Cruise Inside The Grand Pantanal
Explore 4 different Nature Reserves, from the comfort of your motor vessel:
The Taiaman Ecological Reserve
The Pantanal National Park
The Meeting of the Waters State Park
The Transpantaneira Park Road
...all in search of fascinating and rich wildlife, the majestic jaguar, playful giant river otters, the numerous caimans sunning along the sand bars! Admire the enchanted ‘Victoria Regia’ giant water lilies and enjoy the thousands of diverse birds that compose this wildest South American Sanctuary.
In Search of Jaguars!
During the cruise there will be several outings or river safaris, in a comfortable and safe speed boat, exploring side lacks, river channels and lagoons - always searching for jaguars and other wildlife roaming along the river boards and sand dunes.
DAY 2 – TAIAMAN ECOLOGICAL RESERVE
After an early breakfast, board your river safari boat to explore this region. Return on board for lunch, while the Motor Vessel start its cruise downriver, up to the Taiaman Ecological Reserve. Board the speed boat and explore its water ways and overflowed grass land. Dinner and overnight.
DAY 3 – PARAGUAY RIVER
Taiaman Ecological Reserve is a 70km long island. From the speed boat explore the right side known as ‘Braçinho’ while the motor vessel cruises on to the Paraguay River Channel. Return to the motor vessel for lunch at ‘Formoso’ Bay.
Afternoon further river safaris, whilst the vessel keeps cruising down-river to a region known as Concepcion Port. (Up until the 1970s the cattle, bred on the fields between Poconé and the Paraguay River, used travel from this Port downriver to Corumbá, in order to be transported by train to São Paulo City).
Day 4 – AMOLAR MOUNTAIN CHAIN
Morning river safari in the surrounding bay and river channels - in search of jaguars and other wildlife. Return to the Motor Vessel and cross two of the largest bays on the Paraguay River: the ‘Uberaba’ and ‘Gaiva’ Bay. Each spans more than 30km, similar to crossing a sea!
Keep cruising up to the ‘Amolar’ Mountain Chain, an exceptionally beautiful landscape. Here you can admire the giant water lilies.
DAY 5 – PANTANAL NATIONAL PARK
Early morning the Vessel will cruise to the ‘Gaiva’ Hill, where the you will visit an archeological site. Further on explore the ‘Acorizal’ Bay, and continue to cruise to the ‘Caracará’ land mark. Enjoy lunch on board, whilst cruising towards the Pantanal National Park.
In your safari boat explore the ‘Burro’ Bay, the Park’s main bay, whilst the Vessel already begins to cruise up the Cuiabá River. Overnight in the proximity of the ‘Negrao’ River.
DAY 6 – MEETING OF THE WATERS’ STATE PARK
Morning enjoy another river safari, this time exploring the ‘Negrão’ and ‘Negrinho’ Rivers. Your vessel keeps cruising up river towards the ‘Jofre’ Port. Take lunch on board and then jump back to the small speedbota for a further river safari, exploring the ‘Meeting of Waters’ State Park and its labyrinth formed by the waters of the Piquiri, Three Brothers and Cuiabá Rivers! Meet the Vessel for dinner.
DAY 7 – TRANSPANTANEIRA PARK ROAD SAFARI + Transfer to CUIABÁ
After early breakfast, disembark for your last safari. This time, within an air-con vehicle along the unpaved Transpantaneira Park Road, up to the gold-miners town of Poconé. After stretching your legs and taking lunch, travel further on paved state road towards Cuiabá Airport.
DAY 1 – CUIABÁ
Reception at Marechal Rondon, Cuiabá Airport. Depart towards the town of Cáceres, enjoying lunch en-route. Just before reaching Cáceres turn on to an unpaved road and drive through a beautiful valley, formed at the same period as the Andean elevation occurred some 400 million years ago.
Board your MINAS motor vessel at the end of the day, ready for dinner and a rest!
5 Cabins, All Ensuite
English-Speaking Naturalist Guide
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