The Pantanal is the largest inundated plain in the world and is a refuge for endangered species like the jaguar, hyacinth macaw, the giant anteater and the giant otter. The dry and wet seasons are a remarkable characteristic of this ecosystem and dictate the rhythm of the incredible wild life sheltered in its ecosystem. There are an estimated 3,500 species of plants, 124 species of mammals, 177 species of reptiles, 41 species of amphibians and at least 423 species of birds. On this trip we can be fairly certain you will see Wild jaguar.
At Fazenda Baía das Pedras, Fazenda Santa Teresa and the remarkable Jaguar Research Camp, all located in the Brazilian section of the Pantanal, you will also have the opportunity to spot numerous species like the marsh deer, pampas deer, capybara, caimans, howler monkeys, tapir, peccaries, toucans, jabiru stork and of course both red and yellow macaws, and the stunning hyacinth macaw. For each participant a donation will be made towards the Conservation of the Pantanal ecosystem. We hope to encounter both wild Jaguars and Tapirs on this trip, however, sightings cannot be guaranteed.
This is an Ecotour that will make a difference to you, and to the areas we visit:
- We will employ local people
- We will use locally owned and operated lodges and outfitters
- We will use local goods and services.
Day 1: Arrival Campo Grande, Brazil. We are met on arrival at the airport and transferred to our hotel for the night. Overnight at Bahamas Apart Hotel. Meals included: (L), (D).
Day 2: Campo Grande to Pantanal. Today we will drive from Campo Grande to our base for the next three nights, the very comfortable Pousada Baia das Pedras. We will depart in a mini-bus for the first segment of the journey, and when we reach the dirt roads at the edge of the Pantanal we transfer into 4-W-D vehicles for the remainder of the ride. We will enjoy lunch en route and arrive at the working ranch in the afternoon. Overnight at Fazenda Baia das Pedras. Meals included: (B), (L), (D).
Day 3: Baia das Pedras. Today we have a full day to explore the ranch, with game drives, horseback riding, boat rides all possible means of exploration. This evening we will hear about the conservation programs talking place on the ranch and the efforts to protect jaguars, tapirs and so much more. Overnight at Fazenda Baia das Pedras. Meals included: (B), (L), (D).
Day 4: Baia das Pedras. A second full day to explore the ranch — we will learn about all the conservation efforts being undertaken on this working ranch. We will see first-hand how agriculture and conservation can work hand-in-hand.
Overnight at Fazenda Baia das Pedras. Meals included: (B), (L), (D).
Day 5: Baia das Pedras to Jaguar Research Center.
Today we will board a charter flight from the ranch airstrip and head north as we really get a sense of the scale and size of the Pantanal and the threats to the unique ecosystem. We will depart from Baia des Pedras in the morning and plan to arrive in Jaguar Research Center in the late afternoon. After our plane ride we will board river boats for the journey up the Rio Cuiaba - a fascinating journey! Our destination is the amazing Jaguar Research Camp, an ecologically-sensitive facility located directly inside the forest inside the 270,000 acre "Meeting of the Waters" State Park. The camp is quite basic, electricity is only available a few hours each day, showers are a "bucket-shower" system, and our overall footprint is as minimal as possible. Further details about camp life are provided below. Overnight at Jaguar Research Center. Meals included: (B), (L), (D).
Day 6: Meeting of the Waters State Park. A full day to explore the area by river boat. We will in fact spend the next two days exploring this area by boat, searching for jaguars, caiman, capybara and giant otter that are all present in the area and regularly seen. Overnight at Jaguar Research Camp. Meals included: (B), (L), (D).
Day 7: Meeting of the Waters State Park. Another full day of exploration. Overnight at Jaguar Research Camp. Meals included: (B), (L), (D).
Day 8: Jaguar Research Camp to Fazenda Santa Teresa. A final morning boat ride in search of jaguars and other wildlife, and then we transfer to vehicles for the two hour drive to Fazenda Santa Teresa, where we can find wi-fi internet, electricity, hot and cold running water, and other amenities. Our farewell dinner is tonight. Overnight at Fazenda Santa Teresa. Meals included: (B), (L), (D).
Day 9: Fazenda Santa Teresa to Cuiaba and flights home. Arrive to the airport in Cuiaba by mid-morning (no sooner than 10am), for midday flights headed home. Meals included: (B), (L), in-flight (D).
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