Brazilian wild west

ITINERARY:

Day 1

  • Arrive and private transfer from the airport to the hotel. NOTE: See more information under Transportation.
    Check into the hotel any time after 2 p.m. at the Gran Odara Hotel in
    Cuiabá.
  • 11 a.m.-6 p.m.: Welcome Table in the main hotel lobby area.
    8 p.m.: Welcome dinner served at Avec restaurant at the hotel. You’ll be briefed on the highlights of the trip, which focuses on exploring the Brazilian Pantanal. Dinner will be a set menu with 3 options (1 soft drink per person included).
    Overnight at the Gran Odara Hotel in Cuiabá.

Day 2

  • 6-9:45 a.m.: Breakfast at the Gran Odara’s restaurant.
    10 a.m.: Transfer to the Pantanal Conservation Area, one of the world’s biggest wetland areas.

During a Safari Ride, you’ll experience the Transpantaneira (“Through the Pantanal”) road. This area boasts a world record of 82 different species of large birds.
Along with the birds, you’ll see many other native animals in their natural habitats during the 4-hour tour.
2 p.m.: Check in at the Pousada Piuval in Poconé. Lunch at the Pousada immediately after check-in; drinks are not included.
3 p.m.: 2.5-hour eco walk through the jungle, observing nature at its best.
8 p.m.: Dinner at the Gran Odara’s restaurant.
9 p.m.: Evening game drive on the Transpantaneira road to watch nocturnal creatures as they come out with the moon.
Overnight at the Pousada Piuval in Poconé.

Day 3

7-9 a.m.: Breakfast at the Pousada Piuval’s restaurant.
9-11 a.m.: Horseback riding in the Pantanal area, exploring nature’s bounty.
Noon: Lunch at the Pousada Piuval’s restaurant; no drinks included.
2-4 p.m.: Boating tour to explore the Pantanal via the river.
You’ll get the chance to do some fishing — maybe even catch a sharp-toothed piranha. Fishing gear will be provided.
7 p.m.: Dinner at the Pousada Piuval’s restaurant; no drinks included.
Overnight at the Pousada Piuval in Poconé.

Day 4

5-7 a.m. (approximate; exact times will be announced the previous evening): Sunrise hike and bird-watching before breakfast.
7-9 a.m.: Breakfast at the Pousada Piuval’s restaurant .
9:30-11:30 a.m.: Guided walk to watch some of the native mammals

  • You might see capybaras, the world’s largest rodents; antas, a type of tapir that’s one of the biggest mammals on the continent; or possibly even an onça-pintada, the Brazilian jaguar that’s the largest cat in the Americas.
    Noon: Lunch at the Pousada Piuval’s restaurant; no drinks included.
    1 p.m.: Check out of the Pousada Piuval.
    1:30 p.m.: Transfer back to Cuiabá and check in at the Gran Odara Hotel.
    The rest of the afternoon and evening at your leisure.
    Overnight at the Gran Odara Hotel in Cuiabá.

Day 5

6-9:45 a.m.: Breakfast at the Gran Odara’s restaurant.
8 a.m.: Transfer to the city of Nobres for snorkeling in the crystal-clear waters of the Rio Triste (“The Sad River”).

  • You’ll see and learn the names of more than 10 different species of local fish.
    Noon: Lunch at a local restaurant; no drinks included.
    2-5 p.m.: “Flutuação na nascente do Rio Salobra” (literally the “fluctuation at the source of brackish river”).
  • You’ll get to swim at the Rio Salobra’s birthplace and enjoy the sunset at Lagoa das Araras (“Macaw Lagoon”).
    7 p.m.: Transfer back to the Gran Odara Hotel.
    Overnight at the Gran Odara Hotel in Cuiabá.

Day 6

6-8:45 a.m.: Breakfast at the Gran Odara’s restaurant.
9 a.m. — 1 p.m.: Cuiabá city tour.

  • The capital of Mato Grosso state, founded in 1719, Cuiabá is now a modern, pleasant city of 600,000 (with almost 1 million residents in its metropolitan area).
  • Cuiabá served as one of 12 FIFA 2014 World Cup host cities.
  • It’s a rich mix of European, African and Native American influences, with museums and other cultural entities reflecting this amid both colonial and modern architecture.
    Noon: Lunch at a restaurant by the shores of the Cuiabá River.
  • The meal will feature a large variety of freshwater-fish dishes, prepared with local spices and traditional secrets found nowhere else in the world. Drinks not included.
    An afternoon at your leisure.
    Overnight at the Gran Odara Hotel in Cuiabá.

Day 7

6-8:45 a.m.: Breakfast at the Gran Odara’s restaurant.
9 a.m.: Van transfer to Chapada dos Guimarães National Park, which claims many spectacular waterfalls, including the famous Véu de Noiva (“Bride’s Veil”).
Noon: Lunch; drinks not included.
1:30 p.m.: Transfer to the Mirante do Centro Geodesico (“Mirante’s central geodesic observatory”), a mountaintop spot with an exceptional view of the Pantanal.

  • During the drive up, you’ll stop for a refreshing swim at a waterfall pool featuring crystal-clear, warm waters.
  • The “geodesic center” is a point equidistant between the Atlantic and the Pacific oceans, in the heart of South America.
  • This observation area, also called Chapada, attracts people from every continent and culture in the world.
  • You can learn about the mysticism of the area at Teoria Mística da Chapada dos Guimarães.
    6 p.m.: Transfer back to the hotel.
    8:30 p.m.: Transfer to the Restaurante e Peixaria Okada (about a 15-minute ride) for the farewell dinner (local beer and caipirinha cocktails included).
    Overnight at the Gran Odara Hotel in Cuiabá.

Day 8

  • 6-10 a.m.: Breakfast at the Gran Odara’s restaurant .
  • Check out of the hotel by 10 a.m.
    Private transfer from the hotel to the airport. NOTE: See more information under Transportation.