Pantanal & Chapada Dos Guimaraes Adventure



Pantanal & Chapada Dos Guimaraes Adventure

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. 

And, experience Brazil’s Atlantic Rainforests, the Savanna & Paraguayan Chaco.

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.

Pantanal & Chapada Dos Guimaraes Adventure 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)

Pantanal & Chapada Dos Guimaraes Adventure Brazil

Make this your holiday

  • 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
  • Group Discounts: call 020 8350 6199

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.