Trekking, Wildlife and the City

An active holiday visiting the Chapada dos Veadeiros, the Pantanal & Rio de Janeiro

Trekking, Wildlife and the City

This active Brazil holiday showcases one of Brazil’s best destinations for adventure activities and trekking as well as amazing wildlife and the most beautiful city in the world. The rarely visited Chapada dos Veadeiros with its waterfalls and beautiful landscapes, the incredible flora and fauna of the northern Pantanal plus the marvellous city that is Rio de Janeiro make this itinerary a diverse and action packed holiday to Brazil and all in under two weeks.


Day 1 – Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park

Start your Brazil holiday with a flight to the capital, Brasilia where upon arrival you will be met at the airport and transferred to Sao Jorge, one of the gateways to the Chapada dos Veadeiros and to your hotel.

In the afternoon you will be taken with an English speaking guide to visit to Vale da Lua (Moon Valley), an extraordinary moon-scape of rock sculpted by the force of the Sao Miguel River, great for photographs. Dinner will be included this evening in Sao Jorge.

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Pousada Bagua Pousada Bagua

Located in large, mature gardens the Pousada Bagua is a new property with just 4 guest rooms. The rooms are spacious, independent wooden chalets with open plan bedroom, living room and shower room with separate double vanity unit and a mini bar. There is a large outdoor balcony and hammock to take a siesta and enjoy the peace of the gardens.  The main lodge boasts a panoramic view of the National Park of Chapada dos Veadeiros and houses a comfortable lounge and open air restaurant where a buffet breakfast is served. Lunch, evening meal and drinks are also served here.

Day 2 – Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park

Today you will be joined once again by your private English speaking guide and trek the trail to the Rio Preto Falls. This is one of the highlights of the Chapada dos Veadeiros and a favoured image on postcards. The trek is about 10km and of medium to hard in nature and along the way it is possible to see the various special ecosystems of the Brazilian savannah and the quartz mines. A packed lunch will be included. Before returning to Sao Jorge you will enjoy a visit to the relaxing hot springs at nearby Agua Quente. Dinner will be included this evening in Sao Jorge.

Day 3 – Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park

After breakfast you will walk into Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park once again visiting what are known as Canyon I and II. These are canyons with large stone walls and along the way there are pools to swim in. You will walk in total roughly 10km again and all the way to the Cariocas Waterfall where the Rio Preto tumbles down 30m and into a pool. Lunch is once again provided. When the walk finishes and you return to Sao Jorge and dinner will be once again included this evening.

Day 4 – Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park

This morning you will be transferred to the eastern border of Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park. You will climb the ridge to the top of the Serra Geral do Parana, at an altitude of 3,500 ft (1,500m), with fantastic views to the edge of the Chapada and into the Vao do Parana valley far below. After a short drive you will walk along the river valley in which the Rio Macaquinho has carved deep canyons of quartz rock and where great waterfalls of green plunge into natural swimming pools. You will stop for a picnic lunch, see the two waterfalls, Canion da Pedra Furada and Caverna, and then descend into the entrance of a 120 ft (40m) canyon at which the Dois Saltos waterfall marks the merging of the Macaquinho and Fundao rivers.

Tonight you will enjoy an early dinner, a tasty home-cooked meal at the Santuario das Pedras farm before returning to Sao Jorge.

The Macaquinho river is one of the best places for canyoning in Brazil through a 2 km long stretch with four abseiled descents including an abseil down through a ring of rock, at the Pedra Furada waterfall, and over both rock and waterfall. Along the way you will pass through deep canyons with narrow walls, great swimming pools and water slides, all the way to the Caverna waterfall at which you will abseil down 120 ft (40 m) into a clear natural pool of water. Such an activity can be arranged locally.

Day 5 – The northern Pantanal

Today you will be transferred back to Brasilia airport for a morning flight to Cuiabá in the heart of the northern Pantanal. On arrival you will be met by a driver and taken on a shared transfer into the Northern Pantanal. It’s a fabulous safari along the entire Transpantaneira Park Road, with several opportunities to photograph nature and wildlife.  Check in, have an introduction tour, enjoy dinner and spend the night at the Lodge.

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Araras Eco Lodge Pantanal Araras Eco Lodge Pantanal

Built with an emphasis on comfort and harmony with the environment, the Araras Eco Lodge is located 132 km southwest of Cuiabá, the capital of the state of Mato Grosso. Reachable year-round, the lodge is nestled in the ecologically diverse and impeccably preserved Pantanal region. Guests at the lodge will have the opportunity to participate in first-class bird watching, trekking in pristine forests, canoeing, and horseback riding. There are also guided photo-safaris, sunrise and sunset hikes, and stunning views from tree-top lookout points.  All activities are conducted with the assistance of expert bilingual naturalist guides. The lodge, built in regional rustic style, includes leisure facilities such as a swimming pool and a large veranda with cozy hammocks. Guests can also unwind with a drink at the lodge’s bar and enjoy excellent local cuisine featuring Pantanal meat and fish, organic salads, and seasonal fruits and vegetables. When not participating in activities, guests can retreat to the comfortable and tastefully decorated guestrooms. The lodge offers just 19 rooms, all featuring air conditioning, a ceiling fan, screened windows, and a private bathroom with hot water.

Day 6 Northern Pantanal

Today will be a full day dedicated to observing the Pantanal’s flora & fauna at the Araras Eco Lodge private reserve. After breakfast, the guide will lead you on a 2 to 3 hour horse ride through the grazing fields, woods and flood lands. Lunch at the lodge and then in the afternoon, join a hike to a different area of the reservation, allowing you to watch and learn about this ecosystem.

Day 7 Northern Pantanal

After breakfast, departure to the Clarinho River from where you can take a canoe and explore the river banks, mangroves and forest. With some luck, you can spot a family of ariranhas (giant otters) fishing, playing and teaching the babies to swim and fish, a family of capybaras or if you are really lucky the sighting of a jaguar.

There is the chance to fish for Piranhas, known for nibbling the bait off the hook without the fisherman noticing whilst Lambaris, another species of fresh water fish, are an easy catch and are delicious when barbecued. A picnic barbecue lunch will be prepared at the camp site. Return to the lodge at the end of the afternoon.

Day 8 Rio de Janeiro

Today you will be transferred back to Cuiabá from where you will fly to the Marvellous City, Rio de Janeiro, and transferred to your hotel by an English speaking driver. The remainder of the day will be free for you to relax.

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Hotel Porto Bay Rio de Janeiro Hotel Porto Bay Rio de Janeiro

The Porto Bay Hotel has a great location and offers three room types; superior, deluxe and suites, all of which are immaculately presented and either have views of the bay or of the city. The restaurant in the hotel offers fabulous food but also a wonderful panoramic view over Copacabana beach whereas the Bar Limone is the perfect spot for a caipirinha or for a bit of dancing. Everyone will love the rooftop. Complete with pool and bar with superb views of Sugar Loaf and Copacabana beach this is a great place to spend a few hours, lazing in the sun or sipping cocktails as the sun goes down.

Day 9 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. The afternoon will be then free for you to explore independently or relax on the beach.

Day 10 Rio de Janeiro

This morning is 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. After a morning of exploring the historical centre perhaps treat yourself to high tea amidst the opulent elegance of the Confeitaria Colombo.

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, it’s 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 12

Today will be free for you to explore Rio de Janeiro independently before in the early evening a driver will transfer you back to the airport for your flight home.

What’s Included

  • Return international flights to Brazil
  • All internal flights
  • Private transfers in Rio de Janeiro;
  • Private return transfers from Brasilia airport to the Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park;
  • Shared transfers Cuiabá/Araras Lodge/Cuiabá
  • Daily activities in the Pantanal with an English speaking guide;
  • A private half day tour in Rio to Corcovado including entrance tickets;
  • A private half day tour in Rio to Sugar Loaf including entrance tickets;
  • 4 nights in Sao Jorge at Pousada Baguá in a Bungalow Baguá on a full board basis
  • 3 nights in the Pantanal at Araras Lodge on a full board basis
  • 3 nights in Rio de Janeiro at Hotel Porto Bay in a superior room with breakfast
  • English speaking guides throughout

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: £4,390 per person, based on 2 people sharing.

This is a guide price based on the use of standard 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.