Holidays

Pantanal & Bonito

Pantanal & Bonito

Purpose: Ecotourism, Adventure Culture
No. of days: 6 days - 5 nights
First & Last Cities: Campo Grande
Other cities: Pantanal, Bodoquena, Bonito
Starting cost: $1,835

 

The Pantanal, the largest contiguous wetland on the planet, declared a World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, is South America's primary wildlife sanctuary. With a total area of approximately 37 million acres it is a biogeography mixing bowl containing elements of the Amazon Forest, the Caatinga, the Brazilian Savannah, the Atlantic Rainforest and the Paraguayan Chaco. This fantastic biodiversity includes: 698 bird species, 80 mammals, 260 fish species and 50 reptiles.
 

Day 1: Campo Grande, Pantanal
Welcome to Campo Grande, your gateway to the Pantanal. Your driver will be waiting for you at the airport. Depart for your 3-hour transfer to the Aguapé Lodge. The lodge, which has been in same family for 150 years, was a cattle farm until 1989 when it diversified its activities introducing ecological tourism and fishing. Located in a rich area formed by the typical wetland vegetation (cerrado), lakes, lowlands, and the exuberant Aquidauana River, guests are welcomed throughout the year. At Aguapé you will wake up with the song of birds and, if you wish, milk the cows in the early morning, with the sunrise. Check- in and relax before dinner. Tonight, depart for your first activity: the observance of Pantanal’s night life.  Some animals like anteaters, foxes, capybaras and caimans only come out after sunset. In the absolute silence you will hear the croaking of the frogs and the sounds of different insects, as well as observe the behavior of some nocturnal creatures. Overnight in the lodge. [D]
 
Day 2: Pantanal
After breakfast, board your 4 x 4 jeep to explore the further areas of the Pantanal.  During your photographic safari you will ride through different landscapes such as the swamps and bays which are permanently flooded areas.  Return to the main house for lunch and time to rest. Later in the afternoon, explore the Pantanal by horse to experience how cattle farming is done here. Riding through the Pantanal's open fields, you encounter an abundant range of lush flora and fauna. The horses are well trained, and even if you have never ridden a horse before, you will appreciate this tour. Back for dinner, your evening is at leisure. [B/L/D]
 
Day 3: Pantanal, Bodoquena, Bonito
After breakfast, check out from your hotel and depart to Bodoquena, home of the famous Boca da Onça Falls. For nature lovers, a 180 feet rappel is available offering spectacular views of the canyon. The trail with 8 waterfalls is also very beautiful. Each waterfall is breathtaking in its own way, and there will be opportunity for bathing in a couple of them. At the end of the tour continue to Bonito, a city considered to be the heart of eco-tourism in Brazil. With crystal-clear rivers, waterfalls, caves and abundance of wildlife, Bonito is one of the main ecotourism and adventure tourism destinations in Brazil. Arrival and accommodation at Olho D´Agua pousada. Evening at leisure. [B/L]
 
Day 4: Bonito
After breakfast head to the Blue Lake Cave. A short hike in the forest leads to the impressive entrance of the Cave. Inside, several kinds of speleothems create a magic scenery with a deep blue lake in the bottom. After lunch (not included), we continue to Buraco das Araras  (Macaw´s Sanctuary). There, a leisurely walk around the sinkhole that passes by two viewpoints which are macaws’ natural habitat. At the bottom, an emerald-green lagoon, surrounded by exuberant vegetation, is home to caimans whose survival is still a mystery. Furthermore, you may see mammals such as armadillos, anteaters, coatis, foxes and more than 130 bird’s species, including ibises and toucans. Return to hotel and evening at leisure. Overnight. [B]
 
Day 5: Bonito
This tour begins with a short walk in the riparian forest where you relish the lavish vegetation, the playful monkeys, and get delighted with the beauty of the lookouts. A tranquil boat ride will take you to the head of the Sucuri River. Put on your snorkel gear, and get in the water to swim among aquatic plants and several specimens of fishes. The crystal-clear waters of the river allow you to see underwater for several meters because of the limestone composition of the region's rocks.  At the tour’s end, savor a typical lunch and head back to Bonito. Evening at leisure. [B/L]
 
Day 6: Bonito,Campo Grande 
Breakfast. Check-out from hotel and transfer to Campo Grande to board your flight to your next destination [B]
 
Important!  Tours are subject to change or may be replaced due to weather conditions or the hotels’ schedule to better accommodate the guests.


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Tour includes
  • Private transfers:
    • Campo Grande airport to Pantanal
    • Bonito to Campo Grande airport;
  • 5 nights’ accommodation
    • Pousada Aguapé 2 nights
    • Olho D´Agua 3 nights
  • Breakfast daily
  • Meals
    • 3 lunches
    • 2 dinners
    • Pantanal:
  • Full-day visit to Boca da Onça Farm and waterfalls – including day-room for changing
  • Hike and Snorkeling at the Sucuri River
  • Bonito sightseeing:
    • Visit to the Blue Lake Cave
    • Visit to macaw’s sanctuary
  • Bilingual guides assistance during transfers and tours in English or Spanish 
  • Tickets to attractions mentioned
  • All hotel taxes
Not included in tour
  • International airline tickets
  • Taxes or surcharges related to airline tickets
  • All alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks
  • Other meals not mentioned in itinerary
  • Extras and gratuities
  • Early check-in, late check-out
  • Expenses of personal nature

Hotels in your Tour

Category Hotel Name Tripadvisor
First Class
Pantanal Pousada Aguape 4.5
Bonito Pousada Olho D'agua 4.5

Hotels will be confirmed at time of booking


Tour Pricing

Season Double
First Class
Jan-Dec 2020 $1,835
Rate is minimum per person sharing a room and may change without notice.
Rates may change depending on the date of travel.
Valid through December 20th 2020. Not valid for Holidays and big conventions.
Other blackout dates may apply.
 
Tour Code: BR11CGB20DB