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The Hotel Pantanal Norte (formerly Hotel Porto Jofre) is best known as a fishing lodge, being positioned on the Ciuaba River, it is also in one of the best places in Brazil to see jaguar in the wild.

It has direct access to the river, making it easy to head into quiet creeks and tributaries to spot the enigmatic and elusive feline. Accommodation consists of 28 comfortable, air-conditioned bungalow rooms with en suite bathroom, TV and minibar. Facilities include a restaurant that serves home-made local dishes, bar, TV room, internet room and convenience store. There's a swimming pool and lots of outside space in which to relax or observe birds or wildlife in the down time between excursions.

Once a riverport for transporting cattle, food and agricultural produce for the farms of the region, it stands at the end of the 145-kilometre-long unasphalted Transpantaneira Highway, which leads north to Poconé, from where a tarmac road continues another 100 kilometres to Cuiabá, the capital of Mato Grosso state. During the five hour transfer from Cuiabá, particularly in the dry season (July to October), you often see caiman, capybara, plus jabiru stork, macaws, egrets, spoonbills, cardinals, and - if lucky - jaguars, rheas and deer. In the wet season, depending upon the state of the road, the drive may take a lot longer.

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Wildlife trips

This accommodation is featured in the following itineraries:

Jaguar Fiesta

There is no finer place in the world than the Pantanal to see South America’s greatest apex predator - the jaguar. Accompanied by acclaimed wildlife photographer Nick Garbutt, we track and photograph these magnificent felines with our research team and get close encounters by boat from Porto Jofre.

  • When to go: Sep
  • Duration inc. flights: 17 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £8,995 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

Jaguars of the Pantanal

Staying in comfortable lodges, this trip offers some of the finest opportunities to see rare wildlife in the Pantanal. In the company of skilled naturalist guides, search for the elusive jaguar on the Cuiabà River, before continuing to Cristalino Private Reserve, which possesses a high number of species and endemics.

  • When to go: Jun-Oct
  • Duration inc. flights: 15 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £6,895 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

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