Fly to Campo Grande (not included and flight should arrive no later than 2:00 pm). You’ll arrive at Campo Grande and be transferred to Pantanal by car (245 km – approximately 3.5 hours) to “Fazenda San Francisco” where you’ll enjoy the treasure of the fauna and flora for the next few days with all meals included. You’ll be able to select from the following optional activities:
Boat Tour in Corixo São Domingos
A typical boat of the Pantanal, known as Chalana, is used in this trip to the Corixo São Domingos – an arm of Miranda River. In this tour, one can see the birds that inhabit the river margins like kingfishers, cormorants, egrets, herons, hawks, jacamars and many others. Caimans are often seen very close. With luck, giant river otters, southern river otters and even an anteater can cross in front of the boat. During this tour, you can also do sportive fishing for piranhas and visit the Centennial Fig Tree. During the dry season, it is possible to walk in a trail in the gallery forest of the Corixo where you get to know the typical vegetation of this forest. Trees like strangling fig tree, white fig tree, acuri palm tree, piuva, angico, and also several lianas can be seen. Duration: Approximately 2h30min.
Barbecue at Corixo’s Hill
This hill is located close to the farm’s headquarters. It is a pleasant option for those who want to enjoy the night in the silence of the Pantanal. The barbecue is done on top of the hill with a cozy fire complete with storytelling. Dinner is served, but sometimes the barbecue turns into a ball party – so bring your dancing shoes!
Canoeing in Corixo São Domingos
The canoe trip full of silence, tranquility and peace! The tour starts at the headquarters of the Fazenda with the choice of your paddle and the proper lifejacket for you. After that, you’ll walk on the Little Hill’s trail to get at the Corixo’s deck where you will get a canoe. The guides are trained to give you all the information you need to have a nice and safe trip. After the instructions, you just have to relax and enjoy, paddling along the calm waters of the Corixo. There is no special training needed to take this trip. Duration: Approximately 2h30min.
Milking the Cows
This option starts at 4:30 in the morning! The guide takes the group to the corral of the farm to see the handling of the dairy cows. Usually this tour is associated with some morning horseback riding. After milking, the cows you return to the headquarters for the quebra torto (typical breakfast of the Pantanal). Duration: Approximately 40 min.
Photo Safari in Open car and Carandas´s trail
The Photo Safari is done in the area of forest reserve and rice fields of the farm. In this tour, it is possible to see local fauna like marsh deer’s, capybaras, caimans and many birds as the jabiru stork – bird symbol of the Pantanal. With luck you might see anteaters, tapirs and even the majestic jaguar. During the safari. you will be able to walk on a suspended trail built in the gallery Forest of Miranda River. This walk lasts around 20 minutes. Duration: Approximately 3hours
Night Expedition in search for wildlife
One can find in the Pantanal a great diversity of animals with nocturnal feeding habits. Animals like crab-eating foxes, ocelots, tapirs, caimans, capybaras, deers, owls, nighthawks, and the beautiful jaguar. During the night, the strong light used to spot the animals reflect in their eyes. We travel through the rice fields (good place to spot mammals) and the forested areas.
During the dry season (usually between June and October) it is possible to traverse the beautiful area of Corixo Seco, which has an intact and tight forest. The cars, called Jaguaretê (Jaguar), Jaguatirica (Ocelot) and Guará (Wolf), were specially built for this trip. They are mounted in Toyota Pick-ups equipped with seats in three different levels to facilitate the visualization of animals by everyone in the car. The guides that take you in this tour are very well trained to search for animals at night.
Duration: Approximately 2h30min.
Horseback riding in Brazilian Savana and Pantanal
Horseback riding is one of our most interesting tours because you can get to know the Pantanal like the “pantaneiro” (local people) do, on top of a horse! The horses are tame and used to the easy walk that aims to search for animals. During this tour, the pantaneiros guides, carry in their saddlebag the tereré – typical drink of the region – similar to the hot mate, but with cold water. There are different places where one can ride in the farm. Savannah, wetlands (depending on the season) and also you might join the work of the cowboys (available according to the type of work they are doing). Duration: Approximately 2h30min. Observations: What to take: hat/cap, long trousers, insect repellent and sun block. What is included: “pantaneiro guide” and insurance against personal accidents.
Interpretative Walk on Vazante’s Trail with a Watch Tower
You will leave at 7h00 and in the afternoon at 15h30 in a car to start the interpretative walk on the Vazante’s Trail. You will traverse areas of vazantes (drainage of the water in the wet season) and reserve forests of the farm. The trail is built on stilts so one can use it all year long. Many birds, marsh deer, anacondas and other animals can show up during the walk. At the end of this runway, there is a watch tower 10 m high (30 feet) where you can have a nice view of the beautiful landscape. Duration: Approximately 3 hours. Observations: What to take: long trousers, closed shoes (snickers), sunblock, insect repellent, hat or cap, water, binoculars and photo or video equipment.