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36 Hours in Sāo Paulo
Traveling Tips for the Pantanal
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About São Paulo
I would have never thought I’d say 36 hours was not enough time for visiting São Paulo. I personally am not a big city enthusiast, but always feel like I should explore for a day at the beginning or end of my wilderness trips. We planned to arrive mid-day, stay overnight and then leave the following evening. Continue reading “36 Hours in Sao Paulo”
Of all the activities we completed in the Pantanal, river floating, games drives, hiking, and horseback riding, Piranha fishing might have been the most fun. I really wanted to fish for Piranha simply to be able to say I’ve done it. Ruth and Alice, the other girl on our tour were not sold on participating, especially when we saw locals standing chest deep in water fishing for these sharp toothed critters. Continue reading “Piranha Fishing in the Pantanal”
Along with the game drives in the Pantanal, we participated in other activities like hiking and horseback riding. Our first morning in the Patanal, we took a game drive to the docks, a boat ride to an island, and then a hike in the woods, across a boardwalk and to a tower for a view of the sweeping swamp. Continue reading “Hiking and Horseback Riding in the Pantanal”
We spent three days in the Pantanal at Pousada Piuval. Our guides liked this 7,000 hectare ranch as it is home to the most jaguars at this time of year (which isn’t many) compared to the jaguar preserve that is not accessible at the end of the rainy season. Anyway, that didn’t stop us from looking for them. We took sunrise and sunset drives every day. Most of the time we drove the few roads on the ranch, occasionally we tried a few fields that were still to wet, and we also went to the park. Continue reading “Game Drives in the Pantanal”
Gasparetour picked us up in Cuiabá at 8am in the morning. Alex and Rachel drove us a few hours to Chapada dos Guimarães National Park for some hiking.
The park was more crowded than normal for a week day, as it was Brazil’s Labor Day, though not nearly as crowded as a National Park in the USA would be on the same day. Continue reading “Chapada dos Guimarães National Park and Bom Jardim”
Tips for Traveling to the Pantanal, Brazil
Airports, Airlines, and Transportation
- Leave generous connection times between flights, especially in São Paulo. The airport is huge! It took us at minimum 25 minutes to walk FAST from the gate at which we landed with American Airlines to reach the Gol Airline ticket counter to go to Cuiabá. Fortunately, we didn’t have to check bags as the line was extremely long. We were able to use the kiosks to check-in which saved us. After going through security and walking to our gate, we used up our hour connection (which was originally longer before our other delays). We got to the bus five minutes before it left for the plane.
- Both Gol and Avianca are good local airline options. Avianca has in seat entertainment.
- Change money at an ATM in São Paulo as there were not any ATM’s at the Cuiabá airport. The information desk told us to “Go to the Shopping.” That seemed weird so we waited to go to a bank near our hotel which limited us to $100, so then we had to go to a gas station that charged a significant fee.
- It’s easy to get Uber or a taxi at the airport. I’m told Uber costs less.
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