Brazil Amazon & Guimaraes
Chapada dos Guimarães in Brazil’s western Mato Grosso state, is a national park with dramatic red sandstone cliffs, limestone caves and waterfalls. Excursions to the park can be made from Cuiabá or Chapada dos Guimarães town. The Salgadeira tourist centre offers camping near a waterfall but Bridal Veil Falls, near Buriti is less crowded. Interesting sites include; Aroe Jari, a huge 1,500m long sandstone Grotto, the Blue Lagoon, and the Cachoeirinha falls.
This tour includes Pantanal, the Savanna Tablelands and the Amazon Rain Forest providing a true photo-safari. Begin in Cuiaba capital of Moto Grosso, the only state in Brazil that holds within its borders three Ecosystems. Explore, Brazil’s rich savannas and the spectacular beauty of the Chapada dos Guimarães National Park. Then travel to Pantanal, one of the last great wildernesses, the largest contiguous wetland on the planet. Wildlife includes nearly 700 bird species, 100 mammals and over 170 reptiles.
TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 8-DAY BRAZIL AMAZON & GUIMARAES TOUR…
And, experience a short hike in the Chapada Dos Guimarães National Park.
The mythical Amazon can only be described in superlatives. It is the largest and most intact rain forest region in the world. Through this large area, flows an extensive drainage system of more than thousand rivers, which account for 20% of the world’s fresh surface water.
The heartland of Brazil called “CERRADO” is considered the richest savannas in the world, due to its high plant diversity and endemism. Most of Brazil’s big rivers find their sources here. It’s an area of enormous ecological importance with many areas of spectacular beauty, as the National Park of “Chapada dos Guimarães”. Its biodiversity includes: 837 birds spices, 161 mammals, 120 reptiles and over 10.000 vascular plants from witch 44% are endemic.
The Pantanal, one of the last great wildernesses, is the largest contiguous wetland on the planet, declared a World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, is South America’s primary wildlife sanctuary. This fantastic biodiversity includes: 698 birds species, 100 mammals, 177 reptiles, 40 amphibians and over 250 fish species.
There are plenty of choices of carrier to Brazil from the UK, with São Paulo and Rio being the usual points of arrival. If your ultimate destination is neither of these cities, it is usually best to connect in Rio, or connect with a flight on the continent, where your options are TAM to Recife from Paris, or TAP via Lisbon to Recife, Salvador, Fortaleza, Natal, Belo Horizonte and Brasília. If you only want to go to the Amazon, Manaus via Miami with TAM is your best bet, but it’s unlikely to be cheaper or quicker than a flight to Rio or São Paulo and then a connection north.
Amazon and Guimaraes
Pantanal, Amazon & Savanna
(08 Days – Travel Any Day)
Day 1 – Arrive
Amazon Rain Forest Arrival at Cuiabá airport. Meet and greet and transfer to the Amazon Rain Forest. (approximately 4.5 hours). Birding along the Orchid Trail (numerous hummingbirds, painted parakeet, blue-headed parrot, masked trogon, etc.)
Dinner and overnight (D)
Day 2 – Experience Amazon
Amazon Rain Forest After breakfast, an amazing trail will take you deep into the Forest, and contact with its exuberant fauna and flora. Good chances to meet tapir, the largest mammal in South America and you will see a variety of birds. The walk will be followed by boat trip on the River “Claro”, exploring the Anaconda Lake where you will stop for swimming on the Palmeira beach. Fish barbecue and light nap in a hammocks.
Later, canoe down the Claro River, enjoying the solitude of the jungle and its different life forms: (moscovy duck, long tailed tyrant, cormorant, Amazon kingfisher, green and rufous kingfisher, swallow tanager, herons, etc)
Overnight at Jardim da Amazonia Lodge (B, L, D)
Day 3 – Adventure Tour
Chapada Dos Guimarães National Park After breakfast, departure to the Chapada dos Guimarães Tablelands. The Serra Azul in Nobres is a natural divisor of the Amazon River and Paraguay River watersheds. We will take a short hike to visit caves, grottos and blue lakes of the Serra Azul where we will enjoy snorkelling amid colourful fishes. After lunch continue travel to Chapada dos Guimarães , by the end of the day arrive at the National Park.
Overnight at the charming Park Eco Lodge (B, L, D)
Day 4 – Adventure Tour
Chapada Dos Guimarães National Park Today is devoted to wonderful hikes through the National Park. The wind and rain sculpted intriguing shapes in the sand stones covered with rich “Cerrado” vegetation, its bird’s songs and crystal clear water falls add to the enjoyment of the area. The hike ends at the 86m high water fall “Véu de Noiva” where we’ll enjoy a traditional meal at the local restaurant, looking down to a huge canyon. Late afternoon light hike to enjoy sun setting
Overnight at Park Eco Lodge (B, L, D)
Day 5 – Adventure Tour
Pantanal Lowlands We take a short drive through the historical town of Chapada, visit the first church of the State of Mato Grosso. Lunch at a local restaurant with enchanting views of the Pantanal plains.
Continue our drive to the lowlands of Pantanal until the charming “gold miners” town of Poconé where we make a “Pit-stop” for a tea break. On reaching the lodge, take a presentation tour of the Lodge and surroundings and later enjoy Pantanal landscape and its flora and fauna. After dinner take a night walk to enjoy the south hemisphere night sky, sounds and freshness.
Overnight at Araras Eco lodge (B, L, D)
Pantanal’s Waters Cycles:
October, first rains after at least 90 days of absolute dryness.
November / December, the plain become green again with the first rains.
January begins the flood, reaching its crest middle of March, and end of rain season.
April to June, progressively drying out. July to September, the plain is fully dry.
Day 6 – Canoe Trip
Pantanal Early morning departure on a “safari-truck” towards Corichão River, for a canoe trip. Guests are invited to paddle, in parties of two, their own canoe, enjoying the scenery at their own rhythm. Lunch at river camp. Return to Lodge for afternoon “siesta”. Tea and snacks, before afternoon activity. Departure on “safari-truck”, south along the Park road, for further wildlife spotting. Dinner followed by tea around open fire place or a slide presentation.
Overnight at Araras Eco lodge (B, L, D)
Day 7 – Horse Back Ride
Pantanal Early morning sunrise walk and time to enjoy the amazing symphony produced by the different birds and monkeys, announcing a new day. Return for breakfast before taking a horse back ride to learn about this incredible “mosaic” of Brazilian ecosystems.
Afternoon siesta, followed by a walk to Araras famous “Howler Monkeys Tower”, a 25m high wooden tower, build amid dense forest, home of tree different monkeys species and from where you have a fabulous overview on the plain, forest and surrounding area. Dinner followed by a night drive to look for nocturnal wildlife.
Overnight at Araras Eco lodge (B, L, D)
Day 8 – Transfer
Cuiabá Airport Morning at ease for personal undertakings with the assistance of your guide, before taking your transfer to Cuiabá airport.
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Overview Brazil is bigger than the United States (excluding Alaska) and the journey from Recife in the east to the western border with Peru is longer than that from London to Moscow, and the distance between the northern and southern borders is about the same as that between New York and Los Angeles.
Roughly two-thirds of Brazil’s population live near the coast and well over half live in cities. In Rio and São Paulo, Brazil has two of the world’s great metropolises. Most Brazilians speak Portuguese but there are also Spanish speakers who won’t understand Portuguese.
In the extreme south German and eastern European immigration has left distinctive traces; São Paulo has the world’s largest Japanese community outside Japan; a large Afro-Brazilian population is concentrated in Rio, Salvador and São Luís; while the Indian influence is very visible in the Amazon.
Where to go The three largest cities in Brazil; São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Belo Horizonte are worth visiting but Rio, which really is as beautiful as it seems in pictures, is the one essential destination.
The South, encompassing the states of Paraná, Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul includes much of the enormous Paraná River system. Further south-west are the spectacular Iguaçu Falls on the border with Argentina, one of the great natural wonders of South America.
The Central Brazil is dominated by an enormous plateau of savanna and rock escarpments. In the middle, lies Brasília, the country’s space-age capital, and gateway to Mato Grosso. It includes the Pantanal, the largest wetlands in the world and the richest wildlife reserve anywhere in the Americas. North and west Mato Grosso shades into the Amazon, the world’s largest river basin that also contains two major cities – Belém, at the mouth of the Amazon itself, and Manaus, some 1600km upstream.
The Northeast, the part of Brazil that curves out into the Atlantic Ocean is a region of dramatic contrasts: a lush tropical coastline with the best beaches in Brazil. Two of its largest cities; Recife and Salvador, are most heavily Afro-Brazilian and a fascinating place to visit.
When to go When thinking about the best time to visit Brazil, it’s worth bearing in mind that the country splits into four distinct climatic regions. The only part of Brazil that ever gets really cold is the South and Southeast, the region roughly from central Minas Gerais to Rio Grande do Sul that includes Belo Horizonte, São Paulo and Porto Alegre.
In January the rains are coming to an end and it is a good time to visit Rio. But the warmer days are accompanied by the start of the rains in the Amazon and the Pantanal. February is Carnival time in Brazil. In April and May the temperatures begin to decline and by end April, Pantanal enters its dry season.
June and July is winter in Brazil but temperatures rarely hit freezing overnight. It is a good time to visit the Green Coast between Rio and Sao Paulo; evenings are cooler, but the air is fresh and the sea still warm. Bahia's rainy season tends to begin in June, with one or two showers that arrive in the afternoon.
August and October are perhaps the best time to visit the Pantanal, and also great for spending time in Rio, where spring is arriving, there are few clouds in the sky and the temperatures are on the rise. Summer arrives in November, and you can expect high temperatures across the country. Rio de Janeiro in December tends to be hot and dry, but it gets busy during Christmas and New Year.
Visa Visas for Brazil are not required by all nationals of EU countries for stays of up to 90 days. Visas are required by nationals of Australia, Canada and the USA. Other national to check with Brazilian Consulate in their respective countries.
For UK Travellers: British nationals can normally enter Brazil without a visa as a tourist.
Make sure you comply with Brazilian immigration laws on arrival in the country. You must satisfy the Federal Police (the Brazilian immigration authority) of your intended purpose of visit. You will need to be able to demonstrate that you have enough money for the duration of your stay, and provide details of your accommodation and evidence of return or onward travel. Make sure your passport is stamped. If it is not, you may be fined on departure. Keep your immigration landing card. You’ll need it when you leave. If you lose it you may be fined.
Passport validity: Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Brazil.
For further information about visas see the website of the Brazilian Consulate in London.
Visa information source: www.gov.uk