Complete Pantanal

Wildlife, waterways and ranch life of the North and South Pantanal; Rio, too
Overview

overview

The Brazilian Pantanal is the largest continuous wetland on the planet, growing to be about half the size of France during the rainy season. This land is packed to the brim with life and boasts so much to see that most trips only find time to cover the north or the south pantanal. However, JOURNEYS has found a way to incorporate the entire wetland into a manageable 10-day excursion. "Complete Pantanal" is a carefully designed trip which provides a truly unique and rare experience for those who travel to Brazil. Easy to add on Igazu Falls.

The pantanal was declared a World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 2000 and is considered one of the top places in the world to see wildlife. See hundreds of looming black caimans, slithering yellow anacondas, plentiful capybaras, colorful hyacinth macaws, and if you're lucky, an elusive jaguar. Explore this dense area by jeep, canoe, horseback, or motorboat.

 

itinerary

itinerary

  • Day 1: Campo Grande / Refugio da Ilha Farm
    Welcome to the Pantanal.

    Arrive at Campo Grande, where you will be met by your guide and transferred to Refugio da Ilha Farm. Located in the Brazilian city of Miranda, Refugio da Ilha offers charming and rustic rooms in an environment of a former farm house adapted for the convenience of nature-loving guests. Surrounded by lagoons and life-pulsing marshes, the lodge will offer you an unforgettable wilderness experience!

    Following dinner and a presentation regarding your trip, overnight at the farm.

    Meals
    Dinner
    Lodging
    Refugio da Ilha Farm
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  • Days 2-3: Refugio da Ilha Farm
    Take a motorboat down the river.

    For the next couple of days, Refugio da Ilha Farm will be your home base. This is the perfect spot for immersing yourself in the Pantanal and seeing its unique flora and fauna. You will have an opportunity to do numerous activities during your stay, including hikes, horseback tours, motor boat tours, canoeing, and jeep tours. You will also have the freedom to structure these activities as you wish.

     

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Refugio da Ilha Farm
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  • Day 4: Cuiaba/Araras Eco Lodge
    For a more rugged experience, horseback ride through the swamp.

    After breakfast, transfer to the airport and fly to Cuiaba. You will be met by your guide and transferred to the north Pantanal (travel time is approximately 2.5 hours). Araras Eco Lodge offers a lovely atmosphere where visitors can enjoy bird watching, trekking in pristine forest, canoeing, horseback riding, night tours, and two exciting tree top look outs. Upon arrival at your lodge, rest and freshen up before enjoying a presentation of the surroundings, environment and projects. Later, indulge in a delicious dinner before going for a night walk.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Pousada Araras Ecolodge
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  • Day 5: Araras Ecolodge
    A jeep safari is a relaxing way to see the Pantanal.

    Following breakfast, depart for a full day exploring the flora and fauna. You may discover this complex ecosystem by truck, horse, canoe or foot. Enjoy lunch either by the river or at the lodge, depending on the season. Later, hike to Monkey's Tower to watch the sunset and wrap up the day with dinner and a night drive.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Araras Ecolodge
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  • Day 6: Araras Ecolodge
    The flora and fauna here are unlike anywhere else.

    Wake up with a hearty breakfast before setting out to hike the Rondon Trail to reach Tuiuiu Tower. Here you will indulge in a nice picnic lunch. Spend the afternoon horseback riding, before heading back to the lodge for dinner and unwinding by the fire.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Araras Ecolodge
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  • Day 7: Rio de Janeiro

    This will be an early morning, as you will be up in time for an unbelievable sunrise walk. Afterward, transfer to the airport for your flight to Rio de Janeiro where you will be met by your guide and driven to your hotel. Originally established by the Portuguese in 1560 as a small, fortified settlement on the western side of Rio de Janeiro Bay, Rio's name means "River of January," a reference to the month it was founded. Enjoy your stay in this beautiful city.                                                

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    Hotel Porto Bay Copacabana
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  • Day 8: Rio: Corcovado and Sugar Loaf
    Christ the Redeemer.

    Today you will embark on a full day city tour, beginning with the Christ the Redeemer statue on Corcovado Mountain. Later, explore the Sugar Loaf, a massive granite mountain and Rio landmark. Ride by cable car up the mountain, stopping at certain points for photos and a lookout. You will make it almost 400 meters above the city and enjoy a breathtaking view of Guanabara Bay.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    Hotel Porto Bay Copacabana
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  • Day 9: Rio de Janeiro
    The Sugarloaf.

    After breakfast, spend the day at your leisure. We recommend slipping into your suit and relaxing at the beach.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    Hotel Porto Bay Copacabana
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  • Day 10: Onward

    You will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

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    Breakfast
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Price and Date Details

Price and Date Details

Jun 2-11, 2015
Sep 22-Oct 1, 2015
Or Privately on Request
Land Cost:
$4,495
The cost quoted is the Land Cost and is subject to change. This covers accommodations, transfers, activities, touring, guide services and meals as described in JOURNEYS' Trip Notes. The quoted Land Cost will apply when group size falls in the specified range and when travel is on the indicated dates.
Single Supplement:
$1125
The single supplement is applicable if a roommate is not available or if single accommodation is specifically requested. While single accommodation is not available on all trips, we will try and honor this request whenever possible.
Need to Know

Need to Know

Duration:
10 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost.
Comfort Level:
2
Cozy Eco Resorts and Rio beach Hotel
Group Size:
4-10
The stated range indicates minimum required for guaranteed departure and maximum accepted on the scheduled dates. Exceptions can often be made for private departures.
Activity Level:
2
JOURNEYS grading system from I to IV will help you choose an experience with physical demands which match your motivation. 1. Active Active exploration with optional day hikes, easy walking, leisurely bicycling or light canoeing. Comfortable travel by vehicle. 2. Vigorous Experience may include regular hiking or physical exercise in varied environments. Travel by vehicle may be long or over rough terrain. 3. Challenging Parts of trip will involve physical challenge. Daily hiking in rough terrain, high altitude, rough road travel and remoteness from modern medical care may be unavoidable circumstances. 4. Demanding Extended foot travel in very remote areas. Previous wilderness travel experience advisable. Doctor's certification may be requested.

Terms & Conditions: 

Standard

Included in costs: Meals as noted, each night in double occupancy accommodations, land transfers between components, English speaking guides, park or site entry fees, surface transport, equipment other than personal gear, government tax, airport transfer assistance, in-country ticket reconfirmation and check-in assistance (where permitted), complete pre-departure packet, toll-free pre-departure phone assistance.

Not included in costs: Meals not noted as included, gratuities, beverages (except tea or coffee at meals), international or domestic airfare unless specified, airport departure taxes not included with air tickets, visas, itinerary changes after confirmation, any services not included in itinerary, any costs incurred due to canceled or delayed flights, acts of nature or other happenings beyond our control, or other costs as are more fully described in JOURNEYS Terms & Conditions.

Deposit and payment schedule: $500 per person per trip or the applicable amount based on the trip and the proximity of the departure date. A second deposit of $800 per person is due four months prior to departure, and final payment for land arrangements is due 60 days prior to departure.  Any applicable permit fees required in advance are non-refundable as well.  Airlines require full payment when tickets are issued. The deposit may be made by Visa, Master Card, American Express, or check, and the Reservation Form may be submitted by fax, mail, or via our website. Full payment schedule and cancellation penalties are described in our Terms and Conditions as noted in our Global Expedition Catalog, on our website, and elsewhere. Please request these if you do not have them before advancing a deposit.

Air fares: JOURNEYS can make complete air arrangements applicable to your trip as noted in this itinerary. If you wish to redeem frequent flyer mileage or arrange flights directly with the airline, you may do so on your own at no penalty. If you do, please consult with us on exact arrival and departure dates and times before having your tickets issued to avoid errors.

Insurance: When you make your application, we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations. Please contact us for a recommended policy.

Itinerary Change Fee: There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

Resources

Trip Extensions

Trip Extensions

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Duration: 4 days

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