The Pantanal is considered to be the world’s biggest wetland area, covering an area of approximately 230,000 sq km (143,000 sq miles), situated in the central west of Brazil. In this immense, pristine and biologically rich environment, there exists an extraordinary concentration of diverse flora and fauna, and a landscape spanning a variety of ecological sub-regions.
The Pantanal is one of the world’s greatest wildlife preserves and includes spectacular canyons and waterfalls in stunning scenery and home to 700 species of birds, around 240 varieties of fish, giant anteaters, armadillos, marmosets, monkeys, wolves, pumas, anacondas, capivaras, and the impressive cayman, to name but a few species.
The Best Place in the World to see Wildlife
This area is an unparalleled wildlife sanctuary of spectacular beauty, an ecological paradise containing hundreds of species of birds, thousands of varieties of butterflies, myriads of brightly colored flowers, and shoals of fish. The Pantanal is noteworthy for its extraordinary biodiversity and abundance of wildlife and is known as ‘the world’s biggest ecological sanctuary.’ Animals like Capuchin and Howler monkeys, capivaras, toucans, anacondas, caymans and tapirs, the endangered jaguar, the increasingly rare Hyacinthine macaws, and giant river otters, all make their home here. The Pantanal is a truly unique and exquisite natural paradise and deserves to be seen.
Custom Pantanal Travel Packages Itineraries
This is a Sample Vacation Package that we have created for customers in the past.
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Day 1 – Pantanal
You will be met at the Campo Grande airport and driven to the Caiman Lodge, where you will check in. The afternoon is free to relax. Dinner is at the hotel.
Day 2 – Pantanal
After breakfast you will be taken on a tour. Lunch is back at the hotel, followed by a tour in the afternoon. Dinner is back at your hotel. During your stay at Caiman Lodge you will have a choice of the following tours, depending on the different conditions of the trails (due mainly to the weather).
All tours are guided by expert, local, English-speaking guides:
• Walking trails through wetland areas near your pousada to see flora and fauna, animals and the different ecosystems of the Pantanal.
• Horseback riding tours – this is the best way to really see the Pantanal. The horses are well trained and will take you through rivers, streams, and to areas which are impossible to reach by car. This is a great way to see birds, mammals, reptiles, and flora.
• Boat tours – During the wet season (December – March) the rivers and streams flood on to the plains and boat trips are offered through these flooded plains to see reptiles, mammals, water birds, fish, plant life, and the famous capybara (the world’s largest rodent). During the dry season (July – October) the water level drops and it is possible to see an abundance of wildlife on the river banks, such as cayman, and beautiful, colorful macaws.
• Day and night time safari tours in an open-top vehicle to see the rich wildlife and flora of the region. You will have a chance to observe animals such as monkeys, deer, armadillos, anteaters; and birds such as macaws, toucans, eagles, emus, and herons.
Day 3 – Pantanal
On your third day at Refugio Ecologico Caiman you will go on a morning tour after breakfast. Lunch is back at the hotel and in the afternoon you will be taken on a different tour. Tours will vary according to trail conditions and weather. See options above on day 2. Dinner is back at the hotel.
Day 4 – Pantanal
On your last day in the Pantanal you will check out of the Caiman Lodge and be driven to the airport in Campo Grande.
Refugio Ecologico Caiman Lodge – Pantanal – Brazil
3 nights in Pantanal at the Refugio Ecologico Caiman. This hotel has 4 comfortable lodges with different architectural styles, all designed to combine with the landscape.
The Caiman Lodge was founded in 1987 on a cattle farm called Estância Caiman, a traditional farm of the region, which was originally founded by English investors in 1912. The hotel has four comfortable lodges with different architectural styles; all designed to combine with the landscape. With a total capacity to accommodate up to 73 people, the hotel gives its guests the opportunity to get to know the wonders of the Pantanal in rustic comfort. The Cordilheira Lodge integrates harmoniously with Pantanal nature. On one side, a wooded hillside to observe local fauna throughout the day. On the other, a branch of the lake, either dry or full, depending on the season, demonstrates the flood-water cycle to visitors. Recently renovated, Cordilheira has 5 double suites, decorated in contemporary style. Each of these has a separate bedroom and living room, bathroom, powder room and balcony, and can accommodate two people. Cordilheira offers guests outstanding comfort and pampering, with pure cotton bed linen and towels, down-filled pillows and heated showers: a real treat after long walks in the Pantanal natural environment. In the social area, a cozy living room extends to a dining room for 10 people. Outside, a large room with TV, DVD and games welcomes visitors in the intervals between trips. There is also a pool on a deck, surrounded by the vast expanse of the Pantanal landscape.
The Baiazinha Lodge is a bird-shaped house, located on the shores of a lake, permanently flooded with crystal-clear water. It has six standard rooms, situated on the wings of the bird. Its balconies, overlooking a west-facing inlet of the lake, are an irresistible haven for watching the wetland sunset. Decorated in traditional ranch style, apartments welcome our guests pampering them with pure cotton sheets, down-filled pillows and hot showers. The bird’s body contains the living area of the lodge, which includes a dining room for 12 people and a large and cozy living room with TV, DVD and telephone systems. Outside, a deck includes the pool, space for chaise lounges and comfortable hammocks, framed by the lake and the vast Pantanal landscape. Baiazinha Lodge has 6 standard rooms, each equipped with: Air Conditioning Ceiling Fan Bathroom with hot water Balcony overlooking the inlet The social area includes: Living room with TV, DVD and telephone system Dining room seating 12 Pool Wireless Internet Network Capacity: 12 people
Pantanal Tour Options
All tours in the Pantanal are designed for maximum viewing of wildlife and flora. You have a choice of some or all of the following:
- Walking trails
- Horseback riding tours
- Boat tours
- Safari tours day and night time in an open-top vehicle