The Pantanal, is a puzzle of landscapes, reason existence of this unique great biodiversity, that makes the Pantanal main Sanctuary of wildlife of the South America.
The Paraguay river, that borders in many moments points of granite mountains, represents the source of the plate river basin. These granite hills are the farthest ripples of the Andes Mountain Chain, which dates 400 million years ago, unique scenario in the whole Pantanal.
This program intends to take the visitor to explore this magnificent river with its stunning landscapes, at the vicinity of the Tayaman Ecological Reserve, well known as very rich in biodiversity with remarkable jaguar population very well preserved. Our presence in this region contributes to the conservation of this admirable specie, sacred symbol of many tribles In the Amazon.
The combination of the Pantanal ecosystem, particularly Araras Eco Lodge reserve, and the Paraguay river region, comes together to the combination of the flora and fauna of wet and dry land. It is a must for those seeking to know many of the diversity of Pantanal. In these fields, the presence of the Giant anteater and the tapir, biggest mammals of South America and innumerous species of birds, compound an unforgettable combination.
1st Day – Cuiabá to Baiazinha Lodge
Early pick-up by 07:00, departure to the Pantanal ecosystem, toward Cáceres (190 km on BR 070 paved road and 76 km on dirt road – approximately 5 hours). The Paraguay River, main river of Pantanal, touch in many places, huge granite hills, which offers splendid scenery to this region. The areas we will explore offers the special opportunity to view jaguars on rocks, beside to see them on white sand beaches and riverbanks. Those hills are the farthest ripples of the Andes Mountain Chain. The next days will be devoted to explore riverbanks, lakes and bays in search of the elusive Panthera-Onca or Jaguar, the 3rd largest wild cat, South Americas’ top predator. The only of the cats that bites strait into the skull of its pray. The area we are exploring is quite secluded, therefore unspoiled and practically EXCLUSIVE, as very few Eco tourist boats roam this region.
After lunch, we do our first river safari, searching for jaguars and other wildlife. Return for dinner and overnight. (B, L, D)
2nd and 3rd Day – Paraguay River: riverbanks, bays and channels
Breakfast. Departure for a morning river-safari on motor boat along the banks, beaches, bays and channels of the Paraguay River. This region is a paradise for wildlife, and still little explored for ecotourism, so that our jaguar sightings are basically exclusive to our boats. We will be searching for capybaras and caimans sunbathing on the beaches, giant river otters playing in the water and jaguars’ roaming the river banks searching for prays. Return to the Lodge for lunch. In the afternoon, join another river safari, returning late afternoon for dinner and overnight. We will be exploring the region in the vicinity to the Taiaman Ecological Reserve with a dense jaguar population, close monitored by the environmental authorities. Overnight at Baiazinha Lodge. (B, L, D)
4th Day – Arrival: photo-safari trought Transpantaneira Park road and introduction walk
After breakfast, departure to Araras Lodge at the Transpantaneira Park Road. This is a park road at its best, allowing us to drive above the water level, watching the flora and fauna of the Pantanal ecosystem – a photo safari along 32 km of dirt road with several stops along the way for photos and information. Welcome drink on arrival and accommodation. Later, the guide will lead you into an introductory walk through the surroundings of the lodge, explaining our concepts and many conservation projects. Continue to the Great Egret Lookout, a 12 m / 39 ft. high observation tower. After dinner, night walk under the Southern Hemisphere sky. (D)
5th day – Pantanal: Canoeing and trekking
After breakfast, take a photo safari through private dirt roads towards the Clarinho River.
Reaching its banks, board a canoe and paddle down the river, exploring the forest that grows by the riverbanks and mangroves. Here lives a colony of “ariranhas” – giant river otters. With some luck, you may spot a family playing with their babies and teaching them how to swim and fish. Chance of fishing the elusive piranha, not an easy task, but fun. Return to the Lodge in time for lunch. Later on, trek the Howler Monkey trail to the Howler Monkey Tower, our highest observation point – 25 m high -, for a magnificent view of the sunset. After dinner, join a night drive in search of nocturnal animals. (B, L, D)
6th Day – Pantanal: Horseback riding and trekking
After breakfast, enjoy a horseback ride, which will allow you to explore the diversity of the Pantanal landscape including some flooded areas of the Pantanal plain. The Pantaneiro horse are docile and has adapted, through the centuries, to eat with its nose underwater. In this region, the horse is the Pantaneiros’ best friend, a daily companion during work and leisure. Return to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon, trek the Rondon Trail towards the 13 m high Jabiru Stork Tower, where you can watch a Jabiru Stork nest. Return to Araras Eco Lodge for dinner and overnight. (B, L, D)
7th Day – Check-out and departure to Cuiabá Airport
Return to Cuiaba after breakfast.