Brazil Wildlife Holiday

Brazil's Amazon & Pantanal Wildlife

Rio de Janeiro, The Brazilian Amazon, The Pantanal

Duration: 12 nights

Price: From $7,000 per person in low season based on two adults travelling together and including accommodation, most meals, all internal flights, private transfers, boat transportation, experiences as stated and taxes

On this wildlife vacation in Brazil, you’ll be able to make the most of this country’s amazing animals, in some stunning settings. Travel along the waterways of the Pantanal and the jungles of the Amazon, including a memorable few days on a houseboat on the river, and see wildlife from jaguars and alligators to howler monkeys and giant river otters. Finish your vacation in style in the buzzing and beautiful city of Rio de Janeiro.
Perfect forWildlife lovers who are keen to experience the diversity of wildlife in Brazil, as well as its spectacular cities and beautiful landscapes.
In the knowWhile you’re in Rio, to get your wildlife and greenery fix, visit the Tijuca Forest, the world’s largest urban forest, where you can walk on tropical trails around towering trees and waterfalls, and see wildlife from capuchin monkeys to quatis (Brazilian racoons), and birds from toucans to hawks.

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  • Eco-tourism
  • Off the Beaten Track
  • Wildlife & Nature
  • Adventure

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Your wildlife adventure begins in the Pantanal, the largest continuous wetland in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This geographical melting pot incorporates the Amazon Forest, the Brazilian Savannah and the Atlantic Rainforest. Trek, horse ride and canoe around the wetlands, or go on a jeep safari, to make the most of the premium wildlife spotting opportunities to be had here. With the help of your expert naturalist guides, see the Pantanal’s Big Five – jaguars, tapirs, giant otters, anaconda snakes and anteaters - as well as alligators and howler monkeys, and spot exotic birds such as scarlet macaws in the treetops. Go on thrilling night tours to see nocturnal wildlife by starlight, and wake up to a delicious breakfast buffet by the pool, accompanied by feeding birds. Pousada Araras is an eco-lodge that puts you right in the heart of the Pantanal, surrounded by its lush green landscapes and colourful wildlife. After exploring the wetlands, relax in a hammock, listening to the birds.
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Venture into the depths of the Pantanal’s extensive waterways from your comfortable floating hotel, the Jaguar Houseboat. Glide along a remote area of the Paraguay River, and the surrounding islands and lakes, and see if you can spot the elusive jaguar from onboard – the Taiama Reserve has the largest population of jaguars in the Pantanal, so this is your best chance of seeing one. There are also hundreds of other species of wildlife and birds here, from capybaras and caiman crocodiles to jabiru storks. The boat has silent motors, increasing your chances of seeing wildlife, and you can relax on deck with a tasty barbecue as you make your way along the river.
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Today, head to the Cristalino forest reserve in Alta Floresta, which is one of the most wildlife-rich areas of the Brazilian Amazon: it’s home to hundreds of wildlife and birds, from tapirs and spider monkeys to forest falcons in the skies and giant otters in the Cristalino River.   Your hotel, Cristalino Lodge is only accessible by boat, and is the perfect place to base yourself for exploring the surrounding jungle. Go hiking and canoeing, or indulge your passions with a birdwatching tour or a photography workshop. Fall asleep to the sounds of the river, wake up to the call of the howler monkeys, and in the evening, relax on the floating deck by the fire, and do some stargazing in the panoramic night skies.
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2 nightsRIO

Rio, with its iconic landmarks and infectious vibe, set against a dramatic mountain backdrop leading down to sweeping beaches, is simply one of the world’s most spectacular cities. Stroll along the famous Ipanema and Copacabana beaches, and take the cable car up Sugarloaf Mountain, where you’ll be rewarded with postcard perfect views over Rio. The elegant Hotel Santa Teresa MGallery by Sofitel is surrounded by exotic gardens in the exclusive neighbourhood of Santa Teresa, and offers panoramic city views.
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