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Wildlife Holiday Brazil: Jaguars Pantanal + Amazon Birding + Meeting of Waters

Brazil: Amazon + Jaguar Safari (Porto Jofre,Pantanal) + Rio
JRW13M
13 NIGHTS
FROM £4,995
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
Wildlife Holiday Brazil Jaguars Pantanal Amazon Birding Meeting of Waters

This incredible wildlife holiday to Brazil combines the jaguars, giant river otters, tapirs, caimans & other wildlife of the Pantanal wetlands, with the dense jungle of the Amazon Basin, with some of the best birding in the world. At Manaus you can see the phenomenon of the 'Meeting of Waters'. Then relax in cosmopolitan Rio de Janeiro. All wildlife activities, transfers & park fees included.

Wildlife Holiday Brazil Jaguars Pantanal Amazon Birding Meeting of Waters
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Wildlife Holiday, Brazil
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Amazon Basin
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Manaus
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Meeting of Waters
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Birding
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Jaguars, Pantanal
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Porto Jofre waterways
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Rio de Janiero
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Sugarloaf Mountain
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Christ the Redeemer
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Wildlife Holiday, Brazil
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Amazon Basin
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Manaus
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Meeting of Waters
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Birding
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Jaguars, Pantanal
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Porto Jofre waterways
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Rio de Janiero
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Sugarloaf Mountain
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Christ the Redeemer
Day 1
You will be met at Manaus Airport and transferred to this city situated on the banks of the Rio Negro and the gateway to the rainforests of the Amazon.
 
Check into your hotel in this city that has preserved the cultures of its native Brazilian tribes.
Day 2
This morning transfer from 1 to 3.5-hours by road and boat to the Amazon Basin (depending on the location of your jungle lodge)
 
Check in and relax in your warm tropical rainforest surroundings, before visiting the home of a local Amazonian resident. In the evening board we a motorised canoe to search for caiman (small alligators) by spotlight.
Days 3 To 4
Today is devoted to exploring the birds and wildlife of the amazing Amazon Basin - a 2.7-million sq. mile (6.7 million sq. km) conservation area that is the largest in the world, spreading across  nine countries - Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname and French Guyana.
 
Your guide will accompany you along the many trails that wind through the rainforest and navigate the waterways by motorised canoe. As you walk through woods and past waterfalls, you can marvel at the magnificent trees and the extraordinary variety of orchids, bromeliads, ferns, begonias, lichens and mosses that grow here.
 
You may see caimans (related to alligators), turtles, woolly monkeys, tufted brown capuchin monkeys, a variety of frogs and many other forest reptiles and insects. You may also be fortunate enough to see some of the colourful birds of the rainforest such as the brilliant golden-headed quetzal, grey-breasted mountain toucan, blue-crowned motmot, umbrella bird, blue-banded toucanet, fruit-eating tanager, red-crested cotinga, banded-tail fruit-eater and a variety of flycatchers.
 
Activities vary by lodge but can include climbing an observation tower for treetop views of the primary rainforest, visiting a parrotclay  lick to see these colourful birds or a peccary clay lick frequented by forest pigs, canoe rides in search of hoatzin (stinkbird), otters, macaws and other lakeside wildlife, piranha fishing, learning about traditional and medicinal plants, visiting a local village, observing pink dolphins or a night walk in the jungle.
 
If you are staying for three or more nights, on one day travel to see the famous Meeting of the Waters - where the dark (almost black) waters of the Rio Negro run alongside the sandy coloured waters of the Rio Solimões (Amazon River) without mixing. This strange natural phenomenon is due to differences in the temperature, speed and water density of the two rivers.
 
Note: Daily programme is subject to change, according to weather conditions.
 
A headlamp is essential in the Amazon. Assume there will be no mobile phone coverage and weak (or non-existent) WiFi.
Day 5
Today transfer from the Amazon Basin to Manaus Airport for your flight to Porto Velho 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 6
A full day on the road today as you transfer 6-hours from Cuiaba, travelling along the Transpantaneira Highway to Porto Jofre in the northern Pantanal, 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 if 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 activity in this wildlife paradise. After watching a spectacular sunset, enjoy relaxing under the clear night skies.
Days 7 To 8
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).
 
With early morning and late afternoon boat rides, we search for the wildlife and birds found along the riverbanks of the Cuiabá, São Lourenço, Three Brothers and Piquiri Rivers near Porto Jofre, renowned for offering the best sightings of the majestic jaguar in the wild.
 
Comprising a wide variety of habitats ranging from Brazilian savanna ('cerrado') and grasslands, to semi-arid woodland, Amazon and Atlantic rainforests, the Pantanal Wetlands offer 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 diminuative 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 also hope to see vocal families of endangered giant river 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, hunting capybara. 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 is during the dry season (June to November) when 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 also 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, Black skimmer, 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.
Day 9
This morning leave Port Jofre and transfer 3-hours northwards, travelling along the Transpantaneira HIghway to your next lodge in the northern Pantanal Wetlands.
 
On arrival in this different region, check into your lodge and refresh yourself before enjoying an afternoon wildlife activity. These 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 10
Enjoy another day exploring a different part of the Pantanal Wetlands, with its abundant wildlife, flora and wonderful bird life.
 
Your daily activities are likely to include guided walking trails, bird watching, game drives, boat rides and night walks.
Day 11
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 12
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 13
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 14
Transfer to Rio de Janeiro Airport for your flight home.