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From £3,987 per person for 5 nights (based on 2 adults sharing)*
Spread over 89,000 square miles, the vast Pantanal is the best place in South America to see wildlife. Spot giant anteaters, capuchin monkeys and armadillos in this pristine wilderness – and look out for elusive jaguars.

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Wonders of Wildlife
Summary

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On our Journey to Brazil’s Pantanal, you’re really in for a wild adventure. Home to the elusive jaguar, the immense Pantanal is the world’s largest wetland – a vast, empty area harbouring one of the globe’s most diverse ecosystems. You’ll have the chance to spot a plethora of animal species, from giant otters to caiman, capybaras and anteaters. An undoubted highlight is searching out the evasive jaguars who call the region's riverbanks and forests home. 

AWESOME ELEMENTS INCLUDED IN THE TOUR PRICE:

  • See the vast surrounding landscape of the Pantanal from the Araras Lodge lookout 
  • Cruise along the Paraguay River to spot elusive jaguars 
  • Stargaze under the twinkling skies of the Southern Hemisphere
  • Hike through the world’s largest wetland, alongside howler monkeys, armadillo and giant anteaters
  • See giant otters at play as you canoe through untouched mangrove forest
  • Hide out between to the trees, for birds’ eye views of storks nests

Pantanal Summary

On this adventure safari, you’ll explore the landscape in every possible way, travelling through it by boat, on foot, on horseback and by car. If you love taking photos, your private guide will help you get the best shots; or tour the riverbank by bike for up-close-and-personal interactions with the wild local residents. Traversing the region’s vast, tranquil river by boat is the ultimate safari adventure – passing capybara and snoozing caiman, and possibly even spotting elusive jaguars on the white sand beaches that line the water.

You’ll split your time between two beautiful lodges, both renowned for their professional and passionate attitude to wildlife viewing and adventure travel. In your downtime, watch birds flit between the trees as you relax in a hammock, or take part in activities provided by your lodges, such as a night safari or bike tour along the riverbank. 


Please click the Full Itinerary tab for the full daily itinerary, details of what's included and information about children and solo travellers.


GETTING THERE

Typical return Economy flights from London cost around £800 per person and take approximately 17 depending on exact flight configurations and layover times. 

Please note: For this particular experience we suggest that you land at Guarulhos International Airport on your flight from London, and take off from Guarulhos International Airport for your connecting flight to Cuiaba to avoid having to change airports upon arrival in Sao Paulo.

Experience start point: Cuiaba (CGE). Suggested arrival by 3pm.

End point: Cuiaba (CGE). You’ll arrive at the airport at 1pm on the final day, so we suggest a late afternoon or evening departure.

All tour departures up to 31st December 2018 are part of our Pioneers Club promotion. Click here for more information about the Pioneers Club.

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Full Itinerary

Itinerary

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Day One: Into the Pantanal

You’ll be met at Cuiaba Airport for a fascinating briefing on the Pantanal ecosystem and region, before leaving with a group transfer to Araras Eco Lodge (depending on your flight time, this will be at 1.20pm or 4pm). The transfer is an adventure in itself: during the first hour and a half, you’ll drive along paved roads, past farms and ranches, to reach the little mining town of Pocone, gateway to the Northern Pantanal. After that, you’ll transfer onto the Transpantaneira Park Road, which cuts through the national park above water level, bordered by pink blossoming ipé trees in August. You might find yourself sharing the road with hawks and caiman, and you’ll make stops en route to search for wildlife and take photos, before arriving at Araras, a quirkily decorated lodge where hammocks swing outside the rooms and brightly coloured birds flit between the trees. After a welcome drink and check-in, you’ll embark on a guided introductory walk through the surrounding area, heading to the Great Egret Lookout from where you can see the vast landscape from 12 metres above, before returning for dinner. Then you’ll take a night walk under a sky illuminated by the twinkling stars of the Southern Hemisphere. 

Overnight at Araras Eco Lodge

Meals included: Dinner

Pantanal Macaw


Day Two: Monkey Business

After breakfast, take a photo safari along the dirt roads leading to the Clarinho River. When you reach its banks, you’ll board a canoe to paddle through mangrove forest, spotting the local colony of ariranhas (giant river otters) – you may even catch the babies having a swimming and fishing lesson. Piranha live in these waters and you’ll get the chance to try and catch one – though they are famous for taking the bait from rods without anyone noticing! The lambaris here are easier to catch, and its these you’ll be eating for your barbecue lunch on the bank.* Hammocks will be strung beneath the trees so you can siesta afterwards, before returning to the lodge for afternoon tea. In the afternoon, you’ll head out again, on a trek to spot howler monkeys, arriving at the lodge’s highest observation point in time for a stunning sunset. After dinner back at the lodge, you’ll take a night drive in search of nocturnal animals, including ocelot, owls, anteaters, wild boar – and perhaps even jaguar.

*Weather conditions can sometimes make it impossible to reach this location. In this event, you will canoe along an alternative stretch, returning to the lodge for lunch. 

Overnight at Araras Eco Lodge

Meals included: Breakfast; lunch; dinner

Giant Otter


Day Three: Onwards into the Pantanal

It’s an early start today as you leave Araras on the five-hour trip towards Baiazinha Lodge, a stunning six-room lakeside hideaway, lost on a 53,000 hectare ranch. You’ll drive along paved road until it segues to almost 50 miles of dirt track – giving you an idea of just how remote this location is. After check-in, you’ll have lunch and then it’s time for the trip’s first river safari. Boarding the lodge’s motorboat, you’ll cruise along the Paraguay river (the Pantanal’s main watery thoroughfare) for the once in a lifetime opportunity to spot jaguar searching for prey on the region’s white sand beaches and river banks. Jaguars are the world’s third largest wild cat and South America’s top predators, but they can be elusive. Visiting Balazinha gives an opportunity to search for them in the practically pristine territory near the Talaman Ecological Reserve, which has a large jaguar population (although seeing one is not guaranteed). As you travel across the water, look out for capybaras and caiman sunbathing on the beach and giant river otters playing in the water. You’ll return to the lodge for dinner.

Overnight at Baiazinha Lodge

Meals included: Breakfast; lunch; dinner

Baizinha Lodge

© Refúgio Ecológico Caiman



Days Four & Five: Water World

You’ll spend the next two days on the water – heading out by boat for morning forays into the landscape, in search of jaguar. You’ll see hyacinth macaws flitting through the trees, and perhaps find more armadillo, tapir and giant anteater. Avoiding the midday heat, you’ll set out early in the morning, returning for lunch and to relax in the afternoon. You can also take advantage of the lodge’s daily-changing programme of activities, which include walking tours of the surrounding countryside, night safaris by Jeep to search for glowing-eyed caiman and snuffling tapir, and bike tours beside the river banks and across its waters.

Overnight at Baiazinha Lodge

Meals included: Breakfast; lunch; dinner

Baizinha Jaguar


Day Six: Making Tracks for Home

After an early breakfast, it’s time to transfer back to the airport for your journey home. You’ll arrive at Cuiaba by around 1pm.

Meals included: Breakfast


Accommodation

Your hotel category for the duration of your experience is:


Premium ★★★★

Premium hotels are typically upper mid range (usually four star), with more amenities than our classic choices. They all have comfortable rooms with private facilities and have received good client feedback.


Overall meals included: 5 Breakfasts; 4 lunches; 5 dinners

What's included:

  • Private English-speaking guides unless stated otherwise
  • Private transfers unless stated otherwise
  • Meals as listed
  • Mandatory taxes and service fees
  • Entrance tickets and permits unless stated otherwise

What's not included:

  • International flights to/from the start/end point of our experiences
  • Optional extras listed
  • Tips for guides, drivers, hotel and restaurant staff
  • Any visa, customs, airport taxes or similar charges before or after the tour
  • We cannot guarantee the included hotel breakfast for early departures
  • Drinks during meals unless stated otherwise
  • Personal expenses, such as laundry

What to pack:

  • Mosquito repellent and sunscreen
  • Binoculars, camera and torch
  • Long, loose layers and long socks
  • Comfortable walking shoes/boots
  • Swimwear

For Home Office travel advice to this country, read more here

Children: Please note for this experience, children aged 8 or older are classed as adults. 

Please note: There is little to no mobile phone coverage at the lodges, but wifi is available in the communal areas.


Note: If you’d like to combine your Pantanal experience with a visit to Rio, please see our Journey through Brazil’s Pantanal & Rio experience.

Cancellation Policy for this experience

Up to 60 days prior to departure - 60% of holiday cost

From 59 days prior to departure - 100% of holiday cost

*These are additional constraints to our normal Terms & Conditions.


GETTING THERE

Typical return Economy flights from London cost around £800 per person and take approximately 17 depending on exact flight configurations and layover times. 

Please note: For this particular experience we suggest that you land at Guarulhos International Airport on your flight from London, and take off from Guarulhos International Airport for your connecting flight to Cuiaba to avoid having to change airports upon arrival in Sao Paulo. 

Experience start point: Cuiaba (CGE). Suggested arrival by 3pm.

End point: Cuiaba (CGE). You’ll arrive at the airport at 1pm on the final day, so we suggest a late afternoon or evening departure.


All tour departures up to 31st December 2018 are part of our Pioneers Club promotion. Click here for more information about the Pioneers Club.

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