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Trip Extensions

There are currently no suggested extensions for this itinerary. Please ask the Destination Specialist if you'd like to customize one.

Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.

Day 1: arrive cuiaba

Start to explore the lush biodiversity of Brazil.Start to explore the lush biodiversity of Brazil.

Fly to Cuiaba where you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Lodging
Hotel Deville

Day 2: cuiaba / alta floresta / amazon

Your own private outdoor bath and showerYour own private outdoor bath and shower

Enjoy breakfast and then transfer to the airport for your flight to Alta Floresta (flight cost not included). Arrive in Alta Floresta, where you will be met and transferred to spectacular  and exclusive Cristalino Jungle Lodge, nestled in the middle of a private rainforest reserve. You will be driven for about an hour and a half, and then transfer by boat for about 30 minutes to the lodge. The pristine Cristalino River runs just in front of the lodge and is part of the conservation corridor of the the southern Amazon. It is a particularly important region because of the rich biodiversity. There are exceptional numbers of butterflies and orchids, even by Amazon standards.

Upon arrival at the lodge, you will check in and be introduced to the sustainable practices of the lodge, and all the available activities. Maps of the area and the lodge library are available to help you explore, and learn about the endemic wildlife of the region.

Meals
Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging
Cristalino Jungle Lodge

Day 3: amazon

Climb to the top of the Canopy TowerClimb to the top of the Canopy Tower

In the morning, hike towards the 50 meter “Canopy Tower” where you will be able to see the forest from above the canopy. Monkeys, macaws and many other species of birds and butterflies await your observation. Then, walk the “Ficus Trail”, where giant Ficus fig trees are found. In the afternoon, walk the “Taboca Trail” in an area with seasonally flooded forest, to search for primates and other wildlife.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Cristalino Jungle Lodge

Day 4: amazon

Look for colorful toucansLook for colorful toucans

In the morning, hike towards the “Saleiro House” - a rustic tree house located in the middle of the forest reserve. The soil here is naturally rich in minerals and you will be on the lookout for large forest mammals such as the South American Tapir, Collared Peccary, White-lipped Peccary, the Giant Anteater, and the Southern Tamandua. In the afternoon embark on a boat trip up river and hike the remarkable “Brazil Nut Trail” in a region with enormous Brazil nut trees. On the way back it is possible to canoe or take a boat ride. Enjoy a leisurely float down the river viewing the flora and fauna. 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Cristalino Jungle Lodge

Day 5: amazon / alta floresta / cuiaba

Aerial view of Chapada dos Guimarães Aerial view of Chapada dos Guimarães

Take an easy morning hike before breakfast, to enjoy the awakening Amazon.  After breakfast, take the regular transfer back to Alta Floresta. Have lunch in town, and then board the flight to Cuiabá (not included). Arrive in Cuiabá and transfer to Chapada dos Guimarães  and the National Park Eco Lodge.  The Mato Grasso savannah is best represented by Chapada dos Guimarães National Park (40 miles, about an hour vehicle ride).  Take a short tour of the historical town of Chapada, including the first church of the State of Mato Grosso. Drive  along the Chapada do Guimarães cliff to the “mystical” Geodesical Center of the South American Continent, and enjoy a “bird's eye” view over the National Park. With some luck you may see or at least hear the red and green macaws that nest on those sand walls. Further, drive through the National Park, to the Park Ecolodge. Check in late afternoon, and take a short hike to enjoy sunset behind the 850m high “São Geronimo” Peak in front of the Lodge.  

 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Park Ecolodge

Day 6: chapada dos guimaraes national park

Towering Veu de Noiva waterfallTowering Veu de Noiva waterfall

Today is devoted to wonderful guided hikes through the national park to view numerous waterfalls, crystal clear rivers and intriging rock formations,  all within easy hiking distance from the lodge. Visit the 280 ft high water fall “Veu de Noiva” where you’ll enjoy a traditional meal at a local restaurant, as you look down into the huge canyon. 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Park Ecolodge

Day 7: chaoada dos guimaraes / pantanal

Capybaras everywhere!Capybaras everywhere!

After breakfast and check-out, drive down and visit  the “Veredas da Salgadeira”, the humid area adorned by the “buriti” Palms at the slope of Chapada cliffs. Have lunch in Cuiabá at Quintal restaurant. Then drive on to the lowlands of the Pantanal along 70 miles of paved road, to the charming “gold miners” town of Poconé. Stop for a snack break and photo opportunity of the town's central square, colonial buildings and cathedral. Continue on to the Transpantaneira Park Road for 20 miles to the Araras Pantanal Ecolodge. Enjoy a welcome drink and check-in. Later, go for a brief reconnaissance walk of its surroundings before enjoying dinner.

 

  

 
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Araras Lodge

Days 8-9: araras lodge - exploring the pantanal

Horseback riding is just one of the many ways to explore the PantanalHorseback riding is just one of the many ways to explore the Pantanal

After breakfast,  spend full days observing the marvelous flora and fauna of this region. By truck, horse or by foot explore this complex ecosystem.  Other options include a photo-safari and canoe trip.  Enjoy a picnic lunch at the side of the river (weather permitting, during dry season). Climb up the 82 foot high Monkey`s Tower for sunset. Return to the lodge for dinner. Later, take a night drive to look for the numerous species of  nocturnal wildlife found in the area.

On the second day at the lodge, hike the Rondon trail and climb the 40 ft high Tuiuiu Tower, and later, take a horseback ride to explore further.  In the evening enjoy a fireside lecture or slide presentation about the area.

Meals
Breakfasts, Lunches, Dinners
Lodging
Araras Lodge

Day 10: return to cuiaba / onward

Jaguars and more wildlife await!Jaguars and more wildlife await!

Take a sunrise walk before breakfast, and then depart on the 7:30a.m. transfer back to Cuiaba.  Continue on to your homebound flight, or consider a houseboat cruise on the Paraquay River extension to immerse yourself for a few more days in this amazing ecosystem.  Ask about extensions to other areas of Brazil.

Meals
Breakfast

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
From
$4,795
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:
$1,150
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.
Custom & private on your dates

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.
Comfort Level:
●○○○○
(see full descriptions)
Activity Level:
●●○○○
(see full descriptions)
Group Size:
Most custom trips can accommodate groups of any size, from one person to as large of a group as you'd like. Some exceptions apply; ask your Adventure Specialist for details.
Terms & Conditions: 

Standard

Below is a summary of our complete Trip Terms & Conditions, which explains each of the items below in more detail. 

Expenses covered

Normally, our stated land costs include the cost of all guides, leaders, permits obtained after arrival, lodging accommodations, food and entry fees as specified, and all surface transportation associated with the planned itinerary. We do our best to avoid increasing prices after receipt of your deposit, but, rarely, factors beyond our control might require us to change our prices without prior notice, even after you have signed up. 

Expenses not covered

Costs not included in the price may include: meals not indicated as included in itineraries; meals prior to arrival in starting cities; transfers, if not arriving or departing on the scheduled group flights; soft drinks, bottled water, and alcoholic beverages; medical expenses, costs of hospitalization, or evacuation from remote areas; laundry; airport departure taxes not included on your airline ticket; accommodations en route to starting cities; visas; airfares; gratuities; and insurance. 

Pricing and Payment

For most group departures, the booking deposit is $500 per person per trip, though for some trips it may be more, as noted in the trip description. The minimum booking deposit requirement for custom trips is $800 per person, and this deposit is non-refundable. A trip-planning fee of $250 per itinerary is also charged to cover costs of preparing itinerary proposals for custom trips. This fee is credited to the cost of the trip, but is nonrefundable if you do not take the trip. Custom travel during holiday seasons may require a deposit prior to trip confirmation.

For both group departures and custom trips, a second deposit of $1,000 per person is due 120 days prior to departure or at the time of booking for reservations made fewer than 120 days before departure. The balance as shown on your invoice is due 60 days prior to departure regardless of whether extensions or other arrangements are pending. Late payments may jeopardize confirmation of your itinerary and in some cases may result in additional fees. If we have not received final payment 30 days prior to departure your reservation may be canceled and subject to our Cancellation & Refund Policy stated in the complete Terms & Conditions.

We accept payments by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or check drawn on a U.S. bank account. Payment for airfare is required at the time of ticketing. Discounts that may be available for some trips are not available toward bookings made through travel agencies.​

Airfare

We can help you secure air travel arrangements to correspond with land travel booked through Journeys International. We work with an airfare consolidator to assist in booking the flights that suit your needs. If you decide to make your own flight arrangements, you must provide Journeys International with a complete copy of your itinerary showing departure and arrival flights and times. You should plan to arrange your own air travel if you are using mileage credit or originating outside North America, but please be in touch with our office before you finalize ticketing so that we can help you to coordinate the correct arrival and departure dates and times.

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.

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Amazing wildlife of the Pantanal
Amazing wildlife of the Pantanal
Towering Veu de Noiva waterfall
Towering Veu de Noiva waterfall
Capybaras everywhere!
Capybaras everywhere!
Horseback riding is just one of the many ways to explore the Pantanal
Horseback riding is just one of the many ways to explore the Pantanal
Start to explore the lush biodiversity of Brazil.
Start to explore the lush biodiversity of Brazil.

Brazil's Waterways, Wetlands and Wildlife

Explore the Amazon, savannah and Pantanal ecosystems of Brazil

overview

Explore the Amazon Rainforest, savannah grasslands, and Pantanal ecosystems of Brazil, on this 10-day wildlife adventure.

In the Amazon rainforest, stay in a jungle lodge in the middle of a private reserve. Hike to a canopy tower to appreciate the forest from above, and to search for monkeys, macaws and many other bird species.

Next you head to the Cerrado and  Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park to take in the amazing sand-stone cliffs and savannah.  From your ecolodge you may hike to some of the scenic views and  numerous waterfalls and crystal clear rivers that are the main source of the water that flows  to the Pantanal lowland.

The Pantanal is one of the world's largest tropical wetlands, located in the state of Mato Grosso, which is Portugese for "thick bushes".  It has been declared a World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO and is one of South America's primary wildlife sanctuaries.  It is really a biogeographic mixing bowl containing elements of the Amazon rainforest, savannah and the Atlantic rainforest, so it is a truely unique place for wildlife viewing.  Stay in a comfortable lodge while you explore your surroundings by foot, horseback and canoe.  This is an amazing place for wildlife viewing.

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overview

Explore the Amazon Rainforest, savannah grasslands, and Pantanal ecosystems of Brazil, on this 10-day wildlife adventure.

In the Amazon rainforest, stay in a jungle lodge in the middle of a private reserve. Hike to a canopy tower to appreciate the forest from above, and to search for monkeys, macaws and many other bird species.

Next you head to the Cerrado and  Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park to take in the amazing sand-stone cliffs and savannah.  From your ecolodge you may hike to some of the scenic views and  numerous waterfalls and crystal clear rivers that are the main source of the water that flows  to the Pantanal lowland.

The Pantanal is one of the world's largest tropical wetlands, located in the state of Mato Grosso, which is Portugese for "thick bushes".  It has been declared a World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO and is one of South America's primary wildlife sanctuaries.  It is really a biogeographic mixing bowl containing elements of the Amazon rainforest, savannah and the Atlantic rainforest, so it is a truely unique place for wildlife viewing.  Stay in a comfortable lodge while you explore your surroundings by foot, horseback and canoe.  This is an amazing place for wildlife viewing.

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Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.
  • Day 1: arrive cuiaba
    Start to explore the lush biodiversity of Brazil.Start to explore the lush biodiversity of Brazil.

    Fly to Cuiaba where you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

    Lodging
    Hotel Deville
    Show on a map
  • Day 2: cuiaba / alta floresta / amazon
    Your own private outdoor bath and showerYour own private outdoor bath and shower

    Enjoy breakfast and then transfer to the airport for your flight to Alta Floresta (flight cost not included). Arrive in Alta Floresta, where you will be met and transferred to spectacular  and exclusive Cristalino Jungle Lodge, nestled in the middle of a private rainforest reserve. You will be driven for about an hour and a half, and then transfer by boat for about 30 minutes to the lodge. The pristine Cristalino River runs just in front of the lodge and is part of the conservation corridor of the the southern Amazon. It is a particularly important region because of the rich biodiversity. There are exceptional numbers of butterflies and orchids, even by Amazon standards.

    Upon arrival at the lodge, you will check in and be introduced to the sustainable practices of the lodge, and all the available activities. Maps of the area and the lodge library are available to help you explore, and learn about the endemic wildlife of the region.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Dinner
    Lodging
    Cristalino Jungle Lodge
    Show on a map
  • Day 3: amazon
    Climb to the top of the Canopy TowerClimb to the top of the Canopy Tower

    In the morning, hike towards the 50 meter “Canopy Tower” where you will be able to see the forest from above the canopy. Monkeys, macaws and many other species of birds and butterflies await your observation. Then, walk the “Ficus Trail”, where giant Ficus fig trees are found. In the afternoon, walk the “Taboca Trail” in an area with seasonally flooded forest, to search for primates and other wildlife.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Cristalino Jungle Lodge
    Show on a map
  • Day 4: amazon
    Look for colorful toucansLook for colorful toucans

    In the morning, hike towards the “Saleiro House” - a rustic tree house located in the middle of the forest reserve. The soil here is naturally rich in minerals and you will be on the lookout for large forest mammals such as the South American Tapir, Collared Peccary, White-lipped Peccary, the Giant Anteater, and the Southern Tamandua. In the afternoon embark on a boat trip up river and hike the remarkable “Brazil Nut Trail” in a region with enormous Brazil nut trees. On the way back it is possible to canoe or take a boat ride. Enjoy a leisurely float down the river viewing the flora and fauna. 

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Cristalino Jungle Lodge
    Show on a map
  • Day 5: amazon / alta floresta / cuiaba
    Aerial view of Chapada dos Guimarães Aerial view of Chapada dos Guimarães

    Take an easy morning hike before breakfast, to enjoy the awakening Amazon.  After breakfast, take the regular transfer back to Alta Floresta. Have lunch in town, and then board the flight to Cuiabá (not included). Arrive in Cuiabá and transfer to Chapada dos Guimarães  and the National Park Eco Lodge.  The Mato Grasso savannah is best represented by Chapada dos Guimarães National Park (40 miles, about an hour vehicle ride).  Take a short tour of the historical town of Chapada, including the first church of the State of Mato Grosso. Drive  along the Chapada do Guimarães cliff to the “mystical” Geodesical Center of the South American Continent, and enjoy a “bird's eye” view over the National Park. With some luck you may see or at least hear the red and green macaws that nest on those sand walls. Further, drive through the National Park, to the Park Ecolodge. Check in late afternoon, and take a short hike to enjoy sunset behind the 850m high “São Geronimo” Peak in front of the Lodge.  

     

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Park Ecolodge
    Show on a map
  • Day 6: chapada dos guimaraes national park
    Towering Veu de Noiva waterfallTowering Veu de Noiva waterfall

    Today is devoted to wonderful guided hikes through the national park to view numerous waterfalls, crystal clear rivers and intriging rock formations,  all within easy hiking distance from the lodge. Visit the 280 ft high water fall “Veu de Noiva” where you’ll enjoy a traditional meal at a local restaurant, as you look down into the huge canyon. 

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Park Ecolodge
    Show on a map
  • Day 7: chaoada dos guimaraes / pantanal
    Capybaras everywhere!Capybaras everywhere!

    After breakfast and check-out, drive down and visit  the “Veredas da Salgadeira”, the humid area adorned by the “buriti” Palms at the slope of Chapada cliffs. Have lunch in Cuiabá at Quintal restaurant. Then drive on to the lowlands of the Pantanal along 70 miles of paved road, to the charming “gold miners” town of Poconé. Stop for a snack break and photo opportunity of the town's central square, colonial buildings and cathedral. Continue on to the Transpantaneira Park Road for 20 miles to the Araras Pantanal Ecolodge. Enjoy a welcome drink and check-in. Later, go for a brief reconnaissance walk of its surroundings before enjoying dinner.

     

      

     
    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Araras Lodge
    Show on a map
  • Days 8-9: araras lodge - exploring the pantanal
    Horseback riding is just one of the many ways to explore the PantanalHorseback riding is just one of the many ways to explore the Pantanal

    After breakfast,  spend full days observing the marvelous flora and fauna of this region. By truck, horse or by foot explore this complex ecosystem.  Other options include a photo-safari and canoe trip.  Enjoy a picnic lunch at the side of the river (weather permitting, during dry season). Climb up the 82 foot high Monkey`s Tower for sunset. Return to the lodge for dinner. Later, take a night drive to look for the numerous species of  nocturnal wildlife found in the area.

    On the second day at the lodge, hike the Rondon trail and climb the 40 ft high Tuiuiu Tower, and later, take a horseback ride to explore further.  In the evening enjoy a fireside lecture or slide presentation about the area.

    Meals
    Breakfasts, Lunches, Dinners
    Lodging
    Araras Lodge
    Show on a map
  • Day 10: return to cuiaba / onward
    Jaguars and more wildlife await!Jaguars and more wildlife await!

    Take a sunrise walk before breakfast, and then depart on the 7:30a.m. transfer back to Cuiaba.  Continue on to your homebound flight, or consider a houseboat cruise on the Paraquay River extension to immerse yourself for a few more days in this amazing ecosystem.  Ask about extensions to other areas of Brazil.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Show on a map

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
From
$4,795
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:
$1,150
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.
Custom & private on your dates

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.
Comfort Level:
●○○○○
(see full descriptions)
Activity Level:
●●○○○
(see full descriptions)
Group Size:
Most custom trips can accommodate groups of any size, from one person to as large of a group as you'd like. Some exceptions apply; ask your Adventure Specialist for details.
Terms & Conditions: 

Standard

Below is a summary of our complete Trip Terms & Conditions, which explains each of the items below in more detail. 

Expenses covered

Normally, our stated land costs include the cost of all guides, leaders, permits obtained after arrival, lodging accommodations, food and entry fees as specified, and all surface transportation associated with the planned itinerary. We do our best to avoid increasing prices after receipt of your deposit, but, rarely, factors beyond our control might require us to change our prices without prior notice, even after you have signed up. 

Expenses not covered

Costs not included in the price may include: meals not indicated as included in itineraries; meals prior to arrival in starting cities; transfers, if not arriving or departing on the scheduled group flights; soft drinks, bottled water, and alcoholic beverages; medical expenses, costs of hospitalization, or evacuation from remote areas; laundry; airport departure taxes not included on your airline ticket; accommodations en route to starting cities; visas; airfares; gratuities; and insurance. 

Pricing and Payment

For most group departures, the booking deposit is $500 per person per trip, though for some trips it may be more, as noted in the trip description. The minimum booking deposit requirement for custom trips is $800 per person, and this deposit is non-refundable. A trip-planning fee of $250 per itinerary is also charged to cover costs of preparing itinerary proposals for custom trips. This fee is credited to the cost of the trip, but is nonrefundable if you do not take the trip. Custom travel during holiday seasons may require a deposit prior to trip confirmation.

For both group departures and custom trips, a second deposit of $1,000 per person is due 120 days prior to departure or at the time of booking for reservations made fewer than 120 days before departure. The balance as shown on your invoice is due 60 days prior to departure regardless of whether extensions or other arrangements are pending. Late payments may jeopardize confirmation of your itinerary and in some cases may result in additional fees. If we have not received final payment 30 days prior to departure your reservation may be canceled and subject to our Cancellation & Refund Policy stated in the complete Terms & Conditions.

We accept payments by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or check drawn on a U.S. bank account. Payment for airfare is required at the time of ticketing. Discounts that may be available for some trips are not available toward bookings made through travel agencies.​

Airfare

We can help you secure air travel arrangements to correspond with land travel booked through Journeys International. We work with an airfare consolidator to assist in booking the flights that suit your needs. If you decide to make your own flight arrangements, you must provide Journeys International with a complete copy of your itinerary showing departure and arrival flights and times. You should plan to arrange your own air travel if you are using mileage credit or originating outside North America, but please be in touch with our office before you finalize ticketing so that we can help you to coordinate the correct arrival and departure dates and times.

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

There are currently no suggested extensions for this itinerary. Please ask the Destination Specialist if you'd like to customize one.

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●●○○○ 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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Energetic exploration with optional day hikes, leisurely cycling, or light canoeing.
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Day-long active excursions and options for demanding activity in varied environments.
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Strenuous hiking or other intense activity that may be at high altitude or over rough terrain.
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Multi-day trekking and other activities requiring endurance or strength. Steep trails. No technical expertise necessary.
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