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Overview

A truly unforgettable adventure

Back by popular demand, we welcome our travelers to explore “the largest wetland in the world.” Brazil’s Pantanal has a rich and complex ecosystem that is home to thousands of fascinating species.

Travel/Study has always prided itself on exploring out-of-the-ordinary itineraries, and this program is no exception. With its open, spacious topography, the Pantanal is a premier destination for wildlife viewing, yet it’s still a relatively unknown travel destination. We can’t think of a better way to explore this diverse biosphere than in the company of Stanford professor David Freyberg, MS '77, PhD '81. His expertise and passions for water resources development will illuminate the natural wonders we’ll encounter.

Dates

June 10–20, 2023

Duration

11 days

Price

From $11,895 per person

Trip size

24 participants

Minimum age

18 years
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Faculty leader

A different kind of classroom

With renowned Stanford faculty and scholars leading the way, every Travel/Study trip is a one-of-a-kind educational experience.

David Freyberg

Civil and Environmental Engineering

A hydrologist and water resources specialist at Stanford, David delights in looking at the intersection of water, culture and society.

Itinerary

A South American safari in the largest wetland in the world

Enjoy up-close encounters with an incredible collection of fascinating creatures, from capybaras, caimans and jabiru storks to giant anteaters, howler monkeys and hyacinth macaws. Home to the magnificent jaguar, the Pantanal is the best place to catch sight of one of these stunning and powerful—and elusive—animals in its natural habitat.

  • Campo Grande, Brazil

    Upon arrival at Campo Grande International Airport, transfer to our four-star hotel. Enjoy a welcome reception and dinner this evening.

    Accommodations:

    Hotel Deville Prime

    Included meal: Dinner
  • Campo Grande / Pousada Aguapé

    Depart early this morning on a three-hour drive to Pousada Aguapé, a working cattle ranch in the southern Pantanal. Along the way watch for giant anteaters, macaws, capybaras and caimans. Arrive at the fazenda (farm) in time for lunch. Late in the afternoon go on a game drive in search of the diverse local wildlife that calls this area home.

    Accommodations:

    Pousada Aguapé

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Pousada Aguapé

    Spend the morning on another wildlife drive or choose to explore the surrounding area of the pousada (lodge) on horseback. As it starts to get hotter in the late morning, return to the lodge and enjoy a lecture before lunch. Venture out again in the afternoon once the heat begins to subside, either taking a guided nature walk or going on a boat ride along the Rio Aquidauana. If conditions are right, we’ll go on a night safari to observe some of the nocturnal animals.

    Accommodations:

    Pousada Aguapé

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Pousada Aguapé

    Today learn about the challenges of cattle ranching in this seasonally flooded grassland and gain some insight on how agriculture and conservation in the area can work hand in hand. In the afternoon take a final wildlife drive or perhaps go fishing for piranhas!

    Accommodations:

    Pousada Aguapé

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Pousada Aguapé / Porto Jofre / Rio Cuiabá

    Today travel on small charter planes from the southern Pantanal to the riverine forest ecosystem of Rio Cuiabá and the northern Pantanal, where we hope to observe the elusive and majestic jaguar in the wild. Arrive at our hotel in time for lunch, then go on a boat ride along the Rio Cuiabá and the adjoining channels inside Meeting of the Waters State Park.

    Accommodations:

    Hotel Porto Jofre

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
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    Rio Cuiabá

    During the next two days, each morning will include a safari cruise on the Rio Cuiabá in search of jaguars, giant otters, tapirs and other animals. After returning to our hotel for lunch and time to relax, we’ll head out again on afternoon excursions to continue our search for intriguing wildlife.

    Accommodations:

    Hotel Porto Jofre

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Porto Jofre / Campo Grande

    After breakfast we leave the river and board charter flights back to Campo Grande, where we are reunited with any luggage we left behind at the Hotel Deville. Lunch is on our own with a chance to explore more of Campo Grande this afternoon. This evening we walk to dinner to enjoy authentic Brazilian barbecue.

    Accommodations:

    Hotel Deville Prime

    Included meals: Breakfast and dinner
  • Campo Grande / Iguazú Falls

    This morning fly to Iguazú Falls. Arrive at our hotel, which sits just outside of this natural spectacle, in the late afternoon, with time to view the falls before dinner.

    Accommodations:

    Hotel Das Cataratas

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Iguazú Falls

    Today we discover the Brazilian side of these awe-inspiring falls with a trained guide and see firsthand what makes this one of the world’s most incredible forces of nature. Soak up a panoramic view of the falls, then explore the surrounding rainforest more closely with an eye out for the abundant flora and fauna. Midmorning we head to the town of Foz do Iguazú for a barbecue lunch buffet at Búfalo Branco Churrascaria. After lunch we follow the Rio Paraná to the binational Itaipu Dam to take in another perspective of some of the world’s most stunning sites. Participate in a behind-the-scenes tour of the dam and learn why this fascinating hydroelectric generating facility is considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. This evening we gather at the hotel for a festive farewell dinner.

    Accommodations:

    Hotel Das Cataratas

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Iguazú Falls / Home

    This morning is at leisure to enjoy a relaxed breakfast and explore more of the falls before the park opens. Transfer to the airport this afternoon for flights home.

    Included meal: Breakfast

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female capybara swimming with her young in a row

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