Cost & Payments
Costs (in US$)
|Type ||Cost Per Person |
|Trip Cost, double occupancy ||$11,625 |
|Single Supplement ||$2,850 |
Costs are per person, double occupancy, not including airfare (except charter flight between Porto Jofre and Fazenda San Francisco), singles extra. See Included and Not Included sections for more details.
We reserve the right to charge for cost increases that occur between when we set tour prices and the date of travel, for example, changes due to the cost of lodging and transportation. If you are a single traveler and you desire, we will find a roommate for you. If we cannot find you a roommate, we may charge you a single supplement fee. Single rooms are subject to availability.
|Payment ||Due Date ||Amount Per Person |
|Deposit ||Due now to reserve your space ||$500 |
|Second ||July 1, 2018 ||$1,000 |
|Final ||February 1, 2019 ||Remaining balance |
Payments will be due based on the schedule above. All reservations require a deposit to confirm reservation of your space. For reservations made after a due date, all past payments will be due with registration. By sending your initial deposit, you agree to accept our payment schedule and cancellation policy as a contract. If payments are still outstanding two weeks after the due date, your space may be forfeited.
Until the Final Payment due date, deposits are refundable except for a cancellation fee of $150 per person, which can be applied toward another tour if reserved within six months of the cancelled trip’s departure date. Cancellations are non-transferrable. No refunds are given after the Final Payment due date.
The Pantanal can be very hot, from 90 to 100+ °F (32 to 38+ °C), especially during midday and afternoons. Stormy, windy weather from the south can make boating on the rivers very chilly, in the 60s °F (~15-20 °C), so plan to layer clothes to be prepared for these drastically changing conditions!
Most wildlife viewing is done from small boats and vehicles. Walks to search for wildlife are generally less than an hour over relatively flat trails or along the gravel roads.
All airfare, except flight listed as included, is not included in trip costs. Detailed flight information and the contact information for our recommended flight ticketing agent is included in the Trip Materials we will send after we receive your reservation; she can help you arrange your flights. Please let us know if you are arriving earlier or staying later.
Flights you (or a travel agent) book: Arrive at São Paulo – Guarulhos International Airport (GRU) early enough to connect with a morning flight to Cuiabá, Brazil (CGB) on August 4. We recommend arriving a day early for an overnight to guard against flight delays or cancellations. Depart from São Paulo – Guarulhos International Airport (GRU) in the late afternoon or at night on August 19.
Flights we book for you: Three internal flights (São Paulo to Cuiabá, Porto Jofre to Campo Grande/Fazenda San Franciso, and Campo Grande to São Paulo). The cost of the Porto Jofre-Campo Grande charter flight is included in the cost of the trip; the other two internal flights will be added to your final trip balance.
Should I visit the Pantanal or the Amazon to see wildlife?
While the Amazon is much more famous, the Pantanal is the best place to see Brazil’s wildlife. The Pantanal is the world’s largest wetland and attracts many large mammals (the Big Five), smaller mammals such as monkeys and capybaras, beautiful birds, and has much greater biodiversity and a higher density of that biodiversity. We prefer the Pantanal for our wildlife safaris.
When is the best time to go to the Pantanal?
We tour the Pantanal in August and September during the dry season. Wildlife tend to concentrate around the ponds left after the wet season’s floods. Fields are now dry, enabling us to hike and drive safari-style through them to look for wildlife. It is also warmer (but not too hot for us yet) during these months and the coolness of the river entices jaguars to the riverbanks to cool off. August and September are also good months to see plentiful birds.
Am I guaranteed to see the Pantanal’s Big Five - jaguar, giant anteater, giant otter, ocelot, and South American tapir?
Our goal is to see the Big Five, but we cannot guarantee that we will see them all. Wildlife is wild and unpredictable. But to best meet our goal, we spend the maximum time possible in the field to greatly increase our chance of seeing the Big Five and lots more.
Why do you spend so much time on rivers in the Pantanal?
During days near the Cuiabá and other rivers, we spend a lot of time in boats since that is the best way to see jaguar and other wildlife along the riverbanks. Wildlife are accustomed to tourist boats and feel safe around them, generally allowing us to approach close. The boats have limited space, but you will have room near your feet and on your lap for your daypack and camera gear. The boat seats are comfortable with back rests. We usually go out early in the morning, return for lunch, and go out in the afternoon again, perhaps returning late.
Should I worry about seasickness on the Pantanal’s rivers?
The rivers in this region are calm and we have never had problems with anyone getting seasick.
All lodges have private baths and air conditioning.
Travel will be by mini-bus, boat, and commercial air. The mini-bus is air-conditioned. Some remote roads in the Pantanal can be unpaved, dusty, and bumpy. Some of the drives between regions are long, between one and five hours, but most of these are on paved, modern roads. The boats are comfortable and easy to board and unload.