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4 Day River Cruise, Horse Riding, and Wildlife Tour in Aquidauana, Brazil

Aguapé Lodge, Aquidauana, Brazil

Pantanal Wildlife Tour in Brazil

Enjoy a short getaway in Pousada Aguape where you can observe wild animals at the Pantanal, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil. Grab the opportunity to spot nocturnal animals and enjoy a boat trip, horse riding, or photographic safari to spot various animals in their habitat. Create unforgettable memories in the Pantanal area of MatoGrosso do Sul State, the largest continuous wetland in the world.

Key information

  • Group and private safari possible, rates will vary depending on this.
  • Children of all ages are allowed to participate under the supervision of a parent or guardian. The horseback riding, however, is allowed only for children above 6 years of age.
  • English-speaking guides
  • All park fees are included

Highlights

  • Take part in 2 activities per day
  • Evening trip to see nocturnal animals
  • Afternoon horseriding tour and afternoon boat cruise
  • Morning photographic safari tour and trekking
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Daily meals

Styles


4 activity days
Airport transfer included: Campo Grande International Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Cell phone rental
  • Internet access
  • Meeting room

During the holiday, you will stay at Pousada Aguape. The area belongs to the same family for over 150 years, since 1989 diversified its activities, continuing to livestock, working on ecological tourism and fishing and by supporting projects such as the Hyacinth Macaw Project and organic farming.

Located in a rich area formed by the typical vegetation of the Pantanal, merged with savannah vegetation, bays (lakes), ebb, corixos, and the river Aquidauana with lush riparian vegetation; enabling the visitor at any time of year, in full or in dry, know the riches of the Pantanal. It is a great environment for birdwatchers (over 300 species already registered).

The Aguapé Lodge is located 195 kilometers from Campo Grande. The nearest town is Aquidauana about 54 kilometers to the lodge. The last 50 kilometers of access is on a dirt road.

Features

  • 15 apartments with air-conditioning, ceiling fans, minibar, and a private bathroom with hot water – electrical shower (some rooms are already equipped with solar water heater). The rooms are for 1 to 4 people.
  • 1 room is handicap-accessible
  • Total capacity: 45 people
  • Swimming pool
  • Meeting room (capacity: 50)
  • Sand volleyball court
  • Hammocks area
  • Thatched-roof kiosks to relax
  • Quiosques
  • Internet access – free WIFI available at the common areas
  • Cell phone - just Vivo (mobile phone service provider) at the reception
  • Airstrip for small planes (S) South 20º 5' 40.0" - (W) West 055º 57' 52,6"
  • Souvenir store
  • Living room with TV
  • Games room
  • Restaurant

Program

Sample schedule

Day 1

  • Check-in at 2 p.m.
  • Afternoon snack
  • Afternoon horse riding tour to start between 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. depending on the time of sunset
  • 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Dinner

Day 2

  • 6:30 Breakfast
  • Morning photographic safari tour starts at 7 a.m.
  • 12:00 - 1 p.m. Lunch
  • Afternoon - Boat tour in the Aquidauana River starts between 2:40 and 4:30 p.m. depending on the time of sunset
  • 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Dinner

Day 03

  • 6:30 Breakfast
  • Morning - trekking tour starts at 7 a.m.
  • 12:00 - 1 p.m. Lunch
  • Afternoon tour: Photographic safari tour starts between 2:30 and 4:30 depending on the time of sunset
  • Nocturnal animal spotlight, depending on the time of sunset
  • 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Dinner

Day 4

  • 6:30 Breakfast
  • Morning horse carriage tour starts at 7 a.m.
  • 12:00 - 1 p.m. Lunch
  • Check-out at midday

Note

Please note that times can vary, depending on the season and the order of the tours can be changed.

Activities

Horse riding tour

All tours are conducted by the unique landscapes, but the horse is one of the main attractions of the Aguapé Lodge, it is the best way to explore the swamp. Riding through its open fields, marshes, caápões, ridges, streams and bays, you encounter a rich variety of lush flora and fauna, typical of a region well preserved.

The horses are quiet, which means that even those who have never ridden a horse can do this ride. There are several tracks with shorter or longer routes, which can be made in both the floods and dry seasons, always with experienced local guides.

Horseback riding activity is being implemented as a safety management system that meets the requirements of ABNT NBR-15331 - Safety Management System Requirements. As provided in this system, it should be noted the following:

  • Before the horseback ride, an explanation will be made. The monitor will explain the basic rules of horse riding: how to assemble, use the bridle and stirrup
  • After all hosts are placed on the horse, it is time to ride, which may last 1 hour and 30 minutes to 3 hours, depending on the track used, and start and finish at the lodge. There will be a stop along the way to rest and hydration.
  • In horseback riding, it's only allowed going by step, you may not trot or gallop. Horses should always walk in line behind the monitor.
  • The horseback riding is allowed only for children above 6 years of age. It is not allowed to bring children on the horse's rump. Children 6-11 years must always be accompanied by a parent or guardian. The equipment used for this tour, which are the saddles, has a weight limit, with 120 kg maximum weight. For those who can not ride a horse, there's the option of carriage, which can follow the same path.
  • In some seasons, the horseback ride goes through pathways with water. Clothing and footwear may get wet.

For the horseback riding, the following is mandatory:

  • Trousers
  • Closed shoes (preferably boots or shoes with flatter soles)
  • Riding helmet (provided by the lodge)

Pousada Aguape recommends the use of:

  • Sunscreen
  • Repellent

It is allowed to bring a camera and video camera. It will be more comfortable if you bring something to hanging to your neck. The lodge will not be responsible for any damage to the equipment.

Horse carriage ride

A pleasant tour through the fields of the farm and also a good option for those who don’t like or cannot ride on horseback. With the horse carriage, it’s possible to do the same route of the horseback tour giving access to different trails even during the rainy season.

In addition to the comfort of the horse carriage, the silence is an advantage of this kind of tour. Duration of the tour is around 1 hour and 30 minutes to 3 hours, depending on the track used.

Pousada Aguape recommends the use of:

  • Sunscreen
  • Repellent
  • Cap or hat
  • Closed shoes (sneakers or boots)

Boat tour in Aquidauana River

This is the best way to get to know the Aquidauana 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.

On this tour, which lasts about 2 hours to 2 hours and 30 minutes, it is mandatory to wear a life jacket (provided by the lodge). The tour is conducted in a motorboat, with a capacity for 6 people.

Pousada Aguape recommends the use of:

  • Sunscreen
  • Repellent
  • Hat and cap

It is not allowed to swim in Aquidauana River or fish during this tour.

Trekking

Trekking is done in dense bush, open fields, and gallery forest. It’s in this tour that you will have better contact with the flora and fauna of the region learning about their function and importance in the Pantanal ecosystem. It is a good opportunity to see the animals more closely.

There are different routes that you can go on that take between 1 hour 30 minutes to 4 hours. In some seasons, the tracks can go through places with water. Clothing and footwear may get wet.

For the walk, the use of the following items is mandatory:

  • Trousers
  • Closed shoes

Pousada Aguape recommends the use of:

  • Sunscreen
  • Repellent
  • Cap or hat

On this tour should be noted the trail used, always being the guide in front and all in a row. At any point of the trail, the guide can communicate with the lodge and a car can pick you up if necessary.

Photographic safari

The photo safari is done in a 4x4 open vehicle. This tour gives you the opportunity to cover more territory of the farm going through different landscapes like cerrado (patches of stunted vegetation), open grasslands, “vazantes” (low-lying areas that are often seasonally flooded), “brejos” (swamps) and bays which are permanently flooded areas. It is also a perfect tour to see and observe the wildlife of the Pantanal.

This tour lasts approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes to 3 hours and may or may not be combined with the nocturnal, depending on the time of the sunset.

Pousada Aguape recommends the use of:

  • Sunscreen
  • Repellent
  • Cap or hat
  • Closed shoes (sneakers or boots)

Nocturnal animal spotlight

This is an activity that is done at night in a 4X4 vehicle or in a boat, to observe the night animals like anteaters, foxes, capybaras, and caimans. Also to hear the sounds of frogs and insects at night and to see the beautiful sky of the Pantanal. The duration of this tour is about one hour.

Location

The Pantanal

The Pantanal area of MatoGrosso do Sul State 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 2 and 5 million years ago as a large sedimentary basin and now is an isolated plain surrounded by several mountain areas. It is considered as a world heritage site.

The 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 is also a huge population of reptiles and mammals such as 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), “caapões” (which in the Tupi Indian language means: caa = forest + pon = round that are patches of slightly elevated ground that are not subjected to inundation).

There's also “cordilheiras”(larger than caapões), “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 little while, the wildlife and lush vegetation as well as to get to know the people, will see the world with different eyes.

The Pantanal goes through three cycles every year that changes its landscape. They are:

Rainy or flood season

Summer rainfall between November and March causes the flood. Most of the animals search for higher areas such as “caapões” and “cordilheiras”. It is a good period to go on a boat ride to see the spectacular landscape and to go through the flooded meadows on horseback.

“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.

Dry season

This is an excellent time to visit the Pantanal. The land dries out with lack of rain making movement easier. Many species can be seen walking around searching for waterholes. Different types of animals get together around the few remaining water pools.

Features

Activities

  • Horse riding
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Volleyball court

General

  • Hammock
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant

Services

  • Internet access
  • Meeting room

Food

At Aguapé Lodge, breakfast, lunch, and dinner follow the regional tradition: typical dishes, meats, fish, bread, cheese, and sweets all made with care in the kitchen. Fresh cheese, yogurt, cakes and sweets are made with products of the farm and this gives a special taste to the food.

The typical food like cheese bread, rice with dry meat, piranha soup, Paraguayan soup, rice with chicken and pasta with dry meat help you learn a little bit more about the culture and habits of the people from Pantanal.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Extra tours can be arranged directly at the lodge reception, usually for the night-tour. The lodge also has a panoramic flight option, depending on the pilot's availability.

What's included

  • 3 nights accommodation in a room with air conditioner and ceiling fan
  • 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 snack, 1 dinner every day
  • 2 tours per day "to be programmed for the lodge" (horseback ride, trekking, photographic safari, boat stroll in the Aquidauana River, nocturnal animal/birds spotlighting, horse carriage)
  • Service of an English-speaking guide during activities
  • Transfer in/out - Campo Grande - Pousada Aguapé - Campo Grande

What's not included

  • Other expenses

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Campo Grande International Airport (CGR). Aguapé Lodge is located 195 kilometers (121,17 mi) from Campo Grande (International Airport) the capital of the state of MatoGrosso do Sul and 50 kilometers (30 mi) from Aquidauana, which is known as the gateway to the Pantanal.

Driving directions from Campo Grande

  • Leave Campo Grande towards Aquidauana (BR 262).
  • Leaving the airport it´s just to turn left and stay at the same road following the indications to Aquidauana/Anastácio.
  • Campo Grande is located 140 km (90 mi) from Aquidauana and more 55km (34 mi) from Aquidauana to Aguape Logde.

Driving directions from Aquidauana

  • If you are coming from Campo Grande almost arriving in Aquidauana there is a bridge (Taquarussu River) and just after the bridge, there is access to the city (do not enter in the city).
  • Continue straight ahead. In about 2 kilometers, there is another entrance to the city and a bifurcation to other roads.
  • Continue directly in the direction of Miranda and Corumbá.
  • Continue for more 4 kilometers and there is a sign Pousada Aguapé access 500 meters. The access road it is not pavement and it is located at the right side of the road.
  • There is a sign of the lodge at the beginning of the road (49 km), and also more signs during the way.

Driving directions from Miranda

  • Leave Miranda towards Aquidauana (72 kilometers – 45 mi).
  • About 68km (37 mi) from Miranda there is the entrance of the road (access road to the lodge).
  • The access road is not paved and it is located at the left side of the road. There is a sign of the lodge in the beginning of the road (49 km), and also more signs during the way.

Driving directions from Bonito

  • Bonito is located 200 kilometers (186 mi) from Aquidauana.
  • Leave Bonito towards Guia Lopes da Laguna, the next city is Nioaque and then Aquidauana.
  • Arriving in Aquidauana, there is an entrance to the city (do not enter in the city) and a bifurcation to other roads.
  • Take the direction of Miranda and Corumbá.
  • Continue for more 4 kilometers and there is a sign, Pousada Aguapé access 500 meters.
  • The access road is not paved and it is located at the right side of the road. There is a sign of the lodge in the beginning of the road (49 km), and also more signs during the way.
Airport: Campo Grande International Airport Airport transfer included: Campo Grande International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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Pricing information

This tour is available as a private tour as well. Private option incurs an extra charge of 330 BRL per day / per booking (not per person).

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