Pantanal, Chapada dos Guimaraes and Nobres Tour
On this tour you can combine the wildlife viewing of the Pantanal with the panoramic overviews and waterfalls of Chapada dos Guimaraes and the snorkeling and wildlife at Nobres. Though there are not as many attractions at Nobres as there are at Bonito, the combination with the panoramic overviews and interesting rock formations makes for a different experience than Pantanal + Bonito in the south. We could also add a few days at Porto Jofre for a good chance to see jaguars, during the low water season. That would make a great nature experience!
Sample 6 day itinerary
Day 1 - CUIABÁ/ PANTANAL - Pick-up at the airport and immediate transfer to the traditional town of Poconé with introduction to the geological formation and flora characteristics, then to the lodge, arriving there after a brief safari along the Transpantaneira park-road with many stops to observe its rich fauna. Dinner and night safari – a night-time drive using a vehicle equipped with a flashlight for highlighting nocturnal fauna, with the chance to observe crab-eating foxes, ocelots, and many caiman’s eyes!
Day 2 - PANTANAL - In the morning is a hike through one of the many mound-hills, which attracts a lot of mammals among many birds nests. In the afternoon is a horse ride through the flooding fields. The horse is the most versatile means of transportation, allowing both the crossing of the flood plain and access to the distant forests. The ‘Pantaneiro’ horse is extremely docile. Other animals are so used to it that they don’t perceive the rider on the horse.
Day 3 - PANTANAL/ PANTANAL - In the morning is a departure through the fields and forests until the beautiful lake Baía do Piuval, where we do a motorized boat trip, with the possibility of seeing many birds, reptiles and mammals. Return for lunch and departure for a terrestrial safari along the Transpantaneira until another lodge. Arrival for dinner and overnight.
Day 4 - PANTANAL - CHAPADA GUIMARÃES - In the morning is a rowing boat trip through a river, with variation of environments and the possibility of seeing many flocks of birds, reptiles and mammals during the sunset. Lunch and continuation of the tour to the Chapada Tableland. Having left the Pantanal wetland, where the altitude is about 120m of sea level, is climbed 700m in only 200km for observing a gorgeous sunset into a large panorama that includes the water spring of three very important rivers that form the Pantanal. Then, on to the pleasant town of Chapada de Guimarães for dinner and overnight.
Day 5 - CHAPADA GUIMARÃES/ NOBRES - Visits to the National Park, with bath in waterfalls including the largest one - Véu de Noiva with it 86 meter fall entering a majestic canyon. Immediate transfer to Bom Jardim, passing by beautiful rock formations, by the river Manso, with it's dam, and by the large Cuiabá river, near its beginning. Visit to the Macaws’ lake, a water spring surrounded by many palm trees where they roost at the sunset.
Day 6 - NOBRES/ CUIABÁ - Departure to do Snorkeling in both Aquarium – a water spring with 6m deep, so clear and with a blue color together with the colorful fishes; then, on the Salobra river, in an extension of 400m, where is observed rich aquatic fauna & flora. Transfer to Cuiabá airport for embarking at the convenient time.
2017 prices per person in US$ for 6 days:
for 5 days, with 1 less day in Pantanal
Prices include: transportation, accommodations, guided touring, meals from dinner on day one through lunch on last day or from lunch on day one through breakfast on last day, but not drinks, except for coffee and fruit juices with breakfasts and water on tours