Pantanal & Amazon, Jaguars and Birds
10 Days Pantanal and Amazon
A 10 day tour taking in the two iconic wildlife destinations of Brazil, the Pantanal and the Amazon.
In the Pantanal Wetlands, you will hope to see myriad birds, reptiles and mammals, including, hopefully, the iconic jaguar. Then on to the tropical Amazon for even more varieties of amazing plant and wildlife.
Namibia Birding and Photography GuideAn accomplished and experienced Namibia birding and photographic guide, Toni holds a Namibia Academy for Tourism and Hospitality Level 3 qualification (the highest level attainable in Namibia) and is widely renowned for her extensive knowledge of the cultures, ornithology, flora, astronomy and wildlife of the country. Read more >
Wildlife Guide & PhotographerAndy is a 6th generation Falkland Islander, with a passion for wildlife, plants and photography. Raised in the Falkland Islands, Andy developed a close affinity with the Islands natural environment at a young age. School holidays where spent in the ‘camp’ or countryside with friends and family. For more than 10 years, Andy had the privilege of spending a time on Sea Lion Island, visiting his mother who managed one of the Islands premier tourist destinations. Read more >
Photographer and founder of the Travel Photographer Of The Year awardsA fascination with natural light and a passion with nature, landscape and travel underpin Chris Coe's photography. His images often have a striking simplicity and graphic quality. More recent work has introduced a subtlety with experimentation with both movement and light.Read more >
Falklands Expert & GuideBorn in Chartres in the West Falklands, Jenny grew up on the family farm where her love for animals was nurtured by the25,000 sheep, horses and cows that lived alongside her. Forever a nature, conservation and wildlife enthusiast Jenny has travelled extensively throughout the Falkland Islands, visiting each and every wildlife island at least once, and even travelling around some by yacht. Read more >
- Immerse yourself in the birding paradise of the Amazon Rainforest
- Have a great chance of spotting the majestic jaguar as it patrols the banks of the Cuiaba River.
- Encounter the wonderful wildlife of the Pantanal including the Brazilian tapir, giant anteaters, capybaras, monkeys, giant river otters, caiman, anacondas and much more.
- 9 nights full board accommodation
- Meals as per the itinerary
- Selected domestic flights
- All transfers
- Activities as per the itinerary
ITINERARY9 Nights 10 Days
- Day 1 | Cuiaba to Porto Jofre
- Days 2-6 | Pantanal
- Day 7 | Return to Cuiaba and fly to Alta Floresta
- Days 8-9 | Cristalino Jungle Lodge
- Day 10 | Return to Cuiaba
Cuiaba to Porto Jofre
On arrival in Cuiaba you will be met and transferred to Porto Jofre (approx 6 hours) via the Transpantaneira Highway. En route you will have the chance to stop and enjoy the views and look out for the resident wildlife. On arrival at the hotel there will be time to explore the grounds which are often frequented by toco toucans and hyacinth macaws before enjoying dinner.
The next two days will be spent searching for jaguars by boat, this is the best place in the world to see these elusive cats in the wild, with almost guaranteed sightings. You also have a great chance of seeing giant river otters, caiman, capybara, monkeys, tapirs, giant anteaters and peccaries to name but a few.
After breakfast transfer by road to Araras Lodge (approx 3 hours), looking for interesting fauna and flora along the way. You will have the afternoon to explore the pristine forest that surrounds the lodge and enjoy a spectacular sunset from one of their two observation towers.
Araras is known for its first class bird watching but if you are feeling a little more adventurous then why not opt to do some canoeing, horseback riding, trekking, or a night tour with their expert naturalist guides in search of the giant anteater, ocelot, tapir, crab eating fox, coatis etc.
Return to Cuiaba and fly to Alta Floresta
After breakfast, take a photo-safari road trip back to Cuiaba Airport where you will take a short flight to Alta Floresta, the gateway to the Southern Amazon. Here you will be met and transferred to the award winning Cristalino Jungle Lodge, a paradise for bird watchers, nestled within its own private forest reserve.
Cristalino Jungle Lodge
Awake early to the sounds of the rainforest ready for a morning walk to the observation tower where you can enjoy a stunning sunrise over the forest canopy. The rest of the day can be spent exploring its many trails, canoeing or taking a boat trip up stream in search of caiman, giant river otters, monkeys and a multitude of birds.
Amazon at leisure
A full day to explore some of the 28,000 hector reserve on foot or by boat. With over 13 miles of walking trails and a bird species list of nearly 600 there is plenty to see and do. Alternatively, you can relax on the floating deck and take in the sights and sounds of the Amazon at leisure.
There is time for one last activity before you are transferred back to Alta Floresta where a traditional Brazilian lunch awaits. From here you take the short flight back to Cuiaba ready for your onward journey home.
Your Itinerary Accommodation
Araras Eco Lodge, Pantanal
On arrival at Araras Eco Lodge you will be greeted by a very warm welcome and an ice cold drink. With a reputation for first-class hospitality and a family atmosphere, this rustic lodge is a firm favourite among travellers to the area.
Located off the Transpantaneira Park Road and surrounded by stunning wetlands, there is plenty to see on the safari transfer to the lodge. This pousada was built to be at harmony with the environment and the beautifully preserved surroundings.
An action-packed itinerary is available throughout the day to ensure you get the best out of the beautiful surroundings. Boardwalks run from the lodge across the wetlands and to canopy towers you can climb to get a closer look at the stunning birdlife and monkeys in the trees.
Noted as some of the most comfortable accommodation along the Transpantaneira, the rooms feature large bathrooms with walk-in showers, air conditioning and screened doors leading to patios with hammocks for your enjoyment. Personal touches such as artisanal bedspreads add to the native feel.
There is a small pool to relax and watch the “pet” Hyacinth Macaw and other birds in the garden. The covered restaurant offers buffet style meals of quality, local produce and a selection of refreshing alcoholic and soft drinks. The genial host is more than happy to cater to varied dietary requirements.
Take a guided canoe trip to see and learn about the vast amounts of flora, fauna and aquatic life. It is even possible to try piranha fishing! Or if you prefer dry land, take a horseback ride through fields, woods and floodlands.
After sunset join an experienced guide on a jeep trek to go star gazing and experience the nocturnal sounds of the Pantanal.
Cristalino Lodge, Amazon South
Named after the beautiful and pure Amazon River, the award-winning Cristalino Jungle Lodge is an authentic, sustainable, and ethical lodge. This beautiful lodge is located in the southern part of the Brazilian Amazon region surrounded by stunning scenery.
This beautiful Amazon sanctuary will leave you with nothing but breath-taking memorable experiences. Selected as one of the 25 best Ecolodges in the world by National Geographic Traveller in 2013, you can spend your days immersing yourself in the beautiful surroundings, soaking up the wildlife and if you’re feeling adventurous, Cristalino provides guided trips into the forest and along the river, such as boating and canoeing.
Whether you are wanting to relax on the floating deck on the river and nap in the The Cristalino Lodge is ideal for people who like nature and want to be a part of the local conservation effort.
Facilities include a friendly restaurant and the bar is extremely inviting with a log fire and views of the night sky, a living room which can be used for presentations and meetings and a small library
The bungalows have comfortable beds, ample bathrooms with exclusive amenities and a natural ventilation system – and as part of their passion for sustainability, they all make use of solar water heating and bio-waste treatment.
What Our Customers
• The holiday delivered a truly wonderful wildlife experience from start to finish. The sightings of the jaguars, tapirs, giant anteaters, giant river otters and hyacinth macaws will be etched in my memory forever! Our guide was excellent, his knowledge of the flora and fauna of the Pantanal was exceptional and his ability to spot a bird half a mile away never failed to amaze us. We loved our few nights at Cristalino Lodge, it provided just the respite we needed after a busy couple of weeks and was the perfect place to finish up with, so a great recommendation from you.
We went in the hope of seeing one, maybe two jaguars, but never did we expect to see eleven, staying on the flotel was definitely the right choice, we were literally surrounded by wildlife 24/7. The Pantanal completely exceed our expectations every day with an abundance of wildlife and incredible birding at every turn, the only thing we would change is going for longer, our 12 days just flew by unfortunately.
The highlight had to be our stay at Porto Jofre and seeing the jaguars but being bird watchers, we enjoyed everywhere. Iguassu Falls was stunning and provided us with just the relaxation we needed after our long haul flights. Really enjoyed the food and the mandatory caipirinhas!!!
Just got back from Brazil and I wanted to thank you all for putting together such a superb trip. This is the third time Christine and I have travelled with you and once again you have made an unforgettable time. As you can see the jaguars obliged (as did the anteaters, armadillos, monkeys, caimans, giant otters, marmots, ocelots, pumas and countless birds ). This is just one of the hundreds of photos (obviously not my national geographic front cover shot ! ). We enjoyed bragging to people we met about our superb travel company. I have referred several couples . Just think what I could have done with a Wildfoot T shirt? We very much enjoyed Iguassu for our first stop . Despite the cost of the hotel we could have stayed another night to get over the arrival from UK. We did the helicopter flight over the falls worth very penny and very good guide . Internal flights are “fun” especially three in a day. Cristalino is beautiful but the birding is challenging ( even for me!) Great guide and boatman. Our only hitch was the plane was delayed for three hours to Cuiaba and so our seven hour drive to Porte Jofre was in the dark. The guide and driver were up for it and I saw a Puma! Loved Porte Jofre .I would stay for 8 days as a photographer . The arrangements were brilliant . We had a fast boat (essential) and a really good boatman/driver who worked extremely hard to get me to the Jaguars .Saw them every day .Our stay at Pouso Alegre was “simple “ but the variety of wildlife was good ending with an anteater with a baby on her back (in perfect light) . Rio was an inspired suggestion -Christ the Redeemer statue (-good for birds too) hotel overlooking Ipanema beach, good tour guide and driver, and ate in the bar that the composer saw the girl from Ipanema walk by. Even bumped up to business class on our return. So a big thank you to you all . Just brilliant.
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