The Pantanal is a natural region encompassing the world’s largest tropical wetland area. It is located mostly within the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso do Sul, but it extends into Mato Grosso and portions of Bolivia and Paraguay. It sprawls over an area estimated at between 140,000 and 195,000 square kilometres.
Roughly 80% of the Pantanal floodplains are submerged during the rainy seasons, nurturing a biologically diverse collection of aquatic plants and helping to support a dense array of animal species.
The name “Pantanal” comes from the Portuguese word pântano, meaning wetland, bog, swamp, quagmire or marsh. By comparison, the Brazilian highlands are locally referred to as the planalto, plateau or, literally, high plain.
NAVIGATING UP PARAGUAY RIVER: 05 DAYS / 04 NIGHTS
Day 1 – Corumbá
Arrival in the city of Corumbá and check in at the Nacional Hotel starting at 2pm. Free afternoon and free
night. Optional welcome dinner: Master Chef Pantanal Dinner at the Miguéis Restaurant or Corumbá Table
(tasting menu) at the Dolce Café Restaurant.
Day 2 – Corumbá e Paraguay River
Breakfast and check-out at 8:30 am, followed by historical-cultural circuit through the city of Corumbá. At 11am we will embark on the COMODORO Boat-hotel, and we will start sailing on the majestic Paraguay River with a joyful lunch. Our afternoon is free to relax, sunbathing, exploring the boat or just having a drink while the cruise navigates up river. Before dinner we will a quick presentation and talk with our guides.
Dinner will be served at 8:00 a.m. After dinner we have a meeting with the stars of the Pantanal.
Day 3 – Serra do Amolar e Pantanal´s National Park
We will wake up with the sunrise for a heartly breakfast. Our morning will be dedicated to exploring one of the mysteries of the Pantanal, Serra do Amolar, an 80km chain of mountains amidst the largest floodplain in the world. In the afternoon we are invited to lay hands on the dough and understand the difference between chipa and cheese bread. After savoring the Chipa it is time to find the observe the rock records of the first civilizations in the Pantanal and Morro do Cará-Cará National Park, where there are several open air archaeological sites in the form of shells, bones and sand . These places served as real refuges for the
Indians during the floods. Dinner will be served at 8pm, and right after dinner we can play, watch a movie session, or stargaze on the deck… you choose it!
Day 4 – Community of Paraguay Mirim and Crystalline Waters
The region and the community of Paraguay Mirim welcome us with open arms on this day. We will have the ooportunity to meet and get to know a little about these peoples of the waters, who by choice chose to live amid the rich biodiversity of the Pantanal. In the middle of the route we will make a stop for a refrshing bath
in the crystalline waters of the Pantanal. A tasty surprise lunch awaits us. Afternoon is free on board. At 4:40pm get ready for a lovely sunset on the small boats, do not be late! At 8pm closing dinner at the Cruise.
Day 5 – Corumbá
We will dawn anchored in the General Harbor of Corumbá. Breakfast and check-out. Disembarking will start right after breakfast, around 8am.