Pantanal & Bonito Wild Nature Adventure

the two included destinations on the map

Pantanal

Bonito

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overview

On this trip you will visit one of the largest inland wetlands in the world, the Pantanal. The wetland area is a nature reserve 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.

We will also visit Bonito, selected 16 times as the best destination in Brazil for Eco Tourism, where you will see the fantastic underwater world while snorkeling in the 3rd clearest river in the world.

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

Both our partner lodges in Pantanal (Aguapé & Pequi) are owned and run by the same family for the last 150 years and are 100% powered by solar energy. Visitors feel more like guests here and besides being a fully functional cattle breeding ranch, nature is very preserved, and guests will have the opportunity to spot countless animals and birds in the preserved areas of the ranches.

Bonito was the first Brazilian destination to receive the COVID-19 Safety Awards by the World Travel & Tourism Council and all included accommodations and activities are only selling to 50% capacity. All vehicles are sanitised according to the Covid-19 Safety Protocols.

Included:

  • 6 days and 5 nights in Pantanal and Bonito with Accommodations, meals, and tours included
  • Private Transfers, vehicle with air conditioning, to/from airport in Campo Grande and from Pantanal to Bonito
  • 3 nights in Pantanal with full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner at set hours) at chosen lodge
  • Tours in Pantanal: Photographic Safari, Boat Ride, Horseback Ride, Hiking, Night Safari, Piraya Fishing
  • 2 nights in Bonito with breakfast at chosen lodge
  • Tours in Bonito: Visit to Gruta São Mateus, Barra do Sucuri snorkeling
  • Private English speaking local guide during the whole local circuit

Optional:

  • Arrive one day before, stay in Campo Grande, to start the adventure early the next day
  • Extra night either in Pantanal or Bonito ( more tours can also be added )
  • “Boca da Onça Tour” on day 5.

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 ( optional )

Arrival in Campo Grande

We suggest that you arrive in Campo Grande the day before the adventure trip starts in Pantanal so that we can pick you up early the next day and get to your lodge by lunch time.

If your flight arrives late we suggest you stay with walking distance to the airport at Aeroporto Plaza Hotel (right infront of the airport) or if you arrive earlier then you might want to stay in the center of the city, close to shopping, restaurants, and attractions, in Campo Grande, then we suggest Grand Park Hotel. If you opt to come earlier and if you want us to reserve the hotel for you, please let us know.

Please note, this day we have no services scheduled.

DAY 2

(considering that you arrive the day before. Otherwise this becomes Day 1)

Pantanal

We will pick you up at the International Airport in Campo Grande or at your hotel with a private comfortable veicule and along will be an English speaking guide. We will start the approx. 3:30hrs drive to Pousada Aguapé/Pequi, in Pantanal; the largest swamp area in the world and a great jungle area full of impressive animals living in the wild,

After the included lunch or dinner ( depending on the time you arrive at the Pousada there will be a day or night activity, according to the schedule of the Pousada. 

DAY 3

Pantanal

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

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 5

Pantanal – Bonito

After breakfast there is a tour, according to the schedule of the lodge.
If you want you can stay for a last tasty lunch ( not included if you had lunch on the day of your arrival ).
When you are ready you have a private transfer to Bonito. 

DAY 6

Bonito

After breakfast we head to Gruta São Mateus. Besides visiting the cave itself, on the same tour, you will visit the Eco Park Cultural Museum that tells the story of Bonito from material collected by the locals. The sightseeing tour begins with a visit to the museum, where there are antique furniture and other artefacts of the region, as well some stuffed animals. From the museum a short hike (1.300m) takes visitors to the cave entrance. Inside the cave, there are diverse rock formations such as stalactites, stalagmites, coraloids, curtains and columns with different colors. Due to the depth of the cave (90m) in some points there are stairs with handrails to ease the walk inside, as well as artificial lighting for better viewing of the formations. In the end of the tour you still have the incredible opportunity to admire the beautiful view of the city from a lookout installed on the top of the hill.. After the end of the tour transfer back to Bonito, stopping on the way to have lunch (not included).

DAY 6 CONTINUED

Bonito

In the afternoon: Barra do Sucuri snorkelingWe will be met at the Main House to try and test the necessary gear and then start a 400 meters light hike up to the river where the tour starts. At the river you will help paddle the boat 1.300 meters up river while enjoying all the beauty of the gallery forest and the transparency of the river from the boat. At the end of this ride you will then put on your masks and snorkels, jump out of the boat and finally see all the beauty of one of the most transparent rivers in the world. After the end of the tour back at the main house you can relax at the hammocks or at the Formoso River that is just a few steps from the house. Free night. 

DAY 7

Bonito – Campo Grande

Breakfast and free morning.

Check-out from Pousada in Bonito and private transfer back to Campo Grande according to flight time.
If you want to do an activity in Bonito also the last day then ask us for our list of optional tours.

Until next time! It was a pleasure! Here ends our services. 

OPTIONAL TOUR FOR DAY 5

“Boca da Onça” – Hiking & Waterfalls
(Stop On the way to Bonito)

The tour starts with a 4km hike through a jungle like forest, passing by more than ten crystal-clear waterfalls, the scenic Salobra River and natural pools. Halfway on the tour circuit there´s a Kiosk selling snacks and drinks, wit bathrooms. The highlight is the indescribable Boca da Onça Waterfall, with its height of 156 meters (512 ft), making it the State’s highest. After relaxing and swimming at the Boca da Onça Waterfall, it´s time to continue, making the way back by climbing 866 steps that meander up the rocky wall that leads to the end of the tour. At the end of the steps visitors will also be met with the highest Rapel Free Platform in Brasil.

Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: Aprox. 6Hrs
Included: Breakfast and Lunch
Additional Price: $60 Per Person
Note: if you opt for this extra tour then you will loose the last, morning, tour in Pantanal on day 8, as we have to leave from the lodge at 5:30am to make it to the start of this tour at 8:30am.

If somebody in your party does not want to do the hike he/she can stay at the main house below, where you find changing rooms, 2 big swimming pools, hammocks, great views. You can also opt to do only half of the hike, and ask the guide for a special veichle to come and get you at the trail kiosk, and bring you back to the main house.

ACCOMMODATIONS option 1

total package price per person with option 1

accommodations option 2

total package price per person with option 2

All prices above consider included a Private English speaking local guide, with you during the whole local circuit. Should you not need this support then you can opt for a Portuguese speaking private driver, who is not a guide, and Portuguese speaking guides at the lodges in Pantanal. Opting out of having a Private English speaking guide will discount any of the above mentioned prices with 25%.

 Is your group larger than 10 ppl? Then send us an email and we will send you an adjusted quote.

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.

see a video from one of our previous trips

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further information

Observations:

  • To avoid crowds this package is NOT sold during National holidays or from 12 to 18/10) or from December 18th to the end of January or the month of July (High Season)
  • If you want to include one more night and day in Pantanal (accommodation + meals + guide + 2 more tours ) just let us know and we will include the cost to your final price
  • 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 Campo Grande = Campo Grande International Airpot with code CGR
  • All lodges in Pantanal have accident insurance included and their staff are trained in first aid
  • Private transfer in Basic Sedan vehicle with air conditioning (up to 3 people) or Executive 14 seats Van (from 4 to 10 people)
  • In a Sedan we use a Driver Guide and in a Van we use a separate Driver + separate Guide
  • For our private transfers – our cars are no older than 2 years (sedan vehicles and Doblo) or 3 years (Vans and Buses), and they are always checked-up after returning from a trip, and now sanitised according to the Covid-19 Safety Protocols
  • All accommodations are 100% compliant with the Covid-19 Safety Protocols
  • All our Guides are born and raised in the area and are very knowledgeable, professional and are there to help you with information and logistics.

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  = 15 USD charge per person (the rest is refunded)
  • Cancelation between 61 and 35 days prior to check-in  = 50% charge of total value

  • Cancelation between 34 and 20 days prior to check-in  = 60% charge of total value
  • Cancelation between 19 and 1 days prior to check-in  = 100% charge of total value.

what to bring on the trip

Essential Items:

  • Avoid bright colours. Neutral colours 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
  • Underwater camera during snorkeling in Bonito
  • 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.

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