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Road Trip South Pantanal
Road Trip South Pantanal 6 Days of Nature, Wildlife Observation, and Snorkeling

Travel Number: 67362

Road Trip South Pantanal 6 Days of Nature, Wildlife Observation, and Snorkeling Brazil | Campo Grande, South Pantanal, Bonito

This trip will take you to the natural paradise of the South Pantanal. You will also get to know the unique nature and crystal clear rivers near Bonito. The Pantanal is a vast area of wetlands and one of the largest nature reserves in the world. In the dry season, from June to October, you can explore the whole variety of the incomparable animal world and in the rainy season, from December to March, the beautiful flora reaches its peak. Let the fascinating biodiversity of the Pantanal enchant you!

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Highlights

  • Observe blue and red macaws
  • Snorkel in a natural aquarium
  • Take the boat on winding waterways
  • Discover the diversity of the Pantanal

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival to Campo Grande

Included: Rental Car | Night Walk (in-group) | Dinner

Campo Grande to Pousada Aguape: 120 miles (193 km)

Your English-speaking guide will be waiting for you at the airport in Campo Grande. After retrieving your rental car, you will drive together with your guide from Campo Grande for about 3 or 4 hours to Pousada Aguape. There is no cell phone signal on the last part of the route. It is therefore advisable to send a message to the lodge with the help of your guide before leaving the paved road, so that the local team knows that you will be arriving. Especially during the rainy season from December to March, the earth road can have large mud holes. However, this section of the road is not endangered by flooding and can be traversed year round. On the way you will gain a good first impression of one of the most important ecosystems in Brazil. The Pantanal is home to a variety of unique and endangered plant species and animals such as capybaras, foxes, anteaters, otters, monkeys, and many more. Pousada Aguape offers you numerous excursions during your stay, always taking into account the weather conditions and the season (spawning and breeding season). To be able to observe the nocturnal animals at close range, a short night hike in the evening is recommended. With a little luck you will see foxes, capybaras, anteaters, and caimans.

Overnight: Pousada Aguape, Standard room

Day 2: Nature Experience Pantanal

Included: Rental Car | Boat Trip, Horseback Riding (in-group) | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast and together with your English-speaking guide, you will explore the Aquidauana River in a motorboat. Animals can be observed particularly well from the water. For lunch you will return to the pousada and can rest a little before the next adventure: horseback riding through open fields, swamps, and streams. The horses are quiet and even those with little to no experience can participate. If you prefer not to ride a horse, you can go piranha fishing, a great opportunity to learn more about the culture and habits of the people of the Pantanal while observing the local flora and fauna.

Overnight: Pousada Aguape, Standard room

Day 3: Photography and Wildlife Observation

Included: Rental Car | 4x4 Safari, Nature Hike (in-group) | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

In the morning you will go on a trip in an open four-wheel-drive vehicle. It is the best way to explore swamps and open grasslands and an ideal opportunity to observe and photograph numerous animals. In the afternoon you will go on a hike through dense vegetation and over open swamp plains with paths of various lengths. Your specialized guide will explain in detail the local flora and fauna and their special functions in the ecosystem of the Pantanal.

Overnight: Pousada Aguape, Standard room

Day 4: Onward Journey to Bonito

Included: Rental Car | Cattle Farm Experience (in-group) | Breakfast, Lunch

Pousada Aguape to Bonito: 110 miles (178 km)

Spend a morning together with local cowboys and learn about everyday life in the Pantanal. After lunch your tour continues with your rental car to Bonito. You will give your guide a ride to the city of Aquidauana or Bonito while following quiet country roads. In the late afternoon you will check in at your accommodation and you can discover this small town on your own.

Overnight: Pousada Surucua, Standard room

Day 5: Caves and Clear Blue Waters

Included: Self Drive Trip to Gruta Azul and Snorkeling in Rio Sucuri (private, 6h) | Rental Car | Breakfast, Lunch

In the morning you will meet your English-speaking guide and set out for the Blue Lake Cave, the Gruta Lagoa Azul. Let yourself be enchanted by the bright blue underground lake. Afterwards you will continue to the Rio Sucuri. Here your tour will start with a short hike through a forest to the source of the river. From there, after a briefing with snorkeling equipment, you will drift downstream through the crystal-clear water. You can end the day as you wish and reflect on your impressions of the Pantanal.

Overnight: Pousada Surucua, Standard room

Day 6: Departure to Campo Grande

Included: Rental Car | Breakfast

Bonito to Campo Grande: 185 miles (300 km)

After six exciting days in the Pantanal, you will continue your journey and drive to Campo Grande to drop off your rental car. Depending on your departure schedule, you may have time to visit one of the natural attractions in the morning.

Included

  • 3 nights at Pousada Aguape, Standard room
  • 2 nights at Pousada Surucua, Standard room
  • 6 lodge excursions (in-group with a private English-speaking guide)
  • 1 self drive trip (with a private English-speaking guide)
  • 5 breakfasts + 4 lunches + 3 dinners
  • Entrance fees for all included day trips
  • Rental car for 5x 24h from / to Campo Grande in the selected car category (unlimited mileage)
  • Rental car information sheet
  • Collision damage waiver and loss damage waiver (“risk coverage for the car”), and third-party liability cover (“risk coverage for third parties”)

Not included are airfare, fuel, optional additional coverage, additional driver, beverages, meals not indicated in the itinerary, tips, and personal expenses.

Info

  • All tours can be customized, shortened, or extended depending on your interests.
  • In case of very early departures or late arrivals, meals may be omitted.
  • Day trips can be adapted to local conditions (of course, always in the interest of the guest) to ensure a safe and eventful journey.
  • The itinerary can be adjusted according to weather conditions. The order of excursions can change and animal sightings cannot be guaranteed.
  • Information on distances and travel times are approximate.
  • The renter must be 21 years of age or older, have a valid driver's license issued no less than 2 years before the date of rental.

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