Amazon, Cerrado (Savanna) and Pantanal
The mythical Amazon can only be described in superlatives. It covers an area of more than 5 millions square kilometers of which 80% is on Brazilian territory in 8 States.
The heartland of Brazil covers an area equal to Western Europe (2,000,000 sq km), and its original vegetation is called “cerrado”. It is considered the richest savanna in the world, due to its high plant diversity and endemism. Its biodiversity includes 837 bird’s spices, 161 mammals, 120 reptiles and over 10.000 vascular plants.
The Pantanal, one of the last great wildernesses, is the largest contiguous wetland on the planet, declared a World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, is South America’s primary wildlife sanctuary. With a total area of 240,000 sq km located in the center of the continent.
Day 1 - AMAZON
Arrival at Cuiabá/Várzea Grande airport or pick up and regular transfer to the Amazon Rain Forest. (310 km paved federal road– approximately 4.5 hours). Late afternoon arrival, welcome drink and check-in at Jardim da Amazonia Lodge. A refreshing swim in the pool with clear running waters is recommended. Bird watching along the Orchid Trail (numerous hummingbirds, painted parakeet, blue-headed parrot, masked trogon, etc.) Dinner and overnight.
Day 2 - AMAZON
After breakfast, an amazing trail leads deep into the Forest, with contact with its exuberant fauna and flora. Good chances to see a tapir, the largest mammal in South America as well as numerous birds (solitary tinamou, royal flycatcher, silver beaked tanager, etc.). The walk will be followed by a fish barbecue and a light nap in a hammock. Later, canoe down the Claro River, enjoying the solitude of the jungle and its different life forms: (muscovy duck, long tailed tyrant, cormorant, Amazon kingfisher, green and rufous kingfisher, swallow tanager, herons…) Dinner and overnight at Jardim da Amazonia Lodge.
DAY 3 - AMAZON / CHAPADA DOS GUIMARÃES
After breakfast, departure to Nobres on a regular transfer (safari transfer only driver), a municipality located 140km Northeast of Cuiabá. Due to a large concentration of limestone in its ground, there are 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, the area has many rivers, lakes and caverns of blue crystal clear waters, habitat of several species of fishes and plants, outstanding for snorkeling and caving.
DAY 4 - CHAPADA DOS GUIMARÃES
Full day reserved for wonderful hikes through the National Park. The wind and rain have sculpted intriguing shapes in the sand stones covered with rich “Cerrado” vegetation. Its bird’s songs and clear waterfalls add to the enjoyment of the walk. The hike ends at the 86m high water fall “Véu de Noiva” and stop for a traditional meal at the local restaurant, looking down into this huge canyon. Later, light hike along the “Stone House” trail back to the Lodge. Dinner and overnight.
DAY 5 - CHAPADA DOS GUIMARÃES/ PANTANAL
After breakfast and check-out, drive down and visit the “Veredas da Salgadeira”, humid areas adorned by the “buriti” Palms at the slope of the Chapada cliffs. Lunch in Cuiabá at Las Velas restaurant. Drive on to the lowlands of the Pantanal along 111 km of paved road as far as the charming “gold miners” town of Poconé. Fast stop for snacks, toilet and picture taking of its central square, colonial buildings and cathedral. Then continue to the Transpantaneira Park Road for 32km until Araras Pantanal Ecolodge, welcome drink and check-in. Brief reconnaissance walk of its surroundings. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.
DAY 6 – PANTANAL
Breakfast and departure to Clarinho River along private dirt roads. Explore its calm waters in canoes. Good chances of spotting giant river-otters. Fish for piranhas to complete the local style barbecue on the banks of the river. Walk on the trails along its shore. Later in the afternoon, return to the lodge to enjoy the sunset at a 25m high Howler Monkey Tower panoramic wood-tower. Dinner and overnight.
DAY 7 – PANTANAL
Day to exploring the Lodge private reserve. After breakfast, horseback or walk across this gorgeous ecosystem led by the guide. Lunch. In the afternoon photo-safari down the Transpantaneira Park Road for an additional 25 km. Dinner and overnight.
DAY 8 – PANTANAL
Sunrise walk followed by breakfast. Morning at ease for personal undertakings with the assistance of the guide. Transfer to Cuiabá.
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Jardim d’Amazonia Lodge – 02 nights – package in regular basis
Transfer in and out; Full board; Activities as per program.
Araras Lodge – 03 nights – package in regular basis
Transfer in and out; Full board; Welcome drink; Activities as per program.
Park Lodge – 02 nights
Transfer in and out; Full board; Activities as per program
PANTANAL’S WATER CYCLES:
October: first rains after at least 90 days of absolute dryness.
November/December: plains becomes green again with the first rains.
January: flood begins, reaching its peak in the middle of March, and end of rain season.
April to June: progressively drying out.
July to September: plains are fully dry.
Our reference: #4846