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Rio & the Wildlife of Brazil

13 days from £3455pp plus international flights.

Three of the most uniquely Brazilian aspects of Brazil - Rio, the Amazon and the Pantanal!  


Live it up in Rio over 3 nights including one full day tour. See Sugarloaf Mountain & Christ the Redeemer, the various stunning beaches, and the city's many colonial buildings.

On day 4 you fly inland to explore the teeming and exotic wildlife of the southern Amazon staying at the remote and fabulous Cristalino Lodge. See the rainforest from the canopy tower, walk the forest trails to see a huge array of birds, and don't miss the mammal clay lick where you might come across tapirs and other wildlife.

 
From the Amazon you head south to the northern Pantanal. From the lodge we take you to here, you get an almost guaranteed chance to spot jaguars in the wild! This would be the highlight of the trip for many people, but you can also see a variety of other mammal and bird species too.


You're right, it's not a cheap trip, but this is a very special adventure with that rare chance of spotting jaguars in the wild which very few people get to experience. Combining jaguar spotting with Rio and an Amazon adventure makes this a truly fabulous trip. Definitely one for real wildlife lovers.

Itinerary
Rio de Janeiro

DAY 1: RIO DE JANEIRO

Arrive in Rio de Janeiro and settle into your hotel. Maybe venture out to explore this famous city, or just relax after your flight.
Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro

DAY 2: RIO DE JANEIRO

Today you have a full guided day tour of the city, to point out the main sites and landmarks and help you get your bearings. Your itinerary will include visits to Corcovado and the Sugarloaf Mountain, from both of which there are spectacular views of the city. 
Breakfast 
Rio de janeiro, Brazil

DAY 3: RIO DE JANEIRO

A full day to spend as you wish, on further exploration of the city's sights, perhaps going shopping, or simply relaxing and enjoying the atmosphere of this famous city. 
Breakfast
Cristalino Jungle Lodge, Brazil

DAY 4: RIO TO THE AMAZON

Fly from Rio to the Amazon and transfer by road and river to Cristalino Lodge. The lodge has many trails for your to explore and 2 50 metre observation towers giving you views high above the forest canopy. 
Breakfast, dinner
Birdlife in Amazon, Brazil

DAYS 5 & 6: THE AMAZON

Two full days at Cristalino Lodge. You have the opportunity to try some wonderful rainforest activities such as canoeing, exploring the trails, bird watching and wildlife watching. 
Full board
Horse riding at Araras Lodge, Brazil

DAY 7: THE AMAZON TO THE PANTANAL

Today you fly to Cuiaba and transfer to Araras Lodge. This is a small lodge with excellent eco credentials and a great base from which to explore the wildlife and scenery of the Pantanal. 
Breakfast, dinner
Howler Monkey in the Pantanal, brazil

DAY 8: THE PANTANAL

A full day to spend exploring. Activities available here include horse riding, river cruises, canoeing and guided walking safaris in the forest and Pantanal plains. There is also an observation tower with great views of the plains. 
Full board.
Jaguar in the Pantanal, Brazil

DAY 9: TO JAGUAR LODGE

Spend the morning at Araras Lodge and after lunch transfer to Jaguar Lodge in the Jaguar Ecological Reserve. This is a family-run lodge in a stunning setting surrounded by some of Brazil's most beautiful scenery. 
Full board.
Jaguar, Brazil

DAYS 10 & 11: JAGUAR LODGE

Two full days at Jaguar Lodge. The main activities offered from the lodge are boat trips along the Cuiaba River, about a 45 minute drive from the lodge. The boat trips offer the best chance of seeing jaguars in the wild, and also allow sightings of giant otters and numerous bird species. The lodge also offers guided walks through the Pantanal which are an excellent way of seeing the local wildlife, culture and scenery of the region as well as night drives to see nocturnal wildlife. 
Full board.
Transpantaneira highway, Brazil

DAY 12: JAGUAR LODGE TO CUIABA

Leaving Jaguar Lodge, you travel along the Transpantaneira with a private guide for wildlife watching en-route to Cuiaba. The journey till take about 7 hours. 
Breakfast.
Caimans in the Pantanal, Brazil

DAY 13: FLY TO SAO PAULO

Today you fly from Cuiaba to Sao Paulo, where you can connect with a homebound flight. 
Breakfast.
Price & Dates

Guide price from (pp sharing): £3455 (ex. international flights)

Price notes: 2016 guide price is £3455 pp sharing (not inc flights).

Includes: 

All accommodation in double/twin room; all transfers; private guided tour of Rio including all entrance fees; all activities in the rainforest in a small group led by naturalist guide; all activities in the Pantanal, including jaguar-spotting boat rides on the Cuiaba River with shared guide; meals as specified.

Excludes: 

International and domestic flights; insurance; visas; meals not specified; drinks; tips.

Getting there: The holiday starts in Rio de Janeiro and ends in Sao Paolo. International and domestic (Rio to Cuiaba, Cuiaba to Alta Floresta return and Cuiaba to Sao Paulo) flights from the UK start from around £1300 per person.

Departure dates: This is a private trip which can be arranged at any time to suit you.

places you will see

places you will see

Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro
Rio has 37 white sand beaches backed by lush green peaks, and from Christ the Redeemer to Sugarloaf Mountain and Copacabana beach, there are iconic spots throughout the city. 
Northern Pantanal
The Pantanal
Brazil's Pantanal is a huge area where cattle ranches sit cheek-by-jowl with some incredible wilderness and wildlife, including jaguars.
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How this holiday helps

This superb Brazilian holiday gives you a wonderful insight into Rio plus the flora and fauna of the Pantanal and the Amazon. The lodges you’re staying at are owned and run by some great people who do a lot for their environments, local wildlife and communities. They are special places which we know will greatly add to your Brazilian experience.

On each lodge page, you can read more about how the lodges help. 

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Time: GMT -3 hours

Flight time: Most flights go to Sao Paulo but some airlines have direct flights to Rio de Janeiro, and to North-eastern Brazil. British Airways and TAM have direct flights from London and many European carriers also offer flights to Brazil.

Language: Portuguese is the official language. Spanish and English are understood quite widely.

Visas: Not required for British nationals.

Health: There are no compulsory vaccinations, except yellow fever if you are coming from an infected area. Malaria prophylactics are recommended in the rainforest.

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