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Arrival at Campo Grande
Guests will be met off their flights at Campo Grande airport and driven to the hotel for overnight. A modern hotel with gardens, terraces and a large outside swimming pool, a bar and restaurant. Rooms with en suite bathrooms.
Campo Grande - Fazenda
A fascinating drive along tarmac roads that soon turn into sand tracks as you go deep into the Pantanal ranch area. You'll soon start spotting the local wildlife, buffalo and also the cowhands at work with their mules & horses. Arrival at the Fazenda for lunch, welcomed by the host family. A short presentation of the area and general information before the first outing. Once everyone is settled on their horses, go off on a circuit ride in the surroundings to get the first impressions of the Pantanal’s amazing biodiversity – the route is usually packed with animals like capybara and marsh deer and riders often get their first ride through caiman-filled waters. Dinner and overnight. Double & twin rooms (some single rooms) all with own bathrooms and air conditioning.
There are many great rides and activities available at the Fazenda. You will head off on horseback in various directions from the ranch house, including usually one or two rides with the cowhands working the cattle. Those not wanting to ride, or wanting to take a break from riding, can take part in hiking/bird watching, 4WD vehicle, canoe tours (dependent on season), night safaris (for all) and also cattle ranching – where you can be part of an authentic cultural activity from Pantanal. You will find plenty of wildlife and nature on exclusive trails, and all tours and activities are supported by experienced native guides. Meals & overnight at the Fazenda.
Fazenda - Redario
After an early breakfast you'll ride off with sunrise for a day-long, varied pace ride with snack and lunch stops along the way. You will travel along the fantastic landscape of Vazante do Castelo, where you can enjoy the exuberant Pantanal fauna and flora and the amazing and unspoiled scenery. You will then ride through an open landscape, surrounded by native forests (‘cerrado’), along the shores of the Vazante. This is a great opportunity for bird watching before a break for lunch at Retiro São Luís. You will continue riding in the afternoon along the Vazante do Castelo, until you arrive at the outpost hidden in a shady woodland. A beautiful and untouched area, where you will spend the night in the bushland, sleeping in hammocks in a well-constructed, thatched building. The outpost provides a basic infrastructure: hammock lounge and mattress area, dining area and bathrooms (separate female and male, hot showers) all screened. Dinner and overnight here.
Redario - Recanto
Early morning departure after breakfast, riding off to the ‘Recanto’ on the edge of the river. You will enjoy the sunrise and start to notice the changes in vegetation – the landscape changing as you approach the region of Rio Negro. A long morning ride, with a stop for a snack and a short rest during the trip. You will arrive for lunch at the next Fazenda. After a siesta or a stroll around the gardens and along the riverbank, an afternoon boat trip on the Negro River, stopping at the beautiful beaches where you can swim, and enjoy some sport fishing and rest in the paradise-like scenery. Dinner and overnight at the Fazenda.
The Fazenda owner’s philosophy is: excellent hospitality, customized attendance and great food. Many tour options and activities are available where you will find amazing wildlife on the verdant trails and waterways. The morning starts with getting comfortable with new horses then a morning and afternoon ride are planned – circuit rides in two different areas around the main house. You will encounter many medicinal plants and the local guide will explain their preparation and use. As well as the riding, options include: hiking, motorboat excursions, canoeing, nature observation, photographic safaris, bird watching, fishing (piranhas and other species), or other river activities. All tours have been carefully designed and are supported by experienced native guides.
Recanto to Campo Grande
The group will try to fit in one more tour early in the morning, but it will be an early start – riding or walking, final opportunity to spot more of the many mammals and birds that inhabit the area (guests will normally be able to choose to ride or walk, two groups possible). Or a bit of a ‘lie-in’ listening to the chatter of the birds in the surrounding trees. Departure from the Recanto to Campo Grande, in time for outward flights. A quick snack stop and lunch (not included) on the way and a chance in Campo Grande to purchase local tack, hats, lovely colorful hammocks and other souvenirs. End of the trip.
This itinerary is flexible and subject to modification at the guides' discretion due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances.