Day 1 Cuiaba - Pantanal (D)
Arrive in Cuiaba. Transfer by minivan. The transfer is divided in two stages: the first, on a paved road for 100 km to Poconé, past farms and through the Brazilian savanna. After a short stop in Poconé, we start the second stage of the transfer entering at Km 0 of the Transpantaneira Park Road (dirt road) built on a level higher than the floodplain. The road has more than 127 wooden bridges, fording fields, bays and grazing lands. Arrive at your lodge mid-afternoon. Late afternoon - hike. After dinner, a star gazing trek, to hear the sounds of the Pantanal.
Day 2 Pantanal (B,L,D)
Full day dedicated to observing the Pantanal’s flora & fauna at the Araras Eco Lodge private reserve. After breakfast, the guide will lead you on a 2 to 3 hour horse ride through the grazing fields, woods and flood lands. Lunch at the lodge. In the afternoon, join a hike to a different area of the reservation, allowing you to watch and learn about this ecosystem.
Day 3 Pantanal (B,L,D)
After breakfast, depart to Clarinho River. Here take a canoe and explore the river banks, mangroves and forest. With some luck, you can spot a family of Ariranhas (giant otters) fishing, playing and teaching the babies to swim and fish. The chance to fish the elusive Piranha; known for nibbling the bait off the hook, without the fisherman noticing! Lambaris, another species of fresh water fish are an easy catch and are delicious when barbecued. A picnic barbecue lunch will be prepared at the camp site. Return to the lodge at the end of the afternoon.
Day 4 Pantanal - Cuiaba (B,L)
The day begins with a very early start to see the sunrise from the top of Mirante da Garça (Heron’s Tower). Listen to the sounds of the birds leaving the nests for the day and the rising sun touching the vegetation. Breakfast and depart for a hike. Lunch and transfer to Cuiabá airport enjoying, once again, the beautiful road and the opportunity for last minute photos.
Dates & Prices
Prices Per Person NZ$
2016 Double Single
Jan - Mar $1575 $1930
Apr-Jun $1625 $1995
Jul-Oct $1775 $2230
Nov-Dec $1625 $1995
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