Wildlife of the Pantanal
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Discover the extraordinary wildlife in the Pantanal
The Pantanal is a vast wetland area with an incredible diversity of flora and fauna. We will explore this spectacular region on foot, horse back, 4WD, boat or canoe. Many consider this is a far better wildlife viewing trip than the jungles of the Amazon, given the Pantanal's open landscape, compared with the jungle's dense forests. The wildlife viewing is usually very rewarding with possible sightings of alligators, capybaras, otters, monkeys, macaws, cormorants, ibis, parrots and toucans.
Day 1 Join at the airport in Cuiaba
Join at the airport in Cuiaba for the 130 km drive to the Pantanal. The drive takes place on tarred roads for around 50 km, the other 80 km is unsealed. Our journey will take around 3 hours during drought periods; during flood periods it can take longer, depending on the road conditions. Since the road is trans-Pantanal, we'll enjoy the beautiful landscape and the various species of birds and small animals during the journey. The transfer is non exclusive and we are joined by travellers from around the world. There are two transfers a day, departing from the airport at 13.00 and 17.30, so you should arrive in good time to rendezvous.
Days 2-3 Experience the Pantanal through a variety of activities
Few places on earth offer such an abundance of wildlife and our lodge in the North Pantanal in Mato Grosso state is perfectly located to explore. The days are spent enjoying jungle walks to find capybaras, spotting the many bird species, looking for the elusive jaguar and taking canoes out on to some of the jungle lagoons in the area. Participants should be aware there is no guarantee of seeing specific animals or birds - but you will have a good chance to experience true Pantanal first hand with the knowledge of an expert local guide with you. There are many means to explore (included in the trip cost) so we will use a combination of motorboat outings, canoe excursions, forest walks, tower experiences, night spotlighting outings and horseback rides to gain an intimate understanding of this magical part of the world.
Day 4 To Cuiaba airport where trip concludes
After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport (non private) where the trip concludes. There are two transfers a day, departing at 0700 and 1100. The return journey will take around 3 hours depending on road conditions, so outgoing flights should be arranged with this in mind.
- 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 3 dinners
- experienced local English speaking guides
- accommodation comfortable eco-lodge
- non private vehicles for transfers
- excursions, activities and park fees
- 4 day trip
- 3 nights lodge/hotel
Trip Main Activities
- Wildlife Safari
- Adventure Touring
- Family Adventures
Group Size Min
Group Size Max
Specialist gear required include walking boots and day pack (a comprehensive gear list is provided in the pre-departure information provided on booking).
What You Carry
In your daypack you will need to carry extra warm clothing (depending on the altitude, location and weather), a rainjacket, water bottle, film and camera gear, valuables and personal items such as sunscreen, lip-eze etc. Porters and mules carry all group gear and your trek pack.