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Holiday, Iguassa Falls Brazil + Rio + Pantanal (Jaguars, Birding, Horse Riding)

Brazil: Iguassu Falls + Pantanal + Rio de Janeiro + Paraty
JRB14I
14 NIGHTS
FROM £3,695
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
Holiday Iguassa Falls Brazil Rio Pantanal Jaguars Birding Horse Riding

Explore the best of Brazil, starting your holiday at the thundering Iguassu Falls & enjoying the wildlife of the unspoilt Pantanal wetlands. Here you can search for majestic jaguars and other species, as well as enjoying birding, fishing or horse riding. Explore the spectacular city of Rio de Janeiro, then relax on the beach at colonial Paraty, with diving nearby. All specified transfers, activities & sightseeing included.

Holiday Iguassa Falls Brazil Rio Pantanal Jaguars Birding Horse Riding
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Holiday Iguassu Falls, Brazil
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Pantanal Wetlands
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Jaguars & Wildlife
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Birding Tours
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Horse Riding
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Rio de Janiero
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Christ the Redeemer Statue
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Sugarloaf Mountain
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Copacabana & Ipanema Beaches
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Paraty
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Holiday Iguassu Falls, Brazil
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Pantanal Wetlands
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Jaguars & Wildlife
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Birding Tours
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Horse Riding
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Rio de Janiero
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Christ the Redeemer Statue
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Sugarloaf Mountain
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Copacabana & Ipanema Beaches
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Paraty
Day 1
You will be met at Foz do Iguassu Airport and transferred to your hotel near one of the greatest waterfalls in the world and regarded as one of Latin America's most awe-inspiring sights.
 
The mighty Iguassu Falls, whose name means "Great Waters", straddles the border between Argentina and Brazil - although almost 80% of the falls are on the Argentinian side. It is situated in a huge tropical rainforest that has been declared a World Heritage Site, with countless flora and fauna species.
Day 2
This morning enjoy a half day tour of the Brazilian side of the incredible Iguassu Falls, with panoramic views of the nearly 2-mile (3 km) cliff edge. We take an elevator down to the base of the waterfalls and stop at different viewing points.
 
The volume of water flowing over the falls varies greatly depending on seasonal rainfall, but the falls are a spectacular sight at any time of year. The waterflow is highest between October and March, with the heaviest rains from December to February, when many trails are closed.
 
Afterwards we visit the Bird Park, one of the largest and most important in the world, with over 1,300 exotic bird species as well as 25 species of reptiles & butterflies. Your afternoon is at leisure to relax at your hotel or explore further independently.
Day 3
Today enjoy a half day tour of the Argentinian side of the incredible Iguassu Falls.
 
Comprising approximately 275 separate cascades, the falls form a curtain of foaming water that crashes over a vast granite amphitheatre and into the jungle below. Resembling a reversed letter "J", most of the Iguazu River plunges down through an area known as The Devil’s Throat, with the rest spreading out over a wide shelf that splits into hundreds of different waterfalls.
 
There are a series of walkways that lead above, below and behind the falls, with breathtaking views. You can also hope to see monkeys, toucans, parakeets and other wildlife in the rainforest.
 
Note: Take your passport for the border crossing. Also take rain gear, as you will get wet visiting the Argentina side of the falls.
Day 4
Transfer to Iguasso Airport for your flight to Sao Paulo and connecting flight to Cuiaba.
 
You will be met at Cuiaba Airport and transferred to your hotel in this city, which is the capital of Mato Grosso state and situated in the exact centre of South America.
Day 5
Today you will be transferred 3.5-hours from Cuiaba, travelling along the Transpantaneira Highway to your lodge in the northern Pantanal and game viewing along the way.
 
The Pantanal is the world's largest tropical wetland, with 78% fully covered by water during the rainy season and offering the highest concentration of wildlife in all the Americas. Located in the centre of the continent, it is 10 times larger than the Everglades in Florida, USA and covers an area greater in size than the United Kingdom. Spanning three countries, it is situated mainly in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso, but also extends into Bolivia and Paraguay.
 
It is a geographic mixing bowl - containing elements of savanna, rainforest, semi-arid woodland and open grasslands. As such it offers some of the finest birding and mammal viewing on the continent. Given the relatively small amount of thick rainforest cover compared to the Amazon, the Pantanal is one of the best places in the world to spot the elusive jaguar in the wild.
 
On arrival refresh yourself at your lodge, before enjoying a late afternoon guided activity in this wildlife paradise followed by a beautiful sunset.
Day 6
Today is devoted to exploring the wildlife of the Pantanal Wetlands - one of the last untouched wildlife sanctuaries in the world, stretching over 96,000 square miles (250,000 square km).
 
Comprising a wide variety of habitats ranging from Brazilian savanna ('cerrado') and grasslands, to semi-arid woodland, Amazon and Atlantic rainforests, the Pantanal offers much easier game viewing than in the dense jungles of the Amazon Basin. These vast tropical floodplains are home to an amazing diversity of wildlife including 159 different mammal species, 93 reptiles, 53 amphibians, 260 fish, over 1,100 butterflies. It is also home to over 650 different bird species including the spectacularly blue Hyacinth Macaw, a parrot cloaked in deep indigo plumage with yellow eye patches, and the Jabiru stork - the second largest flying bird in the Americas after the Andean condor.
 
Millions of capybara, the world's largest rodent, and Yacare caiman (similar to alligators) live here as well as the Brazilian tapir, one of the largest mammals in South America with a strange trunk-like nose. You can also hope to see the Crab-eating raccoon, South American coati (nicknamed the hog-nosed raccoon because of its pig-like snout.), Crab-eating fox, Giant anteater, Lesser anteater, Collared anteater, Black-striped capuchin monkey, Brown capuchin, Howler monkey, Agouti, Tayra, White-lipped peccary, Collared peccary, Chacoan peccary, Red brocket deer, endangered Marsh deer, the ostrich-like Greater Rhea and the diminutive Black-tailed marmoset. If you are fortunate you may see an Ocelot, a spectacular wild cat also known as the Dwarf leopard.
 
Along the waterways you can hope to see vocal families of endangered Giant otters, Anaconda and many other mammals, reptiles and birds. The riverbanks of the Pantanal also offers the best opportunity to see the apex predator of the region - the mighty jaguar. Similar in looks to a leopard, but bulkier and heavier set, the jaguar is the most powerful of the big cats and the third largest in size after the tiger and lion. The best time to visit the Pantanal to see a jaguar is during the dry season (July to September) when rainfall is at its lowest and the wetlands gradually dry out, forcing the animals to congregate around the rivers and ever-diminishing lagoons. However a sighting of this magnificent creature in the wild is never guaranteed.
 
Bird watching is outstanding with colourful species including the Hyacinth macaw, Roseate spoonbill, Southern screamer, Chestnut-bellied guan, Bare-faced curassow, Red-legged seriema, Chestnut-eared aracari, Blue-crowned parakeet, Orange-backed troupial, Barred antshrike, Blue-crowned trogon, Toco toucan, Yellow-billed cardinal and the diminutive Rufous-tailed jacamar. You can also see several species of ibis, egrets, storks, herons, kingfishers, skimmers, terns, hawks, kites and a host of other raptors and passerines.
 
The flora is also astonishing, with over 3,500 different species including many aquatic plants, as over 80% of the wetlands are submerged during the wet season. In the evening enjoy star gazing in the clear night skies of the southern hemisphere.
 
Activities vary by lodge but usually include guided walking trails, boat rides, climbing an observation tower to see the vastness of the Pantanal, guided birding, game drives, catch-and-release fishing and night walks. Horse riding is available at some lodges (either included or at an extra charge).
Day 7
From mid-June to mid-November a special treat awaits you today, as you participate in a full day Jaguar Safari in search of one of these elusive big cats.
 
We set off early (around 5 am) and drive 2-hours towards Porto Jofre and the Cuiaba River. From here we board a small boat and spend 6-hours viewing wildlife along the river banks, keeping an eye out for a majestic jaguar. After a full day of game viewing and an included lunch, we return to our lodge in the afternoon.
 
Note: This excursion is only available if staying a minimum 4-nights and the lodge may vary the day on which this trip is undertaken.
Day 8
Transfer 3-hours to Cuiaba Airport for your flight to Brasilia and connecting flight to Rio de Janeiro.
 
You will be met at your Rio de Janeiro airport and transferred to your hotel in this iconic city - famous for its magnificent setting and enormous statue of Christ the Redeemer looking down from Corcovado Mountain - one of the seven wonders of the modern world.
 
Rio is also home to the magnificent Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon and Barra da Tijuca beaches and known for its samba and bossa nova dancing, carnivals and music festivals.
Day 9
Today enjoy a full day private tour of Rio de Janeiro, known locally as Cidade Maravilhosa (the Marvellous City').
 
After a tour of the downtown area, we stop at the huge Metropolitan Cathedral (Cathedral of Saint Sebastian), built in the form of an ancient Mayan pyramid. We also view the historical buildings around Cinelândia Square - including the Municipal Theatre, the National Library and Museum of Fine Arts.
 
We then visit the vast Sambadrome exhibition space, where the famous Rio Carnival is held. We also drive past the enormous Maracana, one of the largest football stadiums in the world and the venue for the opening ceremony of the 2016 Rio Olympics. Finally we visit the Bohemian area of Lapa, to climb the colourful Selaron Steps.
 
After lunch (own account) we drive past Flamengo Park, the largest public park in Rio, to one of the most famous symbols of the city - Sugarloaf Mountain. Here we travel all the way to the top, in two cable cars. The first cable car takes us to Urca Hill, a vantage point with beautiful views of Guanabara Bay and its islands, the Rio-Niterói Bridge and Corcovado Mountain. The second cable car takes us all the way to the top, with wonderful views over Copacabana beach, Santa Cruz fortress and the beaches of Niterói.
Day 10
Today enjoy a half day private tour to one of the world’s most famous landmarks.
 
We start by boarding the cog train from Cosme Velho Station to Corcovado Mountain. Enjoy the steep 20-minutes train journey through the dense Atlantic rainforest of Tijuca, with wonderful views of the lush tropical vegetation, and scenic landscapes of the city and its beaches below. Disembark and climb the steps or take the escalators to the base of the towering statue of Christ the Redeemer - one of the 7 wonders of the modern world - and enjoy its spectacular 360 degree panoramas.
 
After descending by cog train, you will drive past some of Rio's most famous beaches - Leblon, Ipanema & Copacabana - before you are dropped off at your hotel, with afternoon at leisure.
 
 
Day 11
Today transfer 4-hours from Rio de Janeiro, travelling along the scenic Emerald Coast to the seaside town of Paraty.
 
Check into your hotel in this beautifully restored colonial town that was one of Brazil's most important ports during the 18th century gold rush and explore on foot its cobbled streets.
 
Note: Your driver will only speak Portuguese.
Days 12 To 14
At leisure to relax on the beaches of Paraty and absorb the wonderful atmosphere of this old Portguguese colonial town, with its white-washed buildings and beautiful bay.
 
Amble through the narrow pedestrianised streets of the historic centre that is today a World Heritage site and admire the old houses, many of which are adorned with Masonic symbols. You can visit the colossal First Church of Our Lady of the Remedies and the much smaller Chapel of Santa Rita built for emancipated slaves; browse in the market for handcrafts and see artists exhibiting their paintings. Afterwards relax in one of the many restaurants or pubs, where you can taste 'cachaça' - a popular rum-like Brazilian spirit used to make Caipirinha cocktails.
 
With over 65 islands in the surrounding ocean, you can also take a boat ride to swim, snorkel and dive in these crystal clear waters. A speedboat ride to Saco do Mamangua fjords, a collection of tree-covered isles and hump-shaped hills rising above an expanse of calm water, with beautiful beaches and umbrella-like palms is also recommended.
 
Alternatively head 30-minutes inland on an optional 4x4 tour to enjoy walking or birding in Serra da Bocaina National Park, part of Brazil's pristine Atlantic rainforest. With crashing waterfalls, verdant forests and sprawling open hills, this park is home to a host of exotic wildlife including numerous colourful tropical birds, the woolly spider monkey, white-lipped peccary and the black jaguar (panther).
 
If you enjoy history, you can visit the remains of the Caminho de Ouro ('Gold Route'), a 745-mile stone-paved road built by slaves in the 18th century, along which gold was shipped via Paraty to Europe. You can also see prehistoric cave paintings in this region.
 
In the evening visit the main square, where locals congregate for live samba music and dancing.
Day 15
Today transfer 4-hours from Paraty to Rio de Janeiro Airport for your flight home.
 
Note: your driver will only speak Portuguese.