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Wildlife Photography Holidays, Brazil: Jaguars, Pantanal + Amazon + Iguazu + Rio

Brazil: Iguassu Falls + Pantanal + Amazon + Rio de Janeiro
JRD14I
14 NIGHTS
FROM £4,795
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
Wildlife Photography Holidays Brazil Jaguars Pantanal Amazon Iguazu Rio

If you love wildlife photography, our holidays to Brazil can be tailor made to your needs, including a safari to view jaguars in the vast southern Pantanal Wetlands, where you can particate in a jaguar habituation project if you stay at Caiman Lodge. Also visit the rainforests of the Amazon Basin & the thundering Iguazu Falls, before completing your holiday relaxing in Rio. All transfers included.

Wildlife Photography Holidays Brazil Jaguars Pantanal Amazon Iguazu Rio
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Holidays, Brazil Jaguars
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Iguazu Falls
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Pantanal Wetlands
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Game Drives
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Jaguars Habituation, Caiman Lodge
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Amazon Basin
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Rainforest Wildlife & Birds
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Rio de Janiero
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Copacabana & Ipanema Beaches
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Wildlife Photography Holidays, Brazil
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Holidays, Brazil Jaguars
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Iguazu Falls
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Pantanal Wetlands
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Game Drives
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Jaguars Habituation, Caiman Lodge
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Amazon Basin
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Rainforest Wildlife & Birds
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Rio de Janiero
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Copacabana & Ipanema Beaches
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Wildlife Photography Holidays, Brazil
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 Foz do Iguaca Airport for your flight to Sao Paulo and connecting flight to Campo Grande.
 
You will be met at Campo Grande Airport and transferred to your hotel in this city that is the gateway to the Southern Pantanal.
Day 5
Today transfer 4-hours from Campo Grande to your lodge in the southern 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 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 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).
 
Note: If staying at one of the luxury Caiman lodges, there is the option of participating in a full day Jaguar Habituation Project, including accompanying researchers on a daytime game drive and a night drive, trying to locate one of these majestic but elusive big cats by spotlight (supplement payable).
Day 7
If you are staying at Caiman Lodge, today a special treat awaits - as you will spend a full day and evening participating in a Jaguar Habituation Project sponsored by your lodge.
 
We set out on foot in the morning with the team and get involved in their daily activities, as they check camera traps and search for tracks or kills that can point them in the right direction to spot the illusive nocturnal Jaguar, which becomes more active as the sun sets. They also check data from satellite trackers that can pick up signals emitted from the collars fitted to some jaguars.
 
Once signs of a jaguar are found, the team attempts to locate the animal to further the habituation process - a truly amazing experience. Usually we find the approximate location of the jaguar during the daylight hours, and return after sunset to increase our chances of finding one of these magnificent creatures in the wild.
 
You will also be given a presentation on the Jaguar Habituation Project’s work and objectives at the base station.
 
Note: Up to a maximum of 9 guests are allowed on this experience, which takes approximately 8-hours (3-hours in the morning, 2-hours in the afternoon and 3-hours at night). Children can only be booked on a private basis.
Day 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).
 
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 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).
 
Note: If staying at one of the luxury Caiman lodges, there is the option of participating in a full day Jaguar Habituation Project, including accompanying researchers on a daytime game drive and a night drive, trying to locate one of these majestic but elusive big cats by spotlight (supplement payable).
Day 9
This morning transfer 4-hours to Campo Grande Airport for your flight to Manaus - the gateway to the Amazon Basin.
 
You will be met at Manaus Airport and transferred from 1 to 3.5-hours by road and boat to the Amazon (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 10 To 11
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 12
Transfer by road and boat back to Manaus Airport for your onward flight.

You will be met at 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 13
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 14
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 15
Transfer to Rio de Janeiro Airport for your flight home.