Complete Pantanal

Wildlife, waterways and ranch life of the North and South Pantanal; Rio, too
Overview

overview

The Brazilian Pantanal is the largest continuous wetland on the planet, growing to be about half the size of France during the rainy season. This land is packed to the brim with life and boasts so much to see that most trips only find time to cover the north or the south pantanal. However, Journeys has found a way to incorporate the entire wetland into a manageable 10-day excursion. "Complete Pantanal" is a carefully designed trip which provides a truly unique and rare experience for those who travel to Brazil. Want to see more? It's easy to add on Igazu Falls to this itinerary.

The pantanal was declared a World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 2000 and is considered one of the top places in the world to see wildlife. See hundreds of looming black caimans, slithering yellow anacondas, plentiful capybaras, colorful hyacinth macaws, and if you're lucky, an elusive jaguar. Explore this dense area by jeep, canoe, horseback, or motorboat.

 

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itinerary

itinerary

  • Day 1: campo grande / refugio da ilha farm
    Your nature guide welcomes you to the Pantanal

    Arrive at Campo Grande, where you will be met by your guide and transferred to Refugio da Ilha Farm. (approx 4 hr drive) Located in the Brazilian city of Miranda, Refugio da Ilha offers charming and rustic rooms in an environment of a former farm house adapted for the convenience of nature-loving guests. Surrounded by lagoons and life-pulsing marshes, the lodge will offer you an unforgettable wilderness experience!

    Following dinner and a presentation regarding your trip, overnight at the farm.

    Meals
    Dinner
    Lodging
    Refugio da Ilha Farm
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  • Days 2-3: refugio da ilha farm
    Capybara are abundant in areas of permanent water

    For the next couple of days, Refugio da Ilha Farm will be your home base. This is the perfect spot for immersing yourself in the Pantanal and seeing its unique flora and fauna. You will have an opportunity to do numerous activities during your stay, including hikes, horseback tours, motor boat tours, canoeing, and jeep tours. You will also have the freedom to structure these activities as you wish.

     

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner daily
    Lodging
    Refugio da Ilha Farm
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  • Day 4: cuiaba/araras eco lodge
    Welcome to Araras Ecolodge!

    After breakfast, transfer to the airport and fly to Cuiaba. You will be met by your guide and transferred to the north Pantanal (approx 2.5 hour drive). Araras Eco Lodge offers a lovely atmosphere where visitors can enjoy bird watching, trekking in pristine forest, canoeing, horseback riding, night tours, and two exciting tree top look outs. Upon arrival at your lodge, rest and freshen up before enjoying a presentation of the surroundings, environment and projects. Later, indulge in a delicious dinner before going for a night walk.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Pousada Araras Ecolodge
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  • Day 5: araras ecolodge
    Get up close and personal while hiking through the Pantanal

    Following breakfast, depart for a full day exploring the flora and fauna. You may discover this complex ecosystem by truck, horse, canoe or foot. Enjoy lunch either by the river or at the lodge, depending on the season. Later, hike to Monkey's Tower to watch the sunset and wrap up the day with dinner and a night drive.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Araras Ecolodge
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  • Day 6: araras ecolodge
    Horseback riding offers a different view

    Wake up with a hearty breakfast before setting out to hike the Rondon Trail to reach Tuiuiu Tower. Here you will indulge in a nice picnic lunch. Spend the afternoon horseback riding, before heading back to the lodge for dinner and unwinding by the fire.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Araras Ecolodge
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  • Day 7: rio de janeiro
    Explore the National Fine Arts Museum in Rio de Janeiro

    This will be an early morning, as you will be up in time for an unbelievable sunrise walk. Afterward, transfer to the airport for your flight to Rio de Janeiro where you will be met by your guide and driven to your hotel. Originally established by the Portuguese in 1560 as a small, fortified settlement on the western side of Rio de Janeiro Bay, Rio's name means "River of January," a reference to the month it was founded. Enjoy your stay in this beautiful city.                                                

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    Hotel Porto Bay Copacabana
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  • Day 8: rio: corcovado and sugar loaf
    Take a cable car to the top of Sugarloaf

    Today you will embark on a full day city tour, beginning with the Christ the Redeemer statue on Corcovado Mountain. Later, explore the Sugar Loaf, a massive granite mountain and Rio landmark. Ride by cable car up the mountain, stopping at certain points for photos and a lookout. You will make it almost 400 meters above the city and enjoy a breathtaking view of Guanabara Bay.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    Hotel Porto Bay Copacabana
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  • Day 9: rio de janeiro
    Botafogo Beach, with Suglarloaf in the background

    After breakfast, spend the day at your leisure. We recommend slipping into your swimsuit and relaxing at the beach.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    Hotel Porto Bay Copacabana
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  • Day 10: onward
    Time to fly home

    It's time to say good-bye to Brazil and the Pantanal. Your guide will transfer to the airport for your flight home. 

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    Breakfast
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Price and Date Details

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
$4,195
The cost quoted is the Land Cost and is subject to change. This covers accommodations, transfers, activities, touring, guide services and meals as described in Journeys' Trip Notes. The quoted Land Cost will apply when group size falls in the specified range and when travel is on the indicated dates.
Single Supplement:
$1,400
The single supplement is applicable if a roommate is not available or if single accommodation is specifically requested. While single accommodation is not available on all trips, we will try and honor this request whenever possible.
Privately on Request
Sep 22-Oct 1, 2015
Jun 4-13, 2016
Need to Know

Need to Know

Duration:
10 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost.
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Cozy Eco Resorts and Rio beach Hotel
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Group Size:
4-10
The stated range indicates minimum required for guaranteed departure and maximum accepted on the scheduled dates. Exceptions can often be made for private departures.
Terms & Conditions: 

Standard

Included in costs: Meals as noted, each night in double occupancy accommodations, land transfers between components, English speaking guides, park or site entry fees, surface transport, equipment other than personal gear, government tax, airport transfer assistance, in-country ticket reconfirmation and check-in assistance (where permitted), complete pre-departure packet, toll-free pre-departure phone assistance.

Not included in costs: Meals not noted as included, gratuities, beverages (except tea or coffee at meals), international or domestic airfare unless specified, airport departure taxes not included with air tickets, visas, itinerary changes after confirmation, any services not included in itinerary, any costs incurred due to canceled or delayed flights, acts of nature or other happenings beyond our control, or other costs as are more fully described in Journeys Terms & Conditions.

Deposit and payment schedule: $500 per person per trip or the applicable amount based on the trip and the proximity of the departure date. Custom trips and private departures require $800 per person deposit. A second deposit of $800 per person is due four months prior to departure, and final payment for land arrangements is due 60 days prior to departure.  Any applicable permit fees required in advance are non-refundable as well.  Airlines require full payment when tickets are issued. The deposit may be made by Visa, Master Card, American Express, or check, and the Reservation Form may be submitted by fax, mail, or via our website. Full payment schedule and cancellation penalties are described in our Terms and Conditions as noted in our Global Expedition Catalog, on our website, and elsewhere. Please request these if you do not have them before advancing a deposit.

Air fares: Journeys can make complete air arrangements applicable to your trip as noted in this itinerary. If you wish to redeem frequent flyer mileage or arrange flights directly with the airline, you may do so on your own at no penalty. If you do, please consult with us on exact arrival and departure dates and times before having your tickets issued to avoid errors.

Insurance: When you make your application, we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations. Please contact us for a recommended policy.

Itinerary Change Fee: There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

Trip Extensions

Trip Extensions

Amazon Rainforest Lodge

Duration: 4 days

Explore the rainforest habitats accompanied by native guides while staying at a charming lodge, designed to offer comfort while preserving the environment and ambiance of the rainforest.

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comfort level
Choose accommodations and amenities that fit your personal style
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Our most natural accommodations. Bath facilities often shared, sometimes rustic.
●●○○○ Delightful
Comfortable and especially personal. Small to mid-sized lodges, typically with private bath.
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Lodges and hotels with additional amenities, refined artistry, or extra-special settings.
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Exclusive or luxury lodges, hotels, or safari camps with fine dining options.
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The most indulgent accommodations arranged specially for private trips.
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activity level
Match the trip’s intensity to your ability and motivation.
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Easy walking, with opportunities for low-key physical activity.
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Energetic exploration with optional day hikes, leisurely cycling, or light canoeing.
●●●○○ Vigorous
Day-long active excursions and options for demanding activity in varied environments.
●●●●○ Challenging
Strenuous hiking or other intense activity that may be at high altitude or over rough terrain.
●●●●● Demanding
Multi-day trekking and other activities requiring endurance or strength. Steep trails. No technical expertise necessary.
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