Marcos proved to be an excellent leader, combining friendliness with efficiency from the initial meet at Cuiaba airport. He gave everything possible to make the trip thoroughly informative about the natural history of the Pantanal - the plants, butterflies, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals, supported by short talks (around lunch) with overheads. He kept us busy with the night-spotting, daytime walks, drives and boat trips. In essence he could have not done more. We were all offered adaptors to help solve certain problems some had charging batteries etc! He was energetic and tireless in pursuit of our wildlife objectives. He was a real asset to Naturetrek. The wildlife species seen, that were depicted in the Naturetrek documents, fully met expectations. Five different Jaguars (all male) were seen. Brief views also included Giant Anteater and Tapir with many smaller mammals, with longer views of nine Banded Armadillo, Capuchin and Giant Otters. No other cat species were seen but for me good views of lizards and a yellow anaconda made up for this. My photo of a Mole Cricket did, however, leave most (not our leader) unphased! The birds were spectacular. The tour was a photographer's dream.
Marcos was brilliant, a lovely, friendly person who could spot wildlife anywhere. He worked so, so hard to give us all an experience of a lifetime and certainly succeeded plus he was super organised and made sure everything ran smoothly for us. A true asset to the Just Jaguars tour which far exceeded our expectations with magical viewings of six Jaguars over extended periods of time and also families of Giant River Otters. The Pantanal is outstanding for wildlife viewing and the tour made the very most of it all.
The itinerary was excellent, making the most of daylight hours to view wildlife. The tour more than lived up to our expectations. We were amazed to see a jaguar within five minutes of leaving the Flotel for our first boat ride and when she called to her cubs we were speechless!