Rio, the Falls and wildlife

A luxury tailor-made tour in Rio, Iguassu Falls and the Pantanal

Rio, the Falls and wildlife

This luxury Brazil holiday showcases the 3 most famous sights in the south of Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Iguassu Falls and the Pantanal. It’s a wonderful mix of beaches, city, nature and wildlife for those with limited time on their hands but want to see some of the best things that Brazil has to offer.


Day 1 –  Rio de Janeiro

Fly to Rio de Janeiro where upon arrival you will be met at the airport and taken to your hotel. Flights to Rio from Europe generally arrive either in the early morning or late in the evening. The remainder of the day will be free for you to relax.

HotelIcon Belmond Copacabana Palace Hotel

Copacabana Palace Hotel Copacabana Palace Hotel

The Belmond Copacabana Palace Hotel is the most renowned hotel in Rio de Janeiro and with good reason. Superbly positioned overlooking the sea smack in the heart of Avenida Atlantica on Copacabana beach, this glamorous landmark in Rio has welcomed the rich and famous since 1923. The magnificent pool, with its adjacent super-cool Bar do Copa, are where Brazil’s style setters gather to soak up the sun. The hotel’s restaurants are also destinations in themselves, whether for great local dishes or fine Italian dining in Hotel Cipriani Restaurant. There are 4 room types ranging from Superior cityview rooms, deluxe ocean view rooms, Avenue Cityview suites and Ocean pool view suites. If you’re a celebrity visiting Rio, then there’s a fair chance you are staying at the Copacabana Palace.

Day 2 Rio de Janeiro

After breakfast you will be met by your private English speaking guide and depart for Corcovado to see the most famous of all images of Rio, the statue of Christ the Redeemer. The views from the top are breathtaking and make you realise why Rio is considered by many as the most beautiful city in the world. After lunch you will head off to explore Sugar Loaf Mountain. This granite rock is an iconic Rio landmark and from the top you’ll once again have the most wonderful views of the whole city, its beaches and a breathtaking view of Guanabara Bay. It’s a great place to watch the sun set over the city, sipping a caipirinha. The evening will then be free for you to relax.

Day 3 Rio de Janeiro

This day is free for you at your leisure. Relax on one of the city’s many beaches, explore the historic centre, meander round the cobbled streets of Santa Teresa or amble around the Botanical gardens. The city has ample to keep you entertained for many a day.

If you’re in Rio near the weekend and want a good night out then head to Lapa and to the famous Rio Scenarium club for live samba music and dancing until the small hours in a fabulous old colonial building.

Day 4 Iguassu Falls

After breakfast a private transfer will take you to the airport for a flight to the town of Foz do Iguaçu, the gateway to the most impressive waterfalls in the world. You will be met upon arrival and transferred to your hotel for the night.

In the afternoon you will be met by your private guide and enjoy a half day tour of the Brazilian side of the falls. Within the park on the Brazilian side is approximately a mile of boardwalks which snake through the trees and allow you to get close up to the full force of the waterfalls and also see an abundance of wildlife such as coatis or toucans. The tour ends on the upper part of the falls which are reached by a panoramic elevator before you return to your hotel.

HotelIcon Belmond Hotel Das Cataratas

Hotel Das Cataratas Hotel Das Cataratas

The only hotel located within the Brazilian side of Iguassu National Park, Belmond Hotel das Cataratas enjoys an unrivalled location just a short stroll from the sensational Iguassu waterfalls. Guests enjoy exclusive access to this magnificent sight in the evening and at dawn, when the park is closed to other visitors. The hotel is a beautiful example of a Portuguese-colonial residence, surrounded by tropical gardens. The hotels offers a day spa, swimming pool, tennis court as well and 2 fabulous restaurants and bar. There are four room styles available ranging from superior rooms, deluxe rooms, junior suites through to the wonderful Cataratas Suites. All rooms are wonderfully designed with unique touches with the suites being particularly impressive.

Day 5 Iguassu Falls

After breakfast you will again be met by your guide for a private tour of the falls from the Argentinean side which offers a completely different view of the falls. Once in the national park there are two ecological trains which are perfect to take you around the parks attractions taking you eventually to the Devils Throat Station for the best view of the falls.

If you really want to get close to the falls then board the La Gran Aventura boat and get to the base of the falls and feel their incredible force.

Day 6 The Pantanal

An early morning flight takes you to Campo Grande, the gateway to the southern Pantanal. On arrival you will be collected by a private transfer and taken to your hotel which will be roughly a 2 hour drive into the heart of the Pantanal. Alternatively it is possible to fly into the Pantanal by private plane.

HotelIcon Caiman Ecological Refuge

Caiman Ecological Refuge Caiman Ecological Refuge

Caiman Ecological Refuge is located on a 53 thousand hectare ranch is a wonderful destination. The property has two lodges, the Baiazinha Lodge and the Cordilheira Lodge which are spread 22kms apart. The Baiazinha Lodge is a bird-shaped house, located on the shores of a lake, with 6 standard rooms decorated in traditional ranch style. The Cordilheira Lodge has 5 double suites, decorated in contemporary style. Each of these has a separate bedroom and living room, bathroom, powder room and balcony. There is also a pool on a deck, surrounded by the vast expanse of the Pantanal landscape. This really is a special place to stay if you want to get up close to Brazilian wildlife.

Days 7 – 8 The Pantanal

The next couple of days will be a mix of relaxation and activities. You will enjoy canoe tours, nocturnal spotlighting, photographic safaris and caiman spotting. Activities will begin early in the morning to make the most of the best part of the day and before the temperature warms up too much so that you can enjoy two daylight tours each day plus an evening activity.

The lodge also offers a specific jaguar spotting day with the conservation team from the lodge which is highly recommended.

Day 9

Following a private transfer to the airport, today you will wave goodbye to Brazil and board a flight back to the UK after what will have been an unforgettable Brazil holiday.

What’s Included

  • International flights to Brazil
  • All internal flights
  • Private airport transfers throughout;
  • Private tour of the Argentinean side of Iguassu Falls;
  • Daily activities in the Pantanal with an English speaking guide;
  • Private Half Day Tour to the Brazilian side of Iguassu Falls;
  • Private Full Day Tour to Argentinean side of Iguassu Falls;
  • Private Full Day tour of Rio de Janeiro including Sugar Loaf and Corcovado with entrances;
  • 3 nights in Rio de Janeiro at the Belmond Copacabana Palace Hotel in a city view room with breakfast;
  • 2 nights at Iguassu Falls in the Belmond Hotel Das Cataratas in a superior room with breakfast;
  • 3 nights in the Pantanal at the Caiman Ecological Refuge in a standard room with full board;
  • All the tours mentioned;
  • English speaking guides for all tours and private transfers.

Not Included

  • Beverages and meals which are not specified;
  • Phone calls and personal expenses;
  • Travel insurance;
  • * All other services stated as optional or not explicitly stated as included.*

From: £3,925 per person, based on 2 people sharing.

This is a guide price based on the use of rooms at low season, all transfers, domestic and international flights (from Europe).

Please enquire and we will provide a full quote for you.

All our itineraries are tailor-made to your own requirements so can be modified however you wish.