Replies: 16 - Last Post: Dec 9, 2012 5:19 AM Last Post By: blackserpent
Jul 23, 2012 1:22 AM
The PanatalCan anyone please suggest the best places to go in the Panatal?
I am after the wild life.. and scenery.. as I was reading on the loneyplanet book i was thinking to go to:
Bonito - Campo Grande International spend 3 days? (for diving)
Parque nacional da chapada dos guimaraes - 2 days? (for photography, sight seeing etc)
Please suggest if the days are good, or should do more / less.. and if I should go to different/ other places in the Panatal!
Thank you travellers!
Jul 23, 2012 2:07 AM
1In March this year we spent 3 days on an Estancia, in the Transpantaheira, South of Curiaba. We hired a guide who picked us up from the airport and returned us to meet our flight. We saw birdlife, animals, went horseriding in the marsh, hiking in the bush, piranha fishing and caiman/otter spotting (saw both). Fantastic opportunities for photography. It does depend on the time of year you plan to go as to what you can see and do. Our guide was enthusiastic, knowledgeable and planned our itinerary on what we wanted to do . Accommodation and food was good. We had a really great time - highly recommend it. If you would like the email address of our guide, please let me know.
Jul 23, 2012 9:45 AM
2As well as Bonito and Chapada dos Guimaraes, you should definitely go and stay on one of the estancias right in the Pantanal. Bonito is a cool little town but it's a town so you have to leave it on some kind of tour to see the wildlife. If you're on one of the estancias, the wildlife is all around you. You wouldn't have to walk far to see something. Saying that, as far as I know, each estancia that takes tourists either have their own guide or you bring a guide that will take you on walks, drives, horserides, etc.
Jul 23, 2012 10:29 AM
3What's an "estancia"? Portuguese is spoken in Brazil. A "fazenda" by any other name.....
Jul 24, 2012 9:52 AM
4We went to the northern Pantanal, accessed from Cuiaba. It is an incredible area for wildlife, and the Pantanal starts just an hour away from Cuiaba. Very convenient. The Transpanteneira goes from Pocone to Porto Jofre, with superb wildlife viewing the whole way. There are many fazendas along this route, all of them with lots of wildlife.
Out of Porto Jofre, you can take a boat trip to look for jaguars. This requires more time, money and effort. We traveled a long ways on the rivers, and camped out on the lawn of a subsistence fisherman. And we did see jaguars (five of them!).
Araras Lodge on the Transpanteneira is in a great location but pretty pricey (I didn't stay there). However, they have a viewing platform that you can access for a small fee even if you don't stay there. It gives a great view out over the Pantanal, and the wildlife is great in that area--we saw a giant anteater, crab-eating fox, monkeys, feral hogs, deer, capybaras, etc.
We stayed at Rio Clario, Pousada Piuval and Hotel Porto Jofre in addition to camping.
The Transpanteneira is great, one of the world's best wildlife viewing areas. Have fun.
Jul 26, 2012 10:45 AM
Jul 26, 2012 11:33 AM
6MLM if I'd stay in the Araras Lodge how long do you suggest to make there so see the wild life?
About 7 days? or more ?
So my trip is going to be like this so far... help with the days please!! :)
I want to see the REAL wild life in its natural habitat and dont go back with my camera half empty :)
1) Rio 6 Days
2) Bonito 2-3 Days
3) Pantanal - Transpanteria - I should spend about 7 days in the araras lodge and go around to see the Wild life..
4) Then spend about 1-2 days Parque nacional da chapada dos guimaraes
5) Amazon - Mamiraua Reserve 7 days
6) Igaussu Falls - 2-3 days
7) Last 7 Days still dont know .. maybe I go down to sao paulo ? suggestions please :)
Jul 26, 2012 2:40 PM
7Seven days is a decent amount of time in the Pantanal. I spent 10 days but split that among 4 lodges, plus a night in Pocone.
Araras is in a great spot, and if I'd return to the Pantanal, would definitely stay there. However, with 7 days, I would highly suggest splitting your time between 2 fazendas/lodges. I would spend half the time at Araras and half the time closer to Porto Jofre so you can look for jaguars on the river. The Hotel Porto Jofre is pretty expensive, but it is in a great location to begin jaguar searches. Anyhow, maybe 4 nights at Araras and 3 nights somewhere close to Porto Jofre would be a good trip. You will see LOTS of wildlife whatever option you choose.
Jul 26, 2012 2:42 PM
8One other thing: Staying at Araras, you should definitely plan on some night-time spotlighting. I did this a little and saw some interesting wildlife (2 tapirs, crab-eating fox, thousands of caimans). Those who have gone spotlighting from Araras report fantastic wildlife sightings. Check out this report for instance: http://mammalwatching.com/Neotropical/neotropicbrazil2007tripreport.html
Jul 26, 2012 9:53 PM
Jul 30, 2012 9:55 AM
10Hi - I've stayed at the Araras Lodge; fabulous experience. Great location. Thinking about making another trip to the Pantanal and I would definitely stay there again. I think we stayed about 5 nights, and it was plenty of time to have some excellent wildlife viewing.
Aug 2, 2012 8:24 AM
I have made booking at the araras lodge for 2 Persons, Can somebody recommand how to travel and how much did you pay from Cuiaba Airport to Araras Lodge?
I know the hotel is pricey already, but i didn't really mind that cause I wanted to be in a good location / stay, but for the transfer from the airport to the hotel... the hotel asked for R$730 = about €290 which I am thinking is too much... The trip is about 2 1/2 hours.
Any recomandations please?
Aug 2, 2012 11:06 AM
12Yes, that is a very expensive shuttle. Our guide picked us up at the airport, so I am not sure if there are any inexpensive shuttles. There seemed to be a fair number of vehicles traveling the Transpanteneira, so I bet you could arrange a transfer much less than what the lodge is offering.
I think you will love Araras. Be sure to spend plenty of time at the observation tower (and the trail to it). There is a LOT of wildlife there. It is where I saw a giant anteater. I would also walk that trail at night.
Aug 2, 2012 1:06 PM
13Thanks MLM ! .. do you have any idea where I can find a transfer from Cuiaba to Transpanteneira ?
Will there be transport companies that I can pick up from the airport? Or you suggest that i should book something before?
We are going to be 2 people.
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