Chapada dos Guimarães & Amazon Adventure



Chapada dos Guimarães & Amazon Adventure

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.

And, experience a short hike in the Chapada Dos Guimarães National Park.

What We Love
  • Exclusive tour, guided privately by a multilingual guide throughout the trip.
  • All touring is flexible and can be customised to incorporate special interests.
  • Designed with the best luxury accommodation and services available. 
  • Depart and return whenever you choose – shorten or lengthen the tour to suite your wishes.
  • Around-the-clock support with our local contacts at our associate offices throughout South America.
What to Know
  • This tour is designed to provide maximum outdoor experience and may require walking on rough surfaces. 
  • Bring proper walking gear and outdoor clothing. Do not forget your skin and eye protection items
  • We offer 24/7 support during your tour to give you complete peace of mind during your holiday.
  • Our Brazil tours easily combine with touring other destinations in South America
  • We strongly recommend that you take travel insurance for this holiday.

Chapada dos Guimarães & Amazon Adventure 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.

Chapada dos Guimarães & Amazon Adventure Brazil

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  • Exclusive Tour: your own private multilingual guide throughout the trip  
  • Price Guarantee: costing 25-30% less than similar tours of the same flexibility and quality
  • Tailor Made: customised itinerary to create your dream holiday
  • Duration: shorten or lengthen the tour to suit your wishes
  • Dates: depart and return whenever you choose
  • Hotels: change hotel grade to suit your budget
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Getting There 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.

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. 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 temperatures begin to decline and by May, Pantanal enters its dry season. June and July is winter in Brazil but temperatures rarely hit freezing overnight.

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.