Trip reference number: ITN-BRA022
Trip Operator: Rainbow Tours
Delve deep into the natural wonders of Brazil on this Best of Brazilian Wildlife holiday.
Brazil is home to spectacular beaches, mountains and tropical forests, and of course stunning cities. Whilst in Rio de Janeiro, visit Christ the Redeemer guarding the city upon Corcovado Mountain and ride the cable car to the summit of Sugar Loaf Mountain. Sip a caipirinha on Copacabana Beach while listening to samba and watching the lively cariocas (Rio's residents) try their hand at capoeira or perhaps just a game of beach football.
It is not however just Rio where you discover how much Brazil has to offer, and on this itinerary you have the chance to explore some of the country's most productive wildlife zones. The almost impenetrable canopy of the Amazon rainforest is your first stop outside of Rio, and after a flight of just over 4 hours you iarrive in the city of Manaus. The Amazon is home to over 40,000 plant, 427 mammal and 1300 bird speciesis, and you have three nights based in a wildlife focused lodge deep in the forest to experience life within and below the canopy.
From the Amazon you fly back to the south and vistit the vast tropical wetlands of the Pantanal. This region has an estimated 1000 bird species and 300 mammals. Eagle-eyed visitors will spot the iconic Jaribou and hyacinth macaw above, whilst on land caiman and capybaras roam. The Pantanal wetlands are also the best place in Brazil for spotting Jaguars, and this itinerary can be tailored for a focus on encountering one of the world's largest cats.
Following your experience in the wetalands you continue to the Iguacu Falls. Here you are back in the lush tropical rainforest that surround the waterfalls, and this is home to beautiful butterflies, colourful birds, a rich array of vegetation and the occasional mammal such as coatis. The falls themselves tumble over the rocks, creating a deafening cacophony of gushing water - a memorable end to your Brazilian holiday at one of the World's Natural Wonders.
Day 1 Depart the UK today on your chosen flights to Rio de Janeiro. Set on one of the most beautiful natural bays in the world, with its backdrop of rocky wooded mountains, stunning beaches and deep blue sea studded with islands, Rio offers a taste of Brazil’s natural wonders. Settle into your hotel and relax into the Carioca vibe.
Day 2 Ride along Rio’s famous beaches on a tour of this wonderful city. From the iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer perched on Corcovado mountain, take in a bird’s eye view over the city below. Often shrouded in mist, or stood on top of the clouds, the Corcovado Mountain is a highlight and can be reached by cog railway. The Pão de Açúcar (Sugar Loaf Mountain) is a massive volcanic cone, 396m in height, at the entrance to Guanabara Bay. Catch a cable car to the summit and get a shot of the cityscape. As the sun sets over the horizon, sip a refreshing caipirinha and watch the samba dancers move to the pulsating beats.
Day 3 You have the morning at leisure in Rio de Janeiro before you head to the mighty Amazon rainforest. Covering almost half of Brazil, the world's largest tropical rainforest is home to 40,000 plant species, 427 mammals and 1,300 bird species, that's not including all the reptiles, fish and amphibians. You fly into the sprawling city of Manaus this evening and stay in a central hotel prior to your pick-up to travel to your Jungle lodge tomorrow.
Day 4 Today you begin your adventure into the Amazon Rainforest. You are collected from your hotel in Manaus early this morning for a trip by speed boat, van and speed boat again. During your trip you might be lucky enough to encounter some pink dolphins before you stop to see the amazing Meeting of the Waters. Here the muddy flow of the Solimões River, and the black waters of the Negro River run side by side, without mixing, to form the great Amazonas River. You continue to your lodge where you arrive in time for lunch, before you head out in the afternoon to explore the Amazonian creeks flooded forest in motorised canoes. You return for dinner before then heading out this evening for a night tiem canoe ride in search of the noctural wildlife of the forest.
Day 5 Awake to the alarm call of the howler monkeys, before joining a local guide for a trek through the jungle. Catch a glimpse of the paradise tanager or the curl crested aracari with their colourful plumage. Meander trails to spot mammals including the tapir, the largest mammals in South America, capybara, and monkeys such as endemic white-whiskered spider monkey. Look out for the rich variety of reptiles including lizards of different shapes and sizes, many types of amphibians, turtles, tortoises and terrapins.
Day 6 Early this morning you head out for a sunrise excursion, for an experience listening to the sights and sounds of the waking jungle. You return to the lodge for breakfast before you then visit the house of a local family to learn more about their fascinating culture and way of life in the Amazon. Later you travel by paddle canoe through the dense vegetation in search of more wildlife, and a chance to learn more about the flora in this part of the forest.
Day 7 This morning you begin your journey from your lodge back towards the city of Manaus, and depart the Amazon for the Pantanal, flying to Cuiaba. Cuiaba is the gateway to the Northern Pantanal, and you spend the night in the city before continuing tomorrow morning to your Pantanal lodge.
Day 8 This morning transfer by road (approximately 3 hours) to your Pantanal Lodge, Rio Mutum. Surrounded by hills, lakes and grassy plains, the lodge is the ideal place to base yourself whilst discovering one of the largest wetlands in the world. The annual cycle of floods and droughts define life here. During the dry season, July – October, birds and animals congregate around the few remaining areas of water making it easy to spot a parade of wildlife. During the wet season, aquatic life flourishes. Discover this region of enormous biological diversity by nature walks, canoe trips, 4X4 safaris and by horseback.
Day 9 Canoe along the waterways as dawn breaks and the vast plains come alive with bird calls and the high pitched squeal of marmoset monkeys. Search for birdlife such as the iconic Jaribou with it swollen red neck and the hyacinth macaw, one of the largest in the world amidst tropical savannah plants. During the dry season, paddle up to the huge “Ninhais” (bird sanctuaries) where thousands of wood-storks, spoonbills, herons, and cormorants gather.
Day 10 Birds are only part of the picture... Beat back the bush to find the largest concentration of wildlife in the Americas. Local inhabitants include alligators, capybaras, giant anteaters, Brazilian otters, monkeys, blue macaws, herons, cormorants, ibises, curassows, parakeets, parrots, toucans, and wood ibises. Head back in the afternoon to relax in your hammock, icy cold drink in hand until the sun sets to the idyllic sounds of nature.
Day 11 Today transfer by road to Cuiaba and fly to Iguacu. Bordering Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay, Iguacu Falls is a staggering 80 metres high and consists of 275 separate waterfalls. This colossal number of cascades produces vast sprays of water and deafening roars as they tumble over the edge of the rocks into the Parana River. Situated within subtropical Atlantic rainforest the area is home to an array of wildlife from tapirs, giant anteaters, howler monkeys, ocelots, jaguars and caymans.
Day 12 Today view the incredible Iguacu falls on both the Brazilian and the Argentine side. Both merit a visit to take in these incredible falls from a variety of different viewpoints. Wend your way down a long paved path through lush subtrop...
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