Get ready to experience unforgettable adventures and explore the wild nature of the Pantanal at the Pantanal Ecolodge located in Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil. An area belonging to the same family for over 150 years, since 1989 it has diversified its activities, continuing to raise cattle, working in the area of ecological tourism and fishing, and supporting projects such as the Arara Azul Project and Organic Livestock.
Located in a rich area formed by the typical vegetation of the Pantanal, mixed with cerrado vegetation, bays (lakes), ebbs, streams, and the Aquidauana River with exuberant riparian forest; allowing the visitor, at any time of the year, in the high or dry season, to know the riches of the Pantanal.
Great environment for bird watchers (more than 300 species already registered), where visitors of Pantanal Ecolodge can enjoy waking up to the song of birds and, if they want, they can even drink milk in the corral – very early, watching the sunrise. In fact, nothing is more beautiful and impressive than seeing the sunrise and sunset in the Pantanal!
The Pantanal of Mato Grosso do Sul is the largest continuous wetland in the world and in Brazilian territory alone, it has 140,000 km2 of floodplain, extending into Paraguay, Bolivia, and Argentina. The formation of the Pantanal began between 2 and 5 million years ago and originated in a large sedimentation basin, today a plain that is isolated and surrounded by several mountain ranges that surround the region, considered a World Heritage Site.
Often overshadowed by the Amazon to the north, the Pantanal quietly harbors the highest concentration of wildlife in South America. It’s part of a National Park and it’s considered a critical region of the world by the World Wildlife Fund, which estimates that 325 species of fish, 159 species of mammals, 656 species of birds, 53 species of amphibians, and 98 species of reptiles live in this hotbed of biodiversity.
With a little over 200 years of economic occupation, its biodiversity and scenic landscape are practically the same as their ancestors knew, a wild and untouched beauty. Open and clean fields, ebbs, swamps, mountain ranges, streams, and bays. In these different spaces, rich flora and exuberant fauna enchant everyone. Anyone who has the honor of discovering this piece of paradise hidden in the center of South America and the pleasure of living, even for a short time, with the fauna, flora, and customs of the Pantanal, will see life with different eyes.
Each year, the Pantanal goes through two seasons that change its landscape, they are flood season, when the summer rains cause floods approximately from December to March and much of the fauna occupies higher areas such as caápons and mountain ranges, it's a good time to go on boat trips and find a beautiful landscape on horseback rides through the flooded fields; and the dry season, an excellent time to visit the Pantanal, when the lack of rain dries the fields a lot, making it easier to move between them, in addition, the little water that remains brings together several animals in its vicinity.
At the Pantanal Ecolodge you will have all the structure to carry out tours and the comfort of good accommodation with a professional team prepared for you to have the best local experience of the Pantanal.
The 14 apartments are equipped with air conditioning, a ceiling fan, a minibar, and warm showers. Rustic but comfortable, to give a local immersion. During your stay, you can enjoy the common areas of the Pantanal Jungle Lodge, such as the swimming pool, room for special events equipped with air conditioning, sand volleyball court; an area with hammocks, kiosks, free Wi-Fi (available in the social areas of the inn), TV room and restaurant.
Our cuisine follows the regional tradition, with typical dishes, meats, fish, and bread, as well as cheeses, curds, cakes, and homemade sweets made with products produced on the farm itself, giving a special flavor to the meals. Typical dishes such as pantaneiro cheese bread, carreteiro rice, caribel, piranha broth, paraguayan soup, rice with chicken and tropeiro pasta will make you know a little more about the culture and habits of the pantaneiro.
During your stay in Pantanal Ecolodge, you will also enjoy some other activities such as:
Night tour operated in 4x4 adapted open vehicles, to search for animals with crepuscular and nocturnal behaviors, using a powerful long-range torch. The Pantanal night sky is one of the highlights of this tour, offering a breathtaking sight of the southern sky, favored by the complete absence of artificial lights.
Have fun catching the most famous fish species in Pantanal, the Piranha Fish, in freshwater lakes. The Piranha fish is used in a traditional Pantanal dish, the famous Piranha Broth. The piranhas can also be fed to the caimans that lie in wait close to the boats.
One of the best ways to see the beauty of the Pantanal, riding through open fields, marshes and forests. This tour offers a unique chance to observe the beauties of Pantanal’s local fauna and flora. Well-mannered horses with comfortable saddles make this activity suitable even for those not used to riding horses. The duration of this activity depends on the chosen itinerary, offering short or long circuits, always accompanied by experienced local guides and cowboys.
This tour is operated in 4x4 adapted open vehicles allowing visitors to reach further places of the property, driving through many different landscapes. This tour provides a wide view of the surrounding areas, increasing the chances to observe more species.
Hike through the gallery forest, with close interaction with nature, stopping once in a while to observe elusive species that are often hidden under their natural camouflage, and many plants and tree species.
Enjoy the beauty of the Aquidauana River and its beautiful gallery forest with hundreds of centennial trees, home to a variety of birds, mammals, and reptiles that come to feed and drink on the river banks. For this tour, it is mandatory to wear life jacket (provided by the lodge).
Join us on this experience in Pantanal Ecolodge and enjoy moments of adventure and comfort immersed in Pantanal life.
What is included?
- 03 nights at the Aguapé Lodge with Full Board
- 7 Activities (decided on the day by the lodge)
- English-speaking guide
What is not included?
- Breakfast and Lunch first day / Dinner last day
- Any other personal expenses not mentioned under inclusions
What to bring
- Cap or hat;
- Comfortable and light clothes;
- Long pants (used practically on all walks) and jeans are advisable to wear on horseback rides;
- Warm clothes (mainly from May to September);
- Two pairs of sneakers;
- Credit card (fees included)
- 50% for confirmation and 50% 30 days prior to the activity