On arrival in Cuiabá at 8:00am, you will be met and driven an hour to the town of Poconé, the start of the Transpantaneira Highway. This is the only year-round road that penetrates the heart of the 50 million acres (20 million hectares) of the Pantanal, the world’s largest freshwater wetland. The Transpantaneira is one of the best wildlife viewing areas in the world. As you drive along this famous dirt road you will have your first introduction to an incredibly rich area. Here, wildlife in found in abundance. You can admire the flora and fauna and make several stops to film or take photographs. All parts of the Pantanal are exciting, but there is nothing that can compare with the wildlife pay-off on the Transpantaneira. We will drive approximately 2 hours on the Transpantaneira until we reach the Pantanal Wildlife Center.
We will stop for lunch at the Pantanal Wildlife Center. After lunch we will drive for approximately 2 hours (nonstop) or 3-4 hours (observing wildlife) to the end of the 140-km-long Transpantaneira. The road dead-ends at the Cuiabá River, where we board boats and navigate an hour upstream to our bard boats and navigate an hour upstream to our base at the SouthWild Jaguar Camp.
Located in the Jaguar-rich 270,000-acre Meeting of the Waters State Park, the name of this park refers to the three navigable rivers that join inside this unique park. The SouthWild Jaguar Campr is in a location that has the highest density of jaguars and jaguar sightings in the entire Pantanal. This park contains some of the most pristine protected areas in the Pantanal. The habitat along this river allows for numerous jaguars to roam the area hunting their favorite dry-season prey: the abundant 4-7 foot caimans and plump capybaras. We will stay overnight at the SouthWild Jaguar Campr. (Lunch, dinner)