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jaguar tour porto jofre

Northern Pantanal

Jaguar Photo Safari

Porto Jofre


Porto Jofre is a fishermen village located at the end of the Transpantaneira road. From here, we will explore the Cuiabá river and its tributaries by speed-boats, and in particular the "Encontro das Aguas State Park", the place with the highest concentration of jaguars in the world, a really amazing place, where live lot of caimans, capybaras, birds and jaguars!

During the dry season, from June to November, jaguars stay close to the rivers where they find water and their favorite preys: caimans and capybaras. Jaguars rest and walk on the river banks, often they enter in the water to hunt and to take a fresh bath.

Besides the jaguars you will have also the opportunities to take close up pictures of the endangered giant river otters (Pteronura brasiliensis).
Accommodation in possible in either lodge river side or in house-boat. In order to get good jaguar sightings, we suggest to take a tour with at least 3 full days jaguar safari, considering that our tours are completely customizable.


  • Where: The tour begins and ends at Cuiabá (CGB) airport
  • When: From June to November
  • Duration: 4D - 6D
  • Private Guiding Tour
  • Boat safari
  • 1-3 days Jaguar safari


  • DAY1

    CuiabáRio Claro

    The tour begins at Cuiabá, in the morning we drive for about 1h30m up to town of Poconé. Here we take the Transpantaneira road and drive for others 43km up to the Pousada Rio Claro making stops to photograph a great variety of birds and lot of caiman in the water ponds, with the possibility to spot also marsh deer, coatis, capybaras, giant anteaters, anaconda.
    Arrival at the lodge at lunch time. In the afternoon a first boat safari in the Rio Claro river may produce good pictures of kingfishers, hawks, agami heron, tapir and also jaguar. After dinner a night safari offers chances for tapir, ocelot, anteaters, fox, nightjars and more.
    Overnight at Rio Claro lodge (L-D)

  • DAY2

    Rio ClaroPorto Jofre

    After an early morning breakfast, we go on a boat safari in the Rio Claro river looking for caimans, tapir, black-collared hawk, great black hawk in action fishing, kingfishers, giant otters and of course with chances for jaguars.
    After lunch check-out and transfer to Porto Jofre driving for about 3 hours on the Transpantaneira road and making stops in case of wildlife sightighs. Arrival at the lodge, accommodation, dinner and overnight. (B-L-D)

  • DAY3

    Porto Jofre

    Full day boat safari in a very beautiful environment in the rivers Cuiabá, Tres Irmaos, Piquiri. This is the "Encontro das Aguas State Park" the area with the highest concentration of jaguars in the world! While searching for wild jaguars we can spot also giant river otters, caimans, capybara and lot of birds! Back to the lodge, dinner and overnight. (B-L-D)

  • DAY4

    Porto Jofre

    Today we explore again the Cuiabá river and tributaries in search of wild jaguars. (B-L-D)

  • DAY5

    Porto Jofre

    One more day in search of jaguars. (B-L-D)

  • DAY6

    Porto Jofre

    Another full day of jaguar safari. Our expert boatmen will take you in the best hotspot in order to take the best pictures (B-L-D)

  • DAY7

    Porto JofreCuiaba

    Today we transfer back to Cuiabá making stops to photograph wildlife on the way. Drop off to the airport or to your hotel. (B-L)

Hotel Pantanal Norte

This hotel is located at the end of the Transpantaneira Road on the Cuiabà river. It's characterized by good rooms with all the comforts. In the garden it's possible to observe hyacinth macaws, toucans and other beautiful birds. There is also a beautiful lake home of a lot water lilies (Victoria regia), walking on the wood footbridge you can take amazing pictures of these beautiful plants.

hotel pantanal norte

Rio Claro lodge

The Rio Claro Lodge is located at 42th km of the Transpantaneira Road. Its priviliged position on the Rio Claro river ensure great photographic opportunities during the boat trip along this wonderful river. You will explore the property also by horseback riding, hiking in the forest and car safaris. From the deck on the Rio Claro river you can fish piranhas and make a canoe trip.

pousada rio claro


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Tour Codes

JAG4 - Jaguar Safari Porto Jofre - 4 Days / 3 Nights

JAG5 - Jaguar Safari Porto Jofre - 5 Days / 4 Nights

JAG6 - Jaguar Safari Porto Jofre - 6 Days / 5 Nights