Brazil Wetlands, Waterfalls and Wildlife 11 days
Visit three of Brazil's wildest and most beautiful locations, see an incredible array of diverse exotic wildlife, monkeys, various tropical fish,a stunning multitude of birds, and the stunning jaguar. See what are quite possibly the most stunning waterfalls in the world; Iguazu Falls. The immense diversity of Bonito, and the prepare yourself for the incredible wildlife of the Pantanal. Prices based on two sharing.
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 >
Special Guest LecturerExclusive to this voyage, Doug Allan, a multi award winning polar photographer and cameraman, will be your special guest lecturer. Doug has been on over 20 expeditions to Svalbard to film its wildlife, and knows the wonders of this area more than most. Read more >
- Witness the immense power and beauty of Iguazu Falls
- Enjoy the beautiful diversity of Bonito
- Visit the vast Pantanal to see an amazing array of wildlife
- See the illusive jaguar
- Overnights in double rooms in pousada/hotel mentioned in the itinerary
- Selected domestic flights
- Private transfers mentioned in itinerary in air-conditioned vehicle with driver
- Daily breakfast and other meals as mentioned in the itinerary
- Excursions as mentioned in the itinerary
- English speaking guide during excursion mentioned in the itinerary.
- Wildlife Preservation Fee: US$ 30 per person
ITINERARY10 Nights 11 Days
- 1 - 3 | Sao Paulo to Iguazu Falls
- 4 | Campo Grande
- 5 - 6 | Bonito
- Days 7-11 | Pantanal
Sao Paulo to Iguazu Falls
Depart Sao Paulo and fly to Iguazu Falls, met and transferred to the English colonial style Hotel San Martin, where daily breakfast is provided.
The subtropical rainforest surrounding the falls contains more than 2,000 species of vascular plants and is home to an abundance of wildlife, more than 400 other species of birds; tapirs; jaguars; ocelots; giant anteaters; howler monkeys; coatis; a variety of lizards, and countless butterflies. The park has been included on the UNESCO World Heritage List. On day 2, you will take a half day tour of the Brazilian side of the falls, with time in the afternoon to explore further at leisure. On day 3, you will enjoy a full day tour to the Argentinean side of the Falls for a totally different perspective.
After breakfast you will be picked up and taken to Foz do Iguaçu airport in time for your domestic flight to Campo Grande. On arrival at the International Airport of Campo Grande, you will be met and transfered to Bonito by vehicle (approx 3,5 hrs). You will check in at Hotel Cabanas and have the rest of the day at leisure.
You will spend the next two days exploring Bonito, meaning beautiful in Portuguese, it certainly lives up to its name, including the Bodoquena Mountain Range where you will visit the Boca da Onça Ecotour. Here a four-kilometre walk across the preserved woodland along safe trails will take you to 11 waterfalls, Indulge in the translucent natural pools and refresh yourself in the Salobra River. A traditional Brazilian lunch is provided. You will also visit Gruta Lago Azul and have the option for some great snorkelling in the Rio da Prata.
Day 7: After breakfast, transfer to Pousada Refúgio da Ilha, situated in the Pantanal. Arrival and check-in. During your stay the following tours will be scheduled at the pousada; horse riding, boat rides, canoeing, trekking, piranha fishing, birdwatching, photo safari and nocturnal viewing of caymans. Pousada Refúgio da Ilha is an ecological paradise on the banks of the clean waters of the Salobra River that here, divides itself in two arms forming an island. The ideal place to be in close contact with nature.
Days 8-10: The trips mentioned above are scheduled at the pousada. The trips will be carefully selected, depending the climate and time of the year and will be guided by local guides that know all about the flora and fauna that make this place unique. To avoid the intense heat during the day, the tours are taking place early in the morning and mid-afternoon, at these times of the day, the possibilities of seeing the movement of the animals are a lot bigger. During your stay all excursions and meals are included.
Day 11: After breakfast transfer to the airport of Campo Grande in time for your domestic flight back to Sao Paulo.
Your Itinerary Accommodation
Refugia da Ilha, Pantanal
Pousada Refúgio da Ilha is an ecological paradise on the banks of the clean waters of the Salobra River that here, divides itself in two arms forming an island. The ideal place to be in close contact with nature.
There are 8 comfortable en-suite bedrooms with air conditioning and a natural alarm call courtesy of the dawn chorus provided by a whole array of birds of different sizes and colours. There are two bars, a small library, a riverside summerhouse for lunchtime barbecues, a jetty, an observation deck and of course a natural swimming pool. The menu is varied and always offers delicious regional dishes, including vegetarian. Both the hosts, who live on the premises, and their staff, ensure that their guests are made to feel at home with a warm welcome!
Hotel San Martin, Iguazu Falls
Enjoy all the nature Iguassu Falls can offer you San Martin Hotel and Resort was built in English colonial style amidst 130.000 square metres of native vegetation, with native woods crossed by paths, interesting playground in the forest, football field and many other attractions. You will enjoy the beauty of the tropics combined with all modern facilities.
San Martin is wonderfully located, in the middle of a fantastic protected natural environment. Next to the recreation area of Iguazzu Falls National Park and only a few steps from the Main Entrance and walking distance from the exotic Birds Park, the sightseeing helicopter port , 1,5 km from the International Airport and 10 km from the city.
The hotel is highly involved in nature conservation, having: Solar energy to heat the water, a water source at a depth of 192m, recycling of non-organic litter and treatment of organic waste.
Surrounding by natural setting the resort features 142 comfortable and spacious bedrooms all equipped with air conditioning, mini bar, cable TV and safe.
Enjoy the fine international cuisine of the Taroba Restaurant. If you come back late, the Cataratas Coffee Shop and Room service are available 24 hours a day. At night you can also enjoy the live music in the exclusive Piano Bar Lapacho or the disco.
Sport / Leisure facilities feature a swimming pool for adults and for children with bar and hydro massage, sauna, tennis court, volleyball court, play ground and game room. Next to that there are nature-trails through the extensive landscaped gardens.
Hotel Cabanas, Bonito
This cosy hotel is situated in the middle of a green paradise, at the banks of two crystal clear water rivers and just 6 km from Bonito’s downtown. Good for nature lovers and families with children.
There are 10 apartments that are all equipped with air conditioning, mini bar and TV. And there are 3 cabanas, wooden huts built on stilts, up amongst the treetops, like in a childhood dream. All accommodation is totally integrated with the nature. The cabanas are equipped with bathroom, air conditioning, TV and mini bar.
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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