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Explore the lush wetlands of the Pantanal by boat for close-up wildlife encounters.
  • Privately on Request
  • Duration 9 days
    Group Size 6-10
    Land Cost $4,350 Details
    Single Supplement $1,025
    Lodging 3 stars-4 stars
    Grade I-II
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    Pantanal, Rio and Rainforest

    Pantanal wildlife, Rio highlights, Ilha Grande forests & beaches (and Iguazu Falls add-on)

    It's hard to find enough superlatives to describe Brazil in September, and hard to imagine a more satisfying trip for wildlife or photography enthusiasts, or a more perfect introduction to the country's diversity. Explore the vast, rich Pantanal, beautiful Rio de Janeiro, and the lush Atlantic island of Ihla Grande with our senior guides.

    The glorious wetland area known as Pantanal offers the best wildlife experience in the Americas.  Here, you'll be warmly hosted in Refugio da Ilha, a  family homestead on a large Pantanal ranch which has been dedicated to environmental preservation. Footsteps from your door, in the river and grasslands, wildlife is concentrated, abundant and accessible. Find clusters of caimans, pug-faced capybara, wild peccaries, and giant anteaters. Spot as many as two hundred or more bird species, including parrots, hornbills, toucans, spoonbills, ibises, caracaras, owls, nightjars, tanagers, flycatchers, and casiques. Hyacinth macaws, the world's largest, roost here in spectacularly large numbers.

    For contrast, travel east to beautiful, iconic, sophisticated, Rio de Janeiro. Take in Tijuca Forest, Corcovado Park, and the famous Sugar Loaf granite rock mountian. Travel by ferry to the gorgeous island of Ihla Grande for 2 days of scenery, walking, wildlife and relaxation along the coastal beaches and in the Atlantic rain forest.

     Iguazu Falls, with its crowns of rainbows, is unparalleled year-round, but September is especially fantastic for butterflies. If you can spare two additional nights to visit these amazing waterfalls, you should definitely do so.

    Brief Itinerary

    Day 1Sao Paulo / Campo Grande
    Day 2Pantanal
    Day 3Pantanal
    Day 4Pantanal
    Day 5Pantanal / Campo Grande / Rio de Janeiro
    Day 6Rio / Tijuca / Corcovado / Sugar Loaf
    Day 7Rio de Janeiro / Ilha Grande
    Day 8Ilha Grande beaches and rainforest
    Day 9Ilha Grande / Rio de Janeiro

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    “The trip was a richly Brazilian experience, making this vacation a trip we will never forget and Brazil a place we look forward to visiting again. We had a wonderful, wonderful time!” -Andrea Thrasher

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