Nature-lovers won't want to miss this relaxed 6-day itinerary that allows for plenty of adventure in the Pantanal—the world’s largest tropical wetland. You'll stay in a series of independent safari hotels in Poconé and Porto Jofre that make the perfect jumping-off point for hikes, birdwatching expeditions, and more. You'll see colorful exotic birds, giant anteaters, jaguars, capybaras, anacondas, and piranhas on multiple safari expeditions and have plenty of time to relax or book additional activities that match your interests.

Highlights

  • Stay at traditional Brazilian pousadas
  • See jaguars, giant otters, and more on a boat safari
  • Go stargazing for clear views of constellations
  • Take a guided nature walk through a reserve in Poconé 
  • Explore the Pantanal on a horseback ride

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Cuiabá - Transfer to Poconé Poconé
Day 2 Sunrise Boat Tour - Transfer to Porto Jofre Porto Jofre
Day 3 Boat Safari Porto Jofre
Day 4 Boat Safari - Transfer to Poconé Poconé
Day 5 Free Day in Poconé Poconé
Day 6 Departure via Cuibá  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Cuiabá - Transfer to Poconé

View of the Pantanal
View of the Pantanal

Welcome to Brazil! When you land at the Marechal Rondon International Airport (CGB) in Cuiabá, a driver will be waiting to transfer you to Poconé. Located in the Pantanal region, this area is home to the largest concentration of wildlife in South America, and it is the best place for visitors to observe wildlife in Brazil.

After a two-hour drive, you will arrive at your accommodation and have dinner.

Day 2: Sunrise Boat Tour - Transfer to Porto Jofre

Docks along the Claro River
Docks along the Claro River

After breakfast, you will join a group and go watch the sunrise over the Pantanal. Then, you will board a boat and sail along the Claro River in search of birds and other animals.

After stopping to have lunch on the shore, you will get in a private transfer and ride further into the Pantanal toward Porto Jofre, where you will stay for the next two nights. After you check in, you will be able to have dinner and relax for the rest of the evening. 

Day 3: Boat Safari

Boat tour of the Pantanal
Boat tour of the Pantanal

Today, you will take a wildlife expedition to see jaguars in the Pantanal, the largest tropical wetland in the world. You will board a small speedboat at dawn for the best chance to spot jaguars, and you will explore the Paraguay River in search of this elusive animal. 

Over the course of the day, you will likely see alligators, giant otters, capybaras, iguanas, jabiru storks, gulls and other species that inhabit the Pantanal biome, which is the most biodiverse in the world.

After the tour and, hopefully, many jaguar sightings, you will return to the pousada and relax for the night.

Day 4: Boat Safari - Transfer to Poconé

Jaguars relaxing on the riverbank
Jaguars relaxing on the riverbank

After breakfast, you will board another speedboat for another stage of your wildlife tour. Today, you might see howler and capuchin monkeys, green anacondas, wild pigs, deer, piranha, or giant anteaters. You will spend a few hours exploring the region with your guide before returning to your accommodation for lunch.

After lunch and checkout, you will transfer to another fazenda located in a different region of the Transpantaneira. When you arrive and check in, you will have time to relax, have dinner, and explore the grounds. You might want to take advantage of the excellent star-gazing or enjoy the sounds of the nocturnal animals. 

Day 5: Free Day in Poconé

Horseback riding through the Pantanal
Horseback riding through the Pantanal

Today, you will be free to choose your own outdoor activities like horseback riding, safari drives, birdwatching expeditions, and guided nature walks. The fazenda will have plenty of planned activities that you can join, and all of them are centered on the lush natural surroundings of the Pantanal. If you'd prefer, you can have a more relaxed day and enjoy the pool.             

Day 6: Departure via Cuibá

Aerial view of the Pantanal wetland
Aerial view of the Pantanal wetland

It's time to say goodbye to Brazil! After your last breakfast, a driver will pick you up at your accommodation and transfer you to the airport in Cuiabá for your flight home.

Map

Map of Wildlife Tour of Brazil's Pantanal Wetlands - 6 Days
Map of Wildlife Tour of Brazil's Pantanal Wetlands - 6 Days