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Waterfall of the blue plateau, snorkeling
the crystal clear river and Pantanal
with Jaguar Safari


6 days / 5 nights

8

Day 1: Cuiabá Airport - Pousada in Nobres (2 nights)


You will be welcomed at the airport by your guide and drive to Bom Jardim, near Nobres (journey time about 2.5 hours, 150 km). In the late afternoon we reach the Pousada (possibly for lunch, depending on arrival time at the airport). After the Pousada check-in at about 5 pm you drive to Lagoa das Araras, where there are hundreds of different bird species (yellow-breasted macaws, parakeets, and other parrot species). Return to the lodge and dinner. Afterwards time at leisure. 


Day 2: Pousada - Cachoeira da Serra Azul - Lagoa das Araras


Breakfast at the lodge around 07:00 am. After breakfast you will enjoy the unique beauty of this colourful landscape. You will be equipped with snorkel gear (life jacket, diving goggles, snorkel and diving shoes - these will be cleaned after use). In the crystal clear spring pool you can enjoy the underwater world. Between the fishes like the Pintado, Dorado and various aquarium fishes you almost feel like a fish. Afterwards you will snorkel slowly down the river and experience a highlight you will never forget. Lunch will be at the pousada.

After lunch you drive 32 km (29 km of which are unpaved roads) to a fazenda. On the site of this fazenda is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the state of Mato Grosso, with a shimmering blue lagoon. They call it "Cachoeira da Serra Azul" (waterfall of the blue plateau). A unique natural spectacle that you should not miss. In advance you will be equipped with a life jacket and snorkeling equipment. Here you can visit a sanctuary of Aras, which is located on the grounds of the lodge. Here live capuchin monkeys, yellow-breasted macaws, with a little luck you will also see a red macaw. Afterwards about 2 km drive to the entrance of the nature reserve, the rest to the waterfall you have to cover on foot. The way to the goal is a bit strenuous for the inexperienced. You walk a small path through a gallery forest, then climb about 480 stone steps steeply uphill to reach the lagoon. In completely secluded, untouched nature you will be enchanted by the sight, a big blue shimmering waterfall splashing before you. If you wish, you can dive together with the fish again. Return to the lodge in the late afternoon, dinner. Rest of the evening at leisure. If you wish, your tour guide will take you on a short night hike in the nearby gallery forest to track down animals that are active at dusk. 


Notes:

In the lodges in the Pantanal described below you can observe a variety of Kingfisher species (Chloroceryle), Barred Heron (Agamia agami), Fork-tailed Kingbird (Tyrannus savana), Blue-throated Pipan (Aburria pipile), Giant Tocan (Ramphastos toco) and Giant Otters. Near the Lodges is a gallery forest in which you will find many species of birds, such as Blue-crowned Trogon (Trogon curucui), Red-tailed Jacamar (Galbula ruficauda), Collared Macaw (Ara auricollis), Potter (Furnarius rufus commersoni), Lined Woodpecker (Dryocopus lineatus), Fox-red Woodcreeper (Xiphocolaptes major). But also many other mammal species like e.g.: howler and capuchin monkeys (Alouatta caraya and Cebus apella), tapir (Tapirus terrestris), anteater (Myrmecophaga tridactyla), small anteater (Tamandua tetradactyla), marsh deer (Ozotoceros bezoarcticus), armadillos (Dasypus novemcinctus or Euphractus sexcinctus), capybaras (Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris), maned wolf (Chrysocyon brachyurus), fox (Cerdocyon thous) and much more.


Day 3: Chapada dos Guimarães - Pousada in Nobres (1 night)


After breakfast, you drive to Bom Jardim, near Nobres (about 2 hours, 150 km). Lunch is in the pousada. After lunch you can enjoy the unique beauty of this colourful landscape. Afterwards you will be equipped with snorkel gear (life jacket, diving goggles, snorkel and diving shoes will always be cleaned after use). In the crystal clear spring pool you can enjoy the underwater world. Fish like the Pintado, Dorado and various aquarium fish live in this water basin. Afterwards you glide snorkelling down the river. In the late afternoon you drive to Lagoa Azul (around 17:00 o'clock), where hundreds of different bird species (yellow-breasted macaw, parakeets, hyacinth macaw and other parrot species) live. Return to the lodge for dinner.


Day 4: Pousada in Nobres - Pousada UeSo - Estância Vitória

(4 nights)


After breakfast you drive to the Pantanal (288 km, 38 km of it are natural roads on the famous Transpantaneira). On the Transpantaneira you do several stops to see the flora and fauna. At arrival at the Pousada UeSo - Estância Vitória, you will be served lunch in buffet form. After lunch and a little rest you go on a stalking tour on foot, hopefully to see the Capuchin monkeys, maybe even the howler monkeys. You can also climb our 17 meter high tower and enjoy the view. Return to the lodge for dinner. Afterwards time at leisure.


Day 5: Pousada UeSo - Estância Vitória

On request, a sunrise tour on foot can be arranged around 05:30 am. Breakfast is at the lodge. After breakfast you take a riding tour  (also suitable for people without riding experience). You will ride through the beautiful alluvial land and you will surely meet some animals. After lunch you can relax at the pool, so time at leisure. In the late afternoon we go on a boat trip. We hope to see many caimans, and of course, with luck, a family of giant otters. On request, a night safari on foot to track nocturnal animals can be arranged after dinner. Do not forget to bring your flashlight.


Day 6: Pousada UeSo - Estância Vitória - Jaguar Safari (Full day trip)


Get up at about 05:30 am, then we will serve you a coffee or tea. Afterwards you drive to Porto Jofre to the end point of the Transpantaneira, about 107 km on unpaved roads. On the way there you will meet many mammals and birds. In the middle of this beautiful nature we stop to enjoy breakfast in form of a picnic. In Porto Jofre starts a five hour boat tour (simple boats) deep into the Cerrado, in middle of untouched nature. We look for the Jaguars in the area of Rio Cuiabá, Rio Tres Irmãos, Rio São Lourenço and Rio Piquiri. Lunch is in the form of a picnic (packed lunch). In the late afternoon we return to the lodge. Dinner and overnight is in the Pousada UeSo - Estância Vitória.


Day 7: Pousada UeSo - Estância Vitória - Cuiabá Airport

Depending on the time of departure, you can visit the observation tower on foot. Sometimes capuchin monkeys cavort there. Transfer to the airport.



* 2 nights in the Pousada in Bom Jardim (Nobres), inclusive full board 

* 3 nights in the UeSo - Estância Vitória, inclusive full board 

* Transfer from/to Cuiabá airport or bus station (shared transfer)

* All the described excursions above with other guests of the lodge together (max. 10 persons)

* German or English speaking tour guide, depending on availability at time of booking

Drinks, tips, personal expenses, optional excursions

One person is free for groups of 12 people. Children up to 5 years in parents' room are free of charge, children from 6-9 years receive a discount of 50%. Children from 10 years pay the full adult rate.

If you wish a private tour guide (in German or English, depending on availability at the time of booking) and/or your own vehicle, we can also offer this. Vehicle and tour guide are exclusively at the guests' disposal. Do you wish a private tour guide (German or English speaking, depending on availability at the time of booking) and / or your own vehicle, we can also offer. Vehicle and tour guides are exclusively available to guests. All excursions and transfers you do alone with one of our tour guides.

Light backpack, jeans or comfortable long trousers, light rain jacket, sweater, hat, hiking or sneakers, swimsuit. A long-sleeved light T-shirt. Dresses should, if possible, not be black, also not brightly shining colors, this attracts the mosquitoes. In the rainy season we also rent boots, which are cleaned afterwards.

Mosquito repellent, sunglasses, torch, if you have a camera and binoculars.

We recommend that you take out a private holiday travel insurance for your South America trip.