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Amazon, Savanna and Pantanal, 3 ecosystems 8D/7N

$ 4,643.00$ 11,288.00


Duration: 8 days/7 nights
from $4643 per person
Min. 1 pax
*Conservation fee (U$47 per person is not included)

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Description

Mato Grosso is the only state in Brazil with 3 different ecosystems within its borders and quite close from Cuiaba and its airport. Visit the Amazon Rainforest southern border just 290 km NW from Cuiabá, snorkel amidst fish, visit astonishing waterfalls and rock formations at Chapada dos Guimaraes (Savanna) just 67 km NE from Cuiaba in the South America Geodesic Centre and explore the wilderness of Northern Pantanal.

The mythical Amazon can only be described in superlatives. It is the largest and most preserved rainforest region in the world.

The heartland of Brazil covers an area of 2,000,000 sq km, and its original vegetation is called “Cerrado”, considered the richest savanna in the world, due to its high plant diversity and endemism. Most of Brazil’s great rivers find their sources here. It’s an area of enormous ecological importance with many areas of spectacular beauty, as the National Park of Chapada dos Guimarães, only 55km North East from Cuiabá airport.

The Pantanal, one of the last great wildernesses, is the largest continuous wetland on the planet, declared a World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, is South America’s primary wildlife sanctuary.

Day 1: Arrival: Cuiabá to Jardim D’Amazônia

Meeting and greeting at Cuiaba airport. At 13h20, departure to the Amazon ecosystem (290 km on paved federal road– approximately 4.5 hours). Arrival by late afternoon. Welcome drink and check-in at Jardim d’Amazonia Eco Lodge. Dinner and overnight.

Meals: Dinner.

Day 2: Amazon: trails and canoeing

After breakfast, follow the trails through this area, getting to know even more than the local flora and fauna but also the history of the rubber extraction industry – a former important part of the local economy.
A fish barbecue will follow this trekking and you may even relax on a hammock. Later, canoeing on the Claro River, exploring the Anaconda Lake and enjoying the solitude of the jungle and its different life forms: ( duck, long tailed tyrant, cormorant, Amazon kingfisher, green and rufous kingfisher, swallow tanager, herons…).

Dinner and overnight.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner.

Day 3: Departure: Amazon to Bom Jardim

Breakfast and departure to Bom Jardim Village.

Bom Jardim takes place at 162 km from Cuiabá Airport and is strategically located in an area of transition between the Savanna and the Amazon rainforest. Bom Jardim is the land of many clear water rivers, lakes and caverns, the habitat of several species of fish and plants. Snorkeling and caving are outstanding.

At your arrival, 1 km trail until we reach Enchanted Aquarium and Salobra River, where our snorkeling activity takes place. About 2 hours at river pace enjoying the beauties of underwater. Lunch and in the afternoon departure to Chapada dos Guimarães, passing by impressive rocks formation, where we will visit next day. Outstanding scenario to admire until the end of the trip. Visit to Chapada Town historic centre and to the Geodesic Mark of South America for a breathtaking view over the plain. Check in at the charming Park Eco lodge.
Dinner and overnight.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner.

Day 4: Parque Nacional: Waterfalls, trails and sunset

Breakfast. Join the Tour of the Waterfalls through the Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park. The wind and rain sculpted intriguing shapes in the sand stone covered with rich vegetation. Birds singing and waterfalls add to the enjoyment of this trail. The walk ends with a visit to the Bridal Veil Waterfall and lunch at a local restaurant.
Returning to the Park Eco lodge, enjoy the private trails of the property and a walk to the observation tower. This is the place to be at sunset. It allows you a bird`s eye view over the Sao Jeronimo Peak.
Dinner and overnight.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner.

Day 5: Savanna to Pantanal: Araras Eco Lodge

Breakfast. Today we are headed to Pantanal, Araras Eco Lodge. Arriving in Cuiabá, lunch at local restaurant and departure to Araras Eco Lodge. This transfer is divided into two different stages. The first is a journey on a paved road along farms and cattle ranches. After reaching Poconé – a small mining town and the gateway to the Northern Pantanal, we take the Transpantaneira Park Road at km “0” (108 km / 67.1 mi. from Cuiaba). This is a park road at its best, allowing us to drive above the water level, watching the flora and fauna of the Pantanal ecosystem – a photo safari along 32 km of dirt road with several stops along the way for photos and information. Welcome drink on arrival and accommodation. Later, you will be guided on an introductory walk through the surroundings of the lodge to know our concepts and many preservation projects, follow to the Great Egret Lookout, a 12 m / 39 ft. high observation tower. After dinner, night walk under the Southern Hemisphere sky.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner.

Day 6: Araras Eco Lodge: Canoeing and trekking

After breakfast, take a photo safari through private dirt roads towards the Clarinho River.
Reaching its banks, board a canoe and paddle down the river, exploring the forest that grows by the riverbanks and mangroves. Here lives a colony of “ariranhas” – giant river otters. With some luck, you may spot a family playing with their babies and teaching them how to swim and fish. Chance of fishing the elusive piranha, not an easy task, but fun. Enjoy a barbecue lunch under the shadow of the threes (*). Hammocks are slanged to enjoy a “siesta”.
Return to the Lodge in time for the afternoon tea. Later on, trek the Howler Monkey trail to the Howler Monkey Tower, our highest observation point – 25 m high -, for a magnificent view of the sunset.
After dinner, join a night truck-safari drive in search of nocturnal animals.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner.

(*) If the Sentinela Camp is not accessible (depending on the weather and terrain conditions), this canoeing tour will take place on the Corixo River. In that case, we will return to the lodge for lunch.

Day 7: Araras Eco Lodge – horseback riding and trekking

After breakfast, enjoy a horseback ride, which will allow you to explore the diversity of the Pantanal landscape including some flooded areas of the Pantanal plain. The Pantaneiro horse are docile and has adapted, through the centuries, to eat with its nose underwater. In this region, the horse is the Pantaneiros’ best friend, a daily companion during work and leisure. Return to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon, trek the Rondon Trail towards the 13 m high Jabiru Stork Tower, where you can watch a Jabiru Stork nest. Return to Araras Eco Lodge for dinner and overnight.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner.

Day 8: Departure to Cuiabá Airport

Another sunrise walk to witness the dawn of this amazing ecosystem. Return to the Lodge for breakfast. Departure to Cuiabá by 7:00 or 12:30, depending on your flight time.

Meals: Breakfast.

Day 9: Manaus

Today you can choose one of the activities mentioned above.

Day 10-11: Manaus – Saõ Luís

Transfer to the airport for departure to Saõ Luís. Upon arrival, transfer and accommodation at the hotel. Free time.

Saõ Luís is a beautiful old city by the ocean. Not far away is the region with the cleanest air on the planet - Lencois Maranenses. The city itself is surrounded by mountains, so the climate here is very favorable, the air is characterized by incredible cleanliness and oxygen saturation. The historical center is an open museum with numerous architectural elements and details, where stone-paved streets pass into narrow alleys. One of the most beautiful examples of French architecture of the XVII century is the Palace of Lions, richly decorated with columns, porticos and stucco. Stairs leading to the palace are guarded by sculptured lions. Saõ Luís is known as the reggae capital in Brazil. In no other city in Brazil is this Jamaican rhythm so popular. Among the attractions of modern Saõ Luís are not only museums, churches, built in the XVII century and operating to this day, markets, an original kitchen based on rice, but also many wonderful beaches. Where you can enjoy windsurfing, diving, fishing or just lie down and breathe healthy air. Accommodation in Saõ Luís.

Day 11: Bocas del Toro

Breakfast at the hotel

Leisure day

Accommodation at Playa Tortuga Hotel

Day 12: Saõ Luís - Barreirinhas

Around 7h00 am, departure to Barreirinhas, the trip takes 4h on good road where we will see plantations of Babaçu and Buriti. Barreirinhas is located on the waterfront of the Preguiças River, being a very peaceful and hospitable town. The Lençóis Maranhenses National Park, located close to town is a rare gem with magnificent dunes sculpted by nature and at the period of March to September contains hundreds of lakes formed by rainwater falling at season. At 14h after check in at the hotel, we will begin the tour in a 4x4 vehicle to get to the heart of the Park, where we walk in the Blue lake circuit. There will be availability to take a bath in the crystal blue lagoon, and sand slide down the water, and finish off the tour by contemplation of the beautiful sunset in the dunes. Return to Barreirinhas around 19h00 and you can continue enjoying a bath in the hotel pool or go out at night in the quiet streets of the city or simply enjoy on the riverside the calm waters and savoring a beautiful pizza at restaurants in the town. Overnight in Barreirinhas.

Day 13: Barreirinhas - Atins

Around 8:30 am, we will embark on a speedboat for a trip on the majestic Preguiças River, with its calm waters we will see in its banks: igarapés, mangue, buritis, Juçara (açaí) feet, tucunzeiros, besides herons and torches. We will stop in the communities of VASSOURAS, also known as small dunes and here we can taste a delicious coconut water, interact with the monkeys that inhabit there. We then follow to MANDACARÚ, small fishing village where we will climb 160 steps to the Preguiças Lighthouse to contemplate the paradisiacal vision of dunes, of the river and its mouth, of the ocean and of the typical vegetation arriving until CABURÉ, being this one arm of dunes located between the River and the Sea. We will continue by boat until the Town of ATINS.

Arrival and accommodation at the inn. At 4:00 p.m., board a 4 × 4 vehicle to Canto do Atins, where we will have the opportunity to walk through the dunes of the park and bathe in its crystalline waters (only during the rainy season).

Then we will continue to the restaurant of Luzia or Seu Antônio, where we will have the opportunity to try the famous grilled shrimp (not included), famous throughout the region. We will pause to rest in hammocks, feeling a delicious sea breeze.

Overnight in Atins at Pousada Jurará with breakfast

Day 14: Saõ Luís

In the morning you will have a trip to the Atins Lagoon. On the way back, stop for lunch at Luzia restaurant where you will taste the delicious shrimp (not included). After lunch we return to the guest house and on a motor boat we leave for Barreirinhas. Arrival at 16: 15 Transfer out and flight to Rio or back home

End of services.

Day 15: Cusco – Machu Picchu – Cusco

After breakfast, we set off by train to Machu Picchu. The train passes through the Sacred Valley. The single line track hugs the right side of the canyon next to the boulder-strewn, roaring Urubamba River. Arrival at the small town of Aguas Calientes, and finally a 30-minute bus ride up to Machu Picchu. Machu Picchu, an Inca city with a maze of fine stone temples, houses and fountains, spectacularly situated on a ridge between two peaks. Hidden by dense vegetation when Hiram Bingham discovered it in 1911. There you have a guided tour. In the afternoon you will have lunch in a local restaurant and then we return to Cusco by train. Transfer to your hotel. Overnight.

Day 16: Cusco – Lima

In the morning we will get away from the crowds to visit Sacsayhuaman, an impressive citadel full of colossal constructions surrounded by beautiful landscapes in complete communion with nature. We will then continue to the Inca shrine of Qenqo, with its awesome altar for sacrifices embedded in the side of the rock. We will finally reach the Puca Pucara watchtower and Tambomachay, a monument of noticeable architectural excellence, considered one of the pillars of the Andean view of the world.
Climb to the Archaeological park of Sacsayhuaman, in the higher part of Cusco. Our first stop will be Tambomachay, a source of spring water that it is believed was once worshipped. Next we will visit the remains of Qenqo, a stone made labyrinth with a sacrificial altar in its center. At the Fortress of Sacsayhuaman we will enjoy a wonderful view of Cusco while admiring the massive stones that make up the fortress. Our last stop will be to see the Tower of Pucca Pucara before we will transfer you to the airport for your flight to Lima.
Upon arrival in Lima private transfer to your hotel.

Lima is the capital and the largest city of Peru. It is located in the central coastal part of the country, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The city was founded in 1535 by the Spanish discoverer Francisco Pizarrounder and was named “Ciudad de los Reyes” (City of Kings). The historic center was declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO.It’s a city with
great cultural diversity- which has a large number of museums. Another amazing thing it has to offer is its great food which has been recognized worldwide through many years. Lima offers a wide range of restaurants and bars, where you can taste delicious Peruvian dishes and drinks. In Lima you will find everything you are looking for diversity of cultures, adventures, beaches, variety of food, entertainment and everything you can imagine.

Day 17: Lima - Back home

In the morning you have a guided tour that includes visits to the main Colonial attractions such as the Main Square with the Cathedral, San Francisco Convent, and many elegant buildings with their traditional wooden balconies, which had being restored. Afterwards you will visit Lima’s residential areas: San Isidro with its Olive Grove, Country Club and Golf course and Miraflores with its Central Park, City Hall and Main shopping streets such as Larco Avenue.
Transfer to the airport for your international flight back home!

End of the Program.

Included:

- Regular transfers in air conditioned vehicle
- 2 nights at Jardim d’Amazonia Lodge
- 2 nights at Park Lodge
- 3 nights at Araras Lodge
- Full board in Amazon, Savannah and Pantanal
- Activities according to the program with English Speaking Guide/ naturalist

Not Included:

- International and domestic flights
- Meals and beverages not mentioned
- Services and tours not mentioned in the Program
- Tips and personal expenses

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