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Brazil Wildlife: Iguazu, Pantanal and Amazon Cruise

15 days from £7,170pp

(based on two people sharing & excluding flights)

Brazil / The Amazon

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Overview & Highlights

A nature-focused holiday in two contrasting regions of wild Brazil: the wetlands of the Pantanal and the Rio Negro on Amazonia. Two distinct wildlife experiences; a land-based eco-lodge and a whole week's expeditionary cruise on MV Tucano.

Brazil hosts blankets of tropical forest and steaming wetlands brimming with wildlife just waiting to be revealed to you. For this nature-focused holiday we have selected three places where you have the best chance of appreciating the variety.

Start off at Iguazú Falls, where you will step out of your hotel room to a symphony of birdsong and the thunderous roar of water crashing over lofty granite cliffs fringed by tropical rainforest. Toucans and parakeets dodge the spray, while inquisitive coatis will try to investigate the contents of your bag. Move on to the country’s heartland and the Pantanal wetlands for a few days based at a nature-lovers’ lodge. The Pantanal is an open area of swampy grasslands, leaving fauna exposed to view. The wildlife co-exists harmoniously with the cattle which breed on the ranches in the area. According to season, you might observe regiments of alligators, and flocks of thousands of roseate spoonbills, ibis, macaws and giant storks.

Move on for a week’s expeditionary cruise on a traditional-style wooden craft in Amazonia, including several days sailing along the black waters of Rio Negro away from the tourist routes. There, you pass few settlements so there is little river traffic: beyond the beautiful Anavilhanas archipelago you are on your own, with a real feeling of remoteness. There’s a catalogue of bird, mammal and reptile life to be seen from macaws and sloths to anacondas: much of it is shy but your experienced guides are experts at spotting it.

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  • Guided tour of the Argentine side of Iguazú Falls
  • Safari expeditions from the Pantanal lodge
  • Daily guided explorations during your Amazon cruise

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  • It was a wonderful adventure which we enjoyed with a very nice group, all of us led by an excellent guide. 

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Our Expert's Opinion

For wildlife enthusiasts, this trip is a heaven on Earth. It delves into the depths of Brazil and its plethora of wildlife. From the sprawling wetlands of the Pantanal to cruising down the Amazon, you'll have unparalleled opportunities for wildlife spotting. Travelling down the black waters of the Rio Negro will give you a true sense of remoteness and closeness to wild Brazil.

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Charlotte Daubeney Travel Expert Charlotte's fascination with Latin America began with a family holiday to Belize. She went on to study Spanish in school and at university before spending a year living in Santiago, Chile.

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