"The wildlife was great. I've never seen so many animals in such a small place with such a variety (except maybe the zoo)" Michael Hachigian

"The tour guide planned a great itinerary. I especially liked that we stayed in two locations. We saw tons of animals and birds, ate great food and enjoyed the scenery." Eleanor Jones

"A few months have gone by since that most memorable trip to Brasil. The accommodations were great and the guide (Jean - Haitian) really did everything we wanted him to do. My son and I were probably not your typical tourists as we had no problem with the hikes or the hours. We saw both kinds of anteaters (and not the one feeding from the handheld bottle although it was truly cool having that long tongue slurp at your fingers and hand), Marmoset and Howler monkeys, Capybaras and Caiman, Lizards and even a Tortoise, with at least 40 different kinds of birds (Eagles, Buzzards, Herons, Storks, Ibis, Parakeets, Toucans, Macaws, Secretary, etc., etc., etc.). One neat event was coming across a newly hatched brood of baby caiman making their little grunting noises - I was definitely looking around for mama - if I had been inclined I could have easily caught one of the 28 or so that were milling about. In the Chapada we took a long hike and swam in a couple of large pools with waterfalls - way cool - well not really, since the water was only a few degrees colder that the ambient air temperature but it still was refreshing!" - Duane

 

Pantanal Tours

The Pantanal affords the richest wildlife viewing in the Americas. It's much easier to see the animals here than it is in the Amazon because they are more out in the open, as opposed to being hidden amongst the trees. We use lodging that affords the best viewing opportunities for Pantanal tours. We offer tours in both the southern and Northern Pantanal, accessed by different airports. We also offer several lodging options for people who specifically want to see jaguars.

During World Cup, lodge space is almost impossible to find now. We currently have space at one lodge for June 18-20.
We are also offering day trips to Pousada Piuval - US$297 per person with 2 people, US$248 per person with 3, US$199 per person with 4, and so on.

Northern Pantanal (via Cuiaba)

  • Low and High Tours - least expensive

Southern Pantanal (via Campo Grande)

pantanal birds

Mato Grosso is the third largest state in Brazil with more than 900,000 km2 and within area are found three great and distinct eco-systems: Savannah or Scrubland, dominates the whole of the Brazilian Central Plateau and adjacent areas; the Amazon Forest, situated in the north of the state, where one of the largest indigenous reserves of the country is situated - the Xingu National Park - and, finally, to the southwest of the state is found the immense sedimentary plain part of the Silver (Platina) Basin, the Matogrossense Pantanal, a fascinating ecological sanctuary.

Cuiabá, the capital of the state founded at the begining of the 18th century as a consequence of mining, is located at the geodesic center of South America. Strategically positioned at the convergence of three biosphere (Savannah, Amazon and Pantanal), makes it the best starting point for Pantanal tour expeditions to any of these fantastic and fascinating worlds.

Approximately 700 species of birds; 100 of mammals; 80 of reptiles; 240 of fish as well as a great number of invertebrates sitll not classified, constitute the richest variety of fauna to be found in the Americas.

chapada das GuimaraesOn the edge of the Brazilian Central Plateau stands the mystical Chapada dos Guimarães, a region of peculiar topography, at an altitude of 650m. Rock formations of various geological era and fossils of marine deposits from the Devonian Period, as well as reptiles from the Mesozoic Period, illustrate the various geolocial phases this region has been through.Situated at a point equidistant from the Atlantic and Pacific oceans and being the watershed between the Amazon and Silver Basins, the region was used by the paleoindians during their wanderings through South America, leaving various marks as well as the remains found in the archeological sites. One of the most majestical emergent rock formations in the World is today the source of various rivers which, descending in waterfalls, find their way into the Pantanal.

THE PANTANAL IN ITS DIFFERENT CYCLES

Pantanal has distinct phases as it passes through its cycles. Involving the movement of the water, variations in access possibilities and principally, the migratory routes of the animals, we consider :

THE FLOOD (JAN/FEB/MAR) - Concentration of mammmals in small unflooded areas of land ( mounds and hills) *** Explosion of colours in the rich flora, especially aquatic plants *** Ideal means of transport: boat and canoe *** Fishing prohibited; caiman nests *** Few mosquitoes *** Fruits: guava, “seriguela” *** More difficult access *** longer days*** though it rains more during this time, it's usually only for an hour or two a day - the reason it floods is because such a large area drains into it

EMPTYING - DRY ( APR/MAY/JUN) : Beginning of the concentration of birds and reptiles. Return of migratory birds such as the Spoonbill and Wood Storks from the Everglades (Flórida/USA) *** Fresher climate, cooler nights *** Means of transport : boat, horse and cart *** In the beginning of the period, presence of mosquitoes at nightfall *** Production of milk and dairy products *** Birth of young caimans

DRY ( JUL/AUG/SEP ) - Concentration of birds and reptiles in the few water pools *** Blossoming of yellow, lilac and pink “ ipês”; production of bees honey *** Excellent for fishing *** Winter climate. Cold nights. Abrupt temperature changes *** Means of transport : boat, horse and cart, on foot, and tractor *** Easy access *** short days *** Poor visibility due to dust and smoke; August's “ cashew rain “ is the only exception *** Wood Stork and Spoonbill nests (migratory birds) and Jabiru Storks;

FLOODING ( OCT/NOV/DEC ) - Preparation of migratory birds for return *** Beginning of flowering of all vegetation, scent of flowers and bees *** Fruition of the majority of the vegetation ( jatobá, seputá,cactus, cashew, mango) *** Large concentration of small birds *** Means of transport : boat, horse, cart and on foot *** Mating time for the majority of animals such as jaguars, hyacinth macaws, toucans, deer *** Action of predators such as snakes, lizards, hawks, and jaguars *** Towards the end of this period, presence of mosquitoes at nightfall *** Cloudy skies - pretty sunrises and sunsets; Long days.

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