Brazil - Amazon, Pantanal & Savannah 11 Days
This fantastic itinerary will cover a diverse array of terrains and iconic wildlife as you discover The Amazon, The Pantanal and the Brazilian Savannah in one exceptional adventure. Staying in unique lodges in the heart of these incomparable destinations, you will enjoy a numerous exciting excursions and activities designed to showcase to you all that makes Brazil so remarkable. Expect encounters with iconic jaguars and Maned wolves, hundreds of birds and an abundance of distinctive and memorable mammals and reptiles.
Price shown is based on two people sharing. Big discounts are available for larger groups.
Price does not include preservation fees and environmental taxes at Cristalino and Caiman Ecological Refuge. These fees go to supporting the ecological and environmental foundations in place here and should cost approximately US$210 in total.
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 >
- Discover the Amazon, Pantanal and Savannah in one unique adventure
- Stay in beautiful eco-lodges surrounded by nature
- Fantastic wildlife observation chances, with Jaguar, Maned Wolf, Caiman, Anteater, Monkeys and much more
- Abundant birdlife
- Unforgettable scenery
- Exciting excursions, safaris and activities available
- Accommodation and board as described in itinerary
- All domestic flights and transfers
- Excursions and activities as described in itinerary
- English speaking guides for excursions
ITINERARY10 Nights 11 Days
- Days 1 - 3 | Cerrado Savannah
- Days 4 - 6 | The Amazon South
- Day 7 | Cuiaba
- Days 8 - 11 | The Pantanal
Having arrived independently to Brasilia airport you will be welcomed and taken to board your light aircraft for your 30 minute air transfer to to the remote Fazenda Trijunção located in the middle of the Brazilian savannah (´Cerrado´). After checking In to your comfortable suite you will have time to explore your unique surroundings and check out the wide range of activities on offer before a delicious traditional meal will be served either outside on the barbecue or in the comfortable restaurant.
Over the course of the next few days you can immerse yourself in the beauty and wildlife wonders of this unique area, the richest savannah in the world in terms of biodiversity. Activities will be arranged to make the most of every opportunity for unique scenic experiences and to observe the abundant wildlife that can be found here including the one of Brazil’s most emblematic and elusive animals, the Maned Wolf. Other unique species that can be found here include Hoary and Crab-eating fox, Six-banded armadillo, Brown-brocked and Pampas deer, Black-tufted-ear marmoset and Brazilian guinea pig as well as over 850 species of birds. Activities include nature hikes, kayak trips, night safari drives, bird watching and bike excursions. You can also visit the Onçafari research project to see the important work they do to preserve the existence of the Maned Wolf.
3 nights’ accommodation in a Standard Suite at Trijunção Pousada with breakfast, lunch, dinner and activities included.
The Amazon South
After breakfast on the morning of day 4 you will take your air transfer back to Brasilia airport for your flight to Alta Floresta (with a stopover in Cuiaba). Upon arrival in Alta Floresta you will transfer by road to the unique Cristalino Jungle Lodge deep in the South Amazon. This luxury ecolodge located along the clean, calm waters of the Cristalino River is home to an extreme biodiversity and is the ideal place in which to immerse yourself in a very special, off the beaten track Amazon ecosystem. Upon arrival, there will be an introduction to the lodge, the activities on offer and the wildlife you can expect to see as you walk the impressive surrounding trails over the next few days.
Over the next two days you will enjoy a number of walking trails which will take you deep into the forests in search of memorable wildlife encounters. Trails will include a walk to the 50m high canopy tower which will reward in a fantastic view of the forest from above and chances to see many species of birds including macaws and various monkeys. You can also walk to see a giant Ficus Tree and to a seasonally flooded forest where even more monkeys can be found.
On day 6 you can walk to the Saleiro House, a rustic tree house located in the middle of the forest reserve, which is often visited by a number of large forest mammals including Giant anteaters, Southern Tamandua, South American Tapir, and Collared and White-lipped Peccary. In the afternoon you can enjoy a boat ride up the river before hiking a remarkable trail surrounded by huge Brazil Nut trees and rounding off the day with a canoe or boat ride back down the river.
As well as the species mentioned above, other wildlife you can expect to see during your time in the Amazon include Capibara, Iguana, various otters and various species of monkeys including White-whiskered spider monkey, Capuchin monkey and Red-handed howler monkey.
3 nights’ accommodation in a Bungalow at Cristalino Jungle Lodge with breakfast, lunch, dinner and activities included.
After one last hike in the Tapiri Trail to see White-whiskered-spider-monkeys, the symbol of Cristalino State Park, it’s time to say goodbye to the Amazon as you take your transfer back to Alta Floresta for lunch and departure to Cuiaba where you will stay for one night before your flight to the Pantanal.
1 night at Hotel Deville Cuiaba with breakfast and lunch included.
After breakfast on the morning of day 8 you will transfer back to the airport for your flight to Campo Grande where upon arrival you will transfer to the Pantanal and the fantastic Caiman Ecological Refuge. Your base for the next 3 nights will be Baiazinha Lodge with the refuge and over the course of your time here you will enjoy some exciting activities that will bring you to the heart of the Pantanal and its diverse wildlife. Wildlife you can expect to see here includes the iconic Jaguar, Hyacinth Macaw, Capibara, Anteater, Quati, Caiman and Tapir amongst many others.
Activities are guided by Caimaners who are fully trained to identify all of the Pantanal’s unique fauna and flora and have been designed to allow you to fully immerse yourself in the wonders of the area. These activities will include Canadian canoe rides, nature walks and ecological safaris. You will also have access to the conservation programme in place to preserve jaguars, hyacinth macaws and blue-fronted parrots.
After your unforgettable time in the Pantanal, on day 11 you will enjoy one final morning excursion and lunch before transferring back to the Campo Grande airport for your departure.
3 nights' accommodation at Baiazinha Lodge within the Caiman Ecological Refuge. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and activities are included.
Your Itinerary Accommodation
Hotel Deville Prime Cuiaba
The perfect stopover on your way to or from your adventures in the Pantanal, this modern hotel is just 15 minutes from the airport. Noted for its attentive customer service and excellent facilities, the Hotel Deville Prime Cuiaba is a popular choice with both business travellers and holiday makers.
This is an ideal base for exploring the city due to its prime location in downtown Cuiaba, in the centre of Mato Grosso.
The bright, airy rooms come with minibar, LCD TV and air conditioning. The en-suite bathrooms come with powerful showers - a must-have after a hot day of travelling or exploring the city. Rooms to the front of the hotel offer a beautiful view across Cuiaba.
Take advantage of the on-site gym, take a dip in the outdoor pool or pay a visit to the spa for some well-earned relaxation!
The hotel’s Ventanas restaurant serves a plentiful breakfast buffet and evening meals of Brazilian and international cuisine. In the lobby you’ll find a well-stocked bar and lounge area decorated with local artwork.
The city attractions are just a short walk away or taxis are available just outside the hotel. With a wide selection of popular bars and restaurants nearby, there is plenty to enjoy late into the evening.
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.
Trijunção Pousada, The Cerrado
Situated within an oasis of 33,000 protected hectares in the Cerrado, the richest savannah in the world, Pousada Trijunção offers guests the chance to fully explore the extraordinary biodiversity of the area which is home to Maned Wolf, rare jaguars, Giant Anteaters, over 210 species of birds and much more. The pousada itself offers 7 beautiful rustic-styled bedrooms which have been styled to combine comfort and contemporary luxury with the character of the surrounding area. Standard suites feature a king-size bed, 600-thread cotton linen and stylish en-suite bathrooms, whilst premium suites also have a comfortable living area and balcony. The fantastic master suite features all of the above as well as a luxurious hot tub in the bathroom and two private balconies.
Guests can avail of delicious local cuisine cooked either outside on the barbecue, inside in the cosy restaurant or on a picnic or breakfast in the veredas whilst guitarists strum local music in the background. Various activities and fully guided excursions are provided and have been designed to fully showcase the local area and allow guests to fully immerse themselves in its wonders. These include visits to the Onçafari research project that is dedicated to preserving the endangered Maned Wolf, kayaking on the Rio Formoso including night-time alligator spotting tours, night-time eco-safaris, visits to the Grande Sertão Veredas Park, bike tours and birdwatching excursions. After a long day of exploring guests can enjoy a dip in the swimming pool, a relaxing massage or some chill out time in one of the beautiful communal lounge areas.
Baiazinha Lodge, South Pantanal
The Baiazinha Lodge is located within the famous Caiman Ecological Refuge in the heart of the southern Pantanal and provides beautifully classic accommodation for guests seeking a traditional but supremely comfortable base from which to explore this remarkable region. Set amongst the 53,000-hectare ranch overlooking a bay of crystalline waters, you can enjoy incredible views and wildlife spotting right on your doorstep. With a strong focus on conservation, the lodge offers a wide range of excursions including canoeing, trekking, 4WD safaris, photographic safaris, walking tours, bike tours, birdwatching and access to the conservation programme in place to preserve jaguars, hyacinth macaws and blue-fronted parrots.
Accommodation is provided in six high-end bedrooms built on stilts around the lagoon, each of which has a balcony, an en-suite shower room and large comfortable beds with pure cotton sheets and feather pillows. The main lodge features various relaxation areas with hammocks thoughtfully placed to soak up the tremendous views, a swimming pool with deck chairs and a dining room.
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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