Wild Brazil 15 days
Visit two of the most diverse wildlife and nature destinations on the planet on this comprehensive 15 day itinerary. See jaguars, giant anteaters, river otters and other mammals plus reptiles and birdlife in the Pantanal, then, even more species in the Amazon basin, perhaps even the elusive pink dolphin. Combined with spectacular flora and scenery, this is wild Brazil at its best.
Prices based on two sharing.
- Visit two of the planet's most diverse natural locations
- Encounter the impressive jaguar
- Incredible wealth of flora and fauna
- Visit the domain of the elusive pink dolphin
- Overnights in double or twin rooms in the pousada/hotel as in the itinerary
- Private transfers as in itinerary in air-conditioned vehicle with driver
- Meals as stated in itinerary
- Excursions as in itinerary
- English speaking guide during excursions, as in the itinerary.
- Domestic flights
ITINERARY14 Nights 15 Days
- Day 1 | Sao Paulo to Cuiaba
- Days 2 - 4 | Araras Eco Lodge
- 5 - 7 | Jaguar House Boat
- 8 - 9 | Chapada dos Guimaraes
- 10 - 14 | Cristalino Jungle Lodge
- 15 | Return to Sao Paulo
Sao Paulo to Cuiaba
Fly from Sao Paulo to Cuiaba, where you will be met by your driver and transferred to the Araras Eco Lodge.
Araras Eco Lodge
From this lodge, with its enviably preserved surroundings, there is first-class bird-watching, trekking in pristine forest, canoeing, riding, truck photo-safaris and night tours.There are also two exciting treetop look outs with heights of 12 and 25m, all this under the assistance of expert bilingual naturalist guides.
Time will be spent observing the Pantanal’s flora & fauna on the private reserve of the lodge. Included is a tour on which a guide will lead you on a two hour horseback ride through the pastures, woods and wetlands
At the Sentinela Camp on the edge of the Rio Clarinho, you will take a canoe tour to spot aquatic wildlife, birds and flora, you can even try your hand at piranha fishing. Wildlife on the list here includes capybaras, monkeys, giant otters, caiman, tapir, coati, black headed parakeets, boat-billed herons, rosette spoonbill, agami herons, macaws and much more.
At the lodge, three meals a day are provided.
Jaguar House Boat
After an early morning pick-up from the Araras Eco lodge to drive towards the Paraguay River, you will board the Jaguar House Boat anchored just north of the Taiama Reserve, which is a federally protected area so it is not open to the public. No tour operator is permitted to take tourists onto the reserve itself, but since this sits on an island in the middle of the river, visitors are free to circumnavigate the reserve in search of the elusive jaguar and other superb wildlife.
You will spend the next two full days exploring by boat the Taiama Ecological Reserve and its channels in search of jaguars and other wildlife. This is one of the best areas to see jaguars away from the crowds. The best time for spotting these majestic creatures is first thing in the morning and late afternoon when they are most active - they tend to follow the South American tradition of having a siesta mid-afternoon!
Besides jaguars the region is known for its high concentration of other wildlife. It is not uncommon to spot capybara, giant otters, crab-eating fox, coati, maned wolf, anteaters, anacondas, monkeys, agouti and tapir on the banks of the river amidst the sea of caiman. Whilst birds will include toco toucans, hyacinth macaw, osprey, large-billed terns, parakeets, roseate spoonbills, hawks and a host of smaller passerines.
Chapada dos Guimaraes
Arrive at Park Eco Lodge and settle in to your latest destination, Capada dos Guimaraes. You will spend the next two days exploring this National Park, close to the geographical centre of South America and home to a rich variety of wildlife. It is an area of canyons and red sandstone cliffs containing a number of archaeological sites with cave paintings and fossils. Among the mammals and reptiles to be encountered here are maned wolf, pumas, crowed caiman, deer, anteater and gato-palheiro (a type of wild cat). However it is the huge variety of birdlife that it is home to, that attracts most visitors, these include eagles, several species of hummingbird, owls, tanagers, parakeets, macaws, jays, ant shrikes and falcons- it really is a birding paradise.
Highlights include Véu da Noiva waterfall, Cachoeirinha, Portão do Inferno, Salgadeira Tourists Terminal, the lookout, and Sant'Ana Chapel - the last baroque monument of the region.
Cristalino Jungle Lodge
Day 10: Alta Floresta - Cristalino Jungle Lodge .Arrival in Alta Floresta, pick up and transfer to Cristalino Jungle Lodge. Upon arrival, there will be an introduction to the lodge and to your accommodations. Library and maps are available. Full board basis.
Day 11: In the morning, hike towards the 50m Canopy Tower where you will be able to see the forest from above the canopy. Monkeys, macaws and several species of birds can be found here. Then, walk the Ficus Trail, where a giant Ficus Tree is found. In the afternoon, walk the Taboca Trail in an area with seasonally flooded forest, where many monkeys can be found.
Day 12: In the morning, hike towards the Saleiro House - a rustic tree house located in the middle of the forest reserve. The soil here is naturally rich in minerals, and is often visited by large forest mammals such as the South american Tapir, Collared Peccary, White-lipped Peccary, the Giant Anteater and the Southern Tamanda. In the afternoon, boat trip up river and hike the remarkable Brazil Nut Trail in a region with enormous Brazil Nut Trees. On the way back it is possible to canoe or boat ride, watching the afternoon as you go down river.
Day 13: Boat trip in the morning and hike the “Sierra Trail”: a site with a low, drier and deciduous type of forest. This trail has beautiful viewpoints since it is located in a hilly landscape. Orchids are often found in this area. In the afternoon hike in the Teles Pires island, a place where parakeets, parrots, macaws and nesting wood storks can be seen. Sunset at this place is great for photography.
Day 14: Hike the Caja Trail, an excellent site for seeing primates who feed on the caja fruit, including the Brown Capuchin Monkey and the rare Red-nosed Saki Monkey. In the afternoon, walk the Scenery Trail - one of the most beautiful trails in the reserve. It goes through a hilly landscape and often offers fascinating views. The forest here is very rich in bromeliads, heliconias and orchids. Return by sunset.
Return to Sao Paulo
After breakfast, take a light hike in the Tapiri Trail, where the White-whiskered-spider-monkey, symbol of Cristalino State Park, can be seen. Transfer to Alta Floresta. Lunch and departure to Cuiaba for flight back to Sao Paulo and onward or return travel
Your Itinerary Accommodation
Araras Eco Lodge, Pantanal
On arrival at Araras Eco Lodge you will be greeted by a very warm welcome and an ice cold drink. With a reputation for first-class hospitality and a family atmosphere, this rustic lodge is a firm favourite among travellers to the area.
Located off the Transpantaneira Park Road and surrounded by stunning wetlands, there is plenty to see on the safari transfer to the lodge. This pousada was built to be at harmony with the environment and the beautifully preserved surroundings.
An action-packed itinerary is available throughout the day to ensure you get the best out of the beautiful surroundings. Boardwalks run from the lodge across the wetlands and to canopy towers you can climb to get a closer look at the stunning birdlife and monkeys in the trees.
Noted as some of the most comfortable accommodation along the Transpantaneira, the rooms feature large bathrooms with walk-in showers, air conditioning and screened doors leading to patios with hammocks for your enjoyment. Personal touches such as artisanal bedspreads add to the native feel.
There is a small pool to relax and watch the “pet” Hyacinth Macaw and other birds in the garden. The covered restaurant offers buffet style meals of quality, local produce and a selection of refreshing alcoholic and soft drinks. The genial host is more than happy to cater to varied dietary requirements.
Take a guided canoe trip to see and learn about the vast amounts of flora, fauna and aquatic life. It is even possible to try piranha fishing! Or if you prefer dry land, take a horseback ride through fields, woods and floodlands.
After sunset join an experienced guide on a jeep trek to go star gazing and experience the nocturnal sounds of the Pantanal.
Cristalino Lodge, Amazon South
Named after the beautiful and pure Amazon River, the award-winning Cristalino Jungle Lodge is an authentic, sustainable, and ethical lodge. This beautiful lodge is located in the southern part of the Brazilian Amazon region surrounded by stunning scenery.
This beautiful Amazon sanctuary will leave you with nothing but breath-taking memorable experiences. Selected as one of the 25 best Ecolodges in the world by National Geographic Traveller in 2013, you can spend your days immersing yourself in the beautiful surroundings, soaking up the wildlife and if you’re feeling adventurous, Cristalino provides guided trips into the forest and along the river, such as boating and canoeing.
Whether you are wanting to relax on the floating deck on the river and nap in the The Cristalino Lodge is ideal for people who like nature and want to be a part of the local conservation effort.
Facilities include a friendly restaurant and the bar is extremely inviting with a log fire and views of the night sky, a living room which can be used for presentations and meetings and a small library
The bungalows have comfortable beds, ample bathrooms with exclusive amenities and a natural ventilation system – and as part of their passion for sustainability, they all make use of solar water heating and bio-waste treatment.
Park Eco Lodge, Chapada dos Guimaraes
Strategically located on the border of Chapada dos Guimarães National at an altitude of 750m in its 500 hectares of private land with two seasonal waterfalls (from Dec to Jul), amazing outlook over the entire Park, and several trails for the enjoyment of nature lovers.
The lodge is equipped with 8 rustic apartments, with en suite bathrooms and air-conditioning a leisure area featuring a veranda with hammocks, swimming pool, mini-gym, seated garden area, sauna, and a lounge with a fireplace, and at the Restaurant & Bar “Teta da Loba” is served a delicious and varied local menu.
The wood used in its construction is salvaged, its roofs are made from recycled milk boxes and its water is heated by solar panels. It has a modern and efficient effluent-treatment plant, selective disposal and recycling of refuse, and a pioneer solar cooling project.
Jaguar house boat, Pantanal
The Jaguar House Boat is perfect for exploring the remote Taiama Reserve, one of the best wildlife sanctuaries in Brazil with the highest density of jaguar population in the entire Pantanal, as well as giant river otters, anacondas, tapirs and other wildlife
The Jaguar House Boat, anchored just north of the Taiama Reserve, offers nine comfortable cabins, all with bunk beds, private bath and air-conditioning. Each cabin has two bunk beds. The air conditioned dining room is equipped with TV, sound system and bathroom. There is a nice panoramic deck from which you can enjoy the view of the surrounding wilderness, while enjoying a cold drink
What Our Customers
• The holiday delivered a truly wonderful wildlife experience from start to finish. The sightings of the jaguars, tapirs, giant anteaters, giant river otters and hyacinth macaws will be etched in my memory forever! Our guide was excellent, his knowledge of the flora and fauna of the Pantanal was exceptional and his ability to spot a bird half a mile away never failed to amaze us. We loved our few nights at Cristalino Lodge, it provided just the respite we needed after a busy couple of weeks and was the perfect place to finish up with, so a great recommendation from you.
We went in the hope of seeing one, maybe two jaguars, but never did we expect to see eleven, staying on the flotel was definitely the right choice, we were literally surrounded by wildlife 24/7. The Pantanal completely exceed our expectations every day with an abundance of wildlife and incredible birding at every turn, the only thing we would change is going for longer, our 12 days just flew by unfortunately.
The highlight had to be our stay at Porto Jofre and seeing the jaguars but being bird watchers, we enjoyed everywhere. Iguassu Falls was stunning and provided us with just the relaxation we needed after our long haul flights. Really enjoyed the food and the mandatory caipirinhas!!!
Just got back from Brazil and I wanted to thank you all for putting together such a superb trip. This is the third time Christine and I have travelled with you and once again you have made an unforgettable time. As you can see the jaguars obliged (as did the anteaters, armadillos, monkeys, caimans, giant otters, marmots, ocelots, pumas and countless birds ). This is just one of the hundreds of photos (obviously not my national geographic front cover shot ! ). We enjoyed bragging to people we met about our superb travel company. I have referred several couples . Just think what I could have done with a Wildfoot T shirt? We very much enjoyed Iguassu for our first stop . Despite the cost of the hotel we could have stayed another night to get over the arrival from UK. We did the helicopter flight over the falls worth very penny and very good guide . Internal flights are “fun” especially three in a day. Cristalino is beautiful but the birding is challenging ( even for me!) Great guide and boatman. Our only hitch was the plane was delayed for three hours to Cuiaba and so our seven hour drive to Porte Jofre was in the dark. The guide and driver were up for it and I saw a Puma! Loved Porte Jofre .I would stay for 8 days as a photographer . The arrangements were brilliant . We had a fast boat (essential) and a really good boatman/driver who worked extremely hard to get me to the Jaguars .Saw them every day .Our stay at Pouso Alegre was “simple “ but the variety of wildlife was good ending with an anteater with a baby on her back (in perfect light) . Rio was an inspired suggestion -Christ the Redeemer statue (-good for birds too) hotel overlooking Ipanema beach, good tour guide and driver, and ate in the bar that the composer saw the girl from Ipanema walk by. Even bumped up to business class on our return. So a big thank you to you all . Just brilliant.
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