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Adventure in Brazil's Pantanal & Amazon

Trip Length 11 days

From $6,595

  • Experience the Amazon’s ethereal beauty, from forest floor to canopy on this new MTS adventure in Brazil
  • Visit the Transpantaneira Highway, one of the best wildlife viewing areas in the world!
  • View the pristine jungle of Cristalino State Park, and learn firsthand about the conservation of one of the region’s most biodiverse reserves

The Brazilian Amazon holds an allure that has long attracted adventure seekers, nature lovers and wildlife watchers. Within the Amazon, Brazil’s Pantanal is considered the largest wetland in the world, home to an astoundingly diverse population of over 1,000 species of birds, 400 species of fish, 300 different mammals and 480 types of reptiles, including one of the highest densities of jaguars in the Amazon!

We created this impressive 11-day itinerary to offer as many possible ways to see the species that live in Brazil’s Amazon, in three of the area’s most beautiful and comfortable eco-lodges and private nature reserves. By canoe, touring boat, horseback and 4x4 vehicles, you’ll have the chance to see wildlife in their natural habitat. You’ll cruise rivers and tributaries in search of jaguar, hike up to observation towers to spot birds and mammals and canoe along under lush rainforest canopy to track monkeys and other exotic wildlife. After an active day outdoors, you’ll refuel with delicious regional dishes made from locally sourced ingredients. Nature-lovers of all kinds will marvel at the possibilities. So bring your binoculars, cameras and keen curiosity to experience wildlife as you’ve never seen before.

Day 1: Arrive in Cuiabá

Welcome to Cuiabá, Brazil’s fastest growing city situated in the exact center of South America! An MTS representative will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel, where you can rest in comfort before starting your Amazonian adventure in earnest in the morning.

  • Accommodation:Hotel Deville

Day 2: Take the Transpantaneira Highway to the heart of the Pantanal

After breakfast, we’ll transfer to Porto Jofre by way of Pantanal’s most traveled and beloved road of animal lovers, the Transpantaneira Highway, an 89-mile span of road that connects Poconé to Porto Jofre via 125 wooden bridges. We’ll travel for about three-and-a-half hours, from where we can admire the exotic flora and fauna of the Brazilian Pantanal. Some say the wildlife viewing from the Transpantaneira Highway rivals that of the Amazon, so keep an eye out for jaguars, caimans, capybaras, giant anteaters, Jabiru storks, and macaws. We’ll lunch in Porto Jofre, the largest floodplain in the world and a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve of 155 square miles with 122 different species of mammals alone—saying nothing of the 93 species of reptiles, 1,132 species of butterflies and 656 species of birds that proliferate here. This afternoon, we’ll arrive in our deluxe eco-lodge, located right in the reserve. Relax by the pool, take a stroll or close your eyes for a short nap before dinner tonight.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel Pantanal Norte

Days 3-4: Spot jaguars while cruising the Cuiabá River

On days three and four we’ll explore the Cuiabá River and its channels by boat. This region has the highest density of jaguar population in the entire Pantanal, so we’re likely to spot these beautiful creatures in their natural habitat. While cruising in our touring boats, we’ll look for jaguar activity along the riverbanks. Throughout the course of our two-day river safari, we are also likely to see otters, capybaras, black howler monkeys, and many different species of birds. Your expert guides will be able to answer all of your questions. Amateur photographers, have your cameras ready! Dinner and overnight back at our eco-lodge in Porto Jofre.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel Pantanal Norte

Day 5: Enjoy eco lodge adventures in the Pantanal

We’ll check out from our eco-lodge this morning, and travel back down the Transpantaneira Highway again to Poconé, where another comfortable and well-appointed eco-lodge in incredible surroundings awaits us! Over the next two days, we’ll enjoy the lodge’s spacious rooms, covered-patio dining area, terrace with hammocks, pool, miles of canoeing, horseback riding, tree observation towers, day and night photo safaris and interpretative walks. What’s more, we’ll be dining on delicious regional cuisine made from locally sourced ingredients. We’ll have some time to relax before our 3pm orientation of the lodge’s surroundings. After dinner, we’ll enjoy our first night safari.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Araras Eco Lodge

Day 6: Experience the Pantanal's complex ecosystem

After enjoying a delicious breakfast at our lodge, we’ll have a full day to experience the complex ecosystem around it. The weather will dictate our choice of activities for the day. In search of the local flora and fauna, we’ll have a choice of horseback riding, canoeing, an interpretative walk or a photo safari. We’ll take in the sunset from the viewpoint of one of the tree observation towers and take a night safari after dinner tonight.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Araras Eco Lodge

Day 7: Fly to Alta Floresta and relax in an award-winning rainforest eco lodge

We’ll bid farewell to our eco lodge with a sunrise walk and breakfast before boarding a short one-hour flight to Alta Floresta, in the southern part of the Brazilian State of Mato Grosso. The gold rush of 1980 drew a large population here, but once the gold began to dwindle, so too did the population. Today, the wildlife of Alta Floresta have taken over once again, and we’ll have the chance to see animals in all their splendor from our beautifully designed eco lodge, nestled in a private rainforest reserve close to Cristalino State Park. We’ll cap off the day with a beautiful boat ride on the Cristalino River in search of the endemic white-whiskered spider monkey and giant otter before dinner back at the lodge.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Cristalino Lodge

Days 8-10: Enjoy rainforest hikes, canoeing and bird watching

Over the course of three days, we’ll enjoy rainforest hikes, canoeing, boat trips and plenty of bird watching around our lodge. This area is considered by many ornithologists as one of the most diverse destinations for bird watching in the Amazon. With 586 different species of birds (and counting), the park accounts for 50% of the species found in the entire Amazon Basin. With the help of our guides, we’ll learn how to identify a small handful of these birds, as well as the different kind of vegetation that dons the separate ecosystems around the lodge. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in buffet style at the lodge, with food made from organic and locally sourced produce.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Cristalino Lodge

Day 11: Depart from Alta Floresta

After breakfast, we’ll go for a one last early morning hike before transferring to Alta Floresta at 11am to connect to our homeward-bound flights.

  • Breakfast

Jul 13 - 23, 2018

Sep 14 - 24, 2018

pricing

2018 LAND COST:
$6,595 (6 to 12 members)
$1,600 single supplement 
$300 - internal air (Cuiabá/Alta Floresta/Cuiabá)
 

 

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Araras Eco Lodge — Pantanal

The Araras Eco Lodge was built in a regional rustic style and remains in harmony with its environment. Its 19 comfortable rooms come complete with air conditioning, screened windows, ceiling fans, private bathrooms (cold and hot shower). The lodge also has a swimming pool with an adjoining covered area for meals, large verandas with hammocks, a reading room and conference hall, gift shop, bar, and restaurant. The excellent regional food consists of dishes made from the tasty meat and fishes of the Pantanal, as well as featuring organic salads, vegetables and seasonal fruits.

Cristalino Lodge — Alta Floresta

The stunning Cristalino Lodge is located in the Southern part of the Brazilian Amazon, one of the richest destinations in the Amazon to observe birds, mammals, butterflies and orchids due to the exceptional number of species. In fact, the Southern Amazon is a region that is recognized worldwide as one of the most important, in terms of biodiversity! Out of the original area of 700 hectares, just two hectares were used for the construction of the infrastructure that is today the sustainable Cristalino Lodge. In 1997, the Cristalino Lodge created the first RPPN in northern Mato Grosso, to ensure its preservation in perpetuity.  Cristalino was chosen one of the world’s 25 best ecolodges in 2013 by National Geographic.

Hotel Deville — Cuiabá

The comfortable Hotel Deville Cuiabá is 15 minutes from the airport and has quick access to the city’s most important points, such as the commercial center, cultural and tourism attractions. The hotel is the best choice for those stopping over in Cuiabá before visiting the beautiful Pantanal.

Hotel Pantanal Norte — Porto Jofre

Nestled deep in the heart of the Pantanal, the Hotel Pantanal Norte offers guests comfort and satisfaction in eco-lodge style surroundings. From here, we’ll take amazing river cruises to look for jaguars along the riverbanks! You’re also likely to see otters, capybaras, black howler monkeys, and many different species of birds—including the charming hyacinth macaw. The name Porto Jofre is derived from the fact that the Trans-Pantanal Highway starts at Poconé and ends at the Cuiabá river. That point became a port for the entry and exit of cattle herds and diverse products such as foods and agricultural commodities for various farms up- and down-river. The farm Jofre lies to the right of the Trans-Pantanal Highway thus the place became known as Porto Jofre.

"Saw seven jaguars and each encounter was amazing. Watching countless macaws flying by was totally a priceless moment. Thank you expert guides!" Marynie Bell

  • Experience the Amazon’s ethereal beauty, from forest floor to canopy on this new MTS adventure in Brazil
  • Visit the Transpantaneira Highway, one of the best wildlife viewing areas in the world!
  • View the pristine jungle of Cristalino State Park, and learn firsthand about the conservation of one of the region’s most biodiverse reserves

The Brazilian Amazon holds an allure that has long attracted adventure seekers, nature lovers and wildlife watchers. Within the Amazon, Brazil’s Pantanal is considered the largest wetland in the world, home to an astoundingly diverse population of over 1,000 species of birds, 400 species of fish, 300 different mammals and 480 types of reptiles, including one of the highest densities of jaguars in the Amazon!

We created this impressive 11-day itinerary to offer as many possible ways to see the species that live in Brazil’s Amazon, in three of the area’s most beautiful and comfortable eco-lodges and private nature reserves. By canoe, touring boat, horseback and 4x4 vehicles, you’ll have the chance to see wildlife in their natural habitat. You’ll cruise rivers and tributaries in search of jaguar, hike up to observation towers to spot birds and mammals and canoe along under lush rainforest canopy to track monkeys and other exotic wildlife. After an active day outdoors, you’ll refuel with delicious regional dishes made from locally sourced ingredients. Nature-lovers of all kinds will marvel at the possibilities. So bring your binoculars, cameras and keen curiosity to experience wildlife as you’ve never seen before.

reviews

"Saw seven jaguars and each encounter was amazing. Watching countless macaws flying by was totally a priceless moment. Thank you expert guides!" Marynie Bell

DAILY itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Cuiabá

Welcome to Cuiabá, Brazil’s fastest growing city situated in the exact center of South America! An MTS representative will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel, where you can rest in comfort before starting your Amazonian adventure in earnest in the morning.

  • Accommodation:Hotel Deville

Day 2: Take the Transpantaneira Highway to the heart of the Pantanal

After breakfast, we’ll transfer to Porto Jofre by way of Pantanal’s most traveled and beloved road of animal lovers, the Transpantaneira Highway, an 89-mile span of road that connects Poconé to Porto Jofre via 125 wooden bridges. We’ll travel for about three-and-a-half hours, from where we can admire the exotic flora and fauna of the Brazilian Pantanal. Some say the wildlife viewing from the Transpantaneira Highway rivals that of the Amazon, so keep an eye out for jaguars, caimans, capybaras, giant anteaters, Jabiru storks, and macaws. We’ll lunch in Porto Jofre, the largest floodplain in the world and a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve of 155 square miles with 122 different species of mammals alone—saying nothing of the 93 species of reptiles, 1,132 species of butterflies and 656 species of birds that proliferate here. This afternoon, we’ll arrive in our deluxe eco-lodge, located right in the reserve. Relax by the pool, take a stroll or close your eyes for a short nap before dinner tonight.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel Pantanal Norte

Days 3-4: Spot jaguars while cruising the Cuiabá River

On days three and four we’ll explore the Cuiabá River and its channels by boat. This region has the highest density of jaguar population in the entire Pantanal, so we’re likely to spot these beautiful creatures in their natural habitat. While cruising in our touring boats, we’ll look for jaguar activity along the riverbanks. Throughout the course of our two-day river safari, we are also likely to see otters, capybaras, black howler monkeys, and many different species of birds. Your expert guides will be able to answer all of your questions. Amateur photographers, have your cameras ready! Dinner and overnight back at our eco-lodge in Porto Jofre.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel Pantanal Norte

Day 5: Enjoy eco lodge adventures in the Pantanal

We’ll check out from our eco-lodge this morning, and travel back down the Transpantaneira Highway again to Poconé, where another comfortable and well-appointed eco-lodge in incredible surroundings awaits us! Over the next two days, we’ll enjoy the lodge’s spacious rooms, covered-patio dining area, terrace with hammocks, pool, miles of canoeing, horseback riding, tree observation towers, day and night photo safaris and interpretative walks. What’s more, we’ll be dining on delicious regional cuisine made from locally sourced ingredients. We’ll have some time to relax before our 3pm orientation of the lodge’s surroundings. After dinner, we’ll enjoy our first night safari.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Araras Eco Lodge

Day 6: Experience the Pantanal's complex ecosystem

After enjoying a delicious breakfast at our lodge, we’ll have a full day to experience the complex ecosystem around it. The weather will dictate our choice of activities for the day. In search of the local flora and fauna, we’ll have a choice of horseback riding, canoeing, an interpretative walk or a photo safari. We’ll take in the sunset from the viewpoint of one of the tree observation towers and take a night safari after dinner tonight.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Araras Eco Lodge

Day 7: Fly to Alta Floresta and relax in an award-winning rainforest eco lodge

We’ll bid farewell to our eco lodge with a sunrise walk and breakfast before boarding a short one-hour flight to Alta Floresta, in the southern part of the Brazilian State of Mato Grosso. The gold rush of 1980 drew a large population here, but once the gold began to dwindle, so too did the population. Today, the wildlife of Alta Floresta have taken over once again, and we’ll have the chance to see animals in all their splendor from our beautifully designed eco lodge, nestled in a private rainforest reserve close to Cristalino State Park. We’ll cap off the day with a beautiful boat ride on the Cristalino River in search of the endemic white-whiskered spider monkey and giant otter before dinner back at the lodge.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Cristalino Lodge

Days 8-10: Enjoy rainforest hikes, canoeing and bird watching

Over the course of three days, we’ll enjoy rainforest hikes, canoeing, boat trips and plenty of bird watching around our lodge. This area is considered by many ornithologists as one of the most diverse destinations for bird watching in the Amazon. With 586 different species of birds (and counting), the park accounts for 50% of the species found in the entire Amazon Basin. With the help of our guides, we’ll learn how to identify a small handful of these birds, as well as the different kind of vegetation that dons the separate ecosystems around the lodge. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in buffet style at the lodge, with food made from organic and locally sourced produce.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Cristalino Lodge

Day 11: Depart from Alta Floresta

After breakfast, we’ll go for a one last early morning hike before transferring to Alta Floresta at 11am to connect to our homeward-bound flights.

  • Breakfast
lodgings

Araras Eco Lodge — Pantanal

The Araras Eco Lodge was built in a regional rustic style and remains in harmony with its environment. Its 19 comfortable rooms come complete with air conditioning, screened windows, ceiling fans, private bathrooms (cold and hot shower). The lodge also has a swimming pool with an adjoining covered area for meals, large verandas with hammocks, a reading room and conference hall, gift shop, bar, and restaurant. The excellent regional food consists of dishes made from the tasty meat and fishes of the Pantanal, as well as featuring organic salads, vegetables and seasonal fruits.

Cristalino Lodge — Alta Floresta

The stunning Cristalino Lodge is located in the Southern part of the Brazilian Amazon, one of the richest destinations in the Amazon to observe birds, mammals, butterflies and orchids due to the exceptional number of species. In fact, the Southern Amazon is a region that is recognized worldwide as one of the most important, in terms of biodiversity! Out of the original area of 700 hectares, just two hectares were used for the construction of the infrastructure that is today the sustainable Cristalino Lodge. In 1997, the Cristalino Lodge created the first RPPN in northern Mato Grosso, to ensure its preservation in perpetuity.  Cristalino was chosen one of the world’s 25 best ecolodges in 2013 by National Geographic.

Hotel Deville — Cuiabá

The comfortable Hotel Deville Cuiabá is 15 minutes from the airport and has quick access to the city’s most important points, such as the commercial center, cultural and tourism attractions. The hotel is the best choice for those stopping over in Cuiabá before visiting the beautiful Pantanal.

Hotel Pantanal Norte — Porto Jofre

Nestled deep in the heart of the Pantanal, the Hotel Pantanal Norte offers guests comfort and satisfaction in eco-lodge style surroundings. From here, we’ll take amazing river cruises to look for jaguars along the riverbanks! You’re also likely to see otters, capybaras, black howler monkeys, and many different species of birds—including the charming hyacinth macaw. The name Porto Jofre is derived from the fact that the Trans-Pantanal Highway starts at Poconé and ends at the Cuiabá river. That point became a port for the entry and exit of cattle herds and diverse products such as foods and agricultural commodities for various farms up- and down-river. The farm Jofre lies to the right of the Trans-Pantanal Highway thus the place became known as Porto Jofre.

Dates and Pricing

Jul 13 - 23, 2018

Sep 14 - 24, 2018

pricing

2018 LAND COST:
$6,595 (6 to 12 members)
$1,600 single supplement 
$300 - internal air (Cuiabá/Alta Floresta/Cuiabá)
 

 

Activity Level Easy to Moderate
Trip Length 11 days

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