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Brazil Amazon and Pantanal Wildlife

12 days

from £3,395pp
  • Visit the Pantanal exploring this wildlife rich area on foot, horseback and canoes
  • Spend time with researchers in the Mamiraua Reserve in the Amazon
  • Mamiraua Reserve has one of the highest densities of jaguars in the world

Pantanal

Starting in the Pantanal, the largest freshwater wetland area in the world and best place for viewing wildlife in the Americas, your days will be spent with experienced guides. Explore the pristine forest on foot, cross the savannah and floodplains on horseback or float down rivers looking for giant river otters. The adventure does not stop when the sun sets - go on night drives/walks and experience the different sounds and smells at night as well as the star-lit sky. 

Amazon

The second half of this trip goes deep into the Brazilian Amazon and the Mamiraua Sustainable Development Reserve. The reserve is part of the world’s largest protected tropical rainforest corridor and has one of the highest densities of jaguar on earth, including the rare black jaguar. It is also home to many other species including macaw, pink and grey river dolphin, sloth and various monkey including squirrel, black-faced, howler and Uakari monkey. Spend three days here with specialist guides and researchers exploring the area and local communities on foot and canoe.

For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

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  • International flights
  • Internal flights
  • All accommodation and meals as stated in the itinerary
  • All transfers

what is excluded

  • Gratuities

PLEASE NOTE THE ABOVE FLIGHT COST IS A SUGGESTED FROM PRICE. FLIGHT COSTS WILL BE CONFIRMED AT TIME OF BOOKING. ALL FLIGHTS ARE ATOL PROTECTED.

Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Fly London to Sao Paulo overnight

Day 2

Fly Sao Paulo to Cuiaba

Travel from Cuiaba to Araras Eco Lodge


Transfer from Cuiaba airport to Araras Eco Lodge, a journey of approximately 2.5 hours. The first part of the journey is on a paved road through farms and cattle ranches. After a stop in Poconé, take the Transpantaneira Park Road, a dirt road with flora and fauna of the Pantanal ecosystem along the way.


The Pantanal, or wetlands of Mato Grosso, is one of nature's last frontiers, the world's largest animal reserve, and home to more than 600 different species of birds and 230 varieties of fish. It is made up of a huge lowland plain that is entirely overgrown by lush vegetation and covered with flowers that bloom during the rainy season from December to April.

The Pantanal features many rivers and crystalline lakes, as it used to be a vast inland sea, and rare species of birds and other animals seek shelter along their shores and cluster around the diminishing pools during the dry season from May to November.


Walking Tour
The introduction walking tour is the first activity, where the history, concepts and surroundings of the lodge are presented. Over the next few days activities will include guided walks, horse rides, boat trips and vehicle expeditions.


Night Walk
Travel out with your guide to listen to the sounds and observe the behaviour of the nocturnal animals. Star gazing on a clear night is amazing in this remote area.


You will be staying at Araras Eco Lodge, Full board

Day 3

Activities Around the Lodge
Today explore the surroundings with your guide, activities could include canoeing and a photo safari, learning about the ecosystem and wildlife along the way. Discover the riverside forest in absolute silence by canoe, look out for the two groups of endangered Giant River Otters that live in this area. During the photo safari travel in especially adapted open vehicles, observing the fauna along the roads of the Pantanal and the Transpantaneira crossway.


You will be staying at Araras Eco Lodge, Full board

Day 4

Pantanal Exploration
Spend the day trekking the many trails in this area, across woods, savannahs, fields and swamps, with the goal of introducing the diversity of the ecosystem. Three canopy towers, 12, 13 and 25 m high, offer panoramic views on the plain and allow access to nature high up in the crown of trees. Spend the evening either relaxing at the lodge or listening to a lecture.


You will be staying at Araras Eco Lodge, Full board

Day 5

Choice of Activities
Another full day of activities which may include riding. Horseback riding is the most traditional way of becoming acquainted with the Pantanal. Exploring areas that are hard to access on foot, a fun and enjoyable way to watch wildlife. The pure Pantaneiro horses have a reputation for their beauty and docility, perfect for beginners.


You will be staying at Araras Eco Lodge, Full board

Day 6

Sunrise Walk and Departure
Rise early to witness the cross over of night and daytime birds celebrating the arrival of a new day. A great time of day to view wildlife and good for photographers. After breakfast depart the lodge by shared transfer.

Travel from Araras Eco Lodge to Cuiaba


Return to Cuiaba for the flight to the Amazon.

Fly Cuiaba to Manaus


Located in the heart of the jungle, 1600km up the Amazon river, the history of Manaus is as exotic as its location. Founded in 1669, Manaus has a colonial history which peaked during the late 19th century rubber boom. The fabulous wealth of this period led to the construction of the legendary opera house, where the most famous singers of the era performed.

The municipal market, designed after Les Halles in Paris, was built during the rubber boom, as was the custom house, designed and manufactured in Liverpool. However Manaus's main attraction, the rainforest, lies just outside the city, and boasts a wealth of exotic flora and fauna.


You will be staying at Wyndham Garden Manaus, Bed & Breakfast

Day 7

Half day city tour of Manaus
Your tour will include a visit to the impressive Teatro Amazonas opera house built in 1896 and an example of the wealth of the region during the rubber boom. Also visit the Indian Museum with artefacts from the many tribes of the Upper Rio Negro which stretches some 1,000 km. Pass by other buildings including the customs that was originally built in England before being dismantled and shipped over to Manaus; also the Harbour and Adolpho Lisboa Market, an art nouveau building with cast-iron work imported from Glasgow and stained glass windows from Paris.

Fly Manaus to Tefe

Boat journey from Tefe to Uakari Lodge


Transfer to the port, where a boat will take the group to the Uakari Lodge. After an hour travelling through the mighty Solimões, the name of this stretch of the Amazon River, get into the Mamirauá Lake. Along the way it might be already possible to see aquatic mammals such as the Amazon (Pink) River Dolphin (Inia geoffrensis) and the Grey River Dolphin (Sotolia fluviatilis).


Arrive Uakari Lodge
After check-in, a small presentation is given about the Uakari Lodge, Lauarete Project and Mamiraua Sustainable Development Reserve. The gigantic reserve protects more than two-and-a-half million acres of forest, rivers and lakes. It is home of many rare and threatened species, some only found within the reserve such as the beautiful Uakari Monkey (Cacajao calvus calvus) and the Black-headed Squirrel Monkey (Saimiri vanzolinii). This reserve is not just a successful conservation project, but a pioneer project that involves the local people into conservation work. Later there is still time for a small canoe tour to explore the Uakari Lodge surroundings.

Northern Brazil is dominated by the Amazon Rainforest; a vast tract of tropical wilderness divided by the enormous Amazon River basin. More than half of the Amazon River Basin is located within Brazil, supporting incredible biodiversity with an array of mammals, insects, reptiles and bird species.

Manaus, the capital of Amazonas State, serves as the main gateway into the depths of the Amazon Rainforest. Head downstream by boat to observe the natural phenomena known as the ‘Meeting of the Waters’ where the clay-coloured waters of Rio Solimões meet the black waters of Rio Negro and flow in parallel for six kilometres before converging to form the Rio Amazon.


You will be staying at Uakari Lodge, Full board

Day 8

Uakari Lodge days activities & excursions
Over the next few days explore the region in a small group with a local specialist guide, the following activities are included:

Jungle Trails: The lodge has fourteen trails in the forest over a flat terrain. The trails are designed not to be physically straining, the longest can be done in three hours during the dry season (August to April). All of them were developed in strategic areas to maximize wildlife viewing, and some are used by researchers in their studies about the ecosystem.

Community visits: Through community visits learn about the history, way of life, and customs of this riverine population.

Sunset at Mamirauá Lake: Mamirauá Lake is located at the heart of the preservation zone and works as a nursery to some aquatic species. During the excursion to the lake, there is the possibility to see pink and grey river dolphins, hoatzins and maybe with the pirarucu fish. At the end of the afternoon watch as the sunsets, a beautiful scene. On the way back to the lodge spot animals like the back caiman - the largest predator of South America.

Meeting the Researchers: Mamirauá institute is a Research Unit linked to the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation of Brazil. In the area where the Uakari Lodge is located there are two researchers studying the biodiversity of the Amazon floodplain forest. Interact with the researchers during the evening when they give presentations of their field studies, usually about the animals of the Amazon.

Canoe Trail: Glide through the waters of the jungle in a small paddle canoe. View different species of monkeys and other mammals, such as red-howler monkeys, uakaris, squirrel monkeys and three-toed sloths.

Please note: The order of the tours above is defined by the lodge, and chances of seeing wildlife varies with the weather.


You will be staying at Uakari Lodge, Full board

Day 9

You will be staying at Uakari Lodge, Full board

Day 10

Depart Uakari
This is the last morning and there is still time for a short outing after breakfast.

Boat Journey from Uakari Lodge to Tefe


Return by boat to Tefe for the flight back to Manaus, a journey of about an hour.

Fly Tefe to Manaus

Fly Manaus to Rio de Janeiro


As the Brazilians say, 'God made the world in six days, the seventh he devoted to Rio'. This vibrant and lively city is a fun place to spend some time, and offers something for everyone.

Nestled between the mountains and the sea, Rio's natural beauty is unsurpassable. Its magnificent shoreline, with its charming bays and beautiful beaches, is an important part of Rio social life and offers numerous outdoor activities from biking to surfing.

In the mountains above Rio, you will find the Tijuca national forest, the largest natural urban park in the world. The city's eight million inhabitants, known as 'Cariocas', are friendly, carefree people who always seem to find time for the pleasures of good living.


You will be staying at Porto Bay Rio International, Bed & Breakfast

Day 11

Days at Leisure with Suggested Sightseeing
Days to explore Rio. Find below a selection of activities and excursions:- Learn how to Samba at a dance school;- People-watch on Copacabana Beach;- Watch a football match at Maracana Stadium;- Listen to live Bossa Nova in a restaurant in Ipanema;- Visit the botanical gardens and the avenue of imperial palms;- Visit Petropolis, the Summer Residence of the Imperial family of Brazil;- Board a cable car to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain;- Admire the view from Corcovado below the statue of Christ;- Hire bicycles and explore the beaches;- Visit Santa Teresa, the bohemian quarter;- Explore the colonial historical quarter;- Relax on the beach and enjoy the day to day life of the Cariocas.

Fly Rio de Janeiro to London overnight

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Uakari Lodge

Uakari Lodge

The Uakari Lodge is a community run floating lodge in the Mamiraua Sustainable Development Reserve, the largest area of flooded Amazonian forest....

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Araras Eco Lodge

Araras Eco Lodge

Nestled amongst vast, lush wetlands, Araras Eco Lodge was constructed to blend in with its natural surroundings and is committed to local environmental initiatives such as inhibiting deforestation along the banks of the Rio Clarinho and encouraging hyacinth macaws to nest in the Northern Pantanal....

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Porto Bay Rio International

Porto Bay Rio International

Porto Bay Rio International is a contemporary-style hotel directly opposite Copacabana Beach....

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