TO PANTANAL AND NOBRES, BRAZIL
6 NIGHTS/3 STOPS
Preserved and amazing wildlife.
Having three young children (4, 7 and 9 years old) who love animals, going to the Pantanal (the world’s largest tropical wetland area) was a must for our family! We were told that we would see a larger variety of animals in the Pantanal than in the Amazon and it didn’t disappoint ! As soon as you get there, you feel a sense of respect for the nature and a joy to be able to witness so much peaceful harmony between the animals and their surroundings. You discover the region by 4×4, river boat, by horse and by foot, which makes it a lot of fun for the whole family.
Watching an ant eater and an ocelot
Feeling so remote from civilization and so close to nature
Total for a family of 5:
All transfers, all-inclusive, 4×4, all activities, 24/7 guide: $ 4200/6 nights
Flights from Rio de Janeiro: $ 700
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Arrival Airport: Cuiabá
Direct flights from
São Paulo or Brasilia.
With one connecting flight in Sāo Paulo or Brasilia:
From Rio de Janeiro: total of 5 hours
From New York: total of 16 hours
From Europe: total of 19 hours
1 to 2: Cuiabá airport to Fazenda Santa Teresa:
By 4×4: 4 hours
2 to 3: Fazenda Santa Teresa to Pousada Piuval :
By 4×4: 1,5 hours
3 to 4: Pousada Piuval to Nobres:
By 4×4: 4 hours
4 to 1: Nobres to Cuaibá airport:
By 4×4: 4 hours
Arrival Airport Cuiabà
Fazenda Santa Teresa
TO THE TRANSPANTANEIRA ROAD: STOP 1
150 km / 4h
We stayed at the fazenda (farm) Santa Tereza, a haven of peace in the middle of nowhere! The rooms are basic but clean and spacious. The capybaras are feeding at your doorstep! There is a small pool to dive in after each activity. The authenticity of this farm makes it truly charming.
As soon as you are on the dirt road, your safari experience begins! There are so many animals to see on both sides of the road: caimans, king fishers, capybaras, marsh deer, emus, jabiru storks, ibis, coatis, hawks, falcons, parrots…
Amazing boat trip on the river where we saw the giant otter, an iguana, caimans and all kinds of beautiful birds
Horse riding in the surroundings of the farm
Watching the ocelot feeding when the sun sets after waiting for 1,5 hours quietly and been eaten by mosquitoes!
Night safari: spotting animals in the dark proved very difficult but it is a very exciting experience
THE TRANSPANTANEIRA ROAD: FROM STOP 1 TO STOP 2
35 km / 1h
We stayed at the pousada (small hotel) Piuval which, set in different surroundings, offers a different variety of wildlife. The rooms are not as spacious but well-equipped and clean. The large pool is a real plus given the high temperatures. From your room you can see some great plains where animals graze and gather to drink. Again at any moment of your day, you can admire the untouched beauty of this preserved region.
The rides proposed by all pousadas are similar but are nonetheless interesting as you never know what you are going to discover.
Two safaris at sunset: when the light is stunning and nature seems just perfect! We were lucky enough to admire two amazing sunsets and spot an anteater (really rare to see)!
Horse riding in the morning in the plain: we saw an armadillo which we had not seen before.
Another night safari when we spotted the great horned owl.
200km / 4h
We stayed at the pousada (small hotel) Reino Encantado, which is beautifully integrated into nature and has great open outdoor seating areas with hammocks to chill out! It provides direct access to the Rio Salobra for snorkeling, 5mn walk. Our family room was basic but spacious enough for us five. The staff is very welcoming and the food freshly cooked for every meal. Be warned: an electricity cut can be part of the adventure!
Swim with the fishes (and the locals!) at Balneiro Estivado
Floating down the river in inflatable tubes: a lot of fun for all of us
River diving in Rio Salobra and Rio Triste
Lagoa das Araras (macaws): where macaws and egrets gather at sunset, incredibly beautiful
GOOD TO KNOW
The best season is during the dry season between June and October: you can watch the wildlife gather around the remaining areas of water.
It is essential to be with a naturalist guide the whole time. They are usually both driver and guide.
Even in the dry season this region is full with mosquitoes: mosquito repellent, light long trousers, long-sleeve tee-shirts and closed shoes are compulsory!
Due to the very high temperatures and the rhythm of the animals, all activities take place VERY early in the morning and from mid-afternoon to night time.
With a small detour we could have gone to the Chapada dos Guimarães National Park on the way from Pantanal to Nobres. We just thought it would be too much with our young kids.
If you travel from Europe or the US, we would recommend a one week stay in another part of the country for example, Rio de Janeiro, after or before this itinerary. In this way you get the most out of your long travel time.