Pantanal & Iguassu Falls Wildlife Adventure 12 days
An exciting wildlife adventure combining two remote lodges; Baia das Pedras with its open savanna landscapes with the lush wet region of Fazenda Barranco Alto, offering a huge variety of different wildlife and sights. Finishing with two days at the mighty Iguassu Falls, this is an unforgettable experience!
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 >
- Domestic flights from and to Sao Paulo
- Other flights shown in itinerary
- Air-conditioned transfers
- Excursions as shown in itinerary
- Meals per day as per itinerary
- Services of expert naturalist guides
ITINERARY11 Nights 12 Days
- Day 1 | Sao Paulo to Pantanal
- Days 2 - 4 | Baia das Pedras
- Days 5 - 8 | Barranco Alto
- Day 9 | Pantanal to Iguassu Falls
- Days 10 - 12 | Iguassu Falls
Sao Paulo to Pantanal
Fly from Sao Paulo to Campo Grande. Arrival at the airport of Campo Grande, where your guide, with name board, is waiting for you, followed by the 300km 4x4 transfer to Fazenda Baia das Pedras.
The first 175 km will on paved roads and the last 135 km entering the Pantanal will be on unsealed roads. On the way are chances of seeing lots of wildlife including marsh and pampas deer, capybara, caimans, howler monkey, tapir, peccaries, toucans, jabiru stork, yellow and red macaws and many other birds. Arrival at the lodge in the late afternoon. During your stay the following activities will be scheduled at the pousada; horse riding, trekking, canoe rides and photo safari through the surrounding nature. During your stay all meals and excursions are included. The Fazenda is located on the shores of Vazante do Castelo.
Baia das Pedras
The excursions mentioned above are scheduled at the lodge. The activities 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 much greater. During your stay all excursions and meals are included.
After breakfast ground transfer (80 km) by 4x4 to Fazenda Barranco Alto, with stops for photos and wildlife viewing. The programme will be adapted to suit the particular desires of each guest. Some of the possible activities are; photo-safari, exploring the the Rio Negro by silent boats and kayaks, day and night walks on horses, boats and by foot, animal spotting by night with searchlights, river exploration and swimming. Full board basis.
Days 6-8: The excursions mentioned above are scheduled at the lodge. The activities 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 take 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 much greater. During your stay all excursions and meals are included.
Pantanal to Iguassu Falls
After breakfast, board your light aircraft for an unforgettable flight over the wetlands of the Pantanal back to Campo Grande. A flight of approximately 60 minutes. The flight will give you a wonderful idea of the Pantanal habitat, its forested islands of trees, lagoons, lakes and channels, and the scattered farmsteads built on the highest ground to avoid the annual flooding. Often one can spot tapir, capybara, flocks of birds and other animals while you fly at about 600 ft above the flat Pantanal. Arrival at the airport of Campo Grande to connect with your flight to Iguasu Falls. Met and transferred to Hotel San Martin (or similar) for three nights on bed and breakfast basis
After breakfast your guide will pick you up at the hotel for a half day tour of the Brazilian side of the magnificent Iguassu Falls. Following the walkways that border the canyon of the Iguassu River, it is possible to observe hundreds of small waterfalls until the last fall, Floriano Falls, is reached. There you will have a complete frontal view of Devils Throat. The afternoon is free for exploring. The following day, take a full day tour to the Argentinean side of the falls, entering Argentina via the Tancredo Neves bridge. Trails through the 55.500 hectares reserve offer a different, more complete view of the Falls, especially the biggest one, the Devils Throat. Lower and upper walkways permit a closer look at the waterfalls. Return to the hotel in the late afternoon.
On the morning of day 12, depending on the departure time of your flight, time at leisure or optional excursions. One hour before your flight your guide will drop you off at the airport for your return flight to Sao Paulo.
Your Itinerary Accommodation
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.
Baia das Pedras, Pantanal
Baía das Pedras is in the heart of Pantanal, in the city of Aquidauana, 300 km from Campo Grande. The lodge is known for its wildlife conservation projects.
As you tour around you will easily be able to see marsh deer, pampas deer, capybaras, alligators, howler monkeys, tapirs, peccaries, toucan, wood ibis, blue macaws, blue and yellow macaws, red macaws and over a hundred other birds, possibly also puma and grey eagle. Horse-riding and boat trips are available.
The main house of Baía das Pedras holds up to 13 guests. There are three triple rooms and two double/twin rooms, all with air-conditioning system and private bathrooms.
Breakfast is served very early. There you can enjoy the traditional brunch, as well as homemade bread, cornmeal cake, cassava cake, cookies, cheese, fruit, yoghurts, fruit juices and hot beverages such as milk, coffee and tea. For lunch and dinner, salads, white rice, rice with bits of meat, Wetland barbecue with meat, cassava, dishes made with local fish. Beverages such as wine, beer, spirits, juices, soft drinks and mineral water are offered.
Barranco Alto, Pantanal
This eco lodge is part of an original ranch, established in the early 1900s. It is situated on the banks of the Rio Negro and offers a range of activities, including nature watching, horse-riding and boating.
The fazenda offers just 5 apartments, all equipped with private bathroom and air conditioning.
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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