Pantanal and Amazon Wildlife Spectacular 10 days
This tour offers the very best of Brazil's scenery and wildlife taking in the expanses of the Pantanal, searching especially for jaguar, and then moving on to the Amazon Basin for a completely different perspective. Animals, birds, reptiles, insects and abundant flora.a truly unforgettable trip. 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 >
Special Guest Photography GuideChris was 32 when he finally realised he really did want to be a photo-journalist and walked out on his career in IT sales to become a wildlife photographer Read more >
- Jaguars in the Pantanal
- Other amazing birds and wildlife
- Amazon eco system
- Domestic flights from Sao Paulo - Cuiaba Alta Floresta & return
- Air-conditioned transfers
- Excursions as shown in itinerary
- Meals per day as per itinerary
- Services of expert naturalist guides
ITINERARY9 Nights 10 Days
- Day 1 | Sao Paulo to Pantanal
- Day 2-3 | Porto Jofre
- Days 4 - 6 | Araras Eco Lodge
- Day 7 | Pantanal to Amazon Basin
- Days 8 - 10 | Amazon Basin
Sao Paulo to Pantanal
Fly from Sao Paulo to Cuiba. Met by local guide for drive along the scenic Transpantaneria to Porto Jofre for three nights on full board basis.
Located at the end of the Transpantaneira at the banks for the Cuiaba river Hotel Porto Jofre is a suberb location to explore the Cuiaba River and the 3 Brothers State Park, one of the best locations in South America to see jaguars. On your river cruises here, you will also be spotting river otters, caiman and beautiful and extensive birdlife.
Araras Eco Lodge
Day 4 Departure from Porto Jofre and transfer to Araras Eco Lodge. While crossing the area it is possible to observe and appreciate the local flora & fauna. Late afternoon walk through surrounding area to a 12 m observation tower and a spectacular view of sunset. After dinner, night walk to observe the Southern Hemisphere sky, hear and feel the nocturnal environment.
Day 5 Full day dedicated to observing the Pantanal’s flora & fauna at a private reserve of the lodge. After breakfast, the guide will lead you on a 2 to 3 hour horseback ride through the pastures, woods and wetlands. Lunch at the lodge. In the afternoon, you will go on a walk in a different area of the private reserve, allowing you to observe and learn more of the local environment.
Day 6. After breakfast travel down private unsealed roads to Sentinela Camp on the edge of the Rio Clarinho. Canoe tour to spot aquatic wildlife, birds and flora; possibility of piranha fishing. Brazilian churrasco style picnic lunch along the banks of the river. Return to the lodge. Enjoy sunset from our 25m high outlook.
Pantanal to Amazon Basin
After an early morning sunrise walk and breakfast at the lodge, transfer back to Cuiaba for flight to Alta Floresta. Met and transferred to Cristalino Jungle Lodge for three nights on full board basis.
Day 8. In the morning, walk towards the 50 metre Canopy Tower where you will be able to see the forest from above. 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.
Day 9. In the morning, walk 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, collared peccary, white-lipped peccary, the giant anteater and the southern tamandua. In the afternoon, take a boat trip up river and walk 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, enjoying the afternoon as you go down river.
Day 10. In the morning, a light walk on the Tapiri Trail, where the white-whiskered-spider-monkeys. Transfer to Alta Floresta. Lunch and departure to Cuiaba, with connecting flight to Sao Paulo.
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.
Hotel Porto Jofre
Located at the end of the Transpantaneira at the banks for the Cuiaba river Hotel Porto Jofre is a suberb location to explore the Cuiaba River and the 3 Brothers State Park, one of the best location in South America to see jaguars.
The hotel infrastructure includes: 28 air-conditioned apartments with TV and frigobar; Restaurant with home-made, regional dishes; TV room; Communication room: Pool: Convenience store; Conference hall; Telephone and wireless internet; Laundry service
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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