Pantanal help please
My friend and I are in need of some advice please.
We are hoping to book Pantanal for next aug/ sept/oct. We are keen to see cats, big and small, armadillos and anteaters as well as the usual pantanal wildlife. Last time i visited was in the north in 2010.
We have been looking at a combination of North and south:
South dates are Sept/Oct:
Baia Das Pedras 20/21 – armadillos
Barranco Alto 22/23/24/25- all sorts of stuff
Pousada Aguape 26/27/28 or san francisco farm or a combination of the two. Reading reviews I see people saw a ton of anteaters & armadillos at aguape and obviously san fran has a rep for ocelots.
Pouso Alegre 29/30/1 -tapir, anteaters
Porto Jofre Lodge 2/3/4/5/6- jaguars.
but it seems that Porto jofre lodge is full for the dates we want. For the north I was hoping to use the guide I used before but it is proving very difficult to get responses in good time.
We have looked also at an all inclusive package with another company that uses Pantanal Jaguar Camp. Again, communication is proving difficult and their quote is more than using the guide I used before and booking Porto jofre lodge.
Using the guide I used before means we’d have to avoid south wild camps in the north.
Does anyone here have any suggestions for jaguar viewing in either north or south?
Our own research is that san francisco farm and barranco alto have both delivered in the past but this seems more luck of the draw. We have also read that the Rio Miranda in the south is the best place to find jaguar. Has anyone here had any experience of this area?
Or would we be just crazy to miss out port jofre?