Search for the elusive jaguar on this Brazil holiday which takes you deep into the vast freshwater flood plains of the Pantanal.
Start in the quintessentially Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro, with its dramatic backdrop and unique natural bay. Admire the gentle sweep of Copacabana Beach alive with colour. No trip to this wonderful city would be complete without a visit to Christ the Redeemer statue atop Corcovado Mountain or a breathtaking cable car journey to Sugar Loaf Mountain. Head west to the majestic Iguazu falls, an iconic natural wonder with its 275 separate waterfalls. Be mesmerised by the thunderous roar as gallons of water tumble over the rocks into the Parana River.
The Pantanal is one of the most diverse wildlife preserves on the planet. Its vast wetlands are a rich ecosystem and a superb place for spotting jaguars. Base yourself at Caiman Ecological Refuge for three nights amidst an outstanding landscape of marsh, lagoons and pastures. A primte location for jaguar spotting, Caiman offers a range of nature walks, canoe trips and photographic jeep safaris.
Caiman Ecological Refuge operate a unique jaguar habituation project, Onçafari designed to track jaguars in an Africa style jeep. During high season and the prime time for jaguar spotting a presentation by Onçafari scientists in included.
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UK - Rio de Janeiro
Depart the UK for your daytime flight to Rio de Janeiro arriving in the early evening. The magical city of Rio de Janeiro is the perfect start for your Brazil holiday with the gentle curve of Copacabana Beach and the backdrop of rocky mountains showcasing one of the most beautiful natural bays in the world. Settle into your hotel with a cold caipirinha watching the world go by as you settle into the relaxed city vibe.
Accommodation: Windsor Miramar
Rio de Janeiro
Open top jeep is the perfect way to see Rio de Janeiro. Ride along the wonderful Avenida Atlantica admiring the glistening sand of Copacabana Beach and the deep blue sea studded with rocky islands. For fantastic vistas of the bay visit Corcovado Mountain and the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue which often towers above the clouds. The urban forest of Tijuca is a welcome relief from the heat of the city with its mild climate and interesting array of wildlife such as the quatis, a Brazilian type of raccoon. Pão de Açúcar (Sugar Loaf Mountain) is accessed via cable car for a spectacular end to your day.
Rio de Janeiro
Escape the beach scene for historic Rio de Janeiro. The vibrant neighbourhood of Santa Teresa is awash with colonial and 19th century buildings set in leafy cobbled streets. The world famous Selaron steps in Lapa is a multi coloured work of art by Chilean born artist. The renovation of steps outside his home was his ‘tribute to the Brazilian people’. Aside from Copacabana Beach take time to visit Ipanema and Leblon beaches and on Sunday visit the famous Ipanema hippy market.
Rio de Janeiro - Iguazu Falls
The border of Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay is home to spectacular natural wonder of Iguazu Falls. Consisting of 275 separate waterfalls the staggering 80 metre high semicircular falls produce vast sprays of water and deafening roars as the colossal volume of water tumbles over the edge and pummels into the rocks. Situated within the Atlantic rainforest on the Argentine side of the falls, the Loi Suites offer an immersion into the wildlife of the region and sounds of the forest.
Accommodation: Loi Suites Iguazu
Spend the day with your guide exploring the Argentine side of these majestic falls. A series of walkways at various levels allow for a full appreciation of the multiple facades of Iguazu as you stand just metres from the frenzied spray. The Devil’s Throat is the perfect place to experience the full force of the tumbling water. In the Atlantic rainforest you can spot tapirs, giant anteaters, howler monkeys and ocelots. As the sun drops, reflect on a truly memorable day.
Iguazu - Campo Grande - Pantanal - Caiman Ecological Refuge
From the airport drive to Caiman Ecological Refuge looking out for monkeys, capybaras and numerous bird species. It takes around 4 hours to arrive at the lodge with time to settle in before an afternoon activity around the lodge and noctural activity to discover the wildlife which prefers this time of day.
Accommodation: Caiman Ecological Refuge
Pantanal - Caiman Ecological Refuge
Two full days to explore the Pantanal flora, fauna and culture. Each day you will have a schedule of activities including two daytime activities and one evening activity. Your guide will discuss the schedule in more detail when you arrive at the lodge.
Possible activities include walking tours around the lodge, observing small animals and vegetation, excursion to Paizinho’s bridge, a fantastic place to observe spectacled caiman, photographic safari to the most remote areas of the farm to observe a large variety of animals, Canadian canoe trip along the waterways great for observing water birds and nocturnal activities for a different perspective of the environment.
Pantanal - Campo Grande - Rio de Janeiro
After your days of wildlife submersion, take the approximately 4 hour journey to the city of Campo Grande for your flight to Rio de Janeiro. Although you are returning to the city there remains plenty of wildlife spotting opportunities so keep your binoculars to hand. Arrival to Campo Grande in the afternoon and fly to Rio de Janeiro.
Accommodation: Windsor Miramar
Rio de Janeiro - UK
Transfer to Rio airport for your direct flight to the UK.
Pricing Information & Dates
10 day tour, from £4660 per person
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