Brazil’s Pantanal: A Wildlife Adventure
September 26, 2016

Overview:

Discover Brazil’s Pantanal: A Wildlife Adventure. Join Mark Brazil on this comprehensive itinerary that explores the northern and southern regions of the Pantanal, truly one of the most spectacular areas for wildlife in the New World. Expedition highlights include: Search for Brazil’s iconic wildlife—caiman, capybara, howler monkeys, marmosets, giant river otters, and our ultimate goal—the elusive jaguar. Discover a huge variety of large and colorful birds on this South American adventure travel tour, including: macaws, ibis, storks, curassows, spoonbills, and a wide range of birds of prey. Enjoy excellent photography—the dry season offers stunning scenery and up-close shots of wildlife as they congregate at the shrinking water sources. Stay at comfortable eco lodges supremely situated to take advantage of nature viewing.

Brief Itinerary:
Day 1: Depart USA
Day 2: São Paulo, Brazil / Cuiabá
Day 3-4: Cuiabá / Araras, Northern Pantanal
Day 5: Araras / Pixaim
Day 6: Pixaim
Day 7: Pixaim / Porto Jofre
Day 8-11: Porto Jofre
Day 12: Porto Jofre / Cuiabá / Campo Grande
Day 13: Campo Grande / Bonito
Day 14: Bonito / Caiman Ecological Refuge
Day 15-17: Caiman Ecological Refuge
Day 18: Caiman Ecological Refuge / Campo Grande / São Paulo
Day 19: USA

Interested in more information? Please contact Expedition Easy by telephone at 1-800-617-2319 or e-mail info@expeditioneasy.com.

Brazil’s Pantanal: A Wildlife Adventure
September 26, 2016

Day-By-Day Itinerary:

Day 1: Depart USA
Board your independent flight to Brazil.

Day 2: São Paulo, Brazil / Cuiabá
Arrive in São Paulo and connect with your domestic flight to Cuiabá. Transfer to the Gran Odara Hotel, for our welcome dinner and overnight.

Day 3-4: Cuiabá / Araras, Northern Pantanal
Rise early this morning and set out for the Pantanal. Described as the world’s largest wetland area, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a Biosphere Reserve, we visit in the dry season when water is scarce and wildlife congregates at available sources. The first 60 miles are through a disturbed cerrado transition ecosystem that leads to the raised dirt highway known as the Transpantaneira. Suddenly, wildlife abounds; the astonishing biodiversity here includes an incredible array of mammals, birds, and reptiles. Fish concentrate in the few seasonal pools, which are crowded with kingfishers, storks, herons, spoonbills, ibises, and limpkins. Arrive at Araras Eco Lodge this afternoon, your comfortable base for two days of exploration. Activities here include climbing the lodge’s canopy tower, watching the crowded bird feeders, and embarking on nature walks and drives to look for a wealth of birds and wildlife, including the world’s largest member of the parrot family, the rare and beautiful hyacinth macaw. Spotlighting excursions may reveal great potoos, crab-eating foxes, and with luck, a tapir or an ocelot.

Day 5: Araras / Pixaim
Enjoy one last wildlife excursion in Araras with lunch at the lodge, then head south along the Transpantaneira Road. There is ample time to make stops for birds, nature viewing, and photography along the way. Arrive in the Pixaim River area this afternoon and check in to the Pantanal Mato Grosso Hotel for two nights. After settling in, board boats for an early evening cruise along the Pixaim River to watch kingfishers, capybara, and caiman, and to look for pugnacious giant river otters. After dinner at the hotel, a night drive may reveal deer, caiman, and giant anteaters with the possibility of tapirs and jaguars.

Day 6: Pixaim
To fully explore this rich wetland area, we cruise further along the Pixaim River to watch some of the region’s innumerable riverine birds, including kingfishers, terns, and skimmers, and keep a lookout for black-and-gold howler monkeys, capuchin monkeys, and the dainty Pantanal marmoset.

Day 7: Pixaim / Porto Jofre
After breakfast, depart for Porto Jofre and the Hotel Porto Jofre, our base for five nights, situated quite literally at the end of the road, on the banks of the Cuiabá River. Time permitting, board boats for a late afternoon tour.

Day 8-11: Porto Jofre
Spend four full days exploring along the banks of the Cuiabá River by boat and on land. This area is one of the best places in the world to observe the elusive jaguar, and sighting these massive carnivores is our primary goal. Some of the many birds easily seen here include jabiru storks, anhingas, capped herons, southern screamers, snail kites, silver-beaked tanagers, toco toucans, and the endemic nanday or black-hooded parakeet.

Day 12: Porto Jofre / Cuiabá / Campo Grande
Drive overland to Cuiabá, with a stop for lunch, before embarking on your group flight to Campo Grande. Check in to the Grand Park Hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 13: Campo Grande / Bonito
Depart early this morning for the drive to Bonito. Check in to Aguas de Bonito with a chance to settle in before an exciting freshwater snorkeling excursion.

Day 14: Bonito / Caiman Ecological Refuge
This morning visit a large sinkhole whose sheer cliffs are a popular nesting site for red-and-green macaws. Watch the antics of these noisy and gregarious birds from several viewing platforms. Then visit the stunning Blue Lake Grotto. The vibrantly blue lake that fills this large cave is thought to be over 200 feet deep. After lunch at a local restaurant, depart overland for the Caiman Ecological Refuge (CER). CER is a pioneer eco-tourism project, situated on a cattle ranch of approximately 200 square miles, adjacent to a 27-square-mile private ecological reserve. The Sede Lodge, a lovely converted Spanish-American farmhouse set in expansive grounds, will be our base for four nights. Take a stroll through the beautiful gardens which attract numerous birds, before an afternoon wildlife watching excursion.

Day 15-17: Caiman Ecological Refuge
Spend three full days seeking out the refuge’s wealth of wildlife. Explore on foot during nature walks, by 4×4 vehicle, canoe, and during special night safaris to search for nocturnal species such as giant anteaters and tapirs. Over 350 species of birds have been recorded here, including greater rhea, black-collared hawk, southern crested caracara, great potoo, toco toucan, plush-crested jay, and yellow-faced parrot. The reserve is also home to three species of primates, caiman, and the largest deer in South America, the rare marsh deer. Though never guaranteed, there is also a good chance of spotting jaguars here.

Day 18: Caiman Ecological Refuge / Campo Grande / São Paulo
After breakfast, depart overland for Campo Grande to board your flight to São Paulo and connect with your independent flight to the USA.

Day 19: USA
Arrive in the USA and connect with homeward flights.

*Please note: This itinerary is subject to change. In the spirit of expedition travel, plans may change slightly to take full advantage of encounters with the destination and its people, culture, and wildlife.

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Brazil’s Pantanal: A Wildlife Adventure
September 26, 2016

Rates:

September 26, 2016
Double: $14,980 per person
Single: $17,960 per person

Rates are approximate until the time of booking. Please note rates are subject to change without prior notice due to circumstances beyond our control; i.e. fuel increases, currency fluctuations, etc.

Included:

– All gratuities; all accommodations and group meals, including selected beverages with lunch and dinner; group transfers; guided excursions as stated in the itinerary; entrance fees for parks, reserves, etc.; medical expense coverage and emergency evacuation insurance; and air transportation between Cuiabá/Campo Grande.

Not Included:

– All air transportation, except as listed above; excess baggage charges; airport arrival and departure taxes; transfers for independent arrivals and departures; passport and/or visa fees; travel insurance; items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar charges, alcoholic beverages, e-mail/fax/telephone charges.

Deposit & Payments

This itinerary is subject to the availability of all services at the time of making a reservation. No space is being held at this time. Please contact Expedition Easy for the full terms and conditions that apply. We are happy to answer questions and discuss your trip.

Reservations

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September 26, 2016