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  • May 29-Jun 7, 2015
  • Sep 18-27, 2015
  • Privately on Request
  • Duration 10 days
    Group Size 4-10
    Land Cost $4,495
    Single Supplement $1,125
    Lodging 2 stars-3 stars
    Grade I-II
    Best Time

    Complete Pantanal

    Wildlife, waterways and ranch life of the North and South Pantanal; Rio, too

    Day 1      Campo Grande / Refugio da Ilha Farm

    Arrive at Campo Grande, where you will be met by your guide and transferred to Refugio da Ilha Farm. Located in the Brazilian city of Miranda, Refugio da Ilha offers charming and rustic rooms in an environment of a former farm house adapted for the convenience of nature-loving guests. Surrounded by lagoons and life-pulsing marshes, the lodge will offer you an unforgettable wilderness experience!

    Following dinner and a presentation regarding your trip, overnight at the farm.

    Meals: Dinner
    Lodging: Refugio da Ilha Farm

    Welcome to the Pantanal.
    Day 2-3      Refugio da Ilha Farm

    For the next couple of days, Refugio da Ilha Farm will be your home base. This is the perfect spot for immersing yourself in the Pantanal and seeing its unique flora and fauna. You will have an opportunity to do numerous activities during your stay, including hikes, horseback tours, motor boat tours, canoeing, and jeep tours. You will also have the freedom to structure these activities as you wish.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging: Refugio da Ilha Farm

    Take a motorboat down the river.
    Day 4      Cuiaba/Araras Eco Lodge

    After breakfast, transfer to the airport and fly to Cuiaba. You will be met by your guide and transferred to the north Pantanal (travel time is approximately 2.5 hours). Araras Eco Lodge offers a lovely atmosphere where visitors can enjoy bird watching, trekking in pristine forest, canoeing, horseback riding, night tours, and two exciting tree top look outs. Upon arrival at your lodge, rest and freshen up before enjoying a presentation of the surroundings, environment and projects. Later, indulge in a delicious dinner before going for a night walk.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging: Pousada Araras Ecolodge

    For a more rugged experience, horseback ride through the swamp.
    Day 5      Araras Ecolodge

    Following breakfast, depart for a full day exploring the flora and fauna. You may discover this complex ecosystem by truck, horse, canoe or foot. Enjoy lunch either by the river or at the lodge, depending on the season. Later, hike to Monkey's Tower to watch the sunset and wrap up the day with dinner and a night drive.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging: Araras Ecolodge

    A jeep safari is a relaxing way to see the Pantanal.
    Day 6      Araras Ecolodge

    Wake up with a hearty breakfast before setting out to hike the Rondon Trail to reach Tuiuiu Tower. Here you will indulge in a nice picnic lunch. Spend the afternoon horseback riding, before heading back to the lodge for dinner and unwinding by the fire.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging: Araras Ecolodge

    The flora and fauna here are unlike anywhere else.
    Day 7      Rio de Janeiro

    This will be an early morning, as you will be up in time for an unbelievable sunrise walk. Afterward, transfer to the airport for your flight to Rio de Janeiro where you will be met by your guide and driven to your hotel. Originally established by the Portuguese in 1560 as a small, fortified settlement on the western side of Rio de Janeiro Bay, Rio's name means "River of January," a reference to the month it was founded. Enjoy your stay in this beautiful city.                                                

    Meals: Breakfast
    Lodging: Hotel Porto Bay Copacabana

    Day 8      Rio: Corcovado and Sugar Loaf

    Today you will embark on a full day city tour, beginning with the Christ the Redeemer statue on Corcovado Mountain. Later, explore the Sugar Loaf, a massive granite mountain and Rio landmark. Ride by cable car up the mountain, stopping at certain points for photos and a lookout. You will make it almost 400 meters above the city and enjoy a breathtaking view of Guanabara Bay.

    Meals: Breakfast
    Lodging: Hotel Porto Bay Copacabana

    Christ the Redeemer.
    Day 9      Rio de Janeiro

    After breakfast, spend the day at your leisure. We recommend slipping into your suit and relaxing at the beach.

    Meals: Breakfast
    Lodging: Hotel Porto Bay Copacabana

    The Sugarloaf.
    Day 10      Onward

    You will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

    Meals: Breakfast

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