Pantanal Brazil Holiday
Pantanal is the world’s largest tropical wetland, located mainly in western Brazil’s Mato Grosso do Sul state. Renowned for its wildlife, it's home to hundreds of species of birds, and fauna like jaguars, giant otters, anacondas and caimans. Campo Grande, in Northern Pantanal, offer Bonito, an excellent stop for eco-tourists, while Corumba on Paraguay river, near Bolvian border, is a major draw for sportfishing. The city of Cuiabá serves as the northern gateway to the Pantanal.
Starting in Sao Paulo, transfer to Cuiba in the Amazon rainforest. Transfer to Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park, in an area called the “Cerrado”, the world’s richest savanna. Most of Brazil’s big rivers find their source here in the small mountain range called the “Tombador Complex”. The Pantanal, one of the last great wildernesses, is the largest continuous wetland on the planet. Its known for its amazing wildlife and first-class bird watching.
TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 11 DAY PANTANAL ADVENTURE...
And, experience Brazil’s Atlantic Rainforests, the Savanna & Paraguayan Chaco.
Mato Grosso is the only state in Brazil that holds within its borders three Ecosystems almost equidistant from its capital, Cuiaba. This program provides you with the opportunity of visiting the Pantanal, the Savanna Tablelands and the Amazon Rainforest, comprising 1,050 km of a true photo-safari without wasting time with flights and airports.
The mythical Amazon can only be described in superlatives. It covers an area of more than 5 million square kilometres of which 80% is on Brazilian territory and those spread in 8 states, one of which is the state of Mato Grosso. It is the third largest and most intact rainforest region in the world. Through this large area flows an extensive drainage system of more than a thousand rivers, which account for 20% of the world’s fresh surface water.
The heartland of Brazil covers an area equal to Western Europe, and its original vegetation is called “Cerrado”, considered the richest savanna in the world due to its high plant diversity and endemism. Most of Brazil’s big rivers find their source here. It’s an area of enormous ecological importance with many areas of spectacular beauty, such as the Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park.
The Pantanal, one of the last great wildernesses, is the largest continuous wetland on the planet, declared a World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve, its South America’s primary wildlife sanctuary. With a total area of 240,000 sq km located at the centre of the continent, the Pantanal is a bio-geographic mixing bowl, containing elements of the Amazon and Atlantic Rainforests, the Brazilian Savanna and the Paraguayan Chaco.
There are no direct flights from Britain to Bolivia. The most direct routes go via Madrid, Miami, Buenos Aires or São Paulo, each of which is connected by daily flights from London; British Airways flies to each of these destinations, and there are numerous other options for both Miami and Madrid. Air Europa, has flights from London via Madrid to Buenos Aires and Lima, from where you can take a connecting flight.
Amazon, Cerrado & Pantanal
(11 Days – Travel Any Day)
Day 01 – Arrive
Sao Paulo, Brazil Arrive in Sao Paulo and take a connecting flight to Cuiaba. Meet and greet on arrival and transfer to your hotel.
Alternatively you can stay overnight in Sao Paulo and take the next day early morning flight to Cuiba.
Overnight at the Sao Paulo Airport Caesar Business International Hotel
Day 02 to 04 – Optional Tours
Amazon Rainforest Depending on which option you selected for the previous day, you will be met at your hotel in Cuiaba for the transfer to the Amazon Rainforest, or be met at Cuiaba Airport for the transfer. Transfer time is approximately 4.5 hours. Explore the Amazon rainforest for 3 nights.
Day 05 – Walking Tour
Chapada Dos Guimaraes National Park After breakfast, depart for Nobres.
Nobres is a municipality located 140km northeast of Cuiaba. Due to a large concentration of limestone in its ground, we will find many caves and grottoes. The topography of the area features a small mountain range called the “Tombador Complex”, with rolling valleys and tablelands. These characteristics present a remarkable visual effect. Dozens of complex cave systems cross the region, just like the better known and more crowded Bonito, the area has many rivers, lakes and caverns of crystal clear blue waters, the habitat of several species of fish and plants, and an outstanding area for snorkelling and caving.
All water activities will have safety instruction briefing. Snorkel equipment will be provided for a 45-minute fun along the Salobra River, filled with thousands of colourful fish. After lunch, continue to Chapada dos Guimaraes, in the heart of the South American Continent. On arrival, check in to the charming Park Eco Lodge and perhaps take a reconnaissance walk before dinner.
The Park Eco Lodge with its 150 hectares of private reserve includes 2 waterfalls (from December to July), caves, and several well prepared trails for the enjoyment of the most demanding nature lovers. Its 8 rooms and 1 suite offer comfort with charming décor and the “Teta da Loba” Restaurant and Bar serves cuisine from the regions rich flora. From the lodge most of the main attractions of the Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park, are within walking distance. Not to be forgotten are the almost daily glorious sunsets that can be enjoyed from its large verandas and hammocks.
Park Eco Lodge (B, L, D)
Day 06 – Walking Tour
Chapada Dos Guimaraes National Park This day is devoted to wonderful hikes through the National Park. The wind and rain have sculpted intriguing shapes in the sand stone covered with rich Cerrado vegetation. Its bird’s songs and crystal clear waterfalls add to the enjoyment of the walk.
The hike ends at the 86m high waterfall “Veu de Noiva” where we’ll enjoy a traditional meal at the local restaurant, looking down into this huge canyon. Later, a light hike along the “Stone House” trail will take us back to the lodge in time for dinner.
Park Eco Lodge (B, L, D)
Day 07 – Birdwatching & Wildlife Tour
Pantanal Lowlands Check out after breakfast and drive down to visit the “Veredas da Salgadeira”, humid areas adorned by the “buriti” palms at the slope of the Chapada Cliffs. Stop for lunch at Las Velas Restaurant in Cuiaba before driving on to Araras Eco Lodge in the lowlands of the Pantanal with pit-stops enroute.
The Araras Eco Lodge is located amidst unique and rare biological diversity and built in harmony with the environment, without renouncing comfort. It offers 19 comfortable rooms with air-conditioning and private bath. A swimming pool to refresh after a good walk, a bar with a large selection of cold drinks and a restaurant with delicious, organic, home style food. Its enviably-preserved surroundings, spread on 2,700 hectares of private preserve, offers the opportunity for first class bird watching, trekking in pristine forests, canoeing, horseback riding, jeep photo-safari and much more! Two observation towers, 12m and 25m high, linked by 1200m of catwalks on stilts, guarantee easy access to nature and wildlife.
Araras Pantanal Eco Lodge (B, L, D)
Day 08 – Birdwatching & Wildlife Tour
Pantanal Lowlands After breakfast, depart for the Clarinho River along private dirt roads. As you explore its calm waters in canoes, there are good chances to spot giant river-otters. Have some fun fishing for piranhas to complete your local style barbeque on the banks of the river. Walk the trails along the shore before returning to the lodge for sunset at the 25m high Howler Monkey Tower.
Araras Pantanal Eco Lodge (B, L, D)
Day 09 – Birdwatching & Wildlife Tour
Pantanal Lowlands Today is devoted to exploring the Araras Eco Lodge’s private reserve. After breakfast the guide will lead you on horseback (or walk) across this gorgeous ecosystem.
After lunch, take a photo-safari down the Transpantaneira Park Road.
Araras Pantanal Eco Lodge (B, L, D)
Day 10 – Short Tour & Transfer
Cuiaba Enjoy a sunrise walk followed by breakfast. The rest of the morning is at your leisure before you transfer back to Cuiaba- about a 2-½ hour drive. Upon arrival in Cuiaba, you will be met and driven to the Hotel Deville Cuiaba for overnight.
Hotel Deville Cuiaba (B)
Day 11 – Depart
Cuiaba Today you will be met and transferred to Cuiaba Airport for your flight home. (B)
The true price is customised based on final choice of hotels, travel dates, and other custom preferences. All prices exclude international flights.
Price Includes: hotels, airport transfers and transportation within the country, unique experiences guided by local experts and 24X7 support during your trip.
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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