OCT 3rd, 2022
SMALL GROUP SAFARI
Wild Pantanal 2022
The Brazilian Pantanal (UNESCO World Heritage Site) is the largest tropical wetland in the world and harbors some of the most unique wildlife found anywhere, including South America’s ‘Big Six’ – jaguar, giant river otter, giant anteater, capybara, South American tapir, and anaconda. Your chances to enjoy good sightings and photograph all of them are quite high!.
New Paths Expeditions is proud to announce that the most experienced naturalists in the area will be your Master Naturalists. Limited to 12 participants, and only a few openings available for the upcoming departure.
Please note that NPE’s Pantanal itinerary is the only one that provides four nights at the heart of the Jaguar hot-spot. This allows us to provide you with Jaguar searching excursions in rivers seldom visited by tourists.
NPE guarantees Jaguar sightings: In case you do not see a wild Jaguar, we will refund you US 500.00 per person. In 20 years of offering this guarantee, we have never needed to provide any refunds.
WHAT MAKES THIS TRIP EXTRAORDINARY
- Visit the UNESCO world largest tropical wetland
- Superb Wildlife observation looking for “the Big Six.”
- Jaguars Guaranteed
- Extensive birding opportunities
- Many endemics species
- Accompanied by a Head Naturalist Guide
- Upscale Pre-Extension at the Belmond Das Cataratas in Iguassu Falls
- Post-Extension at the award-winning Caiman Lodge
- The best lodging available
- Multiple private boat excursions
- The best naturalist guides
- The best pricing in the market
Pantanal is Eden on earth! We saw many Jaguars, all South America’s «Big-Six», plus amazing birding. Thank you NPE for an experience of a lifetime!
Eileen S. Glencoe-IL
If you have any questions, please let us know. We are here to help you!
Explore the Pantanal’s most magnificent National Parks in search of South America’s Big Six! Starting at $ 7695, the best accommodations are guaranteed!
Itinerary in Brief
Arrive in Cuiaba, Brazil.
Arrive today’s afternoon on a flight from the US (Via Sao Paulo). Meet your Senior Leader and drive to the town of Pocone and then to Pantanal Mato Grosso Hotel over the Transpantaneira “Highway”. Multiple stops for wildlife spotting will include abundant Yacare Caimans, Capybara, and Jabiru Storks, among many other species.
Drive to Pixam River. Search for Giant River Otters.
The Transpantaneira was originally intended to be 900 miles long but was only 90 miles of dirt roads when it was abandoned due to the difficulties of building a road through extensive wetlands. Water laps right up to the edges of the road, and this gives travelers the opportunity to see a myriad of wildlife near at hand. It will take up to 4 hours to reach the Mato Grosso Pantanal Hotel (several wildlife observation stops included), where you will be able to rest and enjoy a delicious lunch. After lunch, it will be time to take a boat ride on the Pixaim River to search for giant river otters.
To Porto Jofre on the Transpantaneira
After breakfast, drive to the deepest point in the Northern Pantanal, Porto Jofre. Check-in at Porto Jofre Hotel (best in the area), and after a short break, embark on your first wildlife excursion.
(B, L, D)
Day 4 to 6
Jaguar and the ‘Big Six’ Search
Using excursion boats explore the Cuiaba, Tres Imaoes, and Piguiri Rivers in search of the ‘Big Six’. This is Jaguar territory, and your chances of spotting and photographing this species in the wild are estimated at 95%! Safari vehicle explorations, short hikes, night excursions and top-quality lectures by your Senior Leader will also fill up the days.
(B, L, D)
To Araras Eco Lodge Private Reserve plus Superb Birding
Drive to the Araras Eco Lodge and arrive in time for lunch. Then enjoy some of the best birding in the world at the lodges canopy towers.
(B, L, D)
Day 8 & 9
Araras Wildlife Reserve Exploration
The Araras private nature preserve consists of 7,500 acres that include three main ecosystems: wetlands, savanna, and forest. On short hikes and safari, vehicle excursions explore the surrounding countryside. Superb birding encounters with Capuchin, Howler, and Marmoset monkeys and even some of the ‘Big Six’ species await you.
(B, L, D)
Enjoy a Morning Wildlife Excursion – Drive to Cuiaba
Enjoy a final wildlife expedition in the morning before having lunch and then returning to Cuiaba to catch the flights back home.
You may also continue your wildlife experience by joining the upscale Southern Pantanal Extension, our Brazilian Amazon Extension, or Iguazu Falls. Contact your expedition advisor for further details.
Arrive in Foz de Iguassu
Fly independently from the US to Foz de Iguassu via Sao Paulo. Upon arrival a short drive will take you to the first class Hotel das Cataratas, located inside the National Park. This will be our base to explore the splendid Iguassu. Tonight enjoy dinner at the hotel.
Overnight: Hotel das Cataratas (D)
Iguassu Falls (Argentinian Side)
This morning a private vehicle will take you to the Argentinian side of the falls for a full day of exploration. There are several walkways to explore, which will allow you to enjoy the spectacular sights of the falls from above, below and very close. You will visit the upper and lower circuits, including the Devil’s Throat, and many other magnificent spots. Lunch will be enjoyed at Restaurante La Selva on the Argentinean side.
Overnight: Hotel das Cataratas, (B, L, D)
Iguassu Falls (Brazilian Side) and to Sao Paulo
Enjoy an early morning walk to the see the falls on the Brazilian side. The waterfalls complex impresses for its beauty and magnitude and shows its best panoramic view on this side. Both sides of the falls are surrounded by preserved rainforest, so chances are always good to spot birds and interesting creatures during the excursion.
After the tour, check out from the hotel, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and drive to the airport and fly to Sao Paulo. After landing in Sao Paulo, transfer to your hotel and use the rest of the day to prepare for the Pantanal Expedition.
Overnight: Hotel Pullman International or similar (B, L)
After breakfast, and an easy morning, take the hotel shuttle to the Sao Paulo airport to meet the Pantanal Expedition group.
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 greater access to wildlife.
Porto Jofre Hotel
You will find that despite its remote location in the heart of the Pantanal that the Porto Jofre Hotel 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 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.
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.
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.
Refugio Caiman (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.
Antonio Tadeu Marques de Oliveira, 39 years-old, married, 3 kids, living at Chapada do Guimarães/Mato Grosso. Started on tourism working as a flight attendant, but his passion for nature turned his career for the Pantanal in 2013. In 2014 graduated as Tourism Guide for Brazil and South America, but specialized in Mato Grosso region and Pantanal. Tadeu has a special talent for spotting birds and wildlife, but is also very social and good with people of different profiles and interests.
Tadeu is a great person and passionate by wildlife and the Pantanal, so we are confident travelers will have a fantastic time with him. He does not know about photographic equipment, but he is very used to lead photographers so he knows details about light, position, wind, etc, to help out guests to take the best shots.
Departure Dates & Rates
3 Oct 2022
Included in Land Cost:
- Services of New Paths Expeditions in-house support team.
- 24/7 services of a Senior Expedition Leader during the expedition.
- Services of English-speaking local guides.
- All ground transportation (including airport transfers)
- Accommodations as noted
- All sightseeing, entrance fees, excursions, and visits as noted.
- Group photography fees.
- Meals as noted.
- Bottled water at included meals, transfers, and tours.
- Services of transfer assistants, drivers, and local staff.
- International and domestic flights.
- Passport and visa fees.
- Excess baggage charges, departure fees, and airport taxes.
- Gratuities for Local Guides; Driver and Expedition Leader.
- Personal expenses and incidentals, such as, but not limited to, phone calls, e-mail, and laundry.
- Trip cancellation, travel delay, and baggage loss insurance.
- Charges incurred as a result of delays beyond the control of New Paths Expeditions.
Deposits and final payments:
- A deposit of US$ 1500.00 is required at the time of booking.
- The remaining expedition cost will be charged 120 days before the expedition begins.
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