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This is a good quality live-aboard lodge-boat that is normally used for high-end sport fishing trips. During the off-season for fishing, it is transformed into the perfect base for exploring Taiama Ecological Reserve.

The boat is spacious and comfortable with reasonable sized rooms and good facilities. There is also a pleasant lounge and plenty of space on deck, including a covered area to the rear that is a terrific place to relax in the evening and potentially watch birds and other wildlife at the same time.

Taiama Ecological Reserve is a huge island in the Paraguay River and is extremely remote. No development is allowed within the reserve, consequently there are no lodges within the immediate vicinity. The Cidade Barão de Melgaço Boat Lodge provides the ideal solution. Being mobile it can locate itself in a number of places adjacent to Taiama to maximizing the wildlife watching opportunities.

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Wildlife trips

This accommodation is featured in the following itinerary:

The Pantanal - Brazil’s Wetland Wonder

Join acclaimed prize-winning photographer, Nick Garbutt, to watch and photograph wildlife in the Pantanal. This immense landlocked delta in the heart of South America offers tremendous habitats and the finest opportunity to see the elusive jaguar, as well as other iconic and rare animals, often up close.

  • When to go: Aug-Sep
  • Duration inc. flights: 18 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £9.895 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour
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Northern Pantanal

Accessed via the town of Cuiaba, the northern Pantanal is home to some of Brazil’s rarest wildlife, such as jaguar and giant river otter. Many of the lodges here are still functioning cattle ranches, offering day and night trips by boat, vehicle, on foot and on horseback, accompanied by local naturalist guides.

  • Where: Pantanal
  • Ideal for viewing: capybara, giant anteater, giant river otter, jaguar, spectacled caiman
  • Excellent for: Wildlife cruises, Wildlife photography, Photography tours with Nick Garbutt, River safaris, Jaguar watching