Best Places to See Jaguars

Do you want to find out, what the best places to see Jaguars in the wild are?

The word “Jaguar” is derived from the indigenous Latin American word ‘Yaguar’, which can be translated into, "he who kills in just one leap".

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The jaguar is the third largest cat in the world, after the lion and tiger. The jaguar has served as a symbol of timeless power for communities of the Amazon.


Cockscomb is the world’s first reserve created specifically to protect  jaguar. Designated in 1986, comprising of mostly tropical moist forest.

#1 Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, Belize

Though sightings are more common in the north, jaguars thrive through  much of the Pantanal, 80% of which is in Brazil, the rest shared between  Bolivia and Paraguay.

#2 Caiman Ecological Reserve, southern Pantanal, Brazil

Tackle one of the walking trails, and you may see jaguar prints’ in the mud. You’ll also probably spy agouti, coati, possibly margay and perhaps Baird’s tapir.

#3 Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica

Encounters in the Pantanal are much more common and last longer than in  other locations – the jaguars tend to be twice as large as in the  Amazon, too.

#4 Cuiabá River, northern Pantanal, Brazil

There is still more to learn about this incredible creature!

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