3 DAYS IN THE PANTANAL
WHAT TO DO IN PANTANAL? MY JOURNEY
To start the year 2023, we decided to do a 3 days and 2 nights excursion in the Pantanal. We contacted several agencies, and we finally went with Eco Adventures Travel which was the most interesting in terms of quality / price. Here’s our program.
Caiman under the boat
Then, around 6 pm, we leave by motorboat on the Miranda River for a good hour and a half to admire the sunset and find animals. Most of the visitors spoke Portuguese and the guide managed to give explanations in Portuguese and English. I had never seen a landscape like this. That’s wonderful! We sail on a brown river surrounded by dense vegetation. When the sun goes down, we can see the eyes shining in the light of the caimans, and also of the fireflies. Being the rainy season, we saw thunderstorms. The landscape’s so flat that we could see them from far away. Then we return to eat at the buffet. They offer quite a variety of dishes.
Boat on the river
Canoeing on the river
After lunch, and a nap, we leave for another excursion, canoeing in the river. But this time we aren’t going to the same place as usual. Helped by the current, we paddle quietly for 1h30 along the river looking for animals. We didn’t see much but we were able to enjoy being alone surrounded by this landscape and this calm. It was really pleasant. For the return, the guide hooks our boats to his motor boat to return more quickly to the lodge. Tonight is a quiet night for us.
Walk in Pantanal
Another day that starts early, meeting at 7:30 am for a Jeep tour. There, it’s still a flat landscape that we discover, but different animals, such as toucans, agoutis, a deer from the Pantanal! We drive on an unpaved road for miles looking for animals. During this excursion, we get out of the car to walk around for an hour. On the way, the guide explains the fauna and flora to us. And there… we see a fresh track of Jaguar! Unfortunately we didn’t see any during our stay, but it wasn’t necessarily the best time either, and we knew it. Then we return to the lodge around 12 pm for lunch. The jeep ride was quite different from the river ride, it was nice to see something different.
Around 2 pm, we leave the lodge, direction Bonito, our next destination. Normally the agency takes you back to the same place, but for a supplement, they agreed to drop us off elsewhere, depending on what is possible. We had looked, it was cheaper to pay a little more for the transfer with the agency than to return to Campo Grande and take a bus to Bonito.
Price of the excursion with guide, transport, food (2 breakfasts; 2 lunches; 2 dinners), accommodation, activities: €300 for 3 days and 2 nights in a mixed dormitory with private bathroom.
I really enjoyed these 3 days in the Pantanal. To be in the middle of this immense nature, with the animals so close to us. The excursions were good and varied, and the guides were excellent. So even if we didn’t see a jaguar, the experience remains incredible!
WHEN TO GO?
We were there at the beginning of January and it was the rainy season. But it was certainly not the best time to see Jaguars, even if it’s still possible to see them during this period because we were able to see fresh tracks. Ask the agencies when is the best time to see them.
The formula of 3 days and 2 nights is perfect. This allows you to do all the activities without doing too much or too little.
WHERE TO SLEEP? MY ACCOMMODATION
Pantanal Jungle Lodge
Pantanal Jungle Lodge
Pantanal Jungle Lodge
Rodovia MS 184, Estrada Parque km 8,
Corumba – MS, 79500-000, BrazilAccommodation next to the Miranda River. When we arrived, we immediately saw all the animals there including caimans, blue macaws, capybaras, etc. The lodge has several cabins. We were in a dormitory but being the low season, we were finally the only ones in the room with private bathroom. Meals are in a large room with bar and pool table. There’s also a swimming pool if you want. It’s quite comfortable.
MY 3 TIPS TO VISIT PANTANAL
- Take mosquito repellent with you because they attack! If you can also take long-sleeved t-shirts and pants, that’s even better.
- Activities are posted on a board near the reception hall every day, don’t miss them.
- Before taking an agency, check if there’s a guide who speaks English because this isn’t the case everywhere.