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Jaguars and Maned Wolf Conservation

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Single Supplement Tour Expert Group Size Status
09/11/22 09/21/22 11 days $6,244 ex. flights $1,744 Valquiria Cabral 12 Max LIMITED Reserve place

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


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 jaguar and maned wolf in their natural habitat.

Explore our suggested itinerary

  • Day 1


  • Day 2

    Brasilia - Cerrado

  • Days 3-5


  • Day 6

    Cerrado - Brasilia - Cuiaba

  • Day 7

    Cuiaba - Pantanal

  • Days 8-11


  • Day 12

    Pantanal - Cuiaba

Day 1


JK Bridge in Brasilia, Brazil

Arrive into Brasilia and take a guided panoramic tour of the cities 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


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 - Cuiaba

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

Exterior, Mutum Boat Expeditions, Pantanal Brazil

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

Days 8-11


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 12

Pantanal - Cuiaba

Pantanal, Brazil

Depart after breakfast to travel back to Cuiaba.

Pousada Trijuncao exterior, Brazil
Pousada Trijuncao entrance area, Brazil
Pousada Trijuncao, Brazil
Pousada Trijuncao room
Pousada Trijuncao Vehicle, 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, the Brazilian savannah, which covers two million square kilometres, and the base for Oncafari’s maned wolf conservation project.

The seven rooms are located around an open courtyard bursting with trees, flowers and birds, they are furnished to an extremely high standard with stylish local art pieces and a relaxed rustic feel. The restaurant has both indoor and outdoor seating as well as a barbeque area. There are endless activities on offer during the day to allow exploration of some of the 33,000 hectares of land the pousada has, these can be guided or independent.

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

Mutum Expeditions Boat

The second half of this tour takes you into the Pantanal aboard the Mutum Expeditions Boat. Based on the Sao Lourenco River, 30 minutes by boat from Porto Jofre. The boat has been designed for wildlife watching and jaguar spotting. The boat offers 8 twin cabins, each 6m2 with air conditioning, mini-fridge and private shower facilities. There is a dining and living room with panoramic windows and a sundeck. River outings are on small 8 to 9 passenger boats.

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.

Pantanal, Brazil
Pantanal, Brazil
Jaguar, Pantanal, Brazil
Hyacinth macaw, Pantanal, Brazil
Hyacinth macaw, Pantanal, Brazil
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.

Group Tour FAQs

Why travel with Steppes Travel to Brazil?

The Pantanal is one of the most magical landscapes in the world and your time here will be spent in the company of expert naturalists and leading conservationists who know the area and wildlife of these wetlands intimately.

This trip offers a wonderful chance to be involved in some pioneering conservation work and the chance to see these elusive animals in the wild.

What happens on a typical day?

Most days will be active, spent in search of wildlife, with plenty of time to search for wildlife.

For those who wish to embark on activities, most of which are included during your stay, choose from canoeing, hiking, horse-riding, walking tours and cycling.

Is September a good time to travel to Brazil?

September is one of the best months to travel to Brazil for wildlife encounters, and it can be combined with numerous other activities and experiences throughout the rest of Brazil.

What wildlife might I see?

The jaguar is the third-largest feline after the tiger and the lion, and the largest in the Americas. It resembles the leopard physically but its behaviour and habitat characteristics are closer to those of the tiger. It is a sharp predator at the top of the food chain. Maned wolf is one of the most fantastic animals of the Cerrado, and one of the greatest examples of its diversity. It is an endangered species, but some individuals inhabit the limits of Fazenda Trijunção. In partnership with the Oncafari, there is a research project, dedicated to its preservation. Visit the project – and witness its greatest star, in his natural habitat.

As well as jaguars and wolves, you can typically expect to see giant anteaters, giant river otters, tapirs, capybaras and spectacled caimans as well as primates such as capuchins and howler monkeys. Birdlife in the Pantanal is plentiful and varied and includes endangered species such as hyacinth macaws as well as toucans, herons and migratory birds of prey such as ospreys.

How likely am I to see Jaguar?

Wildlife is unpredictable so it is of course never a given. However, your chances of seeing a Jaguar in the Pantanal in the dry season are extremely high. If there is ever a good chance to see a jaguar in the wild, it is here. Travelling by small boat in the Pantanal allows a less invasive form of exploring this region, and increases your chances of seeing a jaguar.

What is the standard of accommodation on this tour?

In the Cerrado, you will be based at Pousada Trijunção, a quality lodge, with a focus on conservation within the region. You will then travel to the southern Pantanal, spending time on a houseboat, perfectly placed to explore the scenery and wildlife of these vast wetlands.

Is this tour suitable for solo travellers?

Our group tours are perfect for solo travellers, as travelling as part of an organised group in faraway places does provide security and peace of mind. We handle all the arrangements for you and there will be a local tour guide on hand throughout to provide advice and help if needed.

If you are willing to share, we will always do our best to match you up with another solo traveller of the same sex so that you do not have to pay for a single room.

If you would prefer the privacy of your own room and would like this guaranteed, then the single room price supplement will apply.

Do I need to be physically fit to enjoy this tour?

Many of the wildlife excursions will be done by boat and 4×4 so suitable for all abilities. During your time in the Cerrado there will also be time to partake in alternative more strenuous activities should you wish.

Can I extend my time in Brazil?

Absolutely. Brazil is a vast country with vibrant cities, fabulous beaches and iconic waterfalls. A stay in the Pantanal works particularly well with a visit to the Brazilian Amazon, the world’s largest tropical rainforest, Iguaçu Falls or Rio de Janeiro. Please speak to one of our Brazil specialists for further information.

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Why a Steppes expert-led group tour

1.Experience Matters

We have been running insightful and groundbreaking group tours since our inception in 1989. We have worked with institutions such as the British Museum and Victoria & Albert Museum and run wildlife tours in conjunction with conservation agencies such as Fauna & Flora International, Wildlife Conservation Society, the Orangutan Foundation, Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund and the Jane Goodall Institute.

2.Size Matters

Our average group size is typically eight to ten people, smaller than other group tours typically offered – a factor which many of our clients appreciate. Travelling as part of a smaller group provides a more intimate, personalised and relaxed atmosphere.

4.It’s about who you know

We have developed an enviable pool of expertise from which to choose our tour experts, who we carefully select based on their knowledge, companionship and personality. Often, these experts can use their influence to facilitate private access to sites not typically open to the public.

3.Like-Minded People

Steppes Travellers are like-minded people – interesting, interested and curious. Our group tours aim to create an easy and informal atmosphere – we have a lot of fun on our tours and many friendships have been formed.

5.Value for money

Our tours are well-priced to ensure you get real value for money. We include gratuities on the majority of our tours and do not pass on currency surcharges. We strive to look after single travellers as well as we can, keeping single supplements to a minimum.

6.Peace of Mind

When you travel on one of our group tours, you will be looked after by our local agents and your tour expert with the back-up of our 24-hour emergency number and duty manager. All our holidays are fully bonded and protected – our ATOL number is ATOL 6495.

Includes / Excludes

Important Information

Activity Level
Moderate Activity
Single Supplement

Travelling on your own? Our group tours are perfect for solo travellers, as travelling as part of an organised group in faraway places provides security and peace of mind. We handle all of the arrangements for you and there will be a local tour guide on hand throughout to provide advice and help if needed, as well as the expertise of a Tour expert.


To allow flexibility, our group tours do not include international flights as standard. We can arrange international flights on your behalf, please get in touch with our travel experts for a quote. All international flights from the UK are ATOL protected.

What is included

  • Private English-speaking guide throughout
  • Accommodation as detailed in the itinerary
  • Maned wolf conservation experience with the Oncafari
  • Activities as indicated
  • Donation of USD $500 to Oncafari for the purchase of a camera trap
  • All transfers as detailed in the itinerary
  • Meals as indicated
  • £25 to help fund the communities, conservation agencies and NGOs that we work with
  • £25 contribution to ‘Trees and Science’ in mitigation of your carbon emissions

What is excluded

  • International flights
  • Visa
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Drinks with meals

Our future tour dates

For further information about any of these tours please call 1 800 571 2985

Start date End date Days
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09/11/22 09/21/22 11 days $6,244 ex. flights $1,744 Valquiria Cabral 12 Max LIMITED Reserve place

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