The Brazilian Amazon & Primal Pantanal

Pantanal and the Amazon
Who: Couples, Honeymoons, Families and Solo Travellers

13 Days

From £4,780pp

Will and Alexandra are here to help give you the inside track.

Wade through the wetlands of south Pantanal and roam down the winding waters of the Amazon. This 13-day tour showcases the best wild experiences in Brazil. From tracking jaguars to witnessing rare pink dolphins, moonlit safaris, and canoeing with locals - this is how you see the jungle in style.

Itinerary at a Glance
  • Party in Sao Paulo
  • Tiptoe on nocturnal night walks in the Pantanal
  • Track jaguars in the wild
  • See pink dolphins in the Amazon
  • Canoe the world's largest river archipelago

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All of the holidays we create are completely tailor-made to you

This sample itinerary is intended to give you a flavour of what we can do
Day 1: Fly to Sao Paulo

It may be tricky to sit still on this direct flight (most likely overnight) from London to San Paulo, especially when dreaming of samba beats, muddled caipirinha's and drifting down the Amazon.

Still, with 12 hours to spare you can binge on the latest box set.

Day 2: Soak it up in Sao Paulo

As you touch down in sassy Sao Paulo, your private transfer is waiting to take you to your hotel. With an early morning arrival, you can check in, freshen up and prepare to hit the town.

Sao Paulo is an evocative place, and as the gateway to the backwaters of Brazil it means the city boasts a melting pot of cultures. From the far-flung corners of Japan to Lebanon, everyone floods to the third largest metropolis on earth.

Admire the modern masters at the Museum of Art, visit the formal gardens and twinkling fountains at Independence Park, go gourmet at the best bistros in town, and finish the night on a high (if you have the energy) at Sampa's nightclubs and bars.

Day 3: Journey to Pantanal

This morning after breakfast and a dreamy Brazilian espresso, it's time for your transfer back to Sao Paulo airport for a swift 35-minute flight to the Campo Grande, ready for your overland journey to the Pantanal.

As you leave the nocturnal city of Campo Grande behind, the landscape starts to change - the Pantanal is the world's largest wetland, covering 81,000 square miles. The skies are thick with birds, the marshes brim with reptiles and rare amphibians, and the waterholes are dense with mammals both big and small.

Arrive at your lodge and witness your first fiery Pantanal sunset with a celebratory drink in hand.

Day 4: Nocturnal Journeys

Spend the dawn hours in sheer bliss at your lodge, listening to the natural world waking up. Today there is plenty of time to explore the rich surroundings.

Your lodge will offer a whirlwind of activity for those who want to throw themselves into the flora and fauna of Brazil. From walking trails in the dappled forests to photography tours in special vehicles and Canadian canoe trips - experts in the eco-system will accompany you on all adventures.

When night falls, the fun doesn't stop. Grab a flashlight for a nocturnal safari and see which critters prefer to show their faces by moonlight.

Day 5: Tracking Jaguars

Today is a highlight of the tour - the chance to track down the highly elusive jaguar.

Spending the day with the Jaguar Project Team gifts a rare opportunity to walk with trained trackers, and the chance to get up close and personal with the mythical creatures. For three hours in the morning, two in the afternoon, and three after dark (when the nocturnal jaguars are stirring), you can follow the trail left by the cats, check data from satellites and even locate the animals to help further the project. Few have the chance to be involved with an experience like this, making it a once in a lifetime adventure.

Day 6: Chill at your Lodge

Another glorious day at the lodge.

Fill the hours with birdwatching tours, bicycle rides, or a jeep safari to cover even more ground in the southern Pantanal. On sweltering afternoons, there is nothing more refreshing than a dip in the pool or a wander in the shaded woodlands.

Day 7: Return to Campo Grande

Make the most of your final morning in the depths of the Pantanal - perhaps one last glide in the canoe across the mirrored waterways, or to seek out brightly plumed parrots and gossiping macaws.

After a lingering lunch, your guide will return to transfer you via road back to Campo Grande. Spend the night there, and if you are feeling spritely - hit the legendary live music bars and buzzing restaurants of this high energy student city.

Day 8: Touch down in the Tropics

After the shortest city break, it's time to head back into the wild with a trip to the untamed Amazon.

From Campo Grande airport you will take a short 30-minute flight to touch down in Manaus. A guide will be waiting to take you to the docks where (weather depending) you will take a private seaplane ride to your rainforest accommodation for the next few days: another amazing lodge.

This area is known as the greatest river archipelago in the world, home to 400 islands, rare pink dolphins and wildlife filled lakes and virginal forests.

Day 9-11: Amazon Expeditions

For three days, you can immerse yourself in the exotica of the Amazon.

Head out with a guide down the vast waterways in a traditional caboclo canoe seeking monkeys and strange birds in the overhanging trees. Travel along the Rio Negro and visit local communities. Trail the river archipelago to spot pink dolphins, and fish for razor piranhas.

Back at the lodge, you can splash in the pool, sip South American wine on the floating deck and purchase local handicrafts from the boutique selling regional handicrafts.

Additional Activities

  • Piranha fishing
  • Boat expeditions
  • Local village tour
  • Dry land trails
Day 12: Return to Manaus

This morning you can enjoy one last sunrise over the splendour of the Amazon before taking a transfer back to Manaus Airport for your onward journey.

Chances are your flight will be via Sao Paulo again, and overnight.

Day 13: Back in the UK

Arrive back into London after the 12-hour flight in the early morning around lunchtime, depending on the airline.

All of the holidays we create are completely tailor-made to you

This sample itinerary is intended to give you a flavour of what we can do
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A Rough Idea of Price

While all of our holidays are completely tailor-made and prices will vary based on things like time of year and level of accommodation, we want to give you as good an idea of how much this itinerary will cost.

This Itinerary

If you would like to book the itinerary mentioned above, with economy flights, during mid-season and staying in our preferred room category at our preferred hotels.

From

£5,625pp

Bare Necessities

If you would like to pare back the above itinerary by travelling at non-peak times, staying in a standard room and removing some or all of the guided activities.

From

£4,780pp

Bells & Whistles

If you are looking for something extra special, we can discuss with you upgrading your accommodation, flights or activities.

From

£6,750pp

Will and Alexandra are our experts for this itinerary and as seasoned travellers they have the inside track on the most memorable adventures.

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