Northern Pantanal and Chapada dos Guimaraes
On this tour we travel the entire length of the Transpantaniera, the only access road into the Northern Pantanal. The Transpantaniera is only 145 km long, but it crosses more than 100 wooden bridges, taking us into one of the most remote and wildlife-rich areas of the world. The region is one of the best places in South America to see Jaguar. Mainly nocturnal, this elusive predator can sometimes be seen during the day when we explore by boat along isolated rivers and streams. Other mammals that we are likely to see on our boat trips are Giant Otter, Neotropical River Otter, Marsh Deer, Black and Gold Howler Monkey and the ubiquitous Capybara. On the road and at lodges we expect to see Giant Anteater, Yellow Armadillo, Brown Capuchin Monkey, Pantanal (Silvery) Marmoset, White-lipped and Collared Peccaries, Crab-eating Fox, Crab-eating Raccoon, and Gray Brocket Deer. We have a very good chance of seeing Ocelot and Brazilian Tapir, two endangered species, during night drives. We will see numerous water birds, raptors, macaws and many other parrot species, inlcuding the incredible Hyacinth Macaw. This is a prime area for wildlife photography. We stay at three different lodges, each with special wildlife opportunities, as we make our way slowly down and back up the famous Transpantaniera.
After ten days traversing the wetlands of the Transpantaniera, we head to Chapada dos Guimaraes, a beautiful park in the foothills outside Cuiaba. The Cerrado habitat here is entirely different from the Pantanal, and it is a very rich area for birds, with many regional specialties. The scenery, with red-rock outcrops and spectacular waterfalls, provides a strong contrast to the flat lands of the Pantanal.
Please join me and excellent bilingual Brazilian guide Regina Ribeiro on this great Brazilian adventure with outstanding wildlife views and photographic opportunities. For more information please email fiona.reid at xplornet.com.
Dates: June 30 – July 13, 2013
New departure added: July 12 to July 25, 2013 – 4 spaces left as of November 13, 2012
Cost: $4,750.00 US from Cuiaba
Group Size: 6 to 10 participants
Itinerary in Brief:
June 30 Leave USA
July 1-2 Arrive Cuiaba and transfer to Hotel Mato Gross Pantanal for 2nights
July 3 Drive south to Jaguar Ecological Reserve for one night
July 4 -6 Drive south and stay 3 nights at Hotel Porto Jofre
July 7 Drive north to Curicaca Lodge for 3 nights
July 10-12 Transfer to Pousada do Parque in the Chapada Dos Guimaraes for 2 nights
July 12 Head to Cuiaba for flights home