The group boarding the boat at Porto Jofre
About 20 minutes into our ride, we took a turn off the main river to check a spot where jags are sometimes seen. Incredibly, less than a half hour into our 2-day search, our boat driver spotted a JAGUAR along the river. We watched, speechless, as a second Jag swam across the channel toward the first one. The two cats proceeded to interact for a few minutes before swimming away as we watched from a distance. This was THE top moment of the trip for most of us.
After that remarkable experience we returned to the main river and cruised to our next stop. The boat driver again spotted another great mammal - South American Tapir - along the riverbank. Views were brief but good. What a strange beast!
Our next great sight was a group of 6 or so GIANT RIVER OTTERS, the largest otter in the world. Most of them stayed hidden under a large downed tree, but one of them wandered to the edge to say hello. Definitely one of the most friendly-looking and playful animals I've seen.
After spending some time anchored with the otters, we moved on. More mammals were ahead. A pair of BLACK HOWLER MONKEYS were hanging out, quite literally, in a large shade tree along the river.
Black Howler Monkeys
It was getting toward lunch so we decided to head back to the lodge for some food. More great river scenery and wildlife along the way back. A dark morph LONG-WINGED HARRIER, COLLARED PLOVER, and Yellow-billed Tern were the avian highlights of the morning.