Gerais surrounded by nature, spending his time exploring the depths of Itatiaia National Park spotting elusive birds, learning their names and collecting specimens.

Pantanal, Brazil
Pantanal, Brazil
Jaguar, Pantanal, Brazil
Brazil
Hyacinth macaw, Pantanal, Brazil
Hyacinth macaw, Pantanal, Brazil
Baia das Pedras, Pantanal, Brazil
Baia das Pedras, Pantanal, Brazil
Boat excursion, Baia das Pedras, Pantanal, Brazil
Baia das Pedras, Pantanal, Brazil

The Pantanal

The Pantanal, or wetlands of Mato Grosso, is one of nature’s last frontiers, the world’s largest animal reserve and home to more than 600 different species of birds and 230 varieties of fish. It is made up of a huge lowland plain that is entirely overgrown by lush vegetation and covered with flowers that bloom during the rainy season from December to April.

Mutum expedition boat exterior, Brazil
Mutum expedition boat exterior, Brazil
Mutum expedition boat, Brazil
Brazil
Mutum expedition boat interior, Brazil
Mutum expedition boat interior, Brazil
Mutum expedition boat interior dining area, Brazil
Brazil

Mutum Expeditions Boat

The second half of this holiday takes you into the Pantanal aboard the Mutum Expeditions Boat. Based on the Sao Lourenco River, 30 minutes by boat from Porto Jofre, this live-aboard boat has been specifically designed for wildlife watching. There are eight twin cabins on board, approximately six metres squared in size, with air conditioning and private shower facilities. There is a dining and living room with panoramic windows and a sundeck. Safaris are operated using smaller, zodiac-style boats.

How does this holiday make a positive impact?

Pousada Trijuncao uses tourist activity as a way to ignite the local economy by employing local people (directly or indirectly). They are a leading business in the region with regard to fair employment conditions and are currently developing a tour guide program to create economic opportunities and improve visitor experiences too.

Pousada Trijuncao use solar panels for water heating, low energy lighting throughout the property and a water mirror to naturally reduce the temperature, limiting the need for air conditioning. The flooring of the balconies is made of demolition wood and decoration in the rooms uses materials in a sustainable way, such as bark and branches, dead trees and fallen leaves and fruits.

Only 5% of the Pantanal’s 112,000 square kilometres is afforded the protection of national park status. Much of the privately owned land is used for cattle grazing which is part of a rich culture that dates back more than 250 years. Eco-tourism enterprises work hand-in-hand with the local pantaneiros, to preserve local biodiversity and create new opportunities for revenue generation while respecting the traditions of the region. 

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When to travel

Brazil in January

January to March is the peak of summer across the country, with many locals having time off in February. Carnival often takes place at this time too. There is more rainfall in the Amazon and the south but it is also the warmest time of year across the country.

Brazil in February

January to March is the peak of summer across the country, with many locals having time off in February. Carnival often takes place at this time too. There is more rainfall in the Amazon and the south but it is also the warmest time of year across the country.

Brazil in March

January to March is the peak of summer across the country, with many locals having time off in February. Carnival often takes place at this time too. There is more rainfall in the Amazon and the south but it is also the warmest time of year across the country.

Brazil in April

April and May is a good time to travel as temperatures drop a little. There is generally plenty of sunshine in the south, with the Amazon and Pantanal starting to receive a little less rain too.

Brazil in May

April and May is a good time to travel as temperatures drop a little. There is generally plenty of sunshine in the south, with the Amazon and Pantanal starting to receive a little less rain too.

Brazil in June

June and July is a great time to visit the south, especially around Rio and Sao Paolo. It is also a good time to visit the Amazon and Pantanal, with slightly lower temperatures and less rain. It is a wetter time for the north and east coast.

Brazil in July

June and July is a great time to visit the south, especially around Rio and Sao Paolo. It is also a good time to visit the Amazon and Pantanal, with slightly lower temperatures and less rain. It is a wetter time for the north and east coast.

Brazil in August

Between August and October is possibly the best time to visit the Amazon and Pantanal. It is still fairly dry in the south, but it can be cool in the evenings in Rio. It dries up in the north and remains warm.

Brazil in September

Between August and October is possibly the best time to visit the Amazon and Pantanal. It is still fairly dry in the south, but it can be cool in the evenings in Rio. It dries up in the north, and remains warm.

Brazil in October

Between August and October is possibly the best time to visit the Amazon and Pantanal. It is still fairly dry in the south, but it can be cool in the evenings in Rio. It dries up in the north, and remains warm.

Brazil in November

November and December see the dry season comes to an end in the south, as temperatures heat up. November can be a great time to visit Rio as it is warmer but remains fairly dry. Rainfall increases again in the Pantanal and the Amazon.

Brazil in December

November and December see the dry season comes to an end in the south, as temperatures heat up. November can be a great time to visit Rio as it is warmer but remains fairly dry. Rainfall increases again in the Pantanal and the Amazon.

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