Bountiful Brazil

The vast, wildlife-rich Pantanal, cosmopolitan Rio de Janeiro, and mighty Iguazu Falls
Overview

overview

Brazil is very different in language, customs, culture, and environments from the rest of South America. First, experience the Pantanal, which is considered to be the world's largest ecological reservation. It is by far the best wildlife viewing for the casual wildlife observer and the avid birder alike. Next, in Rio de Janeiro you will plunge into the cultural experience of its beaches, vistas, and surprising natural environments along with the cuisine, music, dance, and culture that reflect its Afro-Portuguese-European melting pot heritage. Finally, continue to Iguazu Falls, a series of awe-inspiring waterfalls in the middle of a lush rain forest, formed 150 million years ago.

itinerary

itinerary

  • Day 1: Sao Paulo / Campo Grande / Pantanal
    Arrive in Brazil and head to the wild Pantanal for a few days

    To the south of the Amazon Basin in Brazil lies one of the world’s least-known but most extraordinary natural areas: the Pantanal. From your international arrival in Sao Paulo (Aeropuerto Internacional Guarulhos, GRU), fly to Campo Grande, known as the gateway to the Pantanal. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to Refúgio da Ilha (about four hours overland), a former farmhouse located on an island in the Salobra River delta.  Settle in here for a four-night stay, starting with dinner and a presentation on the coming days' activities, after you have settled in.

     

    Meals
    Dinner
    Lodging
    Refúgio da Ilha (or similar)
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  • Days 2-4: Pantanal
    Horseback riding in the Pantanal

    The Pantanal is an enormous grassland covering over 89,000 square miles. In some ways it is comparable to the savannas of Africa with its vast prairies divided by lazy meandering rivers forested at the water’s edge. The area is also teeming with life. Along the rivers, there are clouds of birds that chatter and cavort in rookeries of thousands of nests. There are countless caiman (South America's crocodiles) lounging and snoozing on the beaches in full view and rather unconcerned about the presence of people. Herds of 150-pound capybara, which are giant guinea-pig-like rodents, graze near the waters’ edge. Roaming the sea of grass from horizon to horizon is a fantastic collection of mammals, including the giant anteater, the jaguar, marsh deer, and wild peccaries.

    While here, your activities will be determined by you and the weather and can include:   hikes on trails to observe animals and vegetation; horseback riding through flooded areas where the water is too deep for vehicles and too shallow for boats; motor boat exploration of the waterways and their wildlife; canoeing on silent streams; and evening jeep touring, allowing you to see the nocturnal lives of Pantanal animals.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Refúgio da Ilha (or similar)
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  • Day 5: Pantanal / Campo Grande / Rio de Janeiro
    Arrive in iconic Rio de Janeiro

    After breakfast at the inn, transfer to Campo Grande for your flight to Rio de Janeiro, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel, your base for the next two nights.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    Hotel Porto Bay Copacabana (or similar)
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  • Day 6: Rio / Tijuca / Corvovado / Sugar Loaf
    Spend a full day exploring, including Corcovado and Sugar Loaf

    After breakfast, depart (8am) for Tijuca National Park, the largest urban forest on earth, stopping at the Chinese View belvedere, then heading into the forest on an easy walk while tracking tropical birds, monkeys, sloths, and other creatures.  Afterward, head to the Christ the Redeemer statue on Corcovado Mountain near the forest, where the views are amazing, then onward to Sugarloaf Mountain, another well-known attraction, where you will ride up by cable car, high above amazing, endless views of the entire city and Guanabara Bay.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    Hotel Porto Bay Copacabana (or similar)
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  • Day 7: Rio / Iguazu Falls Brazilian Side
    Experience huge, thrilling Iguazu Falls

    After breakfast, you are taken to the airport for your flight to Iguazu Falls, where you are met and transferred to your hotel.

    In the afternoon, head to the Brazilian side of the falls for a half-day tour, starting with an easy 3/4-mile walk while we look for coati.  At the end of the path, enjoy a panoramic view of the falls on a riverside platform, then take an elevator with panoramic views to another part of the river with more great views, a restaurant and snack bar, and craft shops. Then board the Macuco Safari Boat for an exhilerating ride on the river among whirlpools, waves, and eddies, with close-up views of the falls, all in the hands of your experienced, capable boat captain.  Return to your hotel at day's end for a well-deserved rest.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    Hotel Loi Suites (or similar)
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  • Day 8: Iguazu Falls Argentinian Side
    Enjoy another perspective on Iguazu Falls from the Argentinian side

    Depart after breakfast at your hotel for a half-day tour of the Argentinean side of Iguazu Falls, starting at the excellent visitors' center and then boarding thge park train to several points of interest, including Cataratas Station, the upper and lower parts of Iguazu Falls, and Devils Throat Station, one of the most significant observation points for the falls.

    Your afternoon is free for relaxing or exploring on your own.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    Hotel Loi Suites (or similar)
  • Day 9: Iguazu Falls / Onward
    Leave Brazil with vivid and lasting memories

    You will be transferred after breakfast at your hotel to the airport for your travels homeward, or perhaps onward.  If your schedule permits, consider returning to Rio for a few days or perhaps head to the Amazon basin for further exploration of wild Brazil.

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    Breakfast
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Price and Date Details

Price and Date Details

Or Privately on Request
Land Cost:
$4,095
Upgraded accommodations available for extra charge; 2-3 people rate: $4795 per person
Single Supplement:
$1100
The single supplement is applicable if a roommate is not available or if single accommodation is specifically requested. While single accommodation is not available on all trips, we will try and honor this request whenever possible.
Need to Know

Need to Know

Duration:
9 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost. The total number of days includes the time required to travel between the USA and the destination country.
Comfort Level:
3
deluxe lodges & hotels
Group Size:
4-8
both private and small group tours
Activity Level:
2
deluxe lodges & hotels

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