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Brazil's Pantanal

Dates:    10 - 16 March 2019

Rate:      US $ 3596 per person for 6 nights


The best time for adventurers to visit Brazil’s Pantanal (pantanal means wetland) is when water levels are high and the roar of thunderstorms electrifies the atmosphere.  This is the world’s largest tropical wetland and is known as the landscape of lakes - both saline and fresh water - supporting a huge diversity of flora and fauna.  To the lover of unspoiled nature, this is a fascinating area to explore - just getting to this remote location is an adventure in itself.


Our destination, deep within the wetland - not just on the border, is Fazenda Barranco Alto which has been in the capable hands of the Schweizer family for generations.  Your hosts Ben and Corine’s mission is to preserve this pristine wetland, leaving it unspoiled.  ‘Family run and managed’ means personal care, and local and farm-produced ingredients make for remarkable home cooking, washed down with a local caipirinha or two…or three….  


This will be nothing like our usual fast riding safaris across the Namib Desert.   The pace will be slower  - we will be riding through water some of the time - as we explore this enthralling wetland on horseback, on foot, by vehicle and in canoes.  This area plays host to over 400 species of birds including brilliantly coloured macaws, trogons, jacamars and toucans. The Pantanal is also host to exotic mammals such as tapir, capybara, giant otter and the elusive jaguar.

Detailed Itinerary:

10th March: Fly into Campo Grande Brazil - via Sao Paulo is a good option.  You will be met at the airport and transferred to your overnight accommodation.  If you arrive early enough, you can explore this fascinating city (link is to The Lonely Planet Guide).  Meet Andrew for a ‘local is lekker’ dinner.


11th March:  Light aircraft flight to Fazenda Barranco Alto, settle in, lunch and afternoon exploratory excursion.  Activities depend on the rains and the temperatures. Note March is the end of the rainy season…so come prepared for mozzies - but also to see the Pantanal and the lakes at their best


12th, 13th, 14th, and 15th will be spent exploring the wetland by horse, walking, game drives and canoeing - with the emphasis on horse-riding of course! And spending time lying in a hammock and watching the world go by….or go fishing for piranha. 


16th Light aircraft flight to Campo Grande - there are several flights to Sao Paulo per day, as well as flights to other international destinations.  If you are joining Andrew in the Argentinian ride, you would need an overnight in Sao Paulo prior to flying to Cordoba.

Included in the rate:  

  • All accommodation, meals, drinks and activities on Fazenda Barranco Alto, 

  • overnight accommodation, dinner and airport transfers in Campo Grande on 10th March.

  • Transfers from and to Campo Grande Airport to hotel

  • Light aircraft flights (50 minutes) from Campo Grande to the Fazenda on 11th and back to Campo Grande on 16th March


Not included in the rate:


  • Accommodation and transfers including light aircraft flights not listed on the itinerary in case of International flight or other delays, 

  • items not mentioned on itinerary,  

  • staff gratuities