Jaguar House Boat

The Pantanal

The Jaguar House Boat, which operates just north of the private Taiama Reserve is one of the best places for spotting jaguars in the wild.  This is a remote corner of the Pantanal and although standards on the boat are simple your chances of seeing this elusive cat are very high.

Why we recommend it:

  • A simple boat offering superb opportunities to see jaguar
  • Set 3 or 4 night packages available
  • Operated from a remote corner of the Pantanal
  • 9 cabins with en suite facilities
  • Motorised canoes allow you to get closer and cover more ground




The Taiama Reserve is a federally protected area; it is not open to the public and no-one is permitted to take tourists onto the reserve itself. However, as the reserve sits on an island in the middle of the river, you are free to travel around the reserve. Jaguars are visible day and night and they are often seen along the river Banks when they come to the river’s edge to drink, rest and hunt their favourite pray: caimans & capybaras and are best spotted between mid-June and mid-November and often quote close.

The boat itself includes 9 cabins, all with en suite bathrooms and air-conditioning. Each cabin has 2 bunk beds, with the top bunk normally being used to store your luggage.  Ultimately you will spend very little time in your cabin, but please manage expectations on standards.

The boat has a dining room, also with air-conditioning, TV/DVD, sound system and panoramic deck, which is where you will spend most of your time when here. Electricity is accessed directly from land, avoiding the noisy generator on the boat.

They have one or two 12 seater motorised boats which are used to travel around the area and allow you to get closer to the wildlife and each has a powerful but silent motor.  Each boat comes with an English speaking naturalist guide

Schedule from July 15 to November 15

The boat will stay anchored in the north side of the Taiama Reserve and the access to it will be done by car from Cuiaba airport or Araras Pantanal Eco Lodge to a private embarkation.

3 night package from Wednesday to Saturday, 4 night package from Saturday to Wednesday

Day 1
Departure from Cuiaba to the Jaguar House Boat which takes approximately 6 hours depending on road conditions.  Arriving at the river bench, where you will board the Jaguar House Boat. After lunch a fist reconnaissance tour around the Taiama Reserve to see if we get a first glimpse of the jaguar and to spot other wildlife.

Day 2/3/4
Full day boat trips into the Taiama Ecological Reserve and its channels in search of jaguars and other wildlife. This is one of the best areas to see jaguars away from the crowds. They are a little shier here, but with a little luck you will get face-to-face with one these elusive cats. Besides the jaguars the regions is known for its high concentration of other wildlife!

Day 5
Return from the Jaguar House Boat and transfer to Cuiaba arriving around 14:00

The activities described may be altered due to weather conditions, season or group make-up with the intent of maximising your experience of the ecosystem.

Jaguar House Boat LOCATION

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