Pantanal: BRAZIL

Tour duration: 11 days
Tour Rate: $5,235
The package rate applies for the duration of the tour (based on 1 person in a travel party), and include eco-lodges/ranch/camp, meals and house beverages, naturalist guide, safari drives (incl. Jaguar tracking), boat, float/sea plane, parks’ entry fees, road transportation (incl. airport transfers), and 24-hour concierge at L' EcoResorts.

Pantanal Nature Tour and Jaguar tracking, Brazil, will take you through the upper Paraguay River basin where the Pantanal bestrides the Brazilian border with Bolivia and Paraguay.

Within the confines of the Brazilian’s borders lies about 80 percent of the Pantanal. Pantanal Nature Tour is led by local naturalists and cover crucial areas of this freshwater swampland, the largest in the world. You will explore this wetland and see its extensive array of flora and fauna by 4×4 transfer, boat/kayak, or small plane.

Traversing the Pantanal presents sight of forested islands with trees and grasslands, lagoons, and lakes. An important biosphere, the Pantanal is a giant nursery for aquatic life such as 260 species of fish. Bird watchers will rejoice in Pantanal, as well. Over 650 bird species were identified here, including the cormorant, egrets, herons, the hyacinth macaw, ibis, the jabiru stork, and the roseate spoonbill.

The marshland is fed by frequent rainfalls. In the dry season when the water recedes, the region is a mecca for birds and other jungle animals to be seen and photographed on the Pantanal Nature Tour. Other wild animals that occupy the Pantanal include the giant river otter, the jaguar, the marsh deer, and the tapir.

On Pantanal Nature Tour, you will stay at eco-lodges/ranch/camp. For example, Barranco Alto Eco-Lodge is located in a natural paradise and its environs provide a habitat for a variety of wildlife species. And the region contains an abundance of foliage too! The following quote is that of the mission of the lodge “understanding the mysteries of nature helps us develop a more ecologically correct – eco friendly attitude towards the environment and as such leads to a better conservation of it.” — Fazenda Barranco Alto.

Caiman Ecological Refuge is located in southern Pantanal and comprises 53 thousand hectares of native preserve, it has programs allowing visitors close-up opportunities with the local culture and wildlife. All of which can be enjoyed on the Pantanal Nature Tour. Opened in 1985, the resort pride itself on being one of the first ecotourism operations in the Southern Pantanal of Mato Grosso does Sul.

Pantanal Jaguar Camp is a simple accommodation but is equipped with internet access, air-conditioning, and phone. The camp sits at a prime location for seeing Jaguars in their natural habitat. The Pantanal Nature Tour is conducted by a naturalist guide who studies the movements and habits of the animals, making it easier to track them and other wildlife in the region.

From the ecological resort you selected, you can see the rare species that wander freely in their natural habitat in Pantanal. Pantanal Nature Tour also supports scientific research. Specific eco-lodges even have “researcher house” equipped with the necessary facilities. Some types of research conducted in the region include geology, ecology, ethology, and entomology.

By popular demands, we have extended the Pantanal Nature Tour to include Iguaçu Falls. You can traverse this colossal waterfall by boat/raft or foot. Since you’ll be staying in an eco-lodge near the falls, your guide will lead you to explore the rainforest and jungles on this trip. Pantanal Nature Tour is designed to incorporate the natural feature of a location and the area surrounding the falls is spectacular.

Tour’s Program

  • You'll most likely arrive in Cuiaba at Marechal Rondon International Airport (CGB), and then transported to the Jaguar resort camp in Pantanal via a 5 hours' drive.
NORTHERN PANTANAL/PORTO JOFRE

The Pantanal is a mecca wetland and is the largest in the world. It is an important ecological habitat to many species, including some endangered breeds such as the jaguar, the neotropical parrots, the giant anteater, and the giant otter.
There are approximately 3,500+ types of plants, 400+ species of mammals, reptiles and amphibians, and 400+ categories of birds.

  • You will track jaguars in the wild with your guide. Generally, this activity is best enjoyed during the dry season (June through to November). This is when the water level recedes and the animals lounge along the riverbanks. However, we cannot guarantee that you will certainly see jaguars but you are bound to see numerous wildlife species in Porto Jofre.
SOUTHERN PANTANAL

In Southern Pantanal, you'll embark on expeditions to see marsh deer, the pampas deer, the caiman, the tapir, the howler monkey, the capybara, the peccary, and birds such as the toucan, the jabiru stork, the macaw (hyacinth, yellow, and red).

  • On this day, you'll take a small plane to your eco-lodge in Southern Pantanal.
  • Once you are settled in, you'll spend the days exploring the biome here, embarking on photographic safari drives. You can choose to go hiking, or canoeing/boating through the marshes and observe the wildlife.
CAMPO GRANDE/IGUAZU FALLS/IGUAZU RAINFOREST/BRAZIL-ARGENTINA

CNN's article described Iguazu Fall as "unlike any other waterfall on earth" and former U.S. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt was so enthralled by these majestic falls, she reportedly said "Poor Niagara" - referring to the contrast in sizes of both attractions. This natural system consists of 275 waterfalls and is 2.7 kilometers wide.

  • On this day, you'll depart Campo Grande at Campo Grande International Airport (CGR) and via plane journey to Foz do Iguaçu at Foz do Iguaçu/Cataratas International Airport (IGU).
  • Where you'll be met at the airport by your guide and proceed to your eco-lodge near Iguazu Falls (Argentina).
  • The tour is designed for you to traverse both sides of Iguazu (Brazil and Argentina). Here, you can explore the falls on foot and/or boat. [note: Helicopter tours have proven disruptive to the wildlife that lives around the falls and is not recommended by L' Ecostay]
  • The vicinity around the waterfalls has subtropical rainforest that is home to 2,000+ types of plants, and wildlife such as the tapir, the giant anteater, the howler monkey, the ocelot, and the jaguar. Your lodge will provide much opportunity for you to explore the jungle and learn about the flora and fauna, and their conservation efforts.
FOZ DO IGUACU
  • On this day, you'll arrive in Foz do Iguaçu for your departure.
  • You'll be escorted from the lodge to the airport.
INCLUDED
  • Eco-lodges/ranch/camp
  • Naturalist guide
  • Boating/rafting
  • Road transportation (incl. airport transfers)
  • Local flights within tour areas (Pantanal/Iguaçu Falls)
  • All meals and house beverages at the lodges/accommodations
  • Parks' entry fees
  • 24-hour concierges at L' EcoResorts
NOT INCLUDED (separate vacation services and products)
  • Air flights (international)
  • Gratuity, hotel, and booking taxes at an additional 20%
Pantanal has two seasons. They are rainy season and dry season. Generally, although not precise, the dry season is usually from May through to October. During this period, the water level is lower. It is more likely to spot wildlife that lounges along river banks, congregates at lakes and waterways or wander the land/marshland looking for food oftentimes with their babies. The landscape depicts beautiful color with tree blooms during this period.

Rainy season begin November and ends in April. It is now that the water level rises, filling the waterways, and create picturesque marshy, verdant landscape [see our tour picture].

  • December through to March is rainy season in Pantanal.
  • May through to and October there is less rain fall, making it the dry season.
  • Dry season in Pantanal is the best time to see wildlife, including mammals, reptiles, and birds when they gather at watering holes.
  • Tracking the elusive Jaguar, in the wild, can be noteworthy during the period of June through to November.
  • The price includes eco-lodges/ranch/camp, naturalist guide, parks' entry fees, boat, float/sea plane, road transportation, meals and house beverages, and 24-hour concierges at L' EcoResorts.
  • Ninety or more days prior to your arrival, 30% of the rate is required to confirm your reservation.
  • Thirty days or less and prior to your arrival, the full reservation amount is required. In the event of changes to the lodge reservation or the dates of your flights, by you, such a cancellation is subjected to 10% cancellation fee. Note: this refers to changes in your reservation only [see additional cancellation policy below].
  • The tour price is based on the number of persons indicated. For personalized group rates, please make inquiry with us regarding the package cost.
  • Participants shall have the ability to hike some easy and advance nature trails.
When you book your nature tour online through our website (lecoresorts.com), your reservation will be processed through our secure online payment system. When you first submit a "BOOK NOW" request, one of our agents will contact you to confirm your details. Once your reservation is confirmed, by you, you will receive a notification from us.

GENERAL TERMS & CONDITIONS

  • The tours by L' EcoResorts are nature based, guided, and include walking through rainforests, mountain hiking, cycling, cruising and water rafting, and preserves/safari jaunts.
  • On rainforest tours, you can observe rare and weird species. The Amazon, for example, contains the world’s largest range of wildlife species. Living in the Amazon rainforest are over 40, 000 species of plants, 427 types of mammals (incl. jaguar, anteater, and giant otter), 1,300 varieties of birds, 378 breeds of reptiles (incl. boa), in excess of 400 classes of amphibians (incl. dart poison frogs) and roughly 3,000 categories of freshwater fish. Due to its vastness and some unreachable areas, many species in the Amazon remain undiscovered by scientists. Depending on where in the world your eco resort is located, the nature tour you booked will take you on an intriguing path within that region.
  • On safari tours in Africa, you will observe animals in their natural habitats such as giraffes, lions, elephants, rhinos, leopards, zebras, gorillas, panthers, birds, and reptiles. [At L' EcoResorts, we do not offer or support sports hunting or trophy hunting, which is not the same as survival hunting by the native people or any persons who depends on this tradition/method for their food source].
  • On mountain tours, you will hike up some of the most spectacular mountains in the world, these include the Swiss and French Alps, the Andes, the Himalaya mountains, Blue Mountain Peaks (Jamaica), and the Rocky Mountains in Canada and the United States.
  • British Columbia, Canada, and Alaska, United States allow travelers to traverse some of the most spectacular natural land in North America. These sites include the Great Bear Forest, Denali National Park and Preserve (and mountain), Kenai Fjords, and Brooks Falls. The regions are notable for bear viewing, whale watching, and their remote wildernesses, icy seas, and glacial landscapes.
  • Most of the nature tours by L’ EcoResorts are available off-the-beaten paths, in the wild. But in some cases, some tours may be available on land governed by the state or other bodies. Travelers are responsible to pay any entrance fees or additional transportation fees for themselves and their groups in order to access such sites, unless otherwise stated. Additional transportation may include boat, train, and float plane. All information regarding your tour will be provided to you.
CANCELLATION POLICY

  • Cancellations made 91 days or more prior to travel, 90% refund will be granted, unless otherwise stated.
  • Cancellations made 90 to 31 days prior to travel, 50% refund will be granted, unless otherwise stated.
  • Cancellations made 30 days or less prior to travel no refunds will be granted.
Due the complexities of the various policies by international operators and other third parties in the regions where the nature tours are available, the "CANCELLATION POLICY" by L’ EcoResorts is structured to apply to all reservations.

  • We highly strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance prior to your tour.

DISCLAIMER

L' EcoResorts, its employees, its affiliates and their employees accept no responsibility, whatsoever, for travelers’ health and safety while they partake in a nature tour. While participating in the tours booked through L' EcoResorts, it is the sole responsibility of the traveler to secure their health and safety. It is further the responsibility of travelers to do health checkups and acquire a clean bill of health from a professional health care provider before embarking on any physical activities, therefore relieving L' EcoResorts, its partners, and its staffs from any blame as it relates to the health and safety of travelers.

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