Pantanal and Chapada dos Guimarães

9 Days - from £1,900 pp

This 9-day tour will take you to the very center of South America which has been blessed with a spectacular limestone landscape of table mountains, caverns and blue lakes of Chapada dos Guimarães and further down you will descend to the Pantanal – simply the best wildlife sanctuary in South America. Although far from the beach, you will still have plenty of option for cooling dips into freshwater natural pools. The best time to visit would be during the dry season (July-September) or the transition seasons (March-June and September-November).

Note: Pantanal is a great region of Brazil for self-drive holidays,  and if you choose to do so, you will have full support from our side throughout the journey.

Day 1 - Arrival and transfer to Chapada dos Guimarães

Today you will land in Cuiabá, where you will be picked up at the airport and transferred to the lodge in the park. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. In the afternoon, take a sunset trip with stunning views from Centro Geodésico da América do Sul.

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Day 2 - Chapada dos Guimarães

Today is fully reserved for wonderful hikes through the national park. Birds singing and crystal clear waterfalls will add to the spirit of the walk. The wind and rain have sculpted intriguing shapes in the sand stones covered with rich cerrado vegetation. The hike ends at Véu de Noiva waterfall. Stop for a traditional meal at the local restaurant, looking down into this huge canyon. Later on, have a light hike along the “Stone House” trail back.

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Day 3 - Nobres

Today take a spectacular tour to enchanted aquariums, blue waterfalls in the middle of the forest and immaculate sources where you can swim and fluctuate with a myriad of colourful fishes. In the afternoon, visit Lagoa das Araras, where we will meet hundreds of blue-yellow macaws. Later on continue to Cachoeira da Serra Azul, which is considered one of the most beautiful in Brazil.

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Day 4 - Chapada dos Guimarães

Start with an early breakfast and soon after head out across farm fields, until you will reach the begging of an exciting trail leading to Caverna Aroe-Jari (Frenchmen cave) – the largest sandstone cave in Brazil. Later on continue to Gruta da Lagoa Azul. Before returning back, take a dip to refresh in a small waterfall.

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Day 5 - Chapada dos Guimarães to Pantanal

After breakfast visit Veredas da Salgadeira, a humid areas with buriti palms trees at the slope of the chapada cliffs. After lunch drive to the lowlands of the Pantanal – the world’s largest wetlands area. Though less known than the Amazon, it remains one of the most unspoilt and abundant habitats in the world.

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Day 6 - Pantanal

After breakfast, depart to Rio Clarinho for a canoe trip to explore the river banks, mangroves and forest. Watch the wildlife and catch a piranha. Spend the afternoon at leisure. There is a chance to see the jaguar, you might be a lucky one!

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Day 7 - Pantanal

After breakfast, depart to Porto Jofre by taking the Transpantaneira road, for a Jaguar spotting tour. After lunch balance the day at leisure in the hammocks, soaking up the beautiful nature.

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Day 8 - Porto Jofre

After breakfast, take a morning boat trip along the thousands of small rivers of the Pantanal. After lunch you will have a walk into the nature, learning about the local plants and wildlife.

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Day 9 - Porto Jofre to Cuiabá

Today you will be transferred back to Cuiabá for further travel arrangements. We would recommend to combine this trip with a few days at the beach either in Bahia or in the Rio de Janeiro area.

Included

  • Prices start from £1,900 per person based on 2 people sharing a DBL room during the high season, excluding national holidays
  • Boutique Accommodation on Full Board basis (alcoholic drinks excluded) at the fazenda in the Pantanal and on a B&B basis in Cuiabá and Chapada dos Guimarães
  • Private transfers (air-conditioned vehicle)
  • All entrance fees with service of English speaking guide for excursions
  • Local taxes
  • All trips are ATOL protected or ABTA bonded to ensure you are fully covered