THE PANTANAL AND THE AMAZON
During this 15-day adventure in central Brazil we visit three of the richest biological regions on the planet – the Amazon, the Pantanal and the Cerrado. We fly to Sao Paulo and then on to Cuiaba, the vibrant capital of the state of Mato Grosso. One hour drive northwest is the charming town of Chapada and our very comfortable and intimate lodge. The little known Cerrado is the most diverse tropical savannah in the world. It has over 10,000 species of plants, of which 45% are exclusive to the region. There are over 400 species of birds and a diverse assemblage of mammals including the maned wolf, the giant anteater, crab-eating foxes, cavies, and tapirs.
The beautiful the landscape is reminiscent of the American Southwest except for those brilliant macaws and parrots flying overhead. The Cerrado feeds three of the major water basins in South America: the Amazon, Paraguay and São Francisco Rivers. And is an intersection of three biomes – the semi-arid Caatinga, the Amazon forest, the Atlantic Rain Forest. We are in the exact geographic center of South America – a true power spot. We hike, bird and botanize in this wonderland 15 degrees south of the Equator.
Next we drive south to one of the world’s most extraordinary natural areas and a UNESCO World Heritage Site: the Pantanal. It is an enormous wetland the size of Georgia. It is by far the best place to view wildlife in the New World. A mosaic of different vegetation types, this region teems with many of South America’s largest mammals—tapirs, jaguars, capybaras, marsh deer, armadillos, giant otter, and giant anteaters. And so many birds! Even non-birders can easily see 100 species in a single day. The flora and fauna of the Amazon and Atlantic forests to the north, the Chaco grasslands to the east and west, and the pampas to the south intersect in the Pantanal to create one of the most biodiverse regions in the world.
We stay in comfortable lodges and even in a Boat Hotel We explore by vehicle, on foot, and by boat. In 2018 we saw five different jaguars, hyacinth macaws, yellow anaconda, thousands of caimans, and so much more.
Then we fly north into the Amazon Ecosystem, where we stay at the remote and very comfortable Cristalino Jungle Lodge Reserve, a true rain forest sanctuary. This rich region of the Amazon has eight different species of monkeys, three kinds of sloths, frogs galore, toucans, macaws, screaming pihas, and more. Two amazing 164’ observation towers give us an extraordinary perspective of the canopy rarely glimpsed. It is the perfect ending to an amazing trip.
DATE: June 17 to July 3, 2019
July 3 to July 17, 2019
COST: $7950; Non-refundable deposit $500