Ultimate luxury wildlife tour

The best wildlife lodges in Brazil combining the Amazon & the Pantanal

Ultimate Luxury Wildlife Tour

This luxury wildlife tour to Brazil holiday combines the 3 best wildlife lodges in the country, featuring the Northern and Southern Amazon plus the Southern Pantanal. It enables you to experience some of Brazil’s best wildlife experiences including a dedicated day for jaguar spotting where sightings during the dry season are virtually guaranteed.

Itinerary

Day 1 –  Manaus

Fly overnight to Manaus in the heart of the Amazon where upon arrival you will be met at the airport by an English speaking guide and taken to your hotel for the night. The remainder of the day will be free for you to relax and perhaps explore the nearby .

HotelIcon Hotel Villa Amazonia

Hotel Villa Amazonia, Manaus Hotel Villa Amazonia, Manaus

The Hotel Villa Amazonia is located in the historic centre of Manaus, close to the famous opera house. The hotel features 30 exclusive apartments, all which face an indoor garden and a natural stone pool. The façade, reception and restaurant maintain the design of a property which once was a historic mansion that dates back to the golden rubber age. The spacious rooms have a modern and sophisticated design, and include a bathtub, balcony, special linen, convenient amenities and a whole infrastructure of equipment and services. The hotel restaurant, the Fitz Carraldo Bistro, offers a contemporaneous menu, blending international classic dishes with the exotic cuisine of the Amazon. The Hotel Villa Amazonia features a fully equipped gym plus a space for business meetings. The hotel is a great choice for those looking to experience the heart of Manaus in comfort and style.

Day 2 Flight over the Meeting of the Waters to The Amazon

After breakfast you will be met by your private English speaking guide and depart to the river where you can board a seaplane flight to the Amazon making first a diversion to the east to see the amazing Meeting of the Waters, the spot where the muddy waters of the Solimões River and the black waters of the Negro River run side by side, without mixing, to form the great Amazonas River.

You will then fly back past Manaus and on to your Amazon lodge for the next 4 nights. The flight takes approximately an hour and your luggage will be transported by land to be there shortly after you arrive.

HotelIcon Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge

Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge

Set some 180 kms away from Manaus on the banks of the Rio Negro, the Amazon’s main tributary, the Anavilhanas Lodge offers a real slice of luxury amidst an incredibly tranquil setting. The hotel has 20 exclusive suites, arranged in cottages or combined bungalows and is one of the most unique hotels in Brazil. The hotel was designed with sustainability in mind and strives to offer a low environmental impact on it’s surroundings, with strict conservation rules and working closely in partnership with the local Amazon communities. It’s the ideal place to unwind after a day of exploration, maybe by lying in the pool which overlooks the river. Perfect.

Days 3 – 5 – The Northern Amazon

The next few days give you the opportunity to really get to know the Amazon. There will be a few early starts as you head out to explore the jungle on foot, visit the local communities and see the incredibly playful pink river dolphins. You will try your hand at piranha fishing, learn hunting techniques from the locals with the use of a bow and arrow and paddled down small streams in canoes in search of wildlife. The area is also such an amazing place simply to relax, listen to the neverending birdsong and forget about the world.

During your stay at Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge, all your meals are included.

Day 6 Cuiaba

Today you will head back to Manaus in time for a flight to Cuiaba where on arrival an English speaking guide will take you to a hotel for the night. An overnight stop in Cuiaba is required to facilitate the onward connection to Alta Floresta.

HotelIcon Hotel Deville Cuiaba

Hotel Deville Cuiaba Hotel Deville Cuiaba

Conveniently located just 15 minutes away from the airport, Hotel Deville Cuiabá offers easy access to the commercial, cultural, and tourist points in the city. Guests traveling for business or pleasure will enjoy the comfort and high-quality services provided by the staff at Hotel Deville Cuiabá. The 123 rooms are spaced out over 17 floors and are all equipped with a TV with national and international channels, a telephone system with voicemail and an alarm, a connection for fax, a computer with internet access and a work desk. Room service is available 24 hours. Guests can enjoy excellent international and regional cuisine at the hotel restaurant and grab a tasty drink at the lobby bar or at the pool bar. Also for guests’ enjoyment there is a pool, a fitness centre, a variety of shops, a business centre and Wi-Fi Internet access.

Day 7 The Southern Amazon

This morning you will be transferred back to Cuiabá airport to board a flight to the town of Alta Floresta in the south of the Amazon. On arrival you will be transferred to your lodge for the next 4 nights.

HotelIcon Cristalino Jungle Lodge

Cristalino Jungle Lodge Cristalino Jungle Lodge

The incredible Cristalino Jungle lodge is an amazing property in a 29,000 acre private reserve, named by National Geographic as one of the best hotels in Brazil and certainly is the best hotel in Brazil for anyone who wants a birdwatching holiday to Brazil. The lodge plays an important role in conservation by protecting primary rainforest and contributing with important conservation projects in the Southern Brazilian Amazon. The lodge has a friendly restaurant with and for special meals there is a thatched roof patio where candlelit dinners are served. The property has a floating deck, perfect for lazing in the sunshine with steps down to the Cristalino river which is perfect for swimming or paddling along in the canoes and inflatable boats which are available for hire. The lodge has a 50 metre high Canopy Tower located in the middle of the Rainforest Reserve which allows you to view the rainforest below and is considered one of the most important in the Americas because of its location. Many birds and mammals that inhabit the canopies such as falcons, macaws, toucans, cotingas, monkeys and coxius can be seen from the tower. The lodge has three levels of accommodation; Standard and superior rooms as well as private bungalows. All are very comfortable with the bungalows offering that something little bit special. The Cristalino jungle lodge is a wonderful addition to any holiday to Brazil.

Days 8-10 Southern Amazon

Over the next few days you will be taken on a number of guided tours in the area surrounding the Cristalino Jungle Lodge such as those listed below;

Canopy Tower and Ficus Trail

In the morning, hike towards the 50 metre 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.

Saleiro House

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 (Tapirus terrestris), Collared Peccary (Pecari tajacu), White-lipped Peccary (Tayassu pecari), the Giant Anteater (Myrmecophaga tridactylaand) and the Southern Tamandua (Tamandua tetradactyla). By 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.

Hike the “Sierra Trail

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.

Day 11 – Sao Paulo

This morning there will be a light hike on the Tapiri Trail, where the White-whiskered-spider-monkey (Atelis marginatus), symbol of Cristalino State Park, can be seen. Following this you will be transferred back to Alta Floresta arriving arrive back in Alta Floresta in time for lunch before the transfer to the airport for a flight to Sao Paulo.

On arrival in Sao Paulo you will be met by a private guide and transferred to your hotel for the night. An overnight stop in Sao Paulo is required to facilitate the onward connection to Campo Grande.

HotelIcon Hotel Fasano

Hotel Fasano Sao Paulo Hotel Fasano Sao Paulo

The Hotel Fasano Sao Paulo is the most elegant hotel in the city and the realization of a longstanding dream for the Fasano family, a name that has been synonymous with fine dining and hospitality in the city for a century. The designers of the Hotel Fasano have crafted a distinctly elegant 1930s throwback style ambience where modern meets the richness of classic designs. Such work can be seen in the façade bricks, imported from England, and the lobby’s marble beams from Rome. All rooms are equipped with the newest technologies and styled in fine European elegance. The hotel is located between the business centres of Paulista and Faria Lima Avenues neighbouring renowned brands such as Armani, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany, Bulgari, Versace, Cartier and Dior – just to mention a few. There are 60 guestrooms on over 20 floors which offer space and comfort, all with beautiful panoramic views over the leafy Jardins neighbourhood. The elegant, subdued décor is enhanced by the best and most luxurious amenities. The rooms offer king size beds with 300-thread-count Egyptian cotton sheets and white goose down pillows. Linen curtains, Persian Kilim rugs, white marble bathrooms, Venetian-framed paintings and Murano vases echo the Italian traditions of the Fasano family. The suites, with rooms separated by wooden sliding doors, are located on the top floors of the hotel, with unique city views. The hotel is also home to the Fasano restaurant, long considered the best Italian restaurant in South America, and Baretto, an intimate live music and jazz bar, which was considered by the Wall Street Magazine as “the most beautiful bar in the world.”

Day 12 – The Southern Pantanal

This morning your guide will transfer you to the domestic airport for a flight to Campo Grande, the gateway to the southern Pantanal. On arrival you will be collected by a private guide and taken to the best lodge in the Pantanal, roughly a 3 hour drive. Here you can stay for the next 4 nights.

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 13 – 15 The Southern Pantanal & Jaguar spotting

During the next few days you will enjoy a number of activities which will include walking tours, photo safaris and night safaris. You will see a wide variety of wildlife and birdlife as well as learning about life on a working farm.

All excursions are led by bilingual guides who have a deep knowledge of local nature and regional culture.

The lodge offers exceptional wildlife viewing opportunities and due to the location of the lodge many of our clients are lucky enough to see jaguars, even outside of the dry season.

In this itinerary we have included a whole day and evening jaguar experience. You will spend a full day and evening with the Jaguar Habituation Team, getting involved with them as they go about their daily activities and search for the elusive jaguar. The team spends a vast amount of time searching for the jaguars themselves as well as looking for clues that will point them in the right direction when the sun sets and the jaguar becomes active nocturnally. They will check previously set camera traps, check data from satellites that follow the collared jaguars and even search them via a receiver. You may have a chance to experience tracking on foot with the expertly trained trackers, to see first-hand the pictures taken and experience the technology available. Once a sign of the animals is found they will attempt to locate it so that you and your group can be a part of the amazing experience. More often than not it is possible to find the approximate location of the cats during the day which increases the chances of finding them at night. Depending on the circumstances, you will set out at sunset or just after dinner in order to see the jaguars. You will also be given a presentation on the work of the Project and the aims of our team.

During this day all meals will be served at your lodge and you will have time to relax and recover after lunch before starting the afternoon tour.

Day 16

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 luxury wildlife tour to Brazil.

What’s Included

  • International flights to Brazil
  • All internal flights
  • Private transfers throughout
  • 1 night in Manaus at the Hotel Villa Amazonia in a premium room with breakfast
  • Seaplane flight over the Meeting of the Waters to the Amazon
  • 4 nights in the Northern Amazon at Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge in a deluxe bungalow with full board
  • Daily activities in the Northern Amazon with an English speaking guide
  • 1 night in Cuiaba at the Hotel Deville Cuiaba in a master suite with breakfast
  • 4 nights in the Southern Amazon at Cristalino Jungle Lodge in a superior room with full board
  • Daily activities in the Northern Amazon with an English speaking guide
  • 1 night in Sao Paulo at the Hotel Fasano in a superior room with breakfast
  • 4 nights in the Pantanal at Caiman Ecological Refuge in a standard room with full board
  • Daily activities in the Pantanal with an English speaking guide including a full day jaguar spotting experience
  • All the tours mentioned;

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: £8,990 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.

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