A Pantanal Tour is a must for wildlife lovers. 150,000 km2 makes it the largest wetland in the world. Home to 698 bird species, 80 mammals, 260 species of fish and 50 reptiles. Something for everyone.
Day 1 – Arrive in the Pantanal
Your vehicle will be waiting at Cuaiba airport when you arrive from either Rio or Sao Paulo to drive you to your Pantanal lodge. Crossing the famous wetlands we will get the chance to see a variety of wildlife on our way. On arrival at the Araras Eco Lodge (or similar) you will be greeted with a welcome drink and shown to your comfortable rooms. Once settled in we shall go for a short walk around the vicinity of the lodge to soak in the atmosphere and climb the 40 ft observation tower for wonderful views of the setting sun. After dinner your guide will take you for a night walk to listen to the sounds of the Pantanal and to gaze at the stars, without the interference of artificial light which us city dwellers always have to deal with!
Day 2 – Getting to know the flora and fauna of the Pantanal
This morning your expert guides will lead you on a two to three hour horse ride to explore some of the lodge´s private reserve. They will tell you all about the flora and fauna you see along the way and give you some fascinating insights into the life of the Pantanal from an unusual view point. After lunch the guided exploration of the Pantanal will follow but this time on foot, and in the evening you can explore more if you have energy, or simply relax in these restful surroundings.
Day 3 – Pantanal Tour of the waterways by canoe
The lodge staff will firstly prepare a lovely Brazilian buffet breakfast and we will then drive out to the Rio Clarinho at Sentinal Camp (or similar location). From here we board canoes for a gentle paddle along the still waters. We hope to see giant otters from the boats, as we pass by mangrove swamps filled with fish and if you are lucky you may even catch a Piranha. Your guide will tell you all about the flora and fauna of this amazing ecosystem. Lunch will be a special treat, a Brazilian barbeque, known as a churassco and we will be back at the lodge in time to watch the sun go down with a cocktail in your hand.
Day 4 – The dawn chorus and the end of your Pantanal Tour
Today you will be woken up early, and we will head out to the Heron´s Tower, which at 40ft high, is a great place to observe the local birds as they start to go about their day. After a final delicious breakfast we will drive back along the park road for two and a half hour journey to the airport. You might be continuing to another part of Brazil with us?