We started out in 4x4 vehicles down dirt roads that made their way through large cattle ranching areas. Rancher / Jaguar conlicts are a direct threat to populations of this big cat. These first couple days gave us a glimpse of the vast terrain of the Pantanal's huge savanahs and the river systems snaking their way through it. We then transferred our gear to a 15 ft aluminum boat for the rest of our time on the river. It is along these river ways that wildlife concentrates and predators thrive, the main player in this area is the Jaguar.
By the end of day two we were in the heart of the Pantanal. We were quickly notified by some locals that a big male Jaguar had made a kill on an Anaconda earlier in the day just up river. We immediately went to its location. With a little searching we found it resting in a dense patch of bushes just by the river, but not visible enough for any photos. Patiently we waited for hours in the hot sun (43 C / 110 F) hoping for some movement. As the sun set this big male made his way down to the river for a drink and a walk in the cool water. Amazing... our first Jag of the trip. He didn't stay around long, but gave us a taste of what the days ahead would bring.
I didn't know what to expect coming in to this trip, but if the first couple days are any indication I'm going to need more photo storage. Wow.
Hope you enjoyed Part 1 from Southern Brazil. Part 2, 3 and 4 on the way.
Safe travels, Edward.