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Pantanal & Bonito Extension | Pousada Aguape

6 Days FROM USD 2,090

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Overview

The Pantanal is the world’s largest wetlands area. Often overshadowed by the Amazon Rainforest, the Pantanal is actually considered to be the world’s densest flora and fauna ecosystem; and its wide open wetland spaces make it much easier to spot wildlife (especially during the dry season where animals are easily found at watering holes). Explore the amazing wetlands while staying at the Pousada Aguape, an area that has belonged to the same family for over 150 years. While they continue to raise cattle and partake in activities around the region, they have also diversified to support some local environmental projects and work towards ecological tourism. 

After three nights exploring the Pantanal you'll head to Bonito for a couple of nights, and have the chance to snorkel in the crystal clear waters and observe the underwater flora and numerous fish. You will also head to one of the largest sinkholes in the world which has become home to thousands of birds, over 150 species including macaws.

If you are looking to indulge in the Pantanal, we have a Superior option at the Caiman Eco Lodge.

Trip Code: BRTSPXS-STD

Travel Style: Extension Package

Location: Brazil

Flights: Ask us about booking your internal flights with your flights to/from South America to save money by creating an 'airpass'. Contact us for more info

WHY YOU'LL LOVE THIS ITINERARY

  • Experience one of the lesser visited regions in Brazil, but the world's largest wetlands, the Pantanal.

  • Have the chance to see some of the famous fauna in the region including jaguars, capybaras, caimans, and the biggest parrot in the world, the hyacinth macaw.

  • Snorkel in some of the clearest waterways in the world in Bonito.

  • See hundreds of bird species in one of the largest sinkholes in the world, Macaw Pit. 

ITINERARY INSPIRATION

On arrival into Campo Grande airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel in the Pantanal area.

Arrival transfer in Pantanal

Assistance at the airport of Campo Grande and private transfer to the Pousada Aguapé located in Pantanal of Aquidauana. The transfer with private car and local driver from Campo Grande to the Ranch/Pousada is almost 200km and takes 3 - 4 hours (conditions of the dirt road can vary).

Depending on what time you arrive, you may be able to do a tour in the afternoon. This could be piranha fishing on the lake or the Aquidauana River that is located a few metres from the Pousada. The activity schedule for the following days will be organized at the ranch with your local guide depending on group interests, weather conditions and the time of year.

Private transfer from Campo Grande to Pantanal

You will experience two daily activities during your stay, the first commencing in the morning before the warmer mid part of the day, after breakfast and the second after lunch in the afternoon or early evening. Daily activities are scheduled based on group interests, seasonality, and current weather conditions. Here is an example of what you can expect today.

Today's post breakfast activity is horse riding where you can experience how cattle farming is done here. Riding through the Pantanal's open fields, marshes, capões, ridges, streams, and bays, you encounter a rich variety of lush flora and fauna, typical of a region well preserved. The horses are calm; even those who have never ridden a horse can do this tour. There are several tracks with shorter or longer routes (you decide with your experienced local guide which one is better for you), which can be done in both the floods and dry seasons.
The hottest time of the day is again yours to rest. After lunch you go for another activity that is an open Jeep photo safari. This tour gives you the opportunity to cover more ground, going through different landscapes like cerrado (patches of stunted vegetation), open grasslands, “vazantes” (low-lying areas that are often seasonally flooded), “brejos” (swamps) and bays which are permanently flooded areas. It is also the perfect way to observe the wildlife of the Pantanal. During the trip, we will stop so that you can explore by foot. By the time we return to the ranch, it will be evening and time for a nocturnal tour using a strong flashlight to observe the night animals like anteaters, foxes, capybaras, and caimans. You also will experience the sounds of frogs and insects at night and see the beautiful sky of the Pantanal.

Pantanal day tour

You will experience two daily activities during your stay, the first commencing in the morning before the warmer mid part of the day, after breakfast and the second after lunch in the afternoon or early evening. Daily activities are scheduled based on group interests, seasonality, and current weather conditions. Here is an example of what you can expect today.

Start the day with breakfast before beginning your daily activity. Boats are the best way to see the Aquidauana River and the beauty of the surrounding forest. This is the natural habitat of birds, mammals and reptiles that can be seen basking on the riverbanks. This tour takes 2 - 3 hours and you will be provided with a life jacket. During the tour, your local guide will turn off the boats engine and allow you to drift down stream with the river current so you can enjoy the sounds of nature.
In the warmer mid part of the day, the time is yours to rest. Trekking begins after lunch – this hike goes through dense bush, open fields and forest. During this tour you can see the flora and fauna of the region, learning about their role and importance in the Pantanal ecosystem. It is a good opportunity to see the animals more closely. There are different routes that you can go on, ranging from an hour and a half to four hours. You can decide with your local guide how long you would like to walk.

Pantanal day tour

This morning you will depart Aguape Lodge by private transfer and will be dropped off to your hotel in Bonito. Stopping along the way for an exciting afternoon tour.

Departure from Panatal to Bonito

RIO SUCURI SNORKELLING HALF DAY TOUR
This tour begins with a short walk through the Riparian Forest of the Sucuri (Snake) River, a flat trail that offers the opportunity to spot and observe several animals of the region.
From the trail you will enter the water near the source of the river, once inside the pure waters you will be astounded by the clarity of these pure waters. The river will take you on a slow peaceful journey around 2km in distance. Along the way you enjoy watching the underwater flora and numerous fish in one of the cleanest waterways in the world.

Rio Sucuri Snorkelling Half Day Tour

After the journey from town out to this private natural reserve guests take a very pleasant hike along the Riparian Forest surrounding the Olho D'água (Water Eye) river.
After this short walk the true adventure begins, put on your snorkels and googles and enter the river. The river takes you calmly and quietly to an incredible journey where one can enter the underwater world, inhabited by dozens of fish and aquatic plants species. Then snorkel your way down the crystal clear waters of the river.

Buraco das Araras (Macaw pit) is one of the largest sinkholes in the world. This massive hole in the earth has become a safe and secure home for thousands of birds. On site there are just under a kilometre of paths that pass by two primary viewpoints for fantastic bird watching. So far there are 157 species registered in the park, so you are guaranteed a bird spotting smorgasbord.

Rio Da Prata Snorkeling & Buraco das Araras Tour

Today you will be collected from your hotel in Bonito and transferred to Campo Grande Airport for your departure flight.

Transfer to the airport for onward destination
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ITINERARY ADD-ONS

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Important Information

  • Inclusions

    Accommodation
    Tours as mentioned
    Airport transfers
    All meals at Pantanal
    Breakfast at Bonito

    Exclusions

    International or local flights
    Visa and reciprocity fees (if applicable)
    Local taxes (if applicable)
    Travel insurance
    Extra Beverages
    Personal expenses
    Gratuities for tour guides and drivers
    Any items not mentioned as included

  • 2 (light adventure)
  • Available upon request, contact us for more details 

  • The order of activities are subject to change

  • Season and availability at time of booking

Accommodation

We believe that appropriate accommodation should add to the authentic travel experience, as well as providing utmost enjoyment. For that reason our accommodation is scrutinised by our staff on the ground frequently, ensuring the properties adhere to our high standards. This key will help you understand the levels of accommodation available on this tour.

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Sustainability

Being environmentally accountable is a crucial part of our organisation. Chimu is currently striving towards using less paper, taking several initiatives to do so and tracking our progress along the way. Our goal: A paperless organisation. For this reason, all information given to you will be sent electronically. We encourage those who choose to travel with us to support our aspirations and actions and ask that you reconsider printing out documentation. To view these documents, you can download them to your iPad or portable computer before and during your trip.

Chimu is passionate and dedicated to sustainability measures and understands the crucial part sustainability plays within the tourism industry.

We use local guides and office staff to both maximise local employment opportunities and minimise carbon footprint. Local guides also ensure you benefit from the intimate knowledge, passion and culture of the country you’re visiting. Our guides are all highly qualified (most with university degrees) or equip with many years of experience and are paid above the standard wage. Whether it be our knowledgeable local guides, locally produced meals or the transport on tour, we do not use imported goods when local products are available. We aim to minimise our impact on the environment and give as much back as possible to the communities we work in.

While visiting the many national parks, heritage sites, museums and landmarks our travellers are encouraged to explore remain culturally aware and sensitive. We further encourage you to buy appropriate souvenirs and discourage the buying of anything wrongfully made or taken from the environment i.e. shells and endangered species products. Information on how you can be environmentally conscious, and travel responsibly will be made available in our Travellers Guides and provided during your travels by guides and staff.

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