Cost & Payments
Costs (in US$)
|Type ||Cost Per Person |
|Trip Cost, double occupancy ||$13,800 |
|Single Supplement ||$4,400 |
Costs are per person, double occupancy, not including airfare (except for three internal flights), singles extra. See Included and Not Included sections for more details.
If you are a single traveler, we will find a roommate for you, but if we cannot find you a roommate, we may charge you a single supplement. Single rooms cost extra and are subject to availability.
|Payment ||Due Date ||Amount Per Person |
|Deposit ||Due now to reserve your space ||$500 |
|Second ||July 1, 2020 ||$2,000 |
|Final ||February 1, 2021 ||Remaining balance |
Payments are due based on the schedule above. All reservations require a deposit to confirm reservation of your space.
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 to 20°C), so layer clothes to manage these 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.
Unless listed as included, airfare is not included in trip costs. Detailed logistical information and the contact information for our recommended flight-ticketing agent are included in the Trip Materials we will send you. Please let us know if you are arriving earlier or staying later as we are happy to assist you with any extra overnights that you might want to arrange.
Flights you (or a travel agent) book: Arrive in São Paulo, Brazil (GRU) early enough to connect with a morning flight to Cuiabá, Brazil (CGB) on August 8. Depart from São Paulo, Brazil (GRU) in the late afternoon or at night on August 23.
Flights we book for you: Three internal flights are included in the trip cost.
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 as it has much greater biodiversity and a higher density of that biodiversity. The Pantanal is the world’s largest wetland and therefore attracts many large mammals (the Big Five), smaller mammals such as monkeys and capybaras, and many beautiful birds.
When is the best time to go to the Pantanal?
We visit in August and September during the dry season when 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 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 as wildlife is wild and unpredictable! But to best meet our goal, we spend the maximum time in nature 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 as it is the best way to see jaguar and other wildlife. Wildlife are accustomed to tourist boats and feel safe around them, generally allowing us to approach to watch and photograph them.
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.
You will travel by air-conditioned private bus, boat, and commercial air. Some remote roads in the Pantanal are 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 (the seats have back rests) and are easy to get in and out of. Although the boats have limited space, you have room for your daypack and camera gear near your feet and on your lap.
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