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Pantanal - Pousada Xaraes - 5 Days with Bonito

Overview

The Pantanal is the world’s largest wetlands area. Often overshadowed by the Amazon Rainforest, the Pantanal is actually considered to be the world’s densest flora and fauna ecosystem; and its wide open wetland spaces make it much easier to spot wildlife (especially during the dry season where animals are easily found at watering holes).

Please note that other durations are also available, with or without Bonito. The additional excursion to Bonito offers fantastic value and hence the reason why this is the most popular itinerary we have at this lodge.

Trip Code: BRTSPX5

Location: Brazil

ITINERARY INSPIRATION

Transfer from Campo Grande to Pousada Xaraes.

Private Transfer Campo Grande Airport - Xaraes

Welcome to the Pantanal, a UK-sized montage of seasonally flooded savannahs and tropical forests that expand across millions of hectares of central-western Brazil, eastern Bolivia and eastern Paraguay. With its extraordinarily concentrated and varied flora and fauna and diverse ecological sub-regions, the Pantanal stands as one of the world’s great natural wonders. Today we meet you at Campo Grande and set off for the five hour journey across the Pantanal to Pousada Xaraes. We enjoy some incredible scenery as we make our way to the lodge located on a 4,200 hectare cattle property on the river Abobral. Upon arrival at the lodge there is time to settle in to your room and explore the beautiful surroundings before receiving a briefing from your bilingual guides about what to expect during your stay. We enjoy dinner before heading to bed drifting off to the sounds of the Pantanal.

Arrival at Lodge

The Pantanal is famous for its high concentration of diverse wildlife and there are a number of different excursions you can take to bring you up close to some of these magnificent creatures. Although activities do vary depending on the season and weather conditions, there will typically be two daytime and one night-time activity on offer every-day. These include:

Hiking - A number of different hikes are available each of which can be undertaken during the day. Two can also be done at night when, with the aid of high powered torches, we maximise our chances of spotting the Pantanol’s many nocturnal animals.

Canoe tours - Paddling on the nearby Abobral River is an excellent way to experience the sights and sounds of the Pantanal, we regularly see Giant Otters fishing in the river, Capybaras on the shoreline and monkeys in river edge trees. Birds commonly seen on our outings include the tallest flying bird in the New World (the Jabiru Stork) as well as a large number of other species of water birds, hawks, and kingfishers.

Horseback riding - One of the best ways to explore the Pantanal, our horses can take you to places inaccessible by car.

4 x 4 safaris - Open-backed 4 x 4 vehicles allow us to reach all corners of the property to search for large mammals and birds. These tours also take place at night when we go in search of caimans, Capybaras and Giant Anteaters.

Pantanal activities

Transfer from Pousada Xaraes to Bonito.

Private Transfer Xaraes - Bonito (Bonito Way)

This morning after an early breakfast, we check out of the lodge and begin the journey to Bonito. On the way we stop to visit the Boca de Onca’s waterfalls. Here we find a series of 11 waterfalls set along a four kilometre trail which culminates in the impressive 156 metre high Boca de Onca falls. We enjoy lunch at the park before continuing on to Olho d’ Agua Inn where we stay the night.

Half Day Passeio Da Onca with Lunch

After departing from the hotel, the first stop will be at the Blue Lake cave. Considered the postcard picture of the city of Bonito, Blue Lake Cave is a contemplative and historical tour that begins with a walk of approx. 300m to the entrance of the cave, where you can truly start to have an idea of its beauty. Descending approx. 200m by a staircase dug in the earth, visitors will can see the lake that enchants with waters of intensely bluish tone and beautiful speleothems of thousands of years.

Next stop is the incredibly inviting Rio da Prata, or River of Silver. This part of the tour starts with a walk of approx. 50 minutes along a gentle trail through a beautiful and unspoilt forest with rich flora, which coexist harmoniously with birds and other wildlife. Upon arrival at the at the source of Rio Olho d'Agua and equipping yourselves with snorkels, a new world will be before your eyes. You will float quietly in a huge crystal clear aquarium for approximately 2.200m. A curious feeling one gets is of flying in the midst of underwater plants and animals. After the tour, a tempting delicious typical lunch awaits hungry visitors. The facilities include a bar and restaurant, restrooms, hammocks and souvenir shop. The flotation equipment (clothing and boots, neoprene life vest, mask and snorkel) as well as lunch are included in the amount.

Half Day Blue Lake Cave Tour with Lunch & Transfer

Transfer from Bonito to Ariport Campo Grande.

Transfer to the airport for onward destination

This morning we say our goodbyes and make the return journey to Campo Grande in time for you to catch your outward flight.

Pantanal: Bonito Departure Day
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  • All expeditions from the lodge

    Airport transfers to the lodge

    Accommodation with breakfast everyday

    All meals

  • 2 (light adventure)
  • FROM US$795 - Subject to season and availability, contact us for more details. 

  • Please note that other durations are also available, with or without Bonito.

    The additional excursion to Bonito offers fantastic value and hence the reason why this is the most popular itinerary we have at this lodge.

  • Season and availability. 

Accommodation

We believe that appropriate accommodation should add to the authentic travel experience, as well as providing utmost enjoyment. For that reason our accommodation is scrutinised by our staff on the ground frequently, ensuring the properties adhere to our high standards. This key will help you understand the levels of accommodation available on this tour.

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Sustainability

Chimu Adventures undertakes a number of sustainability measures within its operations including:
1) Only using local guides and office staff to both maximise local employment opportunities and minimise carbon footprints. Local guides also ensure you benefit from the intimate knowledge, passion and culture of the country you’re visiting.
2) Where possible, using locally owned and operated boutique hotels to maximise the return to the local community.
3) Chimu’s “Pass it on” programme has provided funding to hundreds of local community projects in Latin America. Our aim is to empower local communities, helping them to develop their own infrastructure for the future. Since 2006, we have been working with Kiva (a well-known Non-Governmental Organisation), providing hundreds of loans to local businesses all over South America.
4) In our pre tour information we provide a range of tips and advice on how to minimise your impact on both local environments and communities.
5) Chimu Adventures’ offices also take a number of sustainability measures including carbon offsets for company vehicles and most staff travel. Chimu Adventure’s internal processes are also structures to create a paperless office and to reduce waste. There are also internal programmes to help staff minimise their carbon footprint such as our staff bike purchase assistance plan which encourages office staff to commute to work via bicycle. Currently almost half of our office based staff commute to work via bicycle.