Pantanal is the largest wetlands area on the planet! It is an extensive area that is totally flat and filled with rivers and inlets. All of the humidity comes together with high temperatures to create an environment heavily populated with a diverse range of species. The part that is located within Mato Grosso do Sul is most often referred to as Pantanal Sul.
Traveling in Pantanal is an unforgettable experience! there are plenty of tours, activities, farms, inns, and hotels that cater to every type of nature lover!
As you plan YOUR adventure, pay attention to the transportation services available. There are highways, unpaved roads and all types of ways. Some places are ok for any type of vehicle, while others require local transportation services. Local transportation, when used, sometimes may even need to be in 4x4 vehicles.
While you look through tours, activities, farms and packages in Pantanal, find information on distances and access roads. Ask for tips on transportation and check here for details on each one.
H2O Ecoturismo e Eventos works with all of Pantanal's transportation options:
Shared Transportation: This consists of the vans that bring Bonito travelers to spend the day in Pantanal (Day Use format). They leave everyday around 5 am and get back around 7 pm. This transportation option picks each person up at their hotel in the morning and drops them off back at the hotel at the end of the day. The trip takes about 3 hours and only goes by the easiest areas, paved roads or well maintained non-paved ones. This option allows you go to the more famous and touristy farms, such as: San Francisco Farm and Passo do Lontra Farm Complex.
Normal Exclusive Transportation: This is a vehicle that you hire exclusively for your trip to Pantanal. You may leave from Bonito or Campo Grande at whatever time is most convenient and better fits with your plans and activities. The trip takes about 3 hours and may include stops, if needed. "Normal" refers to the fact that it will be a regular car, so this transportation service will go on paved roads or well maintained dirt roads only. Choosing this type of transportation, you will have more flexibility in Pantanal. You will be able to do the day trip (Day Use) or stay overnight (Pernoite). This freedom to chose is usually what justifies the higher cost.
4x4 Exclusive Transportation: The advantage to hiring a 4x4 service, aside from it being more comfortable and exclusive, is that you increase your options of tours, activities and places in Pantanal. This transportation service can be arranged to pick you up in Bonito or Campo Grande at the time that best fits your needs and schedule. Because it is a 4x4, it will likely go on non-paved roads as well as poorly kept areas, which increases your chances of seeing the many species that call the Pantanal home. This transportation service is perfect for people who like exclusive experiences, authentic moments or remote regions. The cost is higher, but when you look at the cost x benefit analysis, it is definitely worth it!
Air Transportation: This transportation service is an activity in itself! Can you imagine what it must be like to see the largest wetlands in the world from up high? The view is unbelievable! Air transportation not only puts on a show for you, but it is also the fast way to travel the region and the one that leaves you with the most options in Pantanal. This happens because there are tours, activities, and farms that are only accessible by plane. These places are so remote, so shut off from the outer world and plugged into the amazing local natural world, that there are no roads. Even supplies have to go by plane! Some may be reached by boa, but it takes longer and can be quite difficult. There are also some places in Pantanal where traveling can be by plane or 4x4, depending on the season. Flight departures can be from Bonito, Campo Grande or Aquidauana and will always be based on your plans as well as weather conditions. Choosing this mean of transportation costs more, but we are talking about a rare and unmatched experience!
Keep all of this in mind while you make your Pantanal plans. Well chosen and organized transportation services make the difference on this kind of trip! Talk to our staff to get more details and be sure to hire the option that best suits you!