Overview & Highlights
On this holiday to two of Brazil’s most wildlife-rich destinations, the Pantanal wetlands and the Iguazú Falls, the highlight is the very real possibility of spotting a shy jaguar in the wild.
- Half-day guided excursion to the Brazilian side of the Iguazú Falls
- Full day guided exploration of the Argentine side of the Iguazú Falls
- Guided safari expeditions from Pantanal lodge
- Full day guided jaguar experience in the Pantanal
- Guided excursion to Corcovado and the statute of Christ the Redeemer
Brazil is a blissful destination for wildlife lovers, with many of its natural landscapes offering the promise of multifarious sightings of birds, butterflies, reptiles and mammals. None more so than the yawning open reaches of the Pantanal, the largest freshwater wetlands in the world.
You’ll be staggered by the quantity of birds, floating in clouds over the savannah or dipping into waters of the region’s floodplains; and caimans, basking silently on the river beaches like hordes of summer tourists. Most alluring of all is the possibility of spotting a jaguar or other wild cat – although there are no guarantees, during the dry season of May to October your chances at your lodge here are among the best on the continent.
We’ve combined a stay in the Pantanal with a few days at Iguazú, famed for its gigantic waterfalls but just as mesmerising for the variety of tropical birdlife on display in the surrounding rainforest.
Arrive at Foz do Iguaçú airport and transfer to your hotel 5km from the national park.
Guided tour of the Brazilian side of the Falls.
Guided excursion to the Argentine side of the Falls.
Fly to Campo Grande in Brazil’s sun-baked heartland.
Transfer to Refugio Caiman, an upmarket eco-lodge deep in the Pantanal.
Activities at the lodge.
Full day and evening jaguar experience.
Further exploration of the Pantanal from the lodge.
Transfer to Campo Grande airport and fly to Rio de Janeiro.
Guided excursion to the Christ the Redeemer statue and Tijuca Forest.
Transfer to Rio’s airport for your international flight.
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