Unveil Brazil’s Wild Side: Pantanal Wildlife Wonders FAQ 

 Unveil Brazil’s Wild Side: Pantanal Wildlife Wonders FAQ 

Embark on an unforgettable journey with New Paths Expeditions as you explore the Pantanal, one of the world’s largest and most biodiverse wetlands. With our expert-led tours, witness Brazil’s wild side up close, immersing yourself in the awe-inspiring scenery and unrivaled wildlife encounters. From dazzling bird species to elusive jaguars, the Pantanal is a treasure trove for wildlife enthusiasts and adventurers alike.

In this comprehensive FAQ, we’ll address everything you need to know about planning your Pantanal expedition with New Paths Expeditions, from the remarkable habitats, must-see flora and fauna to recommended travel tips. Our goal is to ensure that your Pantanal experience is nothing short of extraordinary, providing memories you’ll cherish for a lifetime. 

1. Understanding the Pantanal: An Overview of This Unique Ecosystem

The Pantanal spans over 70,000 square miles across Brazil, Bolivia, and Paraguay, making it the largest tropical wetland in the world. This UNESCO World Heritage site is known for its abundant wildlife and rich diversity of flora and fauna. The unique ecosystem is characterized by a mix of forest, savannah, and wetlands, creating numerous habitats that support a vast array of species.

Climate and Hydrology

Located within the Tropic of Capricorn, Pantanal has a tropical climate with two distinct seasons – the wet season (November to March) and the dry season (April to October). During the wet season, the region’s intricate river systems overflow, creating vast seasonal water bodies and flooded forests. The dry season sees the water receding, exposing natural lagoons and grasslands teeming with wildlife.

2. Marvelous Wildlife Encounters in the Pantanal

Boasting an unrivaled richness of mammals, birds, and aquatic species, the Pantanal serves as a true paradise for wildlife enthusiasts. With New Paths Expeditions, expect to witness a range of extraordinary species during your journey into the wild heart of Brazil.

Jaguars: Pantanal’s Most Iconic Predators

The Pantanal is one of the best places in the world to spot the elusive and awe-inspiring jaguar. These magnificent felines thrive along the riverbanks, hunting capybaras, caimans, and other prey. New Paths Expeditions offers guided boat safaris along the Cuiaba River, providing a remarkable opportunity for close encounters with these majestic predators.

Birdwatching Extravaganza

Home to over 650 bird species, the Pantanal is a birdwatcher’s paradise. Expect to encounter vibrant blue-and-yellow macaws, impressive jabiru storks, and the iconic hyacinth macaw, the world’s largest parrot. Our expert-guided tours will help you spot elusive birds like the endangered wattled curassow and the striking golden-collared macaw.

Caimans and Capybaras

As you explore the Pantanal, keep an eye out for the region’s most abundant large mammal, the capybara. These oversized rodents often graze by the water’s edge, sharing their habitat with the black caiman, one of the largest reptiles in the Americas.

In Search of the Giant Otter

One of the more elusive yet fascinating species in the Pantanal is the giant otter. Growing up to six feet in length, these highly social and vocal creatures make their home in the region’s waterways and lakes. With New Paths Expeditions, you’ll have the unique opportunity to observe these magnificent animals in their natural environment.

3. Immersive Pantanal Experiences with New Paths Expeditions

Combining intimate wildlife encounters and immersive excursions into the heart of the Pantanal, New Paths Expeditions crafts unforgettable journeys, taking you deep into the Brazilian wilderness.

Expert-Led Safaris

Our knowledgeable guides, with years of hands-on experience in the Pantanal, provide expert insight into the region’s wildlife and ecosystems. Embark on river safaris, walking excursions, and Jeep tours with the guidance of our experts to get up close and personal with the unique inhabitants of the Pantanal.

Authentic Pantanal Accommodations

Ensuring your stay is as immersive as your excursions, New Paths Expeditions offers authentic and comfortable accommodations in the heart of the Pantanal. Experience the traditional charm of a Brazilian fazenda (ranch) or relax within eco-friendly lodges that are fully integrated into the surrounding landscape.

Customizable Itineraries

At New Paths Expeditions, we recognize that each traveler has unique interests and preferences. Our customizable itineraries allow you to construct the journey of your dreams, ensuring an unforgettable adventure tailored to your desires.

4. Best Time to Visit the Pantanal and Additional Travel Tips

Timing your visit to the Pantanal can have a major impact on the type of experiences and wildlife encounters you’ll have during your trip.

Wet Season vs. Dry Season

The wet season (November to March) sees lush vegetation and the arrival of many migratory bird species. However, accessibility may be limited due to flooding. The dry season (April to October) is generally the preferred time to visit, as the receding waters draw wildlife to remaining water bodies, providing excellent viewing opportunities.

Essential Packing Tips

Dressing appropriately for the Pantanal’s climate and landscape is crucial. Lightweight, breathable clothing in neutral colors, waterproof footwear, a wide-brimmed hat, and strong insect repellent are must-haves. A dependable pair of binoculars, camera gear, and a reusable water bottle will further enhance your Pantanal experience.

Health Considerations

As with any travel to remote regions, consult your healthcare professional before your Pantanal adventure for any necessary vaccinations or medications. Though the Pantanal is not among Brazil’s major risk areas, precautions against mosquito bites are advised.

Embark on Your Unforgettable Pantanal Adventure with New Paths Expeditions

The Pantanal stands as a majestic testament to nature’s beauty and resilience, offering travelers the experience of a lifetime with its remarkable biodiversity, alluring landscapes, and unforgettable wildlife encounters. With New Paths Expeditions, unravel the secrets of this exceptional ecosystem and immerse yourself in the wonders of Brazil’s hidden gem.
Ready to set off on your life-changing Pantanal adventure? Check out New Paths Expeditions’ small-group travel packages and allow our expert team to create the perfect itinerary tailored to your desires. Book your expedition now and prepare to enter the magical realm of the Pantanal, forging memories that will last a lifetime. Don’t just witness nature – become a part of it.

Wild Pantanal

Wild Pantanal

Wild pantanal brazil
DURATION

10 DAYS

PRICING

From $8695

WHEN

Oct – 2024

DESTINATION

Brasil

TYPE

12-Guest Small-Group

Wild Pantanal

Welcome to the Ultimate Pantanal Expedition

Embark on an unparalleled adventure into the heart of the Brazilian Pantanal, the world’s largest tropical wetland, with New Paths Expeditions. With over 25 years of uninterrupted experience, our expedition immerses you in the breathtaking ecosystem of the Pantanal, guided by our deep-rooted knowledge and passion for this untouched natural wonder.

Expedition Highlights:

  • Exclusive Encounters: Witness the ‘Big Six’—Jaguars, Giant River Otters, Giant Anteaters, Capybaras, South American Tapirs, and Anacondas—in their natural habitat for unparalleled wildlife sightings.
  • Jaguar HotSpot: We spend more time in Porto Jofre, the world’s Jaguar HotSpot, than any other travel operator, ensuring guaranteed wild jaguar sightings.
  • Superb Birdwatching: Discover the Pantanal’s diverse avian life, including the majestic Hyacinth Macaws, through a variety of birdwatching excursions.
  • Expert Guidance: Be led through your journey by our Master Naturalists, offering unmatched insights into the Pantanal’s ecosystem.
  • Premium Accommodations: Enjoy the best accommodations available, from three-star lodgings in the northern Pantanal (The best that exist, all with A/C) to the luxury of the award-winning Caiman Lodge in the south.
  • Intimate Experience: With a limit of just 12 participants, our expeditions provide a personal and immersive experience in exploring the Pantanal’s vast wilderness.
  • Amazing Extensions: Opt for additional adventures to upscale lodges and breathtaking natural wonders, including the Cristalino Lodge in the Brazilian Amazon and Iguazu Falls.

“A Journey to the World’s Jaguar HotSpot and South America’s ‘Big-6’ – Eden on Earth!”

Eilen S – ILL

Pantanal

QUESTIONS?


If you have any questions, please contact the destination specialist. We are here to help you!

Itinerary in Brief

Day 1 

Arrive Cuiaba

Your flight will have you arriving in Cuiaba, Brazil, in the afternoon, where you will be met and greeted by your Senior Leader. Transfer
to Hotel Deville Prime. We will have free time to relax or enjoy the hotel facilities. Enjoy a welcome dinner at the hotel’s restaurant.

Overnight at Hotel Deville Prime (D)

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Day 2

The Transpantaneira and Wildlife Encounters

Start your expedition into the heart of the Panatanal by driving four hours on the iconic Transpantaneira road, marveling at its 90-mile stretch through wetlands. Encounter diverse wildlife, from yacare caimans to capybaras. Stay at Mato Grosso Pantanal Hotel , conveniently located at the Pixam River, probably the best spot in the world to observe Giant River Otters.

Overnight at Mato Grosso Pantanal Hotel. (B, L, D).

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Day 3

Giant Otters Boat Search and the Drive to Porto Jofre
Enjoy an early am boat ride looking for Giant River Otters that abound at the Pixam River. Then return to your hotel for breakfast and later continue your adventure on the Transpantaneira to Porto Jofre, the Pantanal’s vibrant heart. Enjoy a picnic lunch en route and settle into Porto Jofre Hotel. Explore the surrounding wildlife, followed by a review of the day’s encounters by your Senior Leader, culminating in a delightful dinner at Porto Jofre Lodge, your home until day 6.
Overnight at Porto Jofre Lodge. (B, L, D)
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Day 4 – 6

Jaguar Search & the ‘Big Six’

Nestled at the confluence of the Cuiaba, Três Irmãos, and Piquiri Rivers, Porto Jofre Lodge offers unparalleled access to Jaguar territory. With a 95% chance of sightings, enjoy private boat excursions led by a Senior Leader, maximizing opportunities for wildlife encounters. Explore diverse fauna, including ocelots and anaconda, and all the South America ‘Big-6’.

Overnight at Porto Jofre Lodge. (B, L, D)

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Day 7

On to Araras Eco Lodge Private Reserve for Top Class Birding

Embark on a thrilling journey after breakfast, driving the Transpantaneira to Araras Eco Lodge, arriving for lunch. Following check-in, your guide leads a birding expedition on the lodge grounds, showcasing an impressive array of birds, from spinetails to hyacinth macaws.

Overnight at Araras Eco Lodge. (B, L, D)

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Day 8 & 9

Araras Private Reserve Wildlife Exploration

Explore the Araras Lodge, a premier birding destination nestled in a 7,500-acre private nature preserve with wetlands, savanna, and forest ecosystems. Encounter capuchin, howler, and marmoset monkeys during vehicle trips. Nocturnal expeditions unveil elusive wildlife like tapirs and potoos. Your Senior Leader ensures a unique and immersive wildlife experience.

Overnights at Araras Eco Lodge. (B, L, D)

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DAY 10

Drive to Cuiaba and Fly Back Home, or Continue with the Southern Pantanal Extension

Enjoy a final wildlife expedition in the morning before having lunch and then returning to Cuiaba to catch the flights back home. For those yearning for more, extend your adventure to the Southern Pantanal.

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Lodgings

Hotel Deville Prime Cuiaba

With a strategic location, Deville Prime Cuiabá is in the best neighborhood in the capital of Mato Grosso. A reference in accommodation, the hotel offers excellent structure and special services to ensure the best stay for the guest who is business or pleasure. The hotel includes a fitness center, outdoor pool and Wi-Fi among its many services.

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Pantanal Mato Grosso Hotel

We selected this hotel because of its excellent position on the Pixain River. The river is a hotspot for giant river otters as well as a plethora of birds. The Mato Grosso Hotel has hot running water, air conditioning, decent food, and clean, basic rooms, as well as granting you great access to wildlife.

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Porto Jofre Lodge

You will find that despite its remote location in the heart of the Pantanal that the Porto Jofre Lodge provides comfortable accommodations. The rooms are clean with hot water and air conditioning, and the food is fresh. This is one of the best places to observe the Pantanal’s wildlife, and there is an excellent chance for jaguar sightings. You will be able to see macaws and toucans right on the hotel grounds. The lodge is the best place to stay when you’re in the heart of the Pantanal.

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Araras Eco Lodge

Built in harmony with the environment, but without renouncing comfort, Araras Eco Lodge rooms feature air conditioning, ceiling fans, and hot running water. The three distinct ecosystems in the adjacent area provide great opportunities for wildlife observation, especially birds. Canopy towers provide access to the upper reaches of the forest, and a boardwalk meanders through the wetlands towards the nearby forest.

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Grand Park Hotel

While the Grand Park Hotel is only a stopover between expeditions, it will still provide a memorable stay due to its modern and comfortable rooms, excellent dining facilities, and nearby shopping opportunities. The hotel includes a gym, sauna, and Wi-Fi among its many services. This city hotel has a 4-star rating and it is considered the best in town.

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Caiman Lodge

The Caiman Lodge is considered to be the best eco-lodge in South America. You will find that the rooms are charming and modern and are situated in groups of 5 or 6 to provide a more personalized and private atmosphere. The service at the Caiman Lodge is perfect and the food excellent. The tourism operations at the lodge are the best available in the Pantanal. The lodge provides among the best opportunities for wildlife observation in the world.

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Leader

GUIA TADEU Pantanal Norte

Discover the Pantanal with Antonio Tadeu Marques de Oliveira

Experience the wonders of the Pantanal with Antonio Tadeu Marques de Oliveira, a distinguished expedition leader whose deep connection to this vast wetland transforms every tour into a remarkable adventure. At 43, Tadeu combines extensive knowledge as a naturalist guide with a vibrant personality, making him the perfect companion for exploring Brazil’s natural treasures.

Starting his career in tourism at an early age, Tadeu’s passion for nature soon led him to the heart of the Pantanal in 2013. By 2014, he was a certified Tourism Guide, specialized in the Mato Grosso region and Pantanal. His expertise isn’t just academic; it’s born from years of navigating this complex ecosystem, making him a master in spotting wildlife, including offering 100% success in jaguar sightings for the many New Paths Expeditions groups he’s led during the last five years.

Tadeu’s ability to engage with people from diverse backgrounds, combined with his deep understanding of the Pantanal’s flora and fauna, ensures a rich and immersive experience for travelers. His knack for wildlife photography support—focusing on light, positioning, and timing—helps guests capture breathtaking moments, even to those without deep technical knowledge of photography.

With Tadeu, an expedition is more than a journey; it’s an opportunity to see the Pantanal through the eyes of someone who is not only an expert guide but also a passionate advocate for the preservation of its unparalleled beauty. Join him for an unforgettable exploration of one of the most biodiverse places on earth, where adventure and discovery await at every turn.

Departure Dates & Rates

DEPARTURE

14 Oct 2024

PRICE

$8695.00

Single Supplement

$2680.00

STATUS
OPEN
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Day 4
Drake Passage and Antarctica

After passing over the Antarctic Convergence, the surroundings significantly alter. This is the moment to look for the first icebergs and the first glimpse of Antarctic land, so have your camera ready. While traveling to the South Shetland Islands, enjoy the companionship of seagulls, penguins, seals, and whales as you cruise through ice-filled coves. Take a Zodiac for your first unforgettable shore excursion to a colony of penguins. Using the prolonged Antarctic daylight, exploration will last well into the night.

Day 5
Antarctica and scheduled return flight

Arriving at King George Island, get off the boat in Fildes Bay. You must traverse the Chilean Frei Station and the Russian Bellingshausen Station on a 2-km (1.25-mile) walk to get to the airplane. Once you get on the plane to return to Punta Arenas, say goodbye to Antarctica. Transfer to your hotel for the night after arrival. (Note: Meals in Punta Arenas are at your leisure and not \ included in the package).

Day 6
End of the air-cruise

After breakfast, transfer to the Punta Arenas airport for your onward flight.

Ships Description

Magellan Explorer

 The Magellan Explorer, a modern vessel tailored for air cruises to Antarctica, epitomizes luxury and comfort. Launched in 2019 and constructed in Chile according to the latest Polar Code standards, it offers diverse accommodations, including single rooms and double cabins with private balconies. Each cabin features amenities such as independently regulated heating, ample storage, and a private bathroom. The ship boasts impressive facilities including a glass-enclosed observation lounge, cutting-edge presentation room, spacious dining area, fully equipped bar, library, gym, sauna, and medical center. Notably, the observation deck provides an intimate view of aquatic life, while ten Zodiac boats facilitate wildlife exploration. Remarkably, Anytime Fitness, renowned for its global presence, designed and built the onboard fitness center, marking a unique collaboration and ensuring top-tier facilities for passengers embarking on this unparalleled Antarctic adventure.

Tecnical Specifications

  • Passengers: 76 maximum on air-cruises
  • Expedition Staff & Crew: 60
  • Lifeboats: 2, fully enclosed, capacity of 160 (in addition to 8 life rafts, the capacity of 160)
  • Length: 90.7 m
  • Breadth: 16.2 m
  • Draft: 4.3 m
  • Propulsion: Diesel engines, 3,440 kW
  • Ice Class: LR PC6
  • Cruising Speed: 14 knots in open water


Deck Plan Magellan

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Ocean Nova

 Ocean Nova, an expedition ship built in Denmark in 1992, serves as an exceptional vessel for Antarctic missions. Originally designed for Greenland’s icy waters, its sturdy construction and reinforced hull ensure suitability for Antarctic expeditions. Following a complete renovation in 2006 and subsequent yearly enhancements, Ocean Nova now accommodates 67 passengers on air excursions. The ship offers three types of comfortable accommodations: single, twin, and triple cabins, each equipped with standard amenities including picture windows, writing desks, heating systems, and private bathrooms. Onboard facilities feature a spacious dining area, bar, library, gym, and infirmary, alongside an observation lounge and presentation room. Seven Zodiac boats facilitate wildlife viewing and landings. Ocean Nova promises an immersive Antarctic experience with its blend of comfort, functionality, and exploration opportunities, making it an ideal choice for adventurous travelers seeking unforgettable polar adventures.

Tecnical Specifications

  • Passengers: 67 maximum on air-cruises
  • Expedition Staff & Crew: 46
  • Lifeboats: 2, fully enclosed, capacity of 110 (in addition to 4 life rafts, the capacity of 100)
  • Length: 73.0 m
  • Breadth: 11.0 m
  • Draft: 3.7 m
  • Propulsion: Diesel engines, 2,000-horsepower
  • Ice Class: 1B, EO (Hull Ice 1A)
  • Cruising Speed: 12 knots in open water


Deck Plans Ocean Nova

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Dates & Prices

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Note: All prices are in US dollars, per person, and based on double occupancy. If you need extra services, please contact your expedition advisor.
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