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Brazil Wildlife Adventure

Brazil’s wildlife comprises of all naturally occurring animals, and plants available in South America. Located in western Brazil at the south-west corner of the State of Mato Grosso, Pantanal, is the world's largest freshwater wetland. It has thousands of species of exotic plants and a diverse mix of animals, including; jaguars, giant otters, anacondas and caimans. But, unlike in the Amazon, where the animals are hidden out of view, the Pantanal is busting with wildlife. 

Travel to Campo Grande in Pantanal, the world’s biggest wetland area. It’s also Brazil’s premier wildlife destination to watch animals and birdlife. The big five of Pantanal are the Brazilian tapir, giant ant-eater, maned wolf, giant river otter and the jaguar. In the north, the mighty Amazon is best seen by boat to experience its wildlife and meet local communities. Chapada Diamantina is home to a large diversity of fauna and flora. 

TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 13 DAY BRAZIL WILDLIFE ADVENTURE…
And, also experience the beautiful scenery of Chapada Diamantina.
 

What We Love
  • Exclusive tour, guided privately by a multilingual guide throughout the trip.
  • All touring is flexible and can be customised to incorporate special interests.
  • Designed with the best luxury accommodation and services available.
  • Depart whenever you choose – shorten or lengthen the tour to suite your wishes.
  • This tour is designed to provide maximum outdoor experience.
What to Know
  • This is a relaxed tour but may require walking on rough surfaces.  
  • We carefully select the world's best boutique tour companies in each destination.
  • We offer 24/7 support to give you complete peace of mind during your holiday.
  • We strongly recommend that you take travel insurance for this holiday.

Review

It was the dry season and the waterholes were shrinking, slowly. Thousands of caimans sunbathed on the muddy banks. Others floated their beady eyes and nostrils just above the surface. There were countless capybara, egrets and herons. We were exploring one of the world’s biggest wetland areas: the Pantanal.

There were birds everywhere; Blue-crowned trogon, Peach-fronted parakeet, Red-legged seriema, Greater thornbird, Blue-throated piping guan. The bird list was getting long. Then the reptiles; Tree frog, Green iguana, Paraguayan caiman. And the mammals; Red brocket deer, Southern tamandua, Crab-eating fox, Azara’s agouti, Brazilian cavy, Capybara, everywhere. But the big five of Pantanal are the Brazilian tapir, giant ant-eater, maned wolf, giant river otter and the jaguar.

The principal reason the Pantanal has become Brazil’s premier wildlife destination is visibility. Where the Amazon has high canopies and low light, the wetlands have patchy woodlands with lots of dappled light, and open spaces where you can watch animals and birds at your leisure.

We travelled on an open-sided bus-truck contraption. It is a bumpy, dusty ride, but makes platform for wildlife watching.

In the north of Pantanal is the Amazon and the best way to experience the Amazon rainforest and its massive river are by boat. Many of the native villages have been built on the banks of the Amazon River, giving travellers the opportunity to catch a glimpse of their lives and communities, while not infringing on their privacy. These tours may last for a day, or can be packaged to encompass several days for a more detailed exploration of the area.

Chapada Diamantina is home to a large diversity of fauna and flora. There are more than 50 kinds of orchids, bromeliads and other native flowers and also rare specimens of animals, such as the great anteater, the giant armadillos, wild cats and numerous kinds of birds and snakes. Huge rock walls, canyons, grottos, caves, rivers and waterfalls complete the exquisitely beautiful scenery of Chapada Diamantina.

Getting There

There are plenty of choices of carrier to Brazil from the UK, with São Paulo and Rio being the usual points of arrival. If your ultimate destination is neither of these cities, it is usually best to connect in Rio, or connect with a flight on the continent, where your options are TAM to Recife from Paris, or TAP via Lisbon to Recife, Salvador, Fortaleza, Natal, Belo Horizonte and Brasília. If you only want to go to the Amazon, Manaus via Miami with TAM is your best bet, but it’s unlikely to be cheaper or quicker than a flight to Rio or São Paulo and then a connection north.
 

 
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Brazil Wild Adventure

Campto Grande – Pantanal – Amazon - Chapada Diamantina - Rio
(13 Days – Travel Any Day)


Day 1 – Arrive
Campo Grande/ Pantanal Meet and greet on arrival at the Campo Grande airport and transfer to Caiman Lodge - 4 hour transfer to Pantanal lowlands. Afternoon: hike on the many trails in the surrounding areas of the lodge, allowing close observation of small animals and the local vegetation. It is an activity that provides the greatest contact with the environment. Reinforcing the ecological focus of its activity, the Caiman Ecological Refuge alternates the trails, minimizing the impacts upon the environment.
Overnight: Posada Caiman Eco Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 2 – Wildlife Tour
Pantanal Today you will be taken on specially adapted vehicles, to the most distant places of the farm. During the photographic safari, it is possible to observe the peculiarities and contrasts of the vegetation, as well as a large variety of animals. One of the highlights is when the caimans are spotted, whose eyes present impressive red reflex.
Overnight: Posada Caiman Eco Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 3 – Wildlife Tour
Pantanal Visit the research centre and the hyacinth macaw project and getting up close to the caimans under your guide's careful supervision. This afternoon, walk along a forest trail to learn about the Pantanal's huge variety of subtropical flora, and look out for howler and capuchin monkeys in the treetops. Alternatively, try Canadian Canoe in the bays of the ranch. It is a good opportunity to listen to many local sounds and admire the fantastic Pantanal sunset.
Overnight: Posada Caiman Eco Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 4 – Transfer
Amazon Jungle Transfer to the airport for your flight to Manaus via Brasilia. Arrive in Manaus and transfer to your hotel.
Overnight at Tropical Manaus (B)

Day 5 – Experience Amazon
Amazon Jungle Early transfer to Anavilhanas Lodge in the Amazon Jungle. The Anavilhanas Lodge brings the comforts of civilization deep into the rainforest for your comfort and enjoyment. Visitors to the Lodge may pick two activities each day from a varied list of adventurous options.

The activity list includes a boat tour through the uncountable lakes and islands of the Anavilhanas Archipelago, with chances of spotting wild life. With your private guides, trek through the forest who will reveal some of the mysteries of the Amazon Jungle. Or relax on the white sanded beaches that appear in the middle of Rio Negro during the dry season, September through April.
Overnight at Anavilhanas Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 6 – Experience Amazon
Amazon Jungle Today we will take a two-hour hike through the forest watching and learning the local flora and fauna. After lunch we will have the opportunity to watch and maybe swim with the Amazonian Dolphins and later try our luck with Piranha fishing. Dinner followed by a lecture on the Amazon   region.
Overnight at Anavilhanas Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 7 – Experience Amazon
Amazon Jungle Early morning bird watching adventure followed by breakfast. Visit the handcraft emporium and naval shipyard. Lunch. Visit typical local houses in the Tiririca community and appreciate the local culture and environment. Dinner and free evening for exploration of the Lodge facilities.
Overnight at Anavilhanas Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 8 – Transfer
Salvador Morning transfer back to Manaus for your flight to Salvador. Arrive in Salvador airport and transfer to your hotel.
Overnight in Salvador (B).

Day 9 – Walking Tour
Chapada Diamantina Road transfer from Salvador to Lençois. Arrival at Lençóis and transfer to your hotel and if there is time, watch the sunset from the top of Morro do Pai Inácio (Father Inácio). It can be a bit of an effort to go up this hill but it is well worth it!

Lençóis is easily toured, and its cobblestoned streets, pastel coloured colonial buildings and little churches are a reminder of its rich past. The area was off-limits and secret for many years to prevent diamond smuggling, but the spectacular scenery opened the region to tourism. The main activity here is walking and swimming in the cool waterholes but you can also experience the park in many forms.
Overnight in Lencois (B)

Day 10 – Walking Tour
Chapada Diamantina Almost 1.6 million years ago, Chapada Diamantina (Diamond Plateau) had been a plateau; until tectonic upheaval created the cordilleras of mountains we see today, eroded by wind and water to form red striated bluffs and craggy limestone escarpments honeycombed with caves, potholes and underground rivers.

One of these, the Rio Pratinha, forms the freshwater lake where you will have your Cousteau moment. In the Chapada Diamantina playground, anyone can go snorkelling in the caves – or potholing, or kayaking, or hurtling on a zip wire from one side of Pratinha lake to the other. At the Gruta Azul (Blue Grotto), shafts of sunlight combine with magnesium in the water to make it appear vivid turquoise at certain times of day. In the Lapa Doce Cave, you can hike underground with a guide waving a miner's lamp, marvelling at stalactites and stalagmites.
Overnight in Lencois (B, L, D)

Day 11 – Walking Tour
Chapada Diamantina In Chapada Diamantina, water mostly flows in immense underground layers or sparkles on the earth's surface in streams which often drop from sedimentary rock heights to form some of Brazil's most beautiful waterfalls. There is one area, however - Marimbus - where it spreads over mile after mile of marshy terrain - the only wetlands in Chapada.

Often dubbed the "Pantanal of Chapada Diamantina", the area is rich in fish and good for birdwatching. Abundant floating plants include water lilies and Salvinia biloba (known in Brazil as ‘jaguar ears"). The Marimbus area is also rich from a cultural and historical perspective, with historical towns like Remanso dating back to the diamond mining cycle. We will spend the day here swimming and picnic.
Dinner and overnight at Pousada Pedras de Igatu (B, Lunch Box, D)

Day 12 – Walking Tour
Chapada Diamantina The caves with crystal clear water wells are one of the most unique attractions in the Chapada Diamantina. The beauty of the locations is formed by the combination of transparency and blue water reflection that in a period of the year earn a natural phenomenon that makes them even more fascinating. During the fall and winter due to the position of the sun, the sun's rays penetrate the caves and go through the wells, forming a beam in incredible turquoise blue light that illuminates further its colours. We will visit the Poço Azul cave for snorkelling in the natural pool. After lunch   transfer to Igatu.
Overnight at Pousada Pedras de Igatu (B, Lunch Box, D)

Day 13 – Transfer
Rio de Janeiro Transfer to Lençóis and then transfer to back to Salvador. Arrive in Salvador and transfer to the hotel or airport.
Overnight in Rio de Janeiro (B)
 

 

Recommended price

  • 5-star: From GBP 300 per person per day
  • 4-star: From GBP 250 per person per day
  • 3-star: From GBP 200 per person per day

The true price is customised based on final choice of hotels, travel dates, and other custom preferences. All prices exclude international flights.

Price Includes: hotels, airport transfers and transportation within the country, unique experiences guided by local experts and 24X7 support during your trip.

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  • Exclusive Tour: your own private multilingual guide throughout the trip  
  • Price Guarantee: costing 25-30% less than similar tours of the same flexibility and quality
  • Tailor Made: customised itinerary to create your dream holiday
  • Duration: shorten or lengthen the tour to suit your wishes
  • Dates: depart and return whenever you choose
  • Hotels: change hotel grade to suit your budget
  • Group Discounts: call 020 8350 6199


Overview Brazil is bigger than the United States (excluding Alaska) and the journey from Recife in the east to the western border with Peru is longer than that from London to Moscow, and the distance between the northern and southern borders is about the same as that between New York and Los Angeles.

Roughly two-thirds of Brazil’s population live near the coast and well over half live in cities. In Rio and São Paulo, Brazil has two of the world’s great metropolises. Most Brazilians speak Portuguese but there are also Spanish speakers who won’t understand Portuguese.

In the extreme south German and eastern European immigration has left distinctive traces; São Paulo has the world’s largest Japanese community outside Japan; a large Afro-Brazilian population is concentrated in Rio, Salvador and São Luís; while the Indian influence is very visible in the Amazon.

Where to go The three largest cities in Brazil; São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Belo Horizonte are worth visiting but Rio, which really is as beautiful as it seems in pictures, is the one essential destination.

The South, encompassing the states of Paraná, Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul includes much of the enormous Paraná River system. Further south-west are the spectacular Iguaçu Falls on the border with Argentina, one of the great natural wonders of South America.

The Central Brazil is dominated by an enormous plateau of savanna and rock escarpments. In the middle, lies Brasília, the country’s space-age capital, and gateway to Mato Grosso. It includes the Pantanal, the largest wetlands in the world and the richest wildlife reserve anywhere in the Americas. North and west Mato Grosso shades into the Amazon, the world’s largest river basin that also contains two major cities – Belém, at the mouth of the Amazon itself, and Manaus, some 1600km upstream.

The Northeast, the part of Brazil that curves out into the Atlantic Ocean is a region of dramatic contrasts: a lush tropical coastline with the best beaches in Brazil. Two of its largest cities; Recife and Salvador, are most heavily Afro-Brazilian and a fascinating place to visit.

When to go When thinking about the best time to visit Brazil, it’s worth bearing in mind that the country splits into four distinct climatic regions. The only part of Brazil that ever gets really cold is the South and Southeast, the region roughly from central Minas Gerais to Rio Grande do Sul that includes Belo Horizonte, São Paulo and Porto Alegre.

In January the rains are coming to an end and it is a good time to visit Rio. But the warmer days are accompanied by the start of the rains in the Amazon and the Pantanal. February is Carnival time in Brazil. In April and May the temperatures begin to decline and by end April, Pantanal enters its dry season.

June and July is winter in Brazil but temperatures rarely hit freezing overnight. It is a good time to visit the Green Coast between Rio and Sao Paulo; evenings are cooler, but the air is fresh and the sea still warm. Bahia's rainy season tends to begin in June, with one or two showers that arrive in the afternoon.

August and October are perhaps the best time to visit the Pantanal, and also great for spending time in Rio, where spring is arriving, there are few clouds in the sky and the temperatures are on the rise. Summer arrives in November, and you can expect high temperatures across the country. Rio de Janeiro in December tends to be hot and dry, but it gets busy during Christmas and New Year.

Visa Visas for Brazil are not required by all nationals of EU countries for stays of up to 90 days. Visas are required by nationals of Australia, Canada and the USA. Other national to check with  Brazilian Consulate in their respective countries.

For UK Travellers: British nationals can normally enter Brazil without a visa as a tourist.

Make sure you comply with Brazilian immigration laws on arrival in the country. You must satisfy the Federal Police (the Brazilian immigration authority) of your intended purpose of visit. You will need to be able to demonstrate that you have enough money for the duration of your stay, and provide details of your accommodation and evidence of return or onward travel. Make sure your passport is stamped. If it is not, you may be fined on departure. Keep your immigration landing card. You’ll need it when you leave. If you lose it you may be fined.

Passport validity: Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Brazil.

For further information about visas see the website of the Brazilian Consulate in London.
Visa information source: www.gov.uk