Brazil Wildlife Adventure

  • Middle aged group of friends taking a selfie with phone
  • Tourists on the Amazon
  • Wetlands in Pantanal, Brazil
  • Cactus section of botanical garden in Rio de Janeiro
  • Group of Parrot Yellow and blue feather

Itinerary

DAY 1 | RIO DE JANEIRO
Arrival to the International Airport in Rio de Janeiro where we will be met and transferred to our hotel.

Botanic Garden
Rio de Janeiro’s Botanic Garden is one of the ten most important ecological sanctuaries in the entire world. The Garden, founded by Dom João VI in 1808 as an Acclimation Garden for exotic plants, was transformed over nearly two centuries into the Research Institute of the Botanic Garden of Rio de Janeiro. Although the collection is composed mainly of Brazilian species, there are also foreign plants and hybrids. The 140-hectare park lies at the foot of the Corcovado Mountain, far below the right arm of the statue of Christ the Redeemer. It contains more than 6,000 different species of tropical and subtropical plants and trees, including 900 varieties of palm trees. A 750 meter line of 134 palms forms the Avenue of Royal Palms leading from the entrance into the gardens. These palms all descended from a single tree, the Palma Mater, long since destroyed by lightning. We can stroll along the pathways of the park to the sounds of native birds like the “curios” and the “sabiás.” The exuberance of nature, in all its colors and glory, provide images that we will keep in our memories and souls forever. Overnight at our hotel in Rio.

DAY 2 | RIO DE JANEIRO
Breakfast at hotel.

Corcovado and Sugar Loaf
We depart from the hotel after breakfast to visit the most famous landmarks of the city and see the natural beauty of Rio de Janeiro from up above. After a scenic drive along Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, we will arrive at the bottom of the Corcovado Hill. Embark on a comfortable train that ascends the mountain where the statue of Christ the Redeemer is located, 2,300 ft above sea level. The Christ statue, known as the “wonder of Rio,” was recently elected one of the 7 "New Wonders of the World." Upon arrival at the top, we can use the panoramic elevators or escalators to arrive at the foot of the statute. There, we can enjoy a panoramic view of Rio de Janeiro and discover why it is called the "Marvelous City." Afterwards, descend the mountain and stop for a delicious Brazilian Barbecue lunch. Over a million people each year visit the world famous “Pão de Açúcar” (Sugar Loaf Mountain), which has become an iconic symbol of Rio. Rising up from a small peninsula at the entrance of Guanabara Bay, its name is said to refer to its resemblance to the traditional shape of a concentrated, refined sugar loaf. The journey to the top is made in glass cable-cars. The first cable-car takes us to the top of Urca Hill. It rises 215 meters above sea level and offers spectacular views of the entire bay and its surrounding islands. From here, we continue in a second cable-car to the top of Sugar Loaf which rises 395 meters above sea level and offers a 360 degree view of the entire city including Botafogo and Copacabana Beaches, Corcovado Mountain and downtown Rio.  We will have lunch at Estrela do Sul BBQ. Overnight at our hotel in Rio. (B,L)

DAY 3 | RIO DE JANEIRO
Breakfast at hotel.

Jeep Tour Tijuca Forest
Following pick-up in open-air jeeps at the hotel, we will be taken to the stunning Tijuca Atlantic Forest - the largest urban forest in the world. We will make stops at the Chinese Vista with magnificent views of Ipanema and Copacabana beaches, Guanabara Bay and Sugar Loaf. We may spot monkeys, sloths and exotic birds. On our way back, we will stop at Pepino Beach to watch the hang gliders fly through the air. Overnight at our hotel in Rio. (B)

DAY 4 | RIO DE JANEIRO | PANTANAL
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for the Cuiabà flight (not included in land package).

Upon arrival, we are met and transferred to our lodge. The transfer to Araras Pantanal Eco Lodge is meant to be a photo-safari for the many species of animals and birds found along its length. The vehicle will make several stops for photos. We first drive on a paved road for 100 kilometers, along farms and through the Brazilian Savanna, to Poconé. After a short stop there, we start the second stage of the transfer entering the Transpantaneira Park Road (dirt road) built on a level higher than the floodplain. This road has more than 127 wooden bridges, fording fields, bays and grazing lands. Arriving at the Araras Pantanal Eco Lodge, a welcome drink awaits us. Late afternoon hike within the surroundings of the lodge, reaching the Mirante da Garça, a 12 meter high observation tower, for a unique view of the sunset. After dinner, we have a star gazing trek to hear the sounds of the Pantanal. Overnight at our hotel in the Pantanal. (B,L,D)

DAY 5 | PANTANAL
Breakfast at hotel.

Today is dedicated to observing the Pantanal’s flora & fauna at the Araras Eco Lodge private reserve.  After breakfast, the guide will lead us on a 2 to 3 hour horse ride through grazing fields, woods and flood lands. Lunch at the lodge. In the afternoon, join a hike to a different area of the reservation, allowing us to watch and learn about this ecosystem. Overnight at our hotel in the Panatanal. (B,L,D)

DAY 6 | PANTANAL
After breakfast, depart for Clarinho River. Here, we take a canoe and explore the river banks, mangroves and forest. With some luck, we can spot a family of ariranhas (giant otters) fishing, playing and teaching their babies to swim and fish. We have a chance to fish the elusive Piranha, known for nibbling the bait off the hook without the fisherman noticing. Lambaris, another species of fresh water fish, are an easy catch and delicious when barbecued. A picnic barbecue lunch will be prepared at the camp site. Return to the lodge at the end of the afternoon. Overnight at our hotel in the Panatanal. (B,L,D)

DAY 7 | PANTANAL | MANAUS (AMAZON)
Breakfast at hotel.

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for the Manaus flight (not included in land package). Upon arrival, we are met and transferred to our hotel. Overnight at our hotel in Manaus. (B)

DAY 8 | AMAZON - JUNA LODGE
Breakfast at hotel.

We have an early morning departure. The trip takes three hours via speed boat, van and speed boat again. During our ride, we may encounter some pink dolphins on the way. We will stop to see the amazing Meeting of the Waters, the spot where the muddy waters of the Solimões River and the black waters of the Negro River run side by side, without mixing, to form the great Amazonas River. It’s even possible to feel the difference in temperature between the two rivers, which is about 8° celcius. Enjoy our first contact with the jungle and observe the giant water lily. Arriving at Juma Lodge around 11am, a welcome juice prepared with exotic fruits awaits us. After our Amazonian and international lunch, our afternoon activity is a canoe tour through the igarapés (Amazonian creeks) and the igapós (flooded forest). Along the way, we may even see some river dolphins. After dinner, we go out in a canoe for alligator spotting. Their eyes shine like small red lights. Our guide will try to catch a small alligator with his own hands and bring it on to the canoe for a brief explanation of their habitat. The alligator will then be safely released back to the river. Overnight at our hotel in the Amazon. (B,L,D)

DAY 9 | AMAZON
Early in the morning, around 5:15 am, we will leave for a sunrise excursion. We witness the transformation of the dark water of the Juma River into a mirror and listen to the sights and sounds of the waking birds. Our guides have binoculars and are trained in birdwatching. Breakfast will be served around 7 am, with typical fruits and regional food. We then leave for a jungle hike. Once inside the Amazon Forest, we feel its charm and greatness. Our guides will pass along important concepts about jungle survival. After lunch at the lodge, we’ll go on a tour around the hotel. Juma was built all on stilts and, during this tour, it will be seen from another angle below. Our next tour is by boat (during the rainy season) or on foot (during the dry season). We will board a wooden boat, the same kind the local river dwellers use, to catch the famous Piranha, as well as other fish in the region. Return to the lodge as we enjoy the sunset. Dinner will be complemented by the fish we caught earlier, cooked the Amazon way. This evening, one of our guides will regale us about his life and the customs and legends of the river dwellers.  Overnight at our hotel in the Amazon. (B,L,D)

DAY 10 | AMAZON / DEPARTURE
Breakfast at hotel.

Return to Manaus, arriving at approximately 12pm and then transferring to the airport for our departure flight. (B)

(B) Breakfast (L) Lunch (D) Dinner

Hotels

CITYNIGHTSHOTELROOM TYPE
Rio De Janeiro3Windsor PlazaStandard
Pantanal3Araras Eco lodgeStandard
Manaus1Blue Tree PremiumStandard
Amazon2Juma Eco lodgeStandard

Land Package Prices Per Person

 DOUBLESINGLE
Starting From:$2,636$3,474

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