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Pantanal, Brazil

Jaguars and Maned Wolf Conservation



11 Days

Prices Start from

$6,490pp (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.

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, with Mutum Expeditions, 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.

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 a 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 - 10


  • Day 11

    Pantanal - Cuiaba

Day 1


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

Day 2

Brasilia - Cerrado

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


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

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

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


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

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.

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
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.

Maned wolf (Chysocyon brachyurus)

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.

Luciano Lima, Tour expert, Brazil


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.

How does this holiday make a positive impact?