Pantanal & Amazon Adventure Package

the two included destinations on the map

Pantanal

Amazon

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overview

A completely unique and exclusive package for the nature lover. Combining Pantanal, one of the largest inland wetlands in the world with the Amazon (entering from the much less explored South of Amazon instead of the crowded Manaus entry point). All with, exclusive and personalized service.

Pantanal, full of many different types of species, impressive flora and fauna as well as numerous rivers and freshwater lakes. On the excursions by jeep, by boat, on foot and on horseback, we will have the opportunity to explore this unique environment while seeing a variety of animals. If we are lucky we could see caimans, jaguars, monkeys, anteaters, tapirs, exotic birds etc. Here you will stay with us at the amazing Araras Pantanal Eco Lodge, built in perfect harmony with its surroundings and is self-sustainable.

In The Amazon, you will stay with us at the Cristalino Lodge, a premier destination for nature lovers. Located in the middle of a 28,167 acre private reserve, an area 30% larger than New York’s Manhattan Island. The lodge and reserve offers unique outdoor experiences and is home to around 600 different bird species, 1500 butterflies, and 100 mammals. Built to harmonize with the surrounding forest, the eco-friendly bungalows provide a pleasant and comfortable stay. The lodge is a winner of the World Savers Award, presented by Conde Nast Traveler in 2008, and was selected as one of the 25 best Ecolodges in the world by National Geographic Traveler in 2013, due to its combination of authentic experiences, sustainability ethic and comfort.

Our local operating staff has been been working with tourism in the area since 1992, so you are in good hands all the way.

Who is this program suitable for?
This program is ideal for people who enjoy outdoor activities and are seeking memorable Pantanal & Amazon eco experiences. The activities are light to moderate, are suitable for a wide age range, from 9-year-old children up to seniors, and include educational features.

Included:

  • 3 nights in Pantanal at Araras Eco Lodge, with meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner), and 2 daily tours
  • 3 nights in the Amazon at Cristalino Lodge, with meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner), and 2 daily tours
  • Flights Cuiabá Airport => Alta Floresta Airport => Cuiabá Airport
  • Regular Roundtrip Transfers Cuiabá Airport => Araras Lodge => Cuiabá Airport + Alta Floresta Airport => Cristalino Lodge => Alta Floresta Airport
  • Tours in Pantanal: Photographic Safari, Boat Ride, Horseback Ride, Hiking, Night Safari, Piraya Fishing
  • Tours in Amazon: Canoeing, Hiking, Visit to the observation towers, Fauna & Flora observation, Boat Ride
  • English speaking local guides during the whole program (except during the flights). The guides are all nature lovers who enjoy sharing their knowledge and respect for nature.

Optional:

  • Arrive one day before, stay in a hotel in Cuiabá, to start the adventure early the next day
  • Extra night either in Pantanal or Amazon
  • Other domestic flights

To further enhance the exclusivity of this package it is NOT sold during National holidays (01/01, 15/02, 02/04, 21/04, 01/05, 03/06, 07/09, 02/11, 15/11) or from 12 to 18/10 or from December 18th to the end of January or the month of July (High Season).

 

day by day program

DAY 1

Pantanal

( – / – / Dinner )

Arrival at Cuiabá Airport, followed by a Regular Transfer to Araras Lodge (150 km – about 2:30hrs). Arrival at the lodge. There will be one afternoon activity and/or a night activity, depending on your arrival time. 

DAY 2

Pantanal

( Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner )

Wake up with a delicious breakfast and get ready to experience the wilderness that this part of Brazil is famous for. There will be 2 activities this day according to the schedule of the Lodge.

DAY 3

Pantanal

( Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner )

Wake up with a delicious breakfast and get ready to experience the wilderness that this part of Brazil is famous for. There will be 2 activities this day according to the schedule of the Lodge.

DAY 4

Pantanal => Cuiabá Airport => Alta Floresta Airport

=> Cristalino Lodge Amazon

( Breakfast / – / Dinner )

Today is the day to leave Pantanal and continue this nature adventure trip in the Amazon. Of course after one last “farm” made breakfast and depending on the time of your flight we will also have time for a morning tour.

Once on the road we will transfer to Cuiabá Airport, from where we will go to Alto Floresta Airport by plane. From here, we will bring you to the Cristalino River (1:30h duration), where a boat is waiting for you to bring you to Cristalino Lodge.    

DAY 4 Continued

Amazon

( Breakfast / – / Dinner )
Cristalino Lodge has a private reserve extending to more than 28,167 acres (44 square miles). An area 1.3 times the size of Manhattan Island (USA).
The Cristalino Private Natural Heritage Reserve (RPPN) is covered by primary and lush rainforests and provides a variety of natural habitats. The Cristalino forest reserve is the oldest RPPN in the north of the state of Mato Grosso and was established in 1997 by the Cristalino Lodge. An RPPN is a private area set aside in perpetuity for the purpose of conserving Brazil’s biological diversity. 
The lodge runs a management program for the reserve that includes the following:
  • Conservation of the natural resources and biodiversity
  • Environmental education
  • Responsible tourism, with small groups using carefully maintained trails
  • Support for research projects, through the Cristalino Foundation

DAY 5

Amazon

( Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner )
Wake up in the Amazon, with a delicious breakfast and get ready to experience the world’s largest tropical rainforest.
There will be 2 activities this day according to the schedule of the Lodge.

DAY 6

Amazon

( Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner )
Wake up in the Amazon, with a delicious breakfast and get ready to experience the world’s largest tropical rainforest.
There will be 2 activities this day according to the schedule of the Lodge.

DAY 7

Cristalino Lodge => Alta Floresta Airport => Cuiabá Airport (end of our services)

( Breakfast / – / – )

Time to say goodbye to the Amazon and any animal friends you have made during your stay here.

Breakfast and check-out, leaving at 10am, back to Alta Floresta Airport to catch the flight to Cuiabá Airport where our services started and also will end.

cristalino river amazon

INCLUDED ACCOMMODATIONS

SOME OF THE MAIN wildlife YOU MIGHT SEE ON THIS TRIP

total package price per person

see video from one of our previous trips

activities included in pantanal

Horseback Ride

One of the best ways to see the beauty of the Pantanal, riding through open fields, marshes and forests. This tours offers a unique chance to observe the beauties of Pantanal’s local fauna and flora. Well-mannered horses with comfortable saddles make this activity make this activity suitable even for those not used to riding horses. The duration of this activity depends on the chosen itinerary, offering short or long circuits, always accompanied by experienced local guides and cowboys.

Boat Ride

Enjoy the beauty of the Aquidauana River and its beautiful gallery forest with hundreds of centennial trees, home to a variety birds, mammals and reptiles that come to feed and drink on the river banks. For this tour it is mandatory to wear life jackets (provided by the lodge).

Hiking

Hike through the gallery forest, with close interaction with nature, stopping once in a while to observe elusive species that are often hidden under their natural camouflage, and many plants and tree species.

Piraya Fishing

Have fun catching the most famous fish species in Pantanal, the Piranha Fish, in fresh water lakes. The Piranha fish is used in a traditional Pantanal dish, the famous Piranha Broth. The piranhas can also be fed to the caimans that lie in wait close to the boats.

Photographic Safari

This tour is operated in 4×4 adapted open vehicles allowing visitors to reach further places of the property, driving though many different landscapes. This tour provides a wide view of the surrounding areas, increasing the chances to observe more species.

Night Safari

Night tour operated in 4×4 adapted open vehicles, to search for animals with crepuscular and nocturnal behaviours, using a powerful long range torch. The Pantanal night sky is one of the highlights in this tour, offering a breathtaking sight of the southern sky, favoured by the complete absence of artificial lights.

activities included the amazon

Half-Day Tours

A wide range of outdoor activities is available. The half-day tours take place each morning and afternoon. The activities include: canoeing, hiking in trails, visit to the observation towers, fauna & flora observation and boat trips. You can combine more than one activity in a single tour, such as canoeing and hiking. Sometimes you have to follow the trails in order to reach an attraction, such as the Observation Towers, and many trails are only accessible by boat.The hotel provides specialized local guides to ensure that you get the best out of your experience. See bellow the activities offered by Cristalino Lodge.

Canoeing at Cristalino River

The tranquil waters of the River Cristalino are perfect for canoeing, and the hotel provides comfortable safety equipment. You can often combine hikes with canoeing on a single outing. Moreover, the chance to glide silently along the river not only makes it easier to enjoy the scenery, but also enhances the possibility of spotting birds and monkeys, such as the capped heron (Pilherodius pileatus), tiger heron (Tigrisoma lineatum), sunbittern (Eurypyga helias), Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga), kingfishers and white-whiskered spider monkeys (Ateles marginatus).

Learning About The Forest Trails

Nature hikes along the 30 km (18.5 mi) of trails within the reserve, in small groups, provide an understanding of the tropical ecosystem. The trails pass through different types of vegetation, such as terra firma forest (evergreen forest not subject to flooding), wetland forest, tropical campinarana and upland areas where deciduous forest predominates – with bare branches and beautiful bromeliads in flower during certain parts of the year. The different types of vegetation create a variety of landscapes and enhance the biodiversity of the region.
Read more: Forest trails | Sierra trails | Specialty trails
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View From The Top Of The Canopy Tower – Observation Towers

For a truly unique Amazon experience, you must not miss out on a visit to one of our Observation Towers. Since the trees in the region are very tall, with the emergent species reaching over 45 meters (145 feet), our towers provide an excellent platform for observing the birds that inhabit the forest canopy, such as tanagers, chatterers, macaws, parrots, toucans and aracaris. The Cristalino Lodge has two 50-meter (165 feet) towers located at different strategic spots within the reserve. Since there are platforms at different forest levels, you can appreciate the varied layers, as well as enjoy spectacular views from above the canopy, with an endless sea of green stretching away from below your feet.

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further information

Observations:

  • To avoid crowds this package is NOT sold during National holidays (01/01, 15/02, 02/04, 21/04, 01/05, 03/06, 07/09, 02/11, 15/11) or from 12 to 18/10 or from December 18th to the end of January or the month of July (High Season).
  • Almost 100% of the food you will eat at the lodges in Pantanal are made from their own grown produce and meat, giving it a natural and delicious taste not found in any supermarket. If you have any special dietary needs then please let us know and we will accommodate
  • Any tour might be changed or replaced according to weather conditions
  • In Pantanal, the tours are carried out according to the water cycle, so the day by day of the tours is merely illustrative. Passengers will receive an exact confirmation of the tours at check-in at the Pousada

  • There is only one airport in Cuiabá = Marechal Rondon International Airport with code CGB
  • Both included lodges have accident insurance included and their staff are trained in first aid
  • Land transfer in Basic Sedan vehicle with air conditioning (up to 3 people) or Executive 14 seats Van (from 4 to 10 people). Sanitized according to the Covid-19 Safety Protocols
  • All accommodations are 100% compliant with the Covid-19 Safety Protocols

How to Pay:

  • 50% payment needed to reserve; the remaining part needs to be paid at least 20 days before check-in
  • Payment can be done via PayPal, Local or International Bank Transfer, or Credit Card.

Cancelation Policy:

  • Cancelation 62 days prior to check-in  = 30 USD charge per person (the rest is refunded)
  • Cancelation between 61 and 35 days prior to check-in  = 40% charge of total value

  • Cancelation between 34 and 20 days prior to check-in  = 50% charge of total value
  • Cancelation between 19 and 1 days prior to check-in  = 100% charge of total value
  • Flights Cuiabá / Alta Floresta = No Refund   

what to bring on the trip

Essential Items:

  • Avoid bright colors. Neutral colors are best for Safari
  • Avoid black clothing because it attracts mosquitoes
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat or cap
  • Shorts
  • Comfortable clothing
  • Long pants
  • Long sleeved-shirt
  • A small backpack for day trips
  • 2 pairs of shoes – tennis/walking shoes and/or hiking boots
  • Sandals
  • Bathing suit
  • Rain coat
  • Dry-bag for camera or other water sensitive equipment
  • Cash
  • Passport
  • Waterproof sunscreen
  • During the months of June to August it can be cool, therefore please also bring a fleece or a sweater during this time of the year.
  • We kindly ask that luggage, per person, not exceed 50 pounds (23 kg).

Recommended Items:

  • Extra battery for camera
  • Ziploc bags for keeping things dry
  • Small first aid kit with personal prescriptions
  • Binoculars
  • Headlamp or flashlight + extra batteries
  • Non-breakable reusable water bottle
  • Appliance chargers, plug converters and/or charge adaptors
  • Toiletries Kit: toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo (biodegradable products please)
  • Skin lotion and lip balsam
  • Personal medicines
  • Small supply of nonperishable snacks (avoid fruits/nuts to clear customs)
  • Contact lens or glasses and a spare

    about the seasons in pantanal

    The Dry Season – from April to October

    As opposed to the wet season, the dry season provides countless opportunities to observe the rich and diverse Pantanal Fauna and Flora as the flood waters recede, leaving a fertilised soil that will restart the base of the food chain,  with special mention to land mammals that roam savannah like open fields of Pantanal in search of food. The Dry Season is mostly indicated for those who want to observe land based wildlife.

    The Wet Season – from November to March

    This is the best time for those who want to see what makes the Pantanal so unique, and the largest flood plain in the world: the abundant fresh water that floods the plain making it look like a gigantic water mirror. It is definitely the best time for those who love dramatic landscapes, breathtaking sunsets and sunrises. Although the wet season takes over a large portion of Pantanal, pushing land wildlife to seek refuge in higher lands, it is still possible to see thousands of birds, as well as some animals that can comfortably negotiate the flooded areas, such as Tapirs, Capybaras and Marsh Deers.

    Summer – January to March

    The plain gets slowly flooded;
    The rain intensifies through all of Brazil;
    The water of the rain flows from the surrounding tablelands toward the Pantanal lowlands;
    The largest flooded plain on the Planet is slowly formed even if just fora short time;
    The sky varies between cloudy and clear;
    The wildlife seeks refuge on the elevated forest patches;
    The reptiles lay their eggs;
    Migration of the limpkins, ibises, and ducks
    Explosion of water wildlife

    Autumn – April to June

    Spectacular scenery! The rainy seasons ends;
    Ebb – the water returns to the river beds or it evaporates;
    Wonderful clear and star-rich sky;
    The fish return to the rivers or get trapped in small ponds;
    The beginning of a giant food chain;
    The fields emerge, turn greener and bloom;
    Strong breeding season;
    Arrival of storks and herons in large numbers…

    Winter – July to September

    Rivers and lakes lower their volume;
    Full drought;
    Dry plain, semi-arid climate;
    The sky gets smoky due to fires and dust;
    Vegetation yellows from lack of water;
    Animals are concentrated on the banks of ponds and river ravines…
    Nesting and reproduction season…

    Spring – October to December

    The first rains turn the plain greener;
    All the water is absorbed by the arid soil;
    The sky becomes bluer and cleaner;
    Spectacular explosion of foliage and flowers;
    A period of euphoria is established;
    Singing birds chirp and nest;
    Mating season for most mammals;
    Migration of fly-catchers, hawks and swallows.

    about the climate in the amazon

    The Amazon is a tropical region lying on both sides of the equator, though mostly to the south, and is classified as a tropical rainforest. The temperature is warm, ranging from a high of 35°C to a low of 15°C. At night it can feel comparatively chilly, so we recommend visitors to bring a light sweater. At Cristalino Lodge, there are two well defined seasons: the dry season from June to November, and the green season, from December to May. Both are excellent to visit the Amazon, presenting unique features that enrich your journey.

    During the dry season, the river reaches its lowest point in September, when the rocks exposed and there are a lot of rapids -, which is also a great time to see large mammals and birds. During the green season, the forest becomes more humid and the river is at its fullest, covering the rocks and flowing placidly. Rain can fall at any time of the year, but it is much more common and abundant between October and May, although the showers tend to be heavy but short, with the clouds clearing to leave a clear blue sky and a fresh earthy smell in the air. The months of November and June are also wonderful, because they show the transition between the seasons and the sky is especially colorful.
    What month should you come? Previous visitors have reported excellent feedback about their stay, whatever the month.

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