Q. ” Hi Alison,
I am planning on arriving in Brazil with my boyfriend at the end of may. We have booked our flights and the inca trail for the end of July but that’s it. We plan to travel down through Brazil, into Uraguay then Argentina up to the falls and into the Pantanal and then onto Bolivia and Peru. I wanted to ask about the Pantanal. We are both very keen to do some sort of trekking experience. We were going to do a Bamba experience hop on-off bus tour which included the pantanal in a 4 day 3 night trek however have decided against this as it is too expensive and not what is expected after researching online. I think after the Iguacu Falls we would probably travel from Bonito to the Pantanal or Campo Grande? But are there any trekking companies you could recommend? I would be grateful to hear from you.”
A. Hi there,
Thanks for getting in touch. Actually I have just got back from the Pantanal and regrettably for you it is not trekking country. It is beautiful flat, vast and wet and only “doable” by 4×4 or Pantanal horse. Bonito is actually not in the Pantanal and has a completely different terrain of caves and rivers and hills although it is indeed an equally beautiful place to visit. Much like the Pantanal it is expensive, and similarly you can’t explore alone. All activities are organised.
If I were interested in trekking I would go to Chapada Diamantina in Bahia. (get a 5 hour bus there from Salvador). It’s a lot easier and cheaper with a big variety of walks at different difficulty levels. You don’t see the same number of birds and animals you see in the Pantanal, but the scenery is gorgeous. Stay at Alcino Estalagem, or Villa Serrano in Lençois the main town, or Lagoa das Cores in Vale do Capão an hour a way. All of them will recommend guides and trips and trekking.
Let me know if you have more questions.
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