The northern Pantanal offers outstanding opportunities to see a wide range of rare South American wildlife, including jaguar and giant river otter, along with spectacular birdlife.
From Cuiabà, the capital of Mata Grosso state, a tarmac road leads 100 kilometres south to the town of Poconé, where the infamous Transpantaneira highway begins. Passing through wildlife rich flooded plains and rich gallery forest, the unasphalted Transpantaneira extends south for a further 145 kilometres to the locality known as Porto Jofre, on the Cuiabà River.
On either side of the Transpantaneira, accommodation is provided by a number of pousadas, many of which are still functioning cattle ranches that offer a variety of wildlife excursions in search of giant and lesser anteater, crab-eating fox, South American coati and Brazilian tapir. For sightings of jaguar and giant river otter it is necessary to venture out on to the rivers around Porto Jofre, where these typically elusive species are now being seen on a regular basis
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