Pantanal Tours has the answers to most of your questions
about travel to Brazil. Let us help you with all elements of your trip
to Brazil! Everything you need is online, and just a click away.
- What are the steps to book a tour with you? Can I
book my trip through the Internet?
- Can I change my travel dates? How far in advance
may I do this? Are there any penalties?
- I would like to cancel my trip. How can I get a refund?
- Are the plane tickets included in the packages?
- Can I extend my tour?
- I don't like to travel by bus. Can I arrange a tour
by car or plane?
- Are the attractions included in the tours?
- Do I need any special kind of vaccination to travel
to the Amazon jungle?
- I lost my vouchers. What should I do?
- I can't find the answer for my question in your
FAQ page or anywhere else. Should I call you?
- How well-trained are your tour guides? What language(s)
do they speak?
- What should a hotel do to be part of Pantanal Tours's
network of hotel and accommodations providers?
- Can I get a job at Pantanal Tours?
- Are you a travel agency or a tour operator?
- I'm a professional photographer and would like to
promote my pictures on your site. How can I do it?
1. What are the steps to book a tour with you? Can I book my trip
through the Internet?
The first step is to find the right tour for you.
Once you decide which tour, there are two possibilities:
1) choose a present package in a group tour with
fixed departure dates
2) arrange your travel as an FIT (independent of any group).
The advantages of a group tour are that costs are
low (see our great tour prices!), you will be escorted by a tour guide
at all times and certain meals and entrance fees to attractions are included
in the package. When you decide to book a tour individually (FIT) the
price structure depends in a variety of factors such as date, type of
transportation, hotels, transfers and tours etc. Either way you decide,
you can book your tour on-line. All you need to do is to fill out Pantanal Tours's booking form and send it to us electronically. However, for your
security, to confirm your reservation and to process your payment, one
of our travel specialists will contact you upon receiving the form.
2. Can I change my travel dates? How far in advance may I do this?
Are there any penalties?
Yes, unless otherwise specified for a specific
trip or fare (such as set group departures), changes may be made without
penalty 31 days or more prior to departure, depending availability. Within
30 days, changes are subject to a US$50 per person fee. Within 14 days,
they are subject to a US$100 per person fee. Changes or cancellations
made within this time period may also be subject to fees resulting from
changes in hotel reservations.
3. I would like to cancel my trip. How can I get a refund?
Unless otherwise specified for a specific trip
or fare, you may cancel your trip and receive a refund. As we have to
make non-refundable deposits with hotels and service providers to reserve
space, we are obligated to charge cancellation fees for cancellations
closer to the departure date. The schedule for cancellation penalties
is as follows, subject to change:
Up to 30 days before departure - no penalty
30 - 21 days before departure - 10 % penalty
21 - 14 days before departure - 15 % penalty
14- 7 days before departure - 25 % penalty
7 - 4 days before departure - 50 % penalty
4 days to departure date - 100% penalty (non-refundable)
If you foresee the chance of having to cancel your trip, we recommend
that you purchase trip cancellation insurance. If purchasing an extension,
make sure that the insurance covers the dates of the extension.
4. Are the plane tickets included in the packages?
Unless otherwise specified for a specific trip
or fare, airfare is not included in the tour price.
Domestic flights (i.e. Rio de Janeiro to Iguazu Falls) are included unless
otherwise specified. A Brazil Airpass needS to be purchased in your country
of residence, which allow several flights to multiple destinations within
5. Can I extend my tour?
Yes, you may! Check with our travel professionals
for advice and options. Our tours may be fully customized, subject to
logistics and availability. Two things should be taken into consideration
before we set up your extension.
1. Flight availability
2. Hotel availability
As a rule, if you plan your extension ahead of time, you can easily find
flights and hotels available at a standard price. The extra hotel days
are simply added into your package price, as well as any required transfers
(if necessary). Don't wait until the last minute -- last-minute bookings
cost considerably more.
6. I don't like to travel by bus. Can I arrange a tour by plane?
Yes, you can. Just make sure to specify your preferences
in Pantanal Tours's booking form before sending. Our specialist will give you
a quote for any kind of request you may need. Just keep in mind that If
you decide to book an individual package, it will be more expensive than
the set group departure. Please contact us regarding Brazil Airpasses,
which enable multiple or unlimited flights within the country within a
certain time frame.
7. Are the attractions included in the tours?
All Pantanal Tours tours are designed to share the most
exciting and rewarding attractions in Brazil with you. Many attractions,
activities and entrance fees are included in the tours, and these are
specified in the description of each tour package. Others are completely
optional and have be paid for in advance or on-site. Our representatives
will do their best to make available the widest array of tour options
while you are in Brazil. Note: we cannot make refunds for any included
features of the itineraries not used by participants during tour operation.
8. Do I need any special kind of vaccination to travel to the Amazon
Immunization vaccinations are not required. If
you intend to visit the the Amazon or Pantanal areas, a vaccination for
yellow fever is strongly recommended. The shots last for ten years but
only take effect 10 days after inoculation, so plan ahead. Malaria is
spread by mosquito bites; when travelling in the Amazon regions, one should
take proper precautions by bringing mosquito repellent containing DEET
and by wearing long pants and long-sleeve shirts, especially after sunset.
You may wish to take antimalarial tablets; consult the neares Travel Clinic
for suitable tablets and the proper dosage. It is not recommended to drink
tap water in South America.
If you have special medical conditions or take perscription drugs, it
is strongly advised to bring copies of medical documentation with you
in case of emergency.
9. I lost my vouchers. What should I do?
You should contact our office immediately, by e-mail
or call us at +55 67 3218303.
10. I can't find the answer for my question in your FAQ page or anywhere
else. Should I call you?
Pantanal Tours is improving our FAQ constantly and with
your help, we'd like to build a complete information center for questions
and answers. We appreciate your input, so if you can't find the answer
for your question in this page, please fill out our questionnaire form.
We appreciate your help and promise to respond to your question in a timely
11. How well-trained are your tour guides? What language(s) do they
Our qualified tour guides, licensed by Embratur,
are handpicked by the company owners. We test their communication skills,
character, knowledge of history and geography as well as their psychological
conditioning, which is vital in managing tour groups and especially adventure
tours. As a minimum requirement, all of our tour guides are required to
speak Portuguese, English and Spanish fluently.
12. What should a hotel do to be part of Pantanal Tours's network of hotel
and accommodations providers?
The first step is to contact our operations
department to establish a relationship. The second step is to send
a detailed hotel description including location, amenities, classification,
renovations, images etc... The third step is a visit by one of our representatives
for us to physically inspect the hotel so we may recommend it to our customers.
13. Can I get a job at Pantanal Tours?
At this moment, Pantanal Tours does not have any full-time
positions available. We are, however, accepting resumes for reservation
operators, marketing and sales personnel, tour guides and receptionists.
14. Are you a travel agency or a tour operator?
Pantanal Tours is a tour operator that specializes in
ecotours and travel packages within Brazil with high quality service and
competitive prices. Our strenght is selling volume tour packages to major
travel agencies. However, with new technology such as Internet-based booking
we're also offering individual travel packages on-line.
15. I'm a professional photographer and would I would like to promote
my pictures in your site. How can I do it?
As a matter of fact, Pantanal Tours is looking for new
pictures to enhance our website. We love to promote all artists such as
photographers, painters and musicians who can help us to show Brazil's
treasures and diverse environments. Our main mission at Pantanal Tours is to
show the whole world the Brazilian natural beauty, eccentricities, customs