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Transpantaneira, km 145 Porto da Manga, State of Mato Grosso 78175-000 Brazil
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The Pantanal is widely considered to be one of the best places in the world to see wild jaguars. At Pantanal Jaguar Camp, we have spent years observing jaguars in their natural habitats, and because we have studied their habits, we have a strong record of success in locating jaguars for our guests to see during these special tours.Pantanal Jaguar Camp is small lodge run by Ailton Lara environmental manager and naturalist guide.
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Transpantaneira, km 145 Porto da Manga, State of Mato Grosso 78175-000 Brazil
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Ciara S wrote a review Aug 2020
15 contributions6 helpful votes
Our two-night stay in jaguar camp were great. The location is beautiful, food was tasty, typical Brazilian/ pantaneiran & homemade with lots of salad, vegetables and different fish and meat options. The rooms are spacious and bathrooms clean. The boat trips were excellent on jaguar camps own boat and driver. We saw lots of animals, Jaguars and caipivara! All health and safety regulations have been implemented. We felt safe, looked after and above all delighted to support this great location and Ailton who knows so much about the Pantanal and os a great guitarist and singer :)
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Traveled with friends
Roger S wrote a review Feb 2020
East Grinstead, United Kingdom320 contributions60 helpful votes
Brazil trip (two weeks plus late Oct, early Nov) with "Tell Tale Travel" Started in Rio, finished at Iguazu Falls, but the highlight is the Pantanal Wetland for sure. Stayed at this camp for a few nights - really enjoyed the place - so much wildlife and saw Jaguars every day, especially the first time out on the boat, the two brothers who posed on the riverbank for us, Amazing, The Cara cara hawks congregate outside your front door, like chickens! And we saw Howlers, Capuching Monkeys and Hyacinth Macaws around the camp. Ailton the owner and a guide there does a great job welcoming you into the camp, and does a great guitar rendition of Pink Floyd's "Wish you were here" great food too, would definately recommend this place and hope to return there some day. Our guides and boat drivers were first class and understand how and where to get the best photos! Saw Giant River Otters every day and on one occasion we had a great show of a family of five entertaining us around the boat for around 30 minutes - incredible and have to say this was as good as a Jaguar sighting!
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Date of stay: November 2019
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rtobias wrote a review Aug 2019
San Francisco, California25 contributions17 helpful votes
I had an incredible time at Pantanal Jaguar Camp and can't wait to go back. I booked a 3N/4D trip and desperately wished I had booked at least a few days longer. Let's start with the wildlife viewing. Absolutely incredible, out of this world. I have many African safaris and I have to say, the wildlife experience here seriously rivals any African safari. While the diversity of wildlife isn't quite the same, the quantity and quality of viewings is hard to beat. I traveled at the end of August, and saw at least one jaguar on every boat trip, sometimes two or more. We had moments full of action, including otters chasing jaguar out of their den, jaguar trying to pull a dead caiman out of the river, and two jaguar brothers wrestling in the shallows. You'll spend a lot of time observing and following jaguars as they hunt along the river, which is full of excitement and adrenaline: I loved every minute. For a wildlife photographer, this is absolute heaven. The guides: Our guide was Eddie and he was fantastic. The rest of my group was not so much into birds and other animals, but he did a good job of balancing the needs and desires of everyone, and I still got lots of great shots of wildlife besides jaguars. He is very knowledgable about the bush and the wildlife, and is able to point out any bird species (yes!). He's also incredibly patient, kind and caring, and cares deeply about giving his guests a great experience. I really enjoyed getting to know him and recommend him highly! The camp: Jaguar Camp is an intimate and authentic experience. It's not going to be a luxury safari lodge - accommodation is basic, but comfortable and very clean, everything you need for this type of experience. Rooms have air conditioning (a godsend!), great water pressure in the shower, and daily housekeeping. You'll be spending almost no time in your room and most of your time on the boat, so for me, this was the perfect kind of accommodation. There's a cafe / common area where you eat your meals with other guests, and it's wonderful to hear about everyone's stories and past adventures. In the evenings, Ailton and our guide Eddie played guitar and sang Brazilian folk songs over beer and a hearty meal. The owner of the camp, Ailton, is wonderful, passionate and incredibly knowledgable about the Pantanal and wildlife conservation. He has built this camp from the ground up, and continues to be thoughtful, curious and proactive about how to build upon what's there and create an amazing and sustainable experience for guests. You can't help but feel as passionate and amazed by the world around us after talking to him! The food and service: Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included in your stay. The food is really good - lots of local dishes including local fish and fresh fruit. It keeps you nice and full for long days out on the water. The camp staff is so, so wonderful and kind, and it was a pleasure to see them every day! A couple of things to keep in mind, which have been touched on by some other reviews. If you go in the high season, there will be a high number of boats. What this means is that at any jaguar viewing, there are going to be several boats there with you. There's a system and method to the madness in terms of how the boats position themselves. It can feel crowded, but the boat drivers are experienced and cautious about how close they are to the animals and how to get into a good position (if you're a photographer). While of course it would be preferable to have less people around, the experience was still amazing and you will still experience amazing periods of solitude exploring other parts of the river when you are not watching jaguar. Be sure to pack plenty of bug repellent, and wear long pants (the horseflies are pretty bad) as well as a good hat. It's HOT during the middle of the day, but can be chilly early morning and evening when the boat is moving at speed, so bring layers. If you're a photographer, I highly recommend a 400mm lens or more - you're close but not that close and it's great to have the extra length for detail shots.
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Date of stay: August 2019
pinktravelgirl wrote a review Jul 2019
64 contributions39 helpful votes
The Jaguar camp provides accommodation to various tour providers. Rooms are extremely basic (night stands with lights would be a nice addition) and food is average for Brazil (not a great place to be a vegetarian if you don't want to live on rice and beans). You'll get the same breakfast as everywhere in Brazil: ham, cheese, bread, fruit, cake,  wieners in some sort of sauce and scrambled eggs. Twenty days of this in Brazil is awful. You'd expect some variety at a place like this with a kitchen! Ailton was fantastic about checking in with us everyday but we were paying a LOT of money for our tour and expected much better food and accommodation than this.  Jaguar tours: you will see a jaguar. We went out 6 times on the boat and saw at least 2 jaguars every trip. If you ONLY want to see jaguars then base yourself at jaguar camp but if you want to see other more dryland-type species (tapirs, anteaters) do a mixed tour staying at a lodge further north on the Transpantenaira. Again, considering the cost, hot drinks (on cold days) and snacks should be provided on the boats!  Jaguar tours are unethical by North American wildlife viewing standards. Things we observed that aren't allowed elsewhere: We observed as many as 17 boats at a time crowded around a jaguar (guides are in contact with each other by radio so as soon as a jaguar is spotted all boats zoom there at high speed) often within 15 m of them. Boats surrounded a jaguar when it was swimming. Guides and boat drivers talk with each loudly while parked next to jaguars which ruins the experience. Guides make noises to try and get jaguars to look in their direction for photos. Our guide stopped other guests from throwing something to get a jaguars attention but didn't stop them from splashing an anaconda. It was nice to see jaguars but a bit horrifying to see how harassed they were. Thankfully it's easy for the Jaguars to disappear into the bush to get away when they tire of it. Our guide was very knowledgeable about all the different birds and wildlife and was good at spotting animals but just wasn't aware that what he was doing, and allowing clients to do, isn't acceptable in most places.  Viewing is also likely impacting the birds along the river by flushing them many times a day as boats speed past.  The government really needs to step in and regulate the jaguar viewing industry to limit the number of boats and institute more wildlife-friendly viewing standards. 
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Date of stay: July 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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06corail06 wrote a review Jul 2019
Nice, France20 contributions12 helpful votes
small hotel ( 8 rooms ) only 10 min walking to the boat, quiet place in the wildlife you can see and ear so many birds ! But this a good location to see Jaguar !!!! We've been in the brand new family room ( number 7 ) special thnaks to all the staff in Jaguar Camp very friendly and helpful ! We recommend this hotel very good foods during the 3 days we 've the chance to enjoy there with Yoann from Jabiru Tour - we recommend him !!!
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Date of stay: July 2019
Trip type: Traveled with family
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What are some of the property amenities at Pantanal Jaguar Camp?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Pantanal Jaguar Camp?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Pantanal Jaguar Camp?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Pantanal Jaguar Camp?
Conveniently located restaurants include Tropeiro Grill, Recanto Da Serra, and Papa Tudo Lanches.
Does Pantanal Jaguar Camp have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Pantanal Jaguar Camp offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.