Once in Puerto Suárez we travel by road for a short trip over the border to the Brazilian town of Corumba, a port city on the Rio Paraguay and the southern gateway to the Pantanal. We immediately transfer to the 4WD's that will take us in to the Pantanal Wetlands.
The area is a huge wetland in the centre of South America and is truly a birdwatchers paradise but is also home to a multitude of other animals. The ecosystem is known to be home to at least 3,500 species of plants, 650 species of birds, 400 species of fish, around 100 species of mammals, and 80 species of reptiles, with an estimated 10 million caimans alone. Keep your eyes peeled and you may see giant river otters, anacondas, iguanas, jaguars, ocelots, cougars, crocodiles, marsh deer, armadillos, giant and lesser anteaters, black howler monkeys and zebu bulls, to name but a few!
We stay in the Mato Grosso do Sul Province, in the southern part of the Pantanal in an area called “Passo do Lontra”. Built on stilts due to the seasonal floods in the region, the facilities in our lodge are in keeping with the environment, maintaining it as natural as possible and thus preserving the local fauna and flora. Facilities include more than 2,000 meters of elevated walkways, which allow for a closer contact with nature. Because the work to conserve and preserve the environment at the site, a great variety of animals and birds species can be viewed, particularly howler monkeys, marsh deer, herds of capybaras, caimans, herons, and countless birds.
The chalets are situated on the banks of the Miranda River and all of the food is included as part of the tour and is all prepared for you. After arrival and check in we go on a boat tour either up or down the Miranda River, each direction featuring a different delicate ecosystem. The following day, you will visit São João farm travelling 25km through the park to reach it, another opportunity to spot wildlife. Once there, you can enjoy an ecological walk and a horseback ride before lunch. On our final day in the park, we will go piranha fishing for our lunch on the floating platform on the Miranda River.
Overnight: Pantanal | Breakfast x 1, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2