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5 Days Hands on Food and Nature Tour in Pantanal, Brazil

Campo Grande, Brazil

Cultural Food Safari in Brazil

Developed especially for those who are looking for a great gastronomic experience in the Pantanal this culinary tour is an immersion in the feeding rituals of a typical Pantanal farm. Enjoy an experience of the local culture through living with the locals in their natural habitat.

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Paulo
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Highlights

  • 2 cooking classes per day
  • Visit a traditional fair in Campo Grande
  • Visit the city market and the stands that sell local manufactures
  • Certificate provided by the Food Research Paulo Machado Institute
  • Car safari or horseback ride to observe the wildlife and pick native fruits
  • Boat tour along the Negro River to observe the nature
  • Free time to relax and walk along the Negro River
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Daily meals

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Accommodation

During this vacation, you will be staying for one night in Campo Grande and for three nights in Hotel Barra Mansa. Located in a very special protected area on the margins of the Negro River, Barra Mansa Lodge shelters extraordinary nature and wildlife, offering unique tours for travelers to explore the Pantanal wetlands.

Barra Mansa.

Barra Mansa

The rooms at Barra Mansa are simple and comfortable, featuring the typical Pantanal hosting. The exuberance of the decoration is due to the beautiful landscapes that brighten the rooms through the window.

Even with a full house it is still possible to have intimate encounter with nature because the maximum capacity at Barra Mansa Hotel is 17 people. They have various room sizes ranging from double sized to quadruple sized. They also offer a private house equipped with a fridge and living room, two bedrooms, and a bathroom, ideal for families or friends traveling together.

Warm, family atmosphere, Barra Mansa Pantanal Hotel has a special way to welcome visitors. All apartments are screened, have hot shower, air conditioning, and fan. In the structure of the hotel, you can still count on the following amenities:

  • Outdoor hammocks place
  • Restaurant
  • Laundry service
  • Bar
  • Satellite TV
  • Telephone service
  • Wi-Fi
  • Shop with local crafts
  • Fishing equipment rental
  • Library
  • Orchard
  • Private landing strip

Gastronomy is one of the highlights at Barra Mansa Hotel, serving authentic Pantanal dishes cooked by a wooden stove, using local natural ingredients. Roasted free ranged local wild pigs, caribéu made with corned beef and barbequed pacu fish are examples of the cuisine served at Barra Mansa Pantanal Hotel. Vegetarians and natural kitchen fans can also find delicious dishes prepared with nutritional care.

Program

Day 1 - Campo Grande

Arrival in Campo Grande / MS. Check-in at hotel and meeting the host. In the evening, you will have the opportunity to taste Sobá – a noodle&pork soup, traditional for the inhabitants of Campo Grande and represents the cultural mix of the japanese & brazilian local communities.

Day 2 - Campo Grande to Pantanal

Departure early morning towards the city market and visit the stands that sell local manufactures. Next, hit the road for approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes towards Aquidauana city and have lunch at a regional cuisine restaurant. After lunch, the off-road trip starts along 130 kilometers of dirt road that crosses several farms, a great introduction to the Pantanal habitats and landscapes. Check-in, general information, and presentation of the facilities will be followed by free time to relax and walk along the Negro river. Meeting at dusk around the fire to learn the details of the moquém technique used to prepare the Pantanal barbecue, which includes the cow head.

Day 3 and 4 - Pantanal

In the morning, after a sunrise tour and enjoying a delicious breakfast, hands-on classes of cooking. In the afternoon, you will enjoy a tour in the wilderness.

During the classes you will learn how to prepare different variations of rice with pequi (a local fruit of the Brazilian savannah - caryocar brasiliensis), prepare white cheese with fresh milk and the “Chipa” - a type of cheese bread. You will also learn how to prepare pintado a la urucum (urucum is a natural red food colouring made out of the seeds of the same plant - Bixa orellana and pintado is a catfish), sopa paraguaia (a typical corn pie that takes white cheese), the traditional maracaju sausage (that takes fine types of meat) and caribéu (manioc and meat stew), piranha ceviche and piranha soup, and caipirinhas (spirits that can be made with vodka or the local brazilian Cachaça) from the fruits collected. At dusk, you will have time to relax and enjoy the caipirinhas.

Day 5 Pantanal to Campo Grande

After breakfast and check-out, you have scheduled the departure in air-conditioned 4x4 vehicles back to Campo Grande in time to check-in for your return flight. Time for farewell and end of the Pantanal safari.

Included excursions

  • Enjoy car safari or horseback ride to observe the wildlife and pick native fruits.
  • Discover several farms with a great introduction to the Pantanal habitats and landscapes
  • Experience boat tour along the Negro River to observe the nature and also to fish for piranhas
  • Visit the City market in Campo Grande

Instructors

Paulo Machado

Location

This culinary tour takes place in South Pantanal, Brazil. The Pantanal is known worldwide as the number one wildlife destination in Brazil.

Pantanal's main attraction is its people and culture: the cowboys lifestyle and traditional techniques to conserve food and to survive during the wet season when they get isolated.

Food

You will be provided with daily meals as per the itinerary. Pantanal cuisine is superb. Delicious dishes cooked in the wood stove are the base of a traditional gastronomy, which keeps its origins and attributes. Beef is food’s main attraction in a culture established in cattle ranching properties,

and it is certainly sensational. But healthy fresh vegetables, tropical fruits and other tasty complements composes a variety of flavors in many different stupendous typical dishes.

Among the most traditional ingredients, the manioc – a Brazilian typical root - is used and cooked in several ways, part of almost every meal. We cannot forget about the tereré, a typical drink made with the yerba mate, which the Pantanal people take everyday in the meantime of their meals.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 2 cooking classes per day
  • Visit a traditional fair in Campo Grande
  • Visit the city market and the stands that sell local manufactures
  • Car safari or horseback ride to observe the wildlife and pick native fruits
  • Certificate provided by the Food Research Paulo Machado Institute (30 hours/class)
  • Boat tour along the Negro River to observe the nature
  • Travel accidental insurance starting in Campo Grande
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Daily meals

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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