Let's do it all in Brazil's Pantanal! This Journey will be an unforgettable adventure hiking, birdwatching, snorkeling, and exploring the flora and fauna in the eco-tourism center of Brazil.  Following our adventures, we will enjoy the warm hospitality of FF Ribeirão Preto as they highlight the attractions of their modern city and take us on an overnight excursion for boating in a deep canyon.

Home Hospitality

Home Hospitality provided by the Friendship Force club of Ribeirão Preto.

Live With a Local

  • Experience the warm hospitality of FF Ribeirão Preto
  • Travel with your hosts on an overnight excursion for boating in a deep canyon
  • Take a tour of a local brewery

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Snorkel the shallow, crystalline waters of Rio da Prata & Rio Sucuri (wetsuits provided!)
  • Boat trips on the Salobra River and Corixo Sao Domingo to view caimans, capybaras, otters, monkeys, giant anteaters and jacanas
  • Experience the majestic blue waters of an underground lake/grotto
  • Hike around South America's largest sinkhole and watch macaws roosting
  • Observe nocturnal wildlife during a nighttime safari
  • Bird watching - view jabirus, toucans, herons, egrets, macaws, kingfishers, and wood storks
  • Walk to scenic waterfalls at Estancia Mimosa
  • Hike through forest and savanna to spot monkeys, agoutis and parrots
  • Go on a slow horseback ride like a pantanerio (local cowboy)
  • Overnight in Capitolio region to enjoy Canyon das Furnas boat trips
  • Visit a local brewery in Ribeirão Preto
All the events were very well planed by our host coordinator so that we were able to show our ambassadors the best. - Previous host

Eco-Journey in Brazil

17 Days / 16 Nights Program and Itinerary:

August 7, 2020 – August 24, 2020
Coordinator: Vicki Vance, FF Baton Rouge
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All Friendship Force Itineraries are subject to change.

Aug. 8, 2020

Meeting point GRU – Sao Paulo International Airport for afternoon flight to Campo Grande

Reception at the airport Campo Grande

Transfer to Hotel Deville, for overnight

Aug. 9, 2020

Early morning transfer to Bonito

Go directly to Estancia Mimosa with lunch, 1/2-day tour

Transfer to the Olho D’agua Lodge for dinner and overnight

Aug 10, 2020


Full day of tours starting with a visit to the Blue Lake Cave

Lunch included in the Sao Geraldo’s farm (Sucuri River)

Short break after lunch before the next tour: Snorkeling in the Sucurí River

After the tour transfer back to the Lodge, for dinner and free night

Aug. 11, 2020


Full day of tours starting with a visit to the Rio da Prata farm with lunch and snorkeling in the Rio da Prata, followed by a visit to Buraco das Araras (Macaws Sinkhole)

After the tour transfer back to the Lodge, dinner, overnight Olho d’Agua Lodge

Aug. 12, 2020


Transfer by van from Bonito to Refugio da Ilha Lodge in the Southern Pantanal

Check in and have lunch

Tour in the afternoon (tour by boat or horseback riding or walking)

Dinner and night safari

Overnight at Refugio da Ilha Lodge

Aug. 13, 2020


Tour of Refugio da Ilha in the morning then return to the lodge for lunch

Tour continues in the afternoon, return to the lodge for dinner

Overnight at Refugio da Ilha Lodge

Aug. 14, 2020


Full day of touring Refugio del Ilha with breaks at lodge for lunch and dinner

Overnight at Refugio da Ilha Lodge

Aug. 15, 2020

Transfer to Pantanal, check in to the San Francisco Lodge and have lunch

Tour in the afternoon (tour by boat or horseback riding or walking)

Dinner and night safari

Overnight at Fazenda San Francisco

Aug. 16, 2020


Full day of touring in Pantanal with breaks for lunch and dinner

Overnight at Fazenda San Francisco

Aug. 17, 2020


Free morning

Check out and transfer back to Campo Grande for flight to Ribeirão Preto, arriving in the evening

Aug. 18, 2020

Welcome event with FF Ribeirão Preto

Tour of city sights

Aug. 19, 2020

Tour of local brewery

Aug. 20, 2020

Early morning departure to Capitolio

Boat tour of Canyon das Furnas

Overnight stay at Pousada do Rio Turvo

Aug. 21, 2020

Free time at pousada and Capitolio

Transfer back to Ribeirão Preto

Aug. 22, 2020

Calisthenics class

Capoeira demonstration

Farewell event

Aug. 23, 2020

Return to Sao Paulo airport – GRU – for international flights home or further travels on your own

Aug. 24, 2020

Travel day – arrive home


$3100 USD

Price Includes: FFI and host fees, 15 nights, all meals, activities, ground transfers, gratuities, and English speaking guide for eco-tour; most meals and activities during homestay. NOT INCLUDED: international and domestic airfare.


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Know before you go

  • Journey number 20268.
  • Weather is expected to be warm days with cool nights.
  • Ribeirão  Preto is very dry in August.
  • Activities include light hiking, snorkeling (optional), horseback riding (optional), and boating.
  • Physical requirements are more a matter of flexibility - getting in/out of the safari trucks and boats, as well as taking steps down to the lake in the cave.
  • Surfaces are fairly flat, no steep inclines.
  • Bring binoculars, camera, sunscreen, swimsuits, lots of insect repellent, and a sense of adventure!
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Friendship Force International provides opportunities to explore new countries and cultures from the inside by bringing people together at the personal level. Through the signature program of home hospitality, local hosts welcome international visitors into their culture, sharing with them meals, conversation, and the best sights and experiences of their region.
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