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Pantanal & Amazon

The Pantanal and Amazon Tour is a 8-day luxury private itinerary showcasing the wildlife and natural beauty of Brazil, passing through the state of Mato Grosso. You will visit the Pantanal wetlands, undeniably the best wildlife sanctuary in South America, and the southern part of the Amazon rainforest, remote and majestically preserved. If you are looking for a digital detox and some quality time away with your loved ones – this itinerary is a perfect choice. The tour is well balanced out – there is a mixture of sightseeing, relaxation and adventures involved. Families travelling with children will enjoy meeting an abundance of unique South American wildlife and colorful birds. Take refreshing nature walks to see capybaras, ant-eaters, caimans, monkeys and many other fascinating dwellers of the wetlands and the rainforest. For the active travellers there is also cycling, horse-riding, canoeing, paddling and fishing. All the included activities are done with professional guides. The program was designed to offer an upscale comfort, while exploring remote natural places. Therefore, you will be staying at luxury small lodges and the full board is included throughout. 

8 Days – From £3,220 per person (Full Board)

*equivalent in USD, EUR accepted

Itinerary: Cuiabá, Transpantaneira, Alta Floresta, Cuiabá

  • Price is per person, based on two people sharing in a double/twin room
  • Full Board Accommodation 
  • All the excursions mentioned in the itinerary 
  • All transfers by car and boat on a private basis
  • Entrance & guiding fees 
  • All mandatory local taxes
  • Visa, where applicable
  • International Flights (See Flights to Brazil)
  • Domestic Flights 
  • Personal Expenses
  • Insurance
  • Tips & Gratuities
  • Meals not mentioned in the description

International flights are not included in the package price. We give you the freedom to book the flights yourself, use miles and choose your preferred airline, and if you are stuck we can help you find the right connections. Return flights to Brazil start from £800 per person, depending on the connections and time of the year. The starting point is Cuiaba Airport (CGB) which is well connected to the major cities like Rio, Sao Paulo, Brasilia, Belo Horizonte and other regional airports.

For families and groups (starting with 5 pax), we can book domestic flights in Brazil, during the high season, and if the trip is part of a more complex itinerary. This is to ensure a seamless travel and no complications.

Send us a message on WhatsApp (+44 7 308 449 233) or email us at brazil@boutiquetravelexperts.com to check availability, discuss your preferences and get a quote.

This is a sample itinerary and prices are correct at the time of writing. We can tailor it to suit your plans by changing the length of the trip or the order of activities. More days can be added. Other hotels can be chosen, according to your liking. You can also combine this trip with other sights in Brazil, like the cosmopolitan Rio de Janeiro, the culture of Bahia, the deep canyons of the south or a beach break in the North-East. For more travel inspiration check these itineraries.

The best time to visit would be during the dry season (July-September) or the transition seasons (March-June and September-November).

To avoid unpleasant weather surprises, we recommend to check our Brazil Weather Guide to plan your trip in the right season. Click on the month you want to travel in and see the tours which are best for each month of the year. 

Day 1 - Welcome to Cuiaba

Today you will land in Cuiabá, where you will be picked up at the airport and transferred to the lodge in the Pantanal, along farms and cattle ranches (2,5h). In Pocone take the Transpantaneira Road driving above the water level, watching the flora and fauna – a photo safari with several stops along the way. On arrival at the lodge, refresh yourself with welcome drinks and check-in. Later, take a walk through the surroundings of the lodge and the observation tower. After dinner, take a night walk. Although less known than the Amazon, the Pantanal remains one of the most unspoilt and abundant habitats in the world. Overnight at Araras Ecolodge.

Day 2 - Pantanal

After breakfast, take a photo safari through a tarmac road towards Clarinho or Corixo rivers. Board a canoe and paddle down the river, exploring the forest and mangroves. Here you can see a colony of ariranhas – giant river otters. You may spot a family playing with babies, teaching them how to swim and fish. Ariranhas are very playful with their family but fierce with other animals. You will have a chance to fish piranha and lambaris for a barbecue lunch. In the afternoon, trek the Howler Monkey Trail to the observation tower for a magnificent view of the sunset. After dinner, join a night drive in search of nocturnal animals. Overnight at Araras Ecolodge.

impressive tamandua, the giant anteater from the Pantanal region of Brazil

Day 3 - Pantanal

After breakfast, enjoy a horseback ride to explore remote flooded areas of the Pantanal plain. The Pantaneiro horse is docile and has adapted, through the centuries, to breathe while eating with its nose under the water. In this region, the horse is the Pantaneiro man best friend, a daily companion during work and leisure. Return to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon, trek the Rondon Trail towards the Jabiru Stork Tower, where you can watch a Jabiru Stork nest. Return to the lodge for dinner. During the night walks it is so spectacular to see the colonies of jacare (caimans), as their eyes shine like candlelights.  Overnight at Araras Ecolodge.

hundreds of caimans at night in the Pantanal in Brazil

Day 4 - Pantanal to the Amazon

Today you will be transferred back to Cuiabá early in the morning for your flight to the Southern Amazon. On arrival you will be transferred by car for about 1h, followed by a lovely 30 min boat trip on the Cristalino river and you shall reach the lodge by 4:00 pm. You will stay in an exceptional ecological retreat in the middle of the rainforest, within the comfort of a luxurious modern lodge offering a memorable experience of nature. On the river there is a relaxing floating deck. In the evening, the open log fire creates a cheerful atmosphere for enjoying the lush nature and a sky full of stars. Overnight at Cristalino Lodge.

a pink ipe tree in bloom and a group of horses underneath, in the region of Pantanal in Brazil

Day 5 - Amazon

Here there is a different environment from the wetlands of the Pantanal, so by coming here you will experience two different ecosystems of Brazil. Activities include walks in the nature, observation tower, canoeing, birdwatching, and a fascinating array of wildlife. This is a more elevated part of the Amazon, which means that the river does not flood the forest, allowing walks along the forest trails at any time of the year and increasing the chances of spotting animals. Educational trips to the observation towers are so interesting. Catch the sunrise and sunset from above the rainforest is truly breathtaking. Overnight at Cristalino Lodge.

Purple honeycreeper in the Amazon rainforest in Brazil

Day 6 - Amazon

After breakfast, choose an activity which is different from the previous day. The tranquil waters of the River Cristalino are perfect for canoeing and safe and comfortable equipment is provided by the hotel. Since canoeing is a quiet, peaceful activity, it frequently provides excellent opportunities to observe birds and monkeys along the river banks. In this region, several flagship species of Brazilian fauna and flora can be found, such as eagles, giant river otters, monkeys, peccaries, saki, parrots and aracari, brazil-nut tree, mahogany and maripa palm. Only imagine the sounds of nature! We think this is a great place for relaxation. Overnight at Cristalino Lodge.

morning fog over the Alta Floresta Rainforest in the Brazilian Amazon region

Day 7 - Amazon

Today take a boat trip to some remote trails which are only accessible by boat, and on the journey you will have the opportunity to observe wildlife along the rivers. Nature walks along the 30 km network of trails offer small groups of visitors the chance to gain a deep understanding of the tropical ecosystem. One of the trips includes a visit to the River Teles Pires to enjoy the sunset. The meeting of the waters of the Teles Pires with those of the River Cristalino is a fascinating intermingling of the respective light and dark shades. This is similar to the Meeting of Waters in Manaus, but in a more private atmosphere. Overnight at Cristalino Lodge.

Day 8 - Onward Flight

Enjoy a beautiful morning before your departure. Today you will leave the lodge at 9:30 am, with an expected arrival to the airport at 11:00 am. Lunch will be included. According to your international flight, further arrangements will be made. Although  getting to this part of Brazil requires more time, it is worth the effort – the unspoiled rainforest is just perfect and these lodges are the best in the area. For a complete Brazilian experience, continue to the beach.  Check our North-East beach breaks in Brazil and let us know if you would like to combine them.

luxury boutique jungle lodge in the Brazilian Amazon

* NOTE : If you are interested in horse riding expeditions, scenic flights, extended trekking in the rainforest, yoga and wellness – we can tailor this trip to you. Tell us more about your preferred way of travel and the activities you like.

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