Wetlands and Wildlife

A luxury two week wildlife holiday to the Pantanal and southern Amazon

Wetlands and Wildlife

Want to see the best of Brazil’s wildlife and birdlife? Then this sample Brazil holiday may be for you. Focusing on two incredible wildlife destinations, the northern Pantanal and the southern Amazon in combination with a visit to the quintessential Brazil holiday destination, Rio de Janeiro. If you love wildlife and particularly if you are interested in birdwatching, then this is a fabulous holiday to Brazil.


Day 1 Rio de Janeiro

Fly to Rio de Janeiro t0 start your Brazil holiday 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.

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

Day 3 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 4 Cuiabá / Northern Pantanal

Today you will be transferred back to the 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 5 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 6 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 7 Southern Amazon

This morning you will be transferred back to Cuiabá airport to board a flight to the town of Alto 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

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.

HotelIcon L’Hotel Porto Bay

L'Hotel Porto Bay Sao Paulo L'Hotel Porto Bay Sao Paulo

The five star L’Hotel Porto Bay is situated in the heart of the financial district just 100 metres from Avenida Paulista, Sao Paulo’s most famous road and in the heart of the shopping district. The hotel has 80 elegant rooms all featuring Egyptian cotton sheets, goose-feather pillows, high speed internet access, voice mail, mini-fridges, and work desks. For dining, guests may enjoy the Trebbiano Restaurant which specializes in Italian style cuisine. The hotel also features a swimming pool, fitness centre, sauna, and spa services.

Day 12

Today will be free for you to explore Sao Paulo 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 and Sao Paulo;
  • 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;
  • Shared transfers Alta Floresta/Cristalino Lodge/Alta Floresta
  • Shared transfers Cuiabá/Araras Lodge/Cuiabá
  • 3 nights in Rio de Janeiro at Hotel Porto Bay in a superior room with breakfast
  • 3 nights in the Pantanal at Araras Lodge on a full board basis
  • 4 nights in the Amazon at Cristalino Jungle Lodge in a superior room on a full board basis
  • Daily activities in the Amazon
  • 1 night in Sao Paulo at L’Hotel Porto Bay in a double executive room with breakfast
  • English speaking guides

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: £4,690 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.