Pantaneiro Ride

Pantanal Brazil: (IT-BRRT03)
URL: http://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/brazil_pantanal_pantaneiro_ride.aspx

Introduction
Pantanal Brazil
Pantanal is the largest continuous wetland in the world. It has an area of 140.000 square kilometers of floodplain in Brazil and it also spreads through Paraguay, Bolivia and Argentina. It was formed between 02 and 05 million years ago, as a large sedimentary basin and now is an isolated plain surrounded by several mountain areas.     An area more than a third the size of France. The name translates loosely as "big swampy place," pântano being the Portuguese word for swamp, but the Pantanal is really an alluvial plain, one so nearly flat that rainwater just loafs across it, flooding it in the full season, draining away in the dry. It is a World Heritage Site.

Pantanal has a diverse aquatic animal life, hundreds of different fish guarantee a rich bird population (more than 600 species live in the area). There are also huge population of reptiles and mammals such: caimans, capybaras, monkeys, jaguars, armadillos, coatis and anteaters.

Over a period of more than 200 years of occupation by farmers, the Pantanal’s biodiversity and landscape are basically the same as they were in their ancestor’s time. The Pantanal is an untouched and beautiful wilderness with open grasslands, “vazantes” (low-lying areas that are often seasonally flooded), “brejos” (swamps), “capões” (which in the Tupi Indian language means: caa = forest + pon = round that are patches of slightly elevated ground that are not subjected to inundation), “cordilheiras” (larger than capões), “corixos” and bays which are permanently flooded areas.
In these uncommon Pantanal habitats, there is a rich flora and exuberant fauna which delights everyone. Those who have the opportunity to visit this hidden tropical paradise in the heart of South America and to experience even for a lithe while, its wildlife and lush vegetation as well as to get to know the people, will see the world with different eyes.

Accomodation

Accommodations:


Night 1 & 2: Fazenda Barra Mansa
Located in a very special and protected area, on the shores of the Negro River, Fazenda Barra shelters rich nature and wildlife, like capybaras, caimans, howler monkeys, tapirs, peccaries, marsh and pampas deer, armadillos, giant anteater, giant otters, and even the puma and jaguar walking around. You will find an incredible birds variety everywhere, like storks, herons, egrets, ibis, hawks, kites, toucans, jabirus, kingfishers, the hyacinth, yellow and red macaws, parrots, parakeets, woodpeckers, woodcreepers, cuckoos, ducks, owls, nightjars, flycatchers and much more. The annual flooding cycle brings rich and diverse vegetation, which originate this extraordinary biodiversity of the Pantanal.

Night 3: Primavera Refuge

Night 4, 5, & 6: Fazenda BP Pantanal
Located on the shores of the Vazante do Castelo, an incredible natural open field area that concentrates amazing nature and wildlife. The “vazantes” are very important in the Pantanal’s water cycle, draining the waters from the flooded season through the rivers and making the land humid and precious for animal feeding and reproduction. You’ll be hosted by the original land owners and will have the chance to see the amazing diverse wildlife that lives in the surroundings. With more than 14.000 hectares and around 4.000 cattle herds, it is the ideal place for a cattle work.

This trip includes and can accommodate special dietary requests.

Riding

Riding Level
You should be confident at walk, trot and canter and open to a different way of riding. Due to the terrain and the cowboy culture of slow riding when working cattle, much of the riding is at a walk with occasional canters. Beginner and novice riders can be accepted as part of private groups.

Riding Tour
The horse is the best way to explore the Pantanal. You will ride an average of 5 hours a day, riding through its open fields, marshes, capões, ridges, streams and bays. You will encounter a rich variety of lush flora and fauna, typical of a region well preserved. There are several tracks with shorter or longer routes, which can be done in both the floods and dry seasons, always with experienced local guides.

Cattle Work
During one day, you will be able to accompany the cowboys in their work routine with the cattle. Move the cattle to other parts of the farm (cattle drive), take care of the calves or see the cowboys working at the corral. (* this will happen according to their season work with the cattle) It is also a good opportunity to learn a little bit more about the culture and habits of the people from Pantanal.

Boat Tour on the Rio Negro
You will do one boat tour. This is the best way to get to know the Rio Negro / Black River and the beauty and exuberance of its gallery forest. It is the natural habitat of birds, mammals and reptiles that lie out on river banks or simply hear the songs of the birds. You will also do piranha fishing. The piranha is mainly used to prepare a typical dish of the region, piranha soup. It is also a good way to see the caimans.

Itinerary

Sample Itinerary - Subject to changes.

Day 1: Arrival
After the long journey, arrival at the fazenda located in the Rio Negro region, the most preserved region of the Pantanal, with abundance of wildlife and nature.  
In the afternoon, you'll have a brief presentation of the Program before leaving for a boat tour on the Rio Negro/Black River. An idyllic setting that serves as an introduction to the Pantanal, you'll get your first opportunity to see Pantanal fauna (fishes piraputanga, golden, painted, pacu, piranha and stingray ; also capybara, caiman, giant otter, otter and many birds, more than 360 are cataloged in this region.)

Day 2:
After breakfast, you'll go to the corral where the presentation of the troops will be following the tradition of Pantanal, organizing the horses "online". You'll start the ride by fields, savannas, forests, mountain ranges, bays and salt marshes that serve as the backdrop for bird and wildlife watching. Typical lunch in the field as is done in the cattle drives.
 ~5 hours ride

Day 3:
We leave early to ride until we reach Capao farm, where before lunch, we will visit an authentic school of Pantanal, Rio Negro School. After a good rest under the trees, we start our journey on horseback along the banks of Vazante Castelo, whose landscape changes as we leave the Rio Negro region. We will ride about 3 hours to reach our Fly Camp Refuge Primavera, which as the name implies, is a true refuge in the middle of the Pantanal.                                        
This night, you will have a unique experience sleeping in a hammock with lighting lanterns in the middle of Pantanal. The Refuge has a comfortable infrastructure: hall with screens to protect against insects, bathrooms and a kitchen. It is very nice to sleep on hammocks,  for those who don’t like it, we can provide a mattress instead of hammock (need to be informed when book the ride)
 ~5 hours ride

Day 4:
You will wake up with the sounds of the birds in the trees around the Refuge. After an early breakfast, depart to BP Farm. We will ride along the beautiful landscape of Vazante Castelo, where we will enjoy the lush Pantanal flora and fauna with incredible and untouched scenery. We will ride through an open landscape, surrounded by native forest (cerrado), along the shores of Vazante. This is a great opportunity for bird and wildlife watching.
Pause for a tereré* (a drink typical in the mid-West of Brazil, made with yerba-mate and cold water) at Retiro Sao Luis, where the support vehicle will be waiting. A few more hours of riding up to the place where we stopped for a picnic lunch in the field. After a rest, we continue riding along the Vazante Castelo, until reach BP Farm, where we will spend the next days. 
 ~6 hours ride

Day 5:
After breakfast, we leave on horseback until the pasture where herds of Pantaneiro horses are breed. We will have the opportunity to observe the behavior of the stallion in contact with our horses, when they approach his "family". Return to the Farm for lunch and after a good rest, in the afternoon we drive to the Bay for the experience of piranha fishing.
 ~5 hours ride

Day 6:
Early departure after breakfast, we will enjoy the sunrise while we ride. On this last day, we will attend an authentic culture of the Pantanal, following the Pantaneiro cowboys on their work with cattle.     
 ~5 hours ride

Day 7:
Depending on your flight time, you still will be able to do some activity in the morning before return to Campo Grande.


Rates and Dates for Pantaneiro Ride

Rates include:

Accommodations, all meals, alcoholic and soft drinks, riding days, English speaking guide & activities mentioned in the itinerary (fishing, boat trip...)

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescription US$
    A
    20207 day trip, AP$3440
    • Small group (2 people) supplement, per person$750
      Small group (3-4 people) supplement, per person$280
      Group discount (7-8 pax) pp($145)
      Group discount (9-12 pax) pp($360)
  • B
    20208 day trip, AP$4190
    • Small group (2 people) supplement, per person$670
      Small group (3-4 people) supplement, per person$360
      Group discount (7-8 pax) pp($425)
      Group discount (9-12 pax) pp($575)

Rates Note:

** with only 1 to 3 riders: the itinerary doesn’t include the ride and lunch at Olhos DAgua Ranch and the ride from Aguape to Pequi (transfer will be done by car).

* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy

Rates Note:

** with only 1 to 3 riders: the itinerary doesn’t include the ride and lunch at Olhos DAgua Ranch and the ride from Aguape to Pequi (transfer will be done by car).


Transfer and Other Charges:



 DescriptionUS$
2020 Transfers from Campo Grande by air, return, per vehicle (3 pax) $0
2020 Transfers from Campo Grande by land, return, per vehicle (3 pax) $450
2020 Options to do a land/air combo transfer- please inquire $0
2020 Single supplement (if requested) $670

Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
A 2020 06/02 - 06/08 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 5 /12 Reserve
A 2020 07/13 - 07/19 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 5 /12 Reserve

Dates Note:
This ride is available any date between May and October (we need the booking at least 1 month before the date of the ride).

Rates do not include:

Gratuities, additional non-riding activities and transfers

Other Info
Meeting: Aquidauana
Airport: Campo Grande
Transfer: Transfer from Campo Grande

Climate:
                                            Campo Grande area


Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Average High Temperature (°F)

89

89

89

88

84

83

84

88

89

90

90

89

Average Low Temperature (°F)

72

72

71

69

64

63

62

65

67

70

71

72

Average High Temperature (°C)

32

32

32

31

29

28

29

31

32

32

32

32

Average Low Temperature (°C)

22

22

22

21

18

17

16

18

19

21

21

22

Average Precipitation (days of rain)

14

11

10

6

6

3

2

2

6

8

10

12

Source: NOAA


Seasons
The tropical climate of the Pantanal region has an annual average of 27°C and is characterized 3 cycles every year that changes its landscape: 

Rainy or Flood season: summer rainfall usually occurs between November and March causing the flood. Temperatures are hot at this time of the year. Most of the animals search for higher areas such as “caapões” and “cordilheiras”.

Vazante (intermediate season): it usually happens from April to June. The meadows start drying and the water collects in the bays and lakes; the fish, animals and birds stay around these areas. It is a good period to go through the flooded meadows on horseback.

Dry season: June to October is usually dry. The land dries out and many species can be seen searching for waterholes. Different animals get together around the few remaining water pools. Sometimes there are cold snaps between June and August but they only last for a few days

What To Bring:
It is recommended to put your luggage in travel bag instead of a hard suitcase. 10 bags are easier to get in the backup vehicle than 10 suitcases.

Travel documents and Voucher
Flight tickets
Passport
Visa (check with your consulate)
Travel Insurance
Pocket money (you can change money on arrival at the airport)

Riding pants or Jodhpurs (used if possible!) - as they are not too hot, and they dry out quickly if they get wet.
Riding boots (short) or hard-soled shoes + Minichaps or Longchaps
Riding helmet - please bring your own. NOTE – It's not mandatory in Brazil.
Riding gloves
Hat (with chin strip) for sun protection
Lightweight Rain coat
Tall boot socks to prevent chaffing
4 to 5 Long-sleeved shirts for protection sun
Water canteen
This list is only a general guideline for you from Ride in Brazil
Jacket or sweater for cool evenings
Comfortable T-Shirts/Shirts
Jeans
Shorts
Underwear and socks
Pyjama
Bag for dirty clothes
Trekking boots/ comfortable shoes
Swimsuit / Bathing suit

Personal Toiletries
Insect Repellent
Personal medications (please consult with your G.P. for health advise)
Sewing kit
Handkerchiefs
Adapter for electric appliances
Small Camera/Phone with Camera and batteries
Belt pack
Sunglasses
Sunscreen (spf-30 or higher) and Lip Balm with sunscreen
One towel
Torch / Flashlight