Brazil - Rivers, Rainforests & Wildlife

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Day 1: Arrival Iguazu Falls, Brazil

Upon arrival in Iguazu Falls, Brazil, you are met and transferred to our hotel in Iguazu Falls. Tonight, our group meets for dinner and orientation.

Overnight in Iguazu Falls, Brazil.


Day 2: Iguazu Falls - Three Borders Landmark, Argentinean Side

Iguazu Falls is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is best witnessed from both sides of the river gorge. Today, we explore the Argentine side making a stop at the Three Borders Landmark where Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay meet. Upon arriving at the Iguassu National Park we will have the opportunity to ride the ecological trains stopping at several points of interest including Cataras Station and Devils Throat Station from where we will have spectacular views of the falls.

Overnight in Iguazu Falls, Brazil


Day 3: Iguazu Falls - Brazilian Side, Fly to Sao Paulo

Today we will enjoy the Brazilian side of the falls and take in the panoramic views by walking along a gently sloping trail that provides a wide perspective of the falls. The trail leads you to an incredible platform that places you amidst the most thunderous cascades at Iguazu.

After lunch, we fly to Sao Paulo where we will enjoy a short city tour including an oppourtunity to walk around the Vila Madalena neighborhood, populated by young Brazilian locals.

Overnight in Sao Paulo.


Day 4: Fly to Cuiabá, to Amazon Region

After breakfast, we depart to the airport for our flight to Cuiabá. Upon arrival, meet your local host guide, enjoy lunch and then depart for the Amazon ecosystem. Enroute, you can see the transition from savannah to Amazon forest.

Arrival by late afternoon. Welcome drink and check-in.

Overnight in the Amazon.


Day 5: Exploring the Amazon

After breakfast, we follow the trails through the area, getting to know not only the local flora and fauna but also the history of the rubber industry – a former important part of the local economy. Our hike will be followed by a fish barbecue.

Later, we will have the option to canoe down the Claro River, exploring Anaconda Lake and enjoying the solitude of the jungle and its different life forms including muscovy duck, long tailed tyrant, cormorant, Amazon kingfisher, green and rufous kingfisher, swallow tanager and herons to name a few.

Overnight in the Amazon.


Day 6: Amazon

After breakfast, lush trails will take us deeper into the forest, where we will be shown more of its exuberant flora and fauna. There is a good chance of seeing a tapir, the largest mammal in South America, as well as numerous birds such as the solitary tinamou, royal flycatcher, silver beaked tanager, among others.

Overnight in the Amazon.


Day 7: From Amazon to Savannah

After breakfast we depart for Nobres in Brazil's savannah region. Just outside of Nobres, we can enjoy a relaxing swim or snorkle as the Salobra River's gentle current transports us for a kilometer through the crystal blue waters.

Overnight in Nobres.


Day 8: Crystalline Blue Pools & Waterfalls of Nobres

After breakfast we drive to the beautiful waterfall of Serra Azul and the watering place of Balneario Estivado. Here we have the opportunity to swim or snorkle with schools of piraputangas.

After lunch we depart for the Rio Triste, where we can again enjoy the slow moving currents taking us through the stunning calcareous rock formations in the exquisite crystalline blue waters.

Our final activity of the day includes a visit to Lagoa das Araras, where we have the opportunity to see macaws and enjoy a beautiful sunset.

Return to the pousada for dinner.

Overnight in Nobres.


Day 9: To Pantanal Region

After breakfast, we check-out and drive to the wildlife rich Pantanal region. Enjoy lunch at our ecolodge, followed by some time to rest. Later we will have a presentation to learn about the surroundings, environmental initiatives and local projects.

After dinner, we have time to enjoy a night walk.

Overnight in the Pantanal.


Day 10: Pantanal Wildlife Safaris by Jeep & Canoe

Today we enjoy the abundant wildlife of the Pantanal region. We explore the Pantanal by jeep, and also enjoy a canoe excursion, where we will have ample wildlife and photographic opportunities. For those interested, there is also horseback riding and walks available.

Overnight in the Pantanal.


Day 11: To Porto Jofre, Jaguar Safari by Boat

After breakfast we depart for Porto Jofre. Upon arrival we will have lunch and then depart by boat down the Piquiri River and into the channels, where we will search for jaguars.

Overnight in Porto Jofre.


Day 12: Jaguar Safaris

After breakfast we depart for a morning boat trip on Cuiaba River, exploring the channels in search of jaguars.

After lunch at the hotel, we depart for an afternoon excursion in hopes of more jaguar sightings. The region has the highest density of jaguar populations in the entire Pantanal, and we have a 95% chance of seeing jaguars, especially from mid June to mid November.

Overnight in Porto Jofre.


Day 13: To Rio de Janeiro

We start the day with an early breakfast, followed by a long but scenic drive back to Cuiabá Airport.

Upon arrival in Rio, we will check in to our hotel and have time to rest before dinner.

Overnight in Rio de Janeiro.


Day 14: Rio - One of the World's Most Beautiful Cities

After breakfast, we explore the city, which includes a visit to the most important sites of Brazilian history in Rio. This includes the National Library, Tiradentes Palace, the Portuguese Royal Lecture Room, the Pao Imperial and the panoramic view of the colonial buildings that remain at Uruguaiana Street.

After lunch we will visit Sugar Loaf Mountain. It was at the feet of Urca Hill that the city of Rio de Janeiro was founded in 1565 by Estacio de Sa. First we travel by modern cable car from Praia Vermelha to Urca Hill, located at 215 meters of altitude, a point from which you can see all of Guanabara Bay and its islands, Flamengo Park, Corcovado and the Rio-Niteroi bridge, as well as the majestic mountains that protect and embellish the city.

We then ride a second cable car that will take us to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain, at 395 meters, which gives a beautiful and unique perspective - the beach of Copacabana, Santa Cruz Fortress and some beaches of Niteroi. We finish our day with a tour of downtown Rio to see the most beautiful monuments of old Imperial Rio.

Overnight in Rio de Janeiro.


Day 15: Rio de Janeiro - Corcovado, Santa Teresa, Babilonia Community

Rio sits on the coast against a backdrop of mountains. Its historic buildings, massive squares, beaches, nightlife, and pleasant climate make Rio a perfect place to wind down from our 'wild' journey.

Today, we travel to Corcovado for a view of the massive statue of Christ the Redeemer that gazes across the bay. Definitely the most famous and enduring image of Rio - a stay in Rio wouldn't be complete without this experience. We also travel to the charming district of Santa Teresa with its cobblestoned hilly streets, old homes, interesting museums and Rio's last surviving tram line.

After lunch we visit the Babilonia Community, founded and managed by the locals, the non-profit organization aims to generate employment and income to the associates providing environmental services and activities in the natural areas of Rio de Janeiro. Tonight we end our adventure with our farewell dinner.

Overnight in Rio de Janeiro.


Day 16: Depart Rio de Janeiro

Our adventure concludes with a transfer to the airport for your journey home.

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