• Iguassu Falls, Argentina

Itinerary Summary

Duration
17 Days
Price
£8500
When
May - Oct
Destination
Brazil
Type
Tailor-Made
Duration Price When Destination Type
17 Days £8500 May - Oct Brazil Tailor-Made
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Brazil: Amazon, Pantanal and Iguassu Falls Adventure

Explore the depths of the Brazilian Pantanal and Amazonian rainforest, scouring for wildlife from capybara and caiman to the elusive jaguars before embarking upon Iguassu Falls.

Spend two days experiencing the sights and sounds of the Amazon jungle, and spend three days exploring and searching for jaguars and giant otters on the Three Brothers, Cuiaba, and Piquiri Rivers.You’ll also have the chance to spend a full day with the Oncafari team. You will follow the team of jaguar experts and biologists from dusk until dawn as they track the elusive cats and monitor their wellbeing. You’ll learn about the re-wilding efforts taken on by these dedicated conservationists here in the Pantanal.

Visit Iguassu Falls via both sides. The Argentinian side of Iguassu Falls is very extensive, and take a guided tour of the Argentinian National Park, then take a guided tour of the Brazilian side of Iguassu Falls for a more panoramic view.   

What makes this trip extraordinary

  • Boat safaris to track the elusive jaguars of Brazil.
  • Spend time on an active cattle ranch with an expert team of jaguar conservationist, a chance to learn about their rewilding efforts.
  • Scour for wildlife, from capybara and caiman to howler monkeys.
  • Jeep safaris, walking safari and night safari to get you in the right place at the right time.
  • Encounter the wildlife of the Amazon rainforest including the red howler monkeys, river otters, capybara and over 500 species of birds.
  • A full day in Rio with a guided city tour to make the most of this iconic city.

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Photograph the Amazon and Pantanal wildlife on this thrilling 17-day safari from $10,965 per person sharing, excluding international flights

Day by day

Day by day

Day 1

Sao Paulo - Alta Floresta - Amazon

On arrival into Sao Paulo, you will take your connecting flight to Alta Floresta, via Cuiaba, where you will be met to depart on a shared transfer to Cristalino lodge. The journey starts with a 90- minute drive in an air-conditioned vehicle as the vegetation quickly becomes denser. Arriving on the banks of the Cristalino river, you transfer to a speed boat for a further 30-minute journey to your lodge. Have your camera ready as you are already likely to see wildlife such as capybara, monkeys, giant river otters and scarlet macaw. Check-in and settle in for the night in your new jungle surroundings.

Overnight: Cristalino Lodge (D)

Days 2-3

Southern Amazon

Spend the next 2 days experiencing the sights and the sounds of jungle. You might want to visit the 50-metre canopy tower, which gives you a bird’s eye view of this mighty rainforest. It is common to spot, monkeys, macaws and several species of birds. There are many trails that snake through various forests and habitats. There are over 500 species of birds and over 1800 different types of butterfly. On the rocky trail there is a mammal clay lick frequented by tapirs, peccaries, giant anteaters among other mammals. A 6-metre screened treehouse has been erected for ease of viewing. Boat rides, or canoeing along the Cristalino River give another opportunity to spot animals in the canopy and a floating deck above the river is great for swimming or resting when you’re not out looking for wildlife.

Overnight: Cristalino Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 4

Cristalino - Alta Floresta - Cuiaba

After breakfast, head back to Alta Floresta for lunch and your flight to Cuiaba. Upon arrival into Cuiaba, you will be met and transferred to your hotel where you can relax before starting your jaguar viewing tomorrow.

Overnight Accommodation: Hotel Deville Prime Cuiaba

(B, L)

Day 5

Northern Pantanal - Jaguar Viewing Area

Around 09:30, you continue your adventure continuing south down the Transpantaneira Highway to Porto Jofre. En route you will have the chance to stop and enjoy the views and look out for the resident wildlife. Stop for lunch on the way before continuing your journey. Jaguars are often spotted in this area. They are often seen along the final 35 kilometres of the road before getting to Jofre so keep a keen eye glued to the road for possible sightings. On arrival to your riverside hotel, settle in a relax for the evening. Your jaguar expedition begins tomorrow!

Overnight: Hotel Pantanal Norte (B, L, D)

Days 6-8

Jaguar Viewing

Spend the next 3 days exploring and searching for jaguars and giant otters on Three Brothers, Cuaiba and Piquiri Rivers. Enjoy two private boat outings per day often returning to the lodge for lunch. The Jaguars are often seen during the heat of the day sunning themselves on the river banks. This is the best place in the world to see these elusive cats in the wild. Following your excursions, you will head back to the hotel where you will be able to relax by the pool.

Overnight: Hotel Pantanal Norte (B, L, D)

Day 9

Porto Jofre - Cuiaba - Campo Grande

This morning, after breakfast you will be transferred back to Cuiaba airport in time for your flight to Campo Grande, gateway to the Southern Pantanal, via Campinas. Upon arrival, you will be met and taken to your centrally located hotel for the night.

Overnight Accommodation: Grand Park Hotel

(B)

Day 10

Campo Grande – Southern Pantanal

After breakfast, you will be met and privately transferred to the lodge, located within the Caiman Ecological Refuge a journey of approximately 4 hours. After lunch, enjoy an afternoon activity, such as a guided walk or canoe trip before heading back to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Overnight: Baiazinha Lodge (B, L, D)

Days 11-13

Southern Pantanal

From the lodge you have various shared activities on offer which you can choose to do over the 3 full days you have here. The  best time to view the wildlife and birds is during the cooler hours of the mornings and afternoons. Activities include photographic safaris in specially adapted vehicles, guided walks, canoeing, night safaris ... Whatever the program put together by your guide, you will truly get the chance to get under the skin of Brazil's true wildlife haven. You’ll also have the chance to spend a full day with the Oncafari team. You will follow the team of jaguar experts and biologist from dusk until dawn as they track the elusive cats and monitor their wellbeing. You’ll learn about the re-wilding efforts taken on by these dedicated conservationists here in the Pantanal, but also since recently in the Amazon.

Overnight: Baiazinha Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 14

Southern Pantanal - Iguassu Falls

This morning you will be privately transferred back to Campo Grande for your flight to Iguassu, via Sao Paulo. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel where you can spend the evening at leisure.

Overnight: Belmond Hotel das Cataratas (B)

Day 15

Argentinian Side of Iguassu Falls

This morning, you will be taken on a guided tour of the Argentinian national park. This side of the falls is very extensive compared to Brazil, with many paths taking you to within touching distance of the falls. You will also travel to the furthest point and the largest and most spectacular of all of the cascades- The Devil`s Throat (Garganta del Diablo). From here you can see and feel the full force of the falls. The sound of the water cascading is deafening! After your tour, the rest of your day is free to spend at leisure. You may opt to take a boat trip to get a different perspective of the falls. There are also some safari trails, allowing you to see the local flora and fauna in the nearby sub-tropical rainforest.

Overnight: Belmond Hotel das Cataratas (B)

Day 16

Iguassu Falls - Rio

This morning you will be taken on a guided tour of the Brazilian side of these world-famous waterfalls. There are estimated to be 275 different waterfalls dotted around the tropical forests. The Brazilian side of the falls offers a more panoramic view putting into perspective their sheer size and scale. In the afternoon, you will be met and transferred back to the airport in time for your flight connecting you to Rio de Janeiro. Arriving into Rio, you will be met and transferred to your hotel for the night.

Overnight: Porto Bay Rio Internacional (B)

Day 17

Rio de Janeiro - Depart

Spend some free time this morning to explore the area near the hotel, including the nearby beaches. You’ll then be met around noon to be transferred to the airport in time for your international flight home.

(B)

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Caiman in the Brazilian Pantanal, Paul Joynson-Hicks

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