Sea of Xarayes-a River Cruise

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Sea of Xarayés - A River Cruise in Wild Brazil

An epic journey across one of the wildest and most beautiful corners of South America.


River Cruise in Brazil – Comfortable Boat – Wildlife Expedition 

“A trip like no other: abundant wildlife, knowledgeable crew, great food, comfortable cabins and awesome sunsets from the upper deck of the yacht.”


Birding Pantanal is proud to offer this amazing experience: an epic journey across one of the wildest and most beautiful corners of South America. Aboard a modern and comfortable boat, our clients will have the chance to experience the Cuiabá and Paraguay Rivers as did the first explorers, visiting remote places and wonderful landscapes in comfort and style, along with fantastic opportunities for wildlife viewing and photography.

Situated in the Paraguay river basin, in Central South America, the Pantanal is the largest wetland in the World and one of the last major nature reserves on the face of the Earth. The wildlife is amazingly abundant here, and its seasonally flooded plains attract immense quantities of birds and caimans, and is probably the most mammal rich area of South America. Aboard the brand-new Jacaré Motor Yacht, this river cruise takes place in one of the wildest, most beautiful and remote corners of South America. We will cruise the Paraguay and Cuiabá rivers in an epic journey searching for wildlife such as Jaguars, Giant Otters and Hyacinth Macaws and witness the fantastic change of the scenery while the meandering rivers give place to huge lakes that meet the mountains at Serra do Amolar, in the last refuge of the Guató indians. These lakes were once called the Sea of Xarayés by the first explorers, who named this extensive water body after another group of brave natives that inhabited the region back in time and whose marks are still visible in the engravings left in the rocks by the water. We will quietly sail the rivers from the deck of the vessel and explore smaller tributaries aboard the speedboats. We will also drive the famous Transpantaneira road, which transects the northern Pantanal. The ditches along this road attract all sorts of wildlife making every drive a great safari. A senior guide and expedition leader will be with the group on every excursion and offer lectures on the wildlife of the area in the evenings. Differently from river cruises in the Amazon Basin, this one takes place in a wild and mostly uninhabited area and offers real chances of encountering wildlife such as Parrots, Macaws, Jabiru storks, Roseate Spoonbills, Southern Screamers, ibises, several species of birds of prey, egrets, herons, all five species of South American Kingfishers, and a lot more. Among the mammals possible on this trip are Capybara, Crab-eating Raccoon, South-American Coati, Southern Tamandua, Giant Anteater, Black Howler monkey, Black-tufted Capuchin, Crab-eating Fox, Ocelot, Marsh Deer, Giant Otter, Brazilian Tapir and Jaguar.

We will explore in comfort and style aboard a modern, brand new 120 feet boat with 7 deluxe cabins that, yet not big, are very comfortable and offer private bath and air-conditioning. The refinement extends to the spacious common areas such as the air-conditioned dining room and upper deck. The very select staff takes good care of the guests and the chef serves wonderful meals based on the regional cuisine. To ensure quiet nights and a good sleep the boat won’t travel at night, and the silent generator is placed in another boat separate from the vessel.

Highlights: Exploration in comfort and stile. Abundant wildlife including Jaguar. Amazing landscapes, sunrises and sunsets. Great photo opportunities.

Safari Facts

Availability: Year round

Set Dates: October 25th to November 1st – 2017

Gateway city: Cuiabá-Mato Grosso-Brazil (CGB airport)

Duration: 6 to 8 days

Group size: 8 to 12 people

Departs: Scheduled dates

What to expect: good accommodation, refined local cuisine, easy terrain, short walks, exploring by boats and safari vehicles, warm/dry climate, occasional rain fall.


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