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Wildlife and Waterfalls of Brazil

Resort:Wildlife and Waterfalls of Brazil
Operator: Saga
Destination: Brazil, Latin America
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Safari, Latin America style

Contrast incredible natural scenery with diverse and unique wildlife on this safari with a Latin American twist. Explore the amazing Pantanal wetland, a vast region which changes with the seasons, as you go in search of birds, mammals and aquatic life. Then spend three nights on Rios energetic Copacabana before enjoying a three-night stay at an exclusive hotel in Iguassu National Park, just steps from the thundering falls.

Including…

11 nights in hotels and 2 in flight

22 meals: 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 5 dinners

Excursions and visits

  • Two boat or 4×4 safaris in the Pantanal
  • Two boat or 4×4 safaris by night
  • Nature walk and Mutum River cruise
  • The villages of Cuiaba Mirim and Capoeirinha
  • Horseback riding safari
  • Cruise on Sia Mariana Bay and piranha fishing
  • Canoeing by sunrise
  • Cogwheel train to Corcovado Mountain and Christ the Redeemer
  • Iguassu Falls
  • Ecological Jungle Train to the Argentinian falls

Itinerary

Day 1 UK to Sao Paolo

After taking our included UK door-to-door travel service, fly overnight to Sao Paulo.

Day 2 Sao Paolo to Cuiaba

Arrive in the morning and travel to the citys domestic airport for your flight to Cuiaba. Spend the night at the 3-star Hotel Deville Prime Cuiaba (3Q).

Day 3 Cuiaba to Pantanal

Travel the Pantanal, the largest tropical wetland on the planet, for four nights at the Pousada Do Rio Mutum Eco Lodge (3Q). The landscape of the Pantanal changes dramatically depending on the season, from the wet season when vast stretches of the region are completely flooded and turned into vast mirror, to the dry season when the land is cracked and desiccated. These varying habitats are the perfect home for a variety of wildlife, from puma and caimans to jaguar and capybara. Tonight youll explore by boat or 4×4 open vehicle in search of nocturnal creatures. B, L, D.

Day 4 Pantanal

This morning take a guided walk in search of birds, mammals and reptiles, and learn about the fascinating ecosystem. After lunch take a cruise on the Mutum river, where you may be lucky enough to spot giant otters and river rays. Look forward to another night safari by boat or 4×4. B, L, D.

Day 5 Pantanal

Visit the village of Cuiaba Mirim by boat to meet with the inhabitants and learn about life in the Pantanal, then travel overland to the village of Capoeirinha. During your tour you might be able to spot the rare hyacinth macaw with its incredible bright-blue plumage. The Pantanal is one of three major population centres of the hyacinth macaw, which has been the victim of habitat loss, and capture for trading over the past century. B, L, D.

Day 6 Pantanal

Enjoy a spot of horseback riding this morning, admiring the colourful vegetation and keeping an eye out for more wildlife on a hack through the countryside theres a small chance you may spot puma! Later on enjoy a cruise on Sia Mariana Bay, where you may be able to try your hand at piranha fishing! Watch the sunset and enjoy sundowner drinks from the comfort of the boat before returning to the lodge for your final night in the Pantanal. B, L, D.

Day 7 Pantanal to Cuiaba to Rio de Janeiro

An early morning canoeing trip will allow you to watch the sunrise over the wetland before returning to the lodge for breakfast. Transfer to Cuiaba for your internal flight to Rio de Janeiro, where you spend the next three nights at the Hilton Hotel Copacabana (4Q+), in front of the world-famous Copacabana Beach. B

Day 8 Rio de Janeiro

See this amazing city from a unique perspective today as you ride the cog-wheel train to the summit of Corcovado Mountain, admiring views of the city below and its spectacular natural setting. This will also put you at the foot of Christ the Redeemer which, at almost 100 feet tall, is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. This evening is at leisure and youll be free to dine wherever you like there are plenty of places along the Copacabana promenade, perhaps go for a hearty Brazilian barbecue! B

Day 9 Rio de Janeiro

Enjoy a free day in the city. Perhaps join an optional excursion to the Favelas, visit the botanical gardens or head to the unique town of Petropolis. B

Day 10 Rio de Janeiro to Foz do Iguassu

Transfer to the airport and fly to Foz do Iguassu, where you spend the next three nights at the exclusive 5-star Belmond Hotel Das Cataratas (5Q), within Iguazu National Park and just moments from Iguazu Falls! Take a walk along the catwalks that edge the falls, taking you close to the bottom of Devils Throat the biggest of the cascade where you can ride an elevator allowing you to view the falls from the top. B, L.

Day 11 Foz do Iguassu

Today you cross the border to see the falls from the Argentinian side, which includes a ride aboard the Ecological Jungle Train. The journey will take you through the national parks rainforest, following the route of the Iguazu River to the Devils Throat observation point. B, L.

Day 12 Foz do Iguassu

Spend the day at leisure within the national park. B, D.

Day 13 Foz do Iguassu to Sao Paolo to UK

Fly to Sao Paulo for your return overnight flight to the UK. B

Day 14 UK

Arrive in the UK for your included door-to-door travel service home.