Home Packages MATO GROSSO 03 ECOSYSTEMS Amazon + Savannah + Pantanal: Jd. Amazônia, Park and Araras Lodge (LS 9.1)

MATO GROSSO 03 ECOSYSTEMS Amazon + Savannah + Pantanal: Jd. Amazônia, Park and Araras Lodge (LS 9.1)

The mythical Amazon can only be described in superlatives. It covers an area of more than 5 millions square kilometers of witch 80% is on Brazilian territory and those spread in 8 States, one of witch is the State of Mato Grosso. It is the largest and most intact rain forest region in the world. Through this large area, flows an extensive drainage system of more than thousand rivers, which account for 20% of the world’s fresh surface water.

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The heartland of Brazil covers an area equal to Western Europe (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 big 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. Its biodiversity includes: 837 birds spices, 161 mammals, 120 reptiles and over 10.000 vascular plants from witch 44% are endemic.


The Pantanal, one of the last great wildernesses, is the largest contiguous wetland on the planet, declared a World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, is South America’s primary wildlife sanctuary. With a total area of 240,000 sq km located in the center 

of the continent, the Pantanal is a biogeography mixing bowl, containing elements of the Amazon and Atlantic Rainforests, the Brazilian Savannah and the Paraguayan Chaco. This fantastic biodiversity includes: 698 birds species, 100 mammals, 177 reptiles, 40 amphibians and over 250 fish species.


The heartland of Brazil covers an area equal to Western Europe (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 big rivers find their sources here. It’s an area of enormous ecological importance with many areas of spectacular beauty, such as the National Park of “Chapada dos Guimarães”, only 55km North East from Cuiabá airport. Its biodiversity includes: 837 birds species, 161 mammals, 120 reptiles and over 10.000 vascular plants from which 44% are endemic.

The Pantanal, one of the last great wildernesses, is the largest contiguous wetland on the planet, declared a World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, its South America’s primary wildlife sanctuary. With a total area of 240,000 sq km located in the center of the continent, the Pantanal is a biogeographic mixing bowl, containing elements of the Amazon and Atlantic Rainforests, the Brazilian Savannah and the Paraguayan Chaco. This fantastic biodiversity includes: 698 birds species, 100 mammals, 177 reptiles, 40 amphibians and over 250 fish species.


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                       DAY 1  CUIABÁ  > CHAPADA DOS GUIMARÃES NATIONAL PARK

Arrival at Cuiabá/Várzea Grande airport or pick up at hotel and transfer to the Chapada dos Guimarães National Park, by the end of the day. Check in at the charming Park Eco Lodge .Dinner and overnight at the Lodge. 




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Day devoted to wonderful hikes trough the National Park. The wind and rain sculpted intriguing shapes in the sand stones covered with rich “Cerrado” vegetation, its bird’s songs and crystal clear water falls add to the enjoyment of the area. The hike ends at the 86m high water fall “Véu de Noiva” where we’ll enjoy a traditional meal at the local restaurant, looking down to a huge canyon. Late afternoon light hike to enjoy sun setting behind the 850m high “São Geronimo” Peak in front of the Lodge. Dinner and night at the Lodge.  




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DAY 3 SAVANNAH > AMAZON


After breakfast, amazing trails will take you deep into the Forest, which will bring you in contact with the fauna and flora. 

Good chances to meet tapir, the largest mammal in South America as well as numerous birds (solitary tinamou, royal flycatcher, silver beaked tanager, etc.).





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DAY 4  AMAZON RAIN FOREST > NOBRES > CHAPADA DOS GUIMARÃES


After breakfast, departure to Nobres.

Nobres is a municipality located 140km Northeast of Cuiabá. Due to a large concentration of limestone in its ground, we find many caves and grottoes. The topography of the area features a small mountain range called the “Tombador Complex”, with rolling valleys and tablelands. These characteristics present a remarkable visual effect. Dozens of complex cave systems cross the region just like at better known and more crowded Bonito, the area has many rivers, lakes and caverns of blue crystal clear waters, habitat of several species of fishes and plants, outstanding for snorkeling and caving.

3-hour-drive towards Nobres until Vila de Bom Jardim. Upon arrival, safety and floating instructions, pick up mask, snorkels and floating vests. Enjoy about 45-minute-long floating activities along the Salobra river and its ponds filled with hundreds of colorful fishes.

Aquário Encantado: One of the Salobra river’s sources, 6 meters deep where we`ll start the first floating activities among many species of gorgeous and colorful little fishes.

Salobra River: a 500 meter long float, snorkeling in 

27oC warm waters.

Have lunch, take a rest and then on to Chapada dos Guimarães, in the heart of the South American Continent. Arrive by the end of the day at Chapada National Park. Check in at the charming Park Eco Lodge and take a reconnaissance walk. Dinner and overnight at the Lodge. 


alt align=left src=http://araraslodge.com.br/images/stories/cp1.jpgDAY 5 CHAPADA DOS GUIMARÃES NATIONAL PARK


Day devoted to wonderful hikes through the National Park. The wind and rain have sculpted intriguing shapes in the sand stones covered with rich “Cerrado” vegetation. Its bird’s songs and crystal clear water falls add to the enjoyment of the walk. The hike ends at the 86m high water fall “Véu de Noiva” where we’ll enjoy a traditional meal at the local restaurant, looking down into this huge canyon. Later, light hike along the “Stone House” trail back to the Lodge. Dinner and overnight.





alt align=left src=http://araraslodge.com.br/images/stories/trans.jpgDAY 6 CHAPADA DOS GUIMARÃES > PANTANAL LOWLANDS

After breakfast and check-out, drive down and visit  the “Veredas da Salgadeira”, humid areas adorned by the “buriti” Palms, at. The slope of Chapada cliffs. Lunch in Cuiabá at Las Velas restaurant. Then drive on to the lowlands of the PANTANAL along 111 km paved road as far as the charming “gold miners” town of Poconé. “Pit-stop” for some snack, toilet and picture taking of its central square, colonial buildings and cathedral. Then on to the Transpantaneira Park Road for additional 32km until Araras Pantanal Ecolodge, welcome drink and check-in. Later a brief reconnaissance walk of its surroundings. Dinner and overnight at the lodge. 



DAY 7 PANTANAL alt align=left src=http://araraslodge.com.br/images/stories/trans4.jpg

Full day dedicated to observing the Pantanal’s flora & fauna at the Araras Eco Lodge private reserve.  After breakfast, the guide will lead you on a 2 to 3 hour horseback ride through the pastures, woods and wetlands. Lunch at the lodge. In the afternoon, you will go on a hike in a different area of the private reserve, allowing you to observe and learn more of the local environment.  Overnight at Araras Eco Lodge. 




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After breakfast travel down private dirt roads, to Sentinela Camp on the edge of the Rio Clarinho. Canoe tour to spot aquatic wildlife, birds and flora; possibility of piranha fishing. Brazilian churrasco style picnic lunch along the banks of the river. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight. (B, L, D)





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Early morning hike for sunrise. Breakfast. After breakfast hike or bike ride to visit to the neighbor farm. Time to share a “guaraná “ drink following local tradition, lunch at the lodge. Afternoon photo safari south on the Transpantaneira Park road. Dinner at Lodge. 





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Morning free for personal enjoyment at lodge surroundings, before your photo safari transfer to Cuiabá. Drop off at airport or city hotel. 


 
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Weather in  Pocone 

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High: 92°F
Low: 69°F
Sunrise  6:08 am
Sunset 5:34 pm
Humidity: 88 %
Visibility: 6.21 mi
 
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