Brazil - Pantanal: South American… (trip)

Brazil - Pantanal: South American Savannah Tapirs, Jaguars, Macaws and more.

  • Campo Grande Internacional Airport, Brazil
  • Family & Friends
“We visited the Pantanal in August 2010 with Ged and the trip was absolutely first class. The tour was honestly… ”
Brazil, South America

from $5,999* per person9 DaysJuly, August
Boutique accommodations Exertion level: 3
Operator: Terra Incognita Ecotours 12 people max
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 safari 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.

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Brazil, South America

1 testimonial about this trip

  1. Reviewer: Phil and Jan Kelly located in Hook, United Kingdom

    We visited the Pantanal in August 2010 with Ged and the trip was absolutely first class. The tour was honestly described pre departure and we managed to see and do everthing we had hoped for. Giant Ant Eaters, Jaguars, Tapir, countless birds including Hyacinth Macaws, Otters , and Kingfishers galore! The whole trip was well managed, comfortable, and all facilities and food were great. All the local guides were excellent and very skillful. We were the only members of the small group who had not travelled with Ged oreviously....the greatest compliment possible.

3 testimonials about the provider, Terra Incognita Ecotours:

  • Reviewer: Gary and Karen located in London, United Kingdom

    We visited Rwanda with Ged and Terra Ingognita Ecotours in September 2010. Without doubt it was the most amazing trip of our lives. The Gorilla trekking was out of this world. It's hard to put into words what an experience this was. Every aspect of the trip was planned to perfection. The accommodation (especially the Virunga Lodge) was fantastic. Ged, our tour leader and his supporting team of drivers were great. Ged made sure every element of the trip was perfect for us. I couldn't recommend Terra Ingonita more highly...

  • Reviewer: Merrie Wise located in New York, New York USA

    I traveled with Terra Incognita to Rwanda in June 2008...and it was the absolute adventure of a lifetime! Our tour leader, Ged, knows Rwanda so well and planned the absolute perfect trip! We had 2 amazing days with the Mountain Gorillas...a wildlife experience that just can not be beat! If you want a travel adventure that will change your life for the better book the Gorillas in the Mist trip with Terra Incognita Ecotours!
  • Reviewer: Bob Lidston located in Baltimore, Maryland USA

    I had the privelege of visiting Borneo with TI in August, 2010. Nine strangers from around the US and Ged. I had visited Africa and the Amazon with another competent company. TI was better Not only had Ged engaged an excellent local guide, found lovely accomodations and developed a well-paced and fascinating itinerary, but he also subtlely made certain the strangers became friends and even cleaned the mud from our boots. He lives up to what he says about helping local conservation and this benefitted us with entry into a restricted primary forest and dinner with a long-time French researcher. We met up with 50 elephants in a monsoon-like storm. How he staged that,I'll never know! The bats, rats and roaches of the Gomantong Cave were a living horror movie--a unique experience not to be missed. Snorkling off a Buffett kinda island paradise, holding a Barracuda in the Sandakan fish market, and meeting friendly Malays helped turn a trip into an experience. Eager to go TI again.

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Special information

  • Family oriented trip.


Day 1: Arrival Campo Grande, Brazil
We are met on arrival at the airport and transferred to our hotel for the night.
o/n Bahamas Apart Hotel (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.
o/n Fazenda Baia das Pedras (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 in the Pantanal and the efforts to protect jaguars, tapirs and so much more.
o/n Fazenda Baia das Pedras (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.
o/n Fazenda Baia das Pedras (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 das 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.
o/n Jaguar Research Center (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.
o/n Jaguar Research Camp (B,L,D)

Day 7: Meeting of the Waters State Park
Another full day of exploration.
o/n Jaguar Research Camp (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.
o/n Fazenda Santa Teresa (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.
(B,L, in-flight D)

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