Jungle Jaguar Search

We are Looking for the Jaguar

The search for the jaguar is the most fascinating activity when you walk through the jungle following the footprints with the help of your expert guide in tracking this beautiful animal for this activity you have to travel the heart of the amazon which is the Manu national park there, ridden by boat on the river Manu you travel carefully in search of the jaguar there is the best option to see the jaguar as it comes to the river to take water and hunt some animals like the capybara or the caiman, also the whistling of the birds help you to find it, maybe you are the lucky one see the largest predator feline in the Amazon.

The jaguar, is the largest feline in America and the third in the world (after the lion and the tiger), is also the only representative of the Panthera genus found in this continent, inhabits almost desert places like the Arizona Desert or the Mexican to tropical jungles like the Amazon.
The weight of an adult jaguar ranges from 45 to 130 kg, the length from the nose to the tip of the tail is 1.70 to 2.30 m, and it has a longevity of 20 years.
It is almost exclusively nocturnal and has great ability to see in the dark; they are solitary and, in general, are found in the jungles bordering large rivers or mangroves.
It feeds, above all, on peccaries, deer, monkeys, tapirs, raccoons, badgers, armadillos, rabbits and other small mammals; besides birds, fish, dogs, crocodiles, alligators, lizards, snakes, turtles and their eggs
The gestation period is 100 days, they usually have two offspring, Shortly before birth, the male leaves the female and she cares for the pups alone:

Jaguars are extremely elusive and well camouflaged, which makes them difficult to find.

Your best chance to see this Majestic cat

 Travel along the river Manu, when the jaguar reaches the shore to drink water and hunt animals along the beach. It’s the perfect time to search for jaguars in the jungle, spend some time in the boat, crossing the river and looking for a jaguar on the river bank, or even one swimming in the water. Lucky tourists see the big cat! And wonders making videos and taking pictures, we also enjoyed a spectacular moment spying on other wild animals along the stunning beaches of the river.

Why you’ll Love the Jaguar Search

A Unique Chance to Spot a Jaguar: Jaguars are increasingly rare and hard to see all over South America due to hunting and loss of habitat. But here in Manu biosphere reserve, their population is actually growing! Because of this, you have an unparalleled chance to see these .wild creatures

The Natural Beauty of the River: The Manu River one of the most beautiful in the region. As a result, you’ll luxuriate in the tranquil river surroundings — and often an unforgettable sunrise or sunset — during the search.

The Jaguar Search Details

  • Time of year: June – August
  • Place to see: Manu River and Tambopata River
  • Recommended for: morning or afternoon
  • Duration: 3 hours.
  • Level of difficulty: I
  • Available at: Manu River and Palotoa Amazon Lodge.


Frequently asked questions

What is the size of the groups?

The size of the group is 9 people per guide; if we have more than (10 to 14), we send a second guide (not an assistant). If there are more than 14 people, we divide into 2 totally independent groups both with their own cars, boats, guides and cooks.

What temperatures are there in the Manu?

The first night at Rainforest Lodge (600 m.a s.l.) at temperature is around 27 ° C. In the low forest of the Manu the temperature at night is normally around 27 ° C, and during the day about 35 ° C, as always cold winds from Patagonia could reach the Manu area, and the temperature could drop around of 10 ° C. These “Friajes” are very common in the southeast of the hemisphere, the wind season (between April until the end of August)

Are there many walks?

There are not many walks in the sense of going far. All walks are done slowly. This is because most of you will find vegetation in the forest and be available to see the animals; giving enough time to see the surroundings and also hear it.

Should I take prophylaxis against Malaria?

The risk of contracting malaria is low in the area we visit. However, the area is close to a gold mining area, the miners can travel in the same river that we travel, there is the possibility of mosquito bites that do not yet have malaria, can be infected by mincing the miner with malaria and then sting you and then infect Malaria. This possibility is very rare and until now there are no tourists that travel to Manu that has malaria.

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