Welcome to Mato Grosso

Mato Grosso means ‘thick forest.’ Part of the highland plain that runs through Brazil’s interior, it’s a dusty land of rolling hills, endless plantations, abundant savannas and some of the best fishing rivers in the world. Three of Brazil’s major ecosystems – the Pantanal, Amazon and cerrado – meet within its borders

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$200 Day Trips & Excursions

Private Sugarloaf Mountain and Tijuca Forest Tour

After you are picked up from your hotel, the airport (additional cost), or your desired location around 8am, you will make your way to one the most famous attractions in Rio, the outstanding Sugarloaf Mountain. Hop into a cable car and observe in amazement as you ride up the peak, which reaches nearly 1,300 feet. During this time, you’ll have the opportunity to take in some of Rio de Janeiro’s most breathtaking geography such as Guanabara Bay, the city of Niteroi, and the crystalline blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Afterwards you will make your way over to the Tijuca Forest. Here you will be able to see spectacular mountainous views from Vista Chinesa as well as beautiful waterfalls such as the Taunay waterfall. Take some time to stop by the Visitor center and then continue through the forest. If you look closely, you may witness some unique animals in their natural habitat, including Saguis and Capuchin monkeys, toucans, hawks, frigates, quatis (Brazilian raccoon), and numerous exotic plants. As the tour comes to an end, you will be returned back to your original departure point. This tour will spend about 2-hours at each attraction and about 1-hour for travel time approximately. A booking of 1 to 4 travelers will be transported in a private car with air conditioning and heat. A booking of 4+ travelers will be transported in a larger van. Lunch is optional (at the customer’s own expense) and a stop at a local restaurant can be made.

$120 Tours & Sightseeing

Alter do Chão Maica Lake

The Maica Lake Santarem is a wonderful biodiversity of the Amazon with an incredible natural fish nursery. Especially early in the morning or late in the afternoon the scenery is beautiful and different it is a remarkable place for its peace, for its calm waters and for its flora and fauna. The Maica lake Santarem is without doubt the best place in the area for fishing, observe reptiles and marvel at a multitude of birds including herons, toucans, macaws and parrots.   Anglers in their canoes patiently waiting for the fishing results also inhabit the Maica Lake Santarem; their homes are isolated and far apart, creating an amazing atmosphere with peace and harmony.   Selvagem Tours wants to introduce this paradise to you on an unforgettable adventure… We start our tour in the wonderful (1) Alter do Chão navigating northeast the Tapajos River enjoying lakes, forests, observing many birds in the beach and with a little luck; we may see monkeys and sloths on the islands.   We will pass by the (2) Island of love, (3) Piraoca mount, (3) Piranha Lake, (4) Selvagem beach, visit the (5) Crocodile Lake for a swim and a very pretty photo session, stop in the iconic stone tip (6) Ponta de Pedras for a delicious local appetizer. After several pictures we will navigate to (7) Black Lake / Taparí Lake pass by the famous Saulo´s house and enjoy all the beaches and beauties all the way to the city of Santarém.   In Santarem, we will make our adventure even better navigating right on top of the famous (8) Encounter of the waters watching dolphins pink and gray swimming side by side and if you want you can feel the difference of both rivers swimming in it.   We will sail for a few more kilometers to enter the fascinating (9) Maica Lake Santarem where you will surely have an unforgettable moment in your life watching alligators, Iguanas climbing trees, dozens of birds flying over our vessel, monkeys on the trees, sloths all in a wonderful Amazonian biodiversity with peace and harmony.   We´ll return to Alter do Chão with a beautiful sunset right at the horizon directly in front of our boat topping your day of beauty.   Selvagem Tours – We live beautiful moments with our customers…

$70 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Full-Day Amazon Boat Tour in Alter do Chao

Meet your guide at Alter do Chão Port, and start your tour. For your comfort and well-being both boat options will come with beach service, water, ice, and fresh fruit with beer for the fast boats and caipirinhas and a full bar stocked with the best hot and cold beverages for the regional ships. Begin in the wonderful Green Lake made by 14 natural springs, featuring amazing flora and swimming opportunities in clear fresh waters. Shortly following is a beautiful canoe ride to the Enchanted Forest, where you will enjoy the peace and beauty of the forest. Observe many birds in the lake and with a little luck you may see monkeys and sloths on the surrounding islands.  Next, stop at the famous Island of Love for a relaxing 1-hour trail to the next destination, Piraoca Mount. With a fantastic 360 degree view you can take amazing pictures of the Green Lake, Alter do Chão and the Tapajós River. Relax on the beach, take a dip or have a few drinks. Continue your adventure through the Jacundá Lake, stopping at Mureta Lake to walk on the beach and swim directly in the clean waters of the Tapajós River. After, visit Jurucuri Lake and then the historic Pindobal Beach where you will learn about the rubber history in the Amazon. Enjoy a native lunch with delicious local fish, meat and wild chicken plus all the goodies that come with it. When ready, continue to Piranha Lake, named fittingly because of the black piranha that inhabit it. Following this, you will head to Selvagem Beach where you can enjoy a delightful picnic with fresh watermelon, pineapple, banana, passion fruit, orange, apple and coconut. This beach is an incredible setting for photos, walks on its white sand beach, climbs on its giant rocks and swims in a paradise that looks like the sea. Up next, sail to Crocodile Lake - one of the most beautiful lakes in the region with real alligators, turtles and a lot of beauty for you to reflect on the memorable day. Your journey ends with a stop at the Cururu tip - a magical beach extending into the Tapajós River where all boats touring in the area stop for a fabulous sunset and dolphin spotting.

$105 Day Trips & Excursions

Flona Jamaraqua Tapajós National Forest Ecotourism

We customize our FLONA Jamaraqua tour as follows: We leave Alter do Chao southbound in the Tapajós river passing through the Jacundá Lake stopping at the (1) Mureta Lake to walk on the beach and swim directly into the clean waters of the Tapajós River.   We will visit the (2) Jurucuri Lake and go to the historic (3) Pindobal Beach where you will learn about the rubber history in the Amazons. We will continue enjoying the beautiful beaches of (4) Cajutuba with another stop in (5) Aramanai beach to take pictures and enjoy a refreshing swim. We´ll proceed to (6) Santo Domingo and (7) Maguari Beach with opportunities for beautiful photos.   Next, stop (8) FLONA Jamaraqua where we will go straight to the lovely (9) stream of Jamaraqua with crystal clear water, numerous fish and a lot of beauty to make a delicious picnic with fresh fruits “watermelon, pineapple, banana, passion fruit, orange, apple and coconut.”   We will walk to a great (10) local craft store where you can buy rubber products produced by the natives in accessible prices. Then We’ll make the famous (***) (11) Jamaraqua track with a local guides walking 9 km in 3-4 hours, visiting a huge samaúma tree, observe the viewpoint of the Tapajós River seeing varies animals and learning an unforgettable education of the fauna and flora of the region. Also available is a smaller trail “3 km 1.5 hours” just walking through the forest.   (****) (12) Homemade Native Lunch – Do you still remember your grandmother cooking? YES? This is the taste and quality of the delicious native lunch we will experience with wild chicken fresh fish and other delicacies. After you delight yourself with the native cuisine we will go appreciate the sunset in a (*****) (13) Canoe trip on the stream with many beautiful landscapes concluding our stay in FLONA Jamaraqua returning to Alter do Chao in a starry sky.   “You also have the option to do this tour in 2 days camping in the forest with fire and an orchestra of nocturnal animals, camping on the beach with fire watching a beautiful starry sky or comfortably staying in the Nirvana of the Tapajos hostel to enjoy our amazon nights.”   Ecotourism in Alter do Chao – We personalize our tours with a lot of pleasure and our customers in mind. We strive to deliver a service as good as possible. Quite simply, we never forget that you are important.Itens (***) through (*****) are optional with extra cost for the Community.

$120 Outdoor Activities

Alter do Chão Arapiuns River

We will start our “Cultural tours in Alter do Chao” northbound passing the piranha lake with our first photo shoot in the (1) Cururu tip. We will do the (2) Crossing of the impressive Tapajós River passing by Vila Franca community and into the Arapiuns River.   Our first stop will be at the beautiful (3) Urucureá community and visit Mr. Jose property where you will witness his wife fabricate beautiful handicrafts and receive valuable knowledge on the arts and history of the Arapiuns River.   We will continue our tour through the gorgeous rocky shores stopping at the fantastic (4) Caruci beach to have a pretty and fun picnic with fresh fruit “watermelon, pineapple, banana, passion fruit, orange, apple and coconut.”   After many photos and swimming in clear waters we´ll continue to our favorite stop, the fascinating (5) Torono Tip.  Life immediately becomes wonderful when you presence a places like this … we will walk through sand dunes stretching dozens of meters, dive in the Arapiuns River and a large lake with dozens of birds flying over our heads and the dolphins showing their fins. YES, life is good…   We´ll cross the Arapiuns river to the (***) (6) Anã community where we´ll play on the beach, visit the community beekeeping, fish farm and have a delicious native lunch in of the community.   After the delicious native lunch, we´ll continue to the (7) Icuxi tip to fascinate ourselves with an incredible sunset remembering a day that will stay in your mind and heart to the rest of your lives. After the sunset we´ll return to Alter do Chão sailing under a clear starry sky.   “You also have the option to do this tour in 2 days camping in the beach with fire watching a beautiful starry sky, walking in the beach in the evening, fishing and much more…”   Selvagem Tours understands that you are the reason of our tours so we personalize them with the utmost care and attention… * Fast boats – They are all new boats, powerful engines; all safety equipment, leather seats and sum covers. ** Big regional ships – They have four different ambient, two executive suites, one lounge for leisure or rest, stand up board, kayak, barbecue place, music equipment, powerful engine and all safety equipment. ***Anã – visit to the community beekeeping, fish farm is optional with a cost of R$ 20.00 per person, we are very grateful for the customers who choose to support their beautiful work. Also a cost of R$ 20.00 per person for the native home provided your lunch.

$120 Private & Custom Tours

Alter do Chão Amorim Adventure

We customize our unforgettable tour as follows: We leave Alter do Chao southbound in the Tapajos river passing through the Jacundá Lake stopping at the (1) Mureta Lake to walk on the beach and swim directly into the clean waters of the Tapajos River.   We will visit the (2) Jurucuri Lake and go to the historic (3) Pindobal Beach where you will learn about the rubber history in the Amazons. We will continue enjoying the beautiful beaches of (4) Cajutuba with another stop in (5) Aramanai beach to take pictures and enjoy a refreshing swim. We´ll proceed to (6) Santo Domingo and (7) Maguari Beach with opportunities for beautiful photos.   We´ll continue to the crystal clear waters of (8) FLONA – Jamaraquá where we will make a delicious picnic with fresh fruit “watermelon, pineapple, banana, passion fruit, orange, apple and coconut.”   We´ll cross the wide Tapajos River into the best part of our adventure the (9) Amorim region. Your eyes and mind will be fascinated with the natural beauty of this magical paradise. After navigating a few kilometers we´ll change to a smaller local native vessel due to low water levels and narrow channels.   Here our adventure take a new dimension in our “Wild tours in Alter do Chao”… We´ll go (10) upstream in a small and narrow canal passing by beautiful Igapós “swamps” small remote communities and a lot of nature for several kilometers. Then we´ll have a lot of adrenaline dodging many obstacles like tree trunks passing centimeters from our heads, dense forests brushing our body and encountering other vessels in extremely sharp curves where only one vessel can pass at a time.   The return is double of the adrenaline and excitement for the fact that we are navigating downstream with the increasing current speed. We will return to Alter do Chão with a big smile on our lips and a delicious feeling in our hearts.   (11) Optional This tour is even more exciting and memorable if you choose to camp on the Amorim beach to fish, make a campfire and enjoy a beautiful night sky before returning to Alter do Chão the next   Note – Due to the natural change of the water level, attractions and locality can be changed “we will always maintain the quality and standard of all tours”   Selvagem Tours… We are wild for you to experience different and delicious feelings…