Pantanal expedition

Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil



The Experience

Join us on an ecological sanctuary with scientists in the Pantanal and learn about their research while enjoying the day to day tours the ecolodge offers to see wildife and explore the amazing Pantanal!

Located 195Km from the Capital of Mato Grosso do Sul – Campo Grande, on the Bodoquena-Pantanal Corridor, is a tourist destination belonging to a family for more than 150 years, from ranching  they have diversified their activities, working in the area of ecological tourism and fishing, supporting projects such as Blue Macaw, The Anteater and Peccary project,  and Organic Livestock project. The projects are coordinated by  Ph.D  researchers  who are all working towards the conservation goal set out by the family. Join us and get hands on experience with the researchers while enjoying  the eco-tours. We are always so excited to share the experience of the natural beauty in this pristine wetland.  You will not be disappointed when your first  step  into the lodge  and immediately greeted by  macaws and capybaras. We look forward to welcoming you to be part of the Pantanal family.

This Is Why

  • One of the last real frontiers on Earth!
  • A Wildlife Paradise and one the best Eco destinations in the world.
  • Learn about the local wildlife and eco-tourism!
  • Untouched land and river system!

Project Details
  • Key Start Dates
    The project is available all year round!
  • Trip duration
    1 or 2 weeks 
  • Number of minimum travellers
    1 - 12
  • Pricing
    1 Weeks 1995 US$
  • 2 Weeks: 3495 US$
  • 3 Weeks: On request. 
  • Housing Type
    Shared or single rooms
  • Internet Access
    Yes however, internet access is limited at the project.
  • Who Are They Looking For?
    Adventurer’s individuals who have an interest in the outdoors and who do not mind getting their hands a little wet and dirty. This program is available for groups including minors that are accompanied by teachers or parents.

Fast Facts: Brazil

Where? Pantanal, Brazil, South America

Country Size: 8,515,767 km2 
3,287,956 sq mi

Population density? 24.35 km2

State Famous for? Largest Wetland in the world, Giant River Otter, Amazon Rainforest, Rio de Janeiro, Carnival Jaguars, Black Caiman, Arapaima (largest scaled fresh water fish in the world), Caipirinhas. Samba, Football

When to visit: All year round

  • What's Included
    • Placement
      Pantanal Expedition
    • Accommodation
      Shared Room/cabins with shared bathroom facitlities
    • Meals
      3 meals a day included.
    • Transfer to the project by air and/or 4x4

      When you arrive in Campo Grande transfer to the Ranch depends on the time of the year. May to November a 4x4 to the project (6 hours’ drive or more) and during the wet season (December – May) you will take a 1.5-hour drive to Aquidauana then fly with a Cessna to the ranch. (All transfers are included in the price).
    • Ongoing Service
      We will support you and offer assistance during your entire stay at the program.
    • Tours
      Through FRONTEERING you have the possibility to book tours before and/or after you have finished your volunteer project.
    • 24/7 Emergency contact
      If there are any problems during you stay at the project you can reach us 24/7 to assist you.

    What's not included: International Flights, Insurance

    Package Price: 
    01 Week: 1995 US$, 02 Weeks: 3495 US$, 03 weeks: on request or 04 weeks: On request.


      As a volunteers at the Pantanal Guide Experience volunteer program you will have some of the following responsibilities: 

      • Going Horse Riding, Boating, Canoeing and on Safari Drives.
      • You will have several activities per day, these can be excursion or research related. 
      • Field research and keeping track of the wildife in the area of the project. 
      • Various tasks and jobs. 
      • Lots of spare time to explore the Pantanal and to relax.
    • Requirements, Guidelines & Policies
      Some of the requirements for this project are:
      • Taking a Portuguese course before arrival (optional) 
      • A strong work ethic is required: reliable, responsible, dependable, honest and with a good sense of humor. You must be physically it and comfortable with the arrangement of living in a remote location.
      • 12+ (if you are a minor you to travel with a teacher or parent).
      • No experience required but must be willing to learn and try new things.
      • Have a possitive attitude. 
      • Driver’s license (optional).
  • Benefits
    • The opportunity to learn about the Pantanal, its wildlife and landscape. Learn first-hand about conservation and experience life in a different setting.
    • Self-development and the chance to challenge yourself, build on your existing skills while learning new ones.
    • Develop independence and confidence and have a positive impact on the environment.
  • Fast Facts
    • Project location
      Brazil, Pantanal, Souterh Section   
    • Area Famous For
      Different Species of Birds, Fish, Large Mammals
    • When to visit
      The project advices to visit from February to the end of October.
    • Wildlife viewing
      Some of the best in the world, rivaling even some african safari countries! 
  • Itinerary & Details
    Day 1 - Arrive in Campo Grande, Pantanal Brazil;
    You will arrive in the capital of Mato Grosso do Sul where you will be transferred from there to the projec site (3/4 hours drive). 
    For 1 week -
    Scientific tourism at the Ecological sanctuary and explore the Pantanal!
  • For several weeks you will work along an amazing team and get involved in the day to day activities at the project! 
  • Accommodation

    As a volunteer, you will share your room with other volunteers in a cabin/room.

    Things to bring from home

    • Hiking Shoes/Working Boots
    • Rain gear
    • Jeans
    • Anti Mosquito repellent + after bite
    • Sunglasses
    • Hat/cap to protect yourself from the sun
    • Sunblock
    • Complete Kitlist will be provided after applying or on request


    Local cuisine and food Drinking water, is available throughout the day. You may also purchase sodas and beer from the store. 

    Breakfast consists of a huge diversity of cakes, fruits and cheese and milk are from the Lunch and dinner  offers an amazing diversity of food, local cuisine, and  there is always vegetarian dishes

    Tourists will dine in a very quaint outdoor restaurant at the Lodge with the family, researchers  and other visitors.


The program is situated in the Southern Pantanal located in a region of Central West Brazil with expansive wetlands. A three hour drive from Campo Grande,  this is an eco-lodge and cattle ranch, in  the Pantanal of Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil,  located along one of the main rivers of the southern Pantanal, Rio Aquidauana.  It has a whole mixture habitat types that is seasonally connected to oxbow lakes and flooded forests to a variety of wetland types, and flooded grasslands. Farther away from the river, you have the lake region with lots of different types of wetlands that attract wading birds and many sightings of the Jaburu Stork.



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