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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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What our clients say

  • I travelled with a great group of people, a fantastic Tour Leader and amazing Driver. One of my best JLA experiences.  

    JH, Woking
  • On our fifth trip with JLA we have always found the organisation to be excellent and reliable. Its good to have knowledgeable tour leaders and to stay in individual style…

    CS, Lymington
  • This tour is an excellent introduction to Brazil and will appeal to anyone with an interest in wildlife and landscapes.  In the Pantanal, there are excellent chances to get quite…

    KM, Basingstoke
  • Most memorable experience - Difficult to select just one, but the visit to Iximche Mayan Site in Guatemala, was fascinating – great guide, and we saw a shaman performing a…

    JB, North Walsham
  • Most memorable experience? - Iguacu Falls were amazing. Boat trip under the falls and helicopter ride from the Brazilian side were truly memorable. I thoroughly enjoyed my holiday to Brazil…

    HP, Richmond
  • It was my first trip on this kind of tour. I felt very safe & included & thoroughly enjoyed my time in Mexico. As a group I felt we really…

    KM, Salisbury
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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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Juliet Ellwood Travel Expert After graduating with a degree in Anthropology and History and having been fascinated by Latin America since childhood by the book featuring photos of Nazca, Juliet first visited the region in 2003. Since then, Juliet has visited the majority of countries in Latin America but has particularly extensive experience with Peru, a country she loves for many reasons but not least, its incredible archaeological richness and delicious food!

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    Maggie visited Latin America on her first backpacking trip when she was 19. Since then, she has taken every opportunity to travel, and has managed to explore a lot of the region in subsequent trips.

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    Lina's passion for the continent where she was born really took off when she moved to Córdoba (Argentina) to study, spending the holidays travelling between Argentina and her native Colombia.

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    A former JLA tour leader, Carrie brings a wealth of on-the-ground experience to our London-based Tailor-made and Group Tours department.

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    Juliet Ellwood - Travel Expert

    After graduating with a degree in Anthropology and History and having been fascinated by Latin America since childhood by the book featuring photos of Nazca, Juliet first visited the region in 2003. Since then, Juliet has visited the majority of countries in Latin America but has particularly extensive experience with Peru, a country she loves for many reasons but not least, its incredible archaeological richness and delicious food!

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    Hannah had an early introduction to Latin America when her family moved to Ecuador and she returned to study in Buenos Aires for a year before backpacking across the continent.

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    A former Journey Latin America tour leader, Sally spent 7 years working, travelling and living throughout Latin America before returning to the UK to help people arrange their own adventures to this wonderful destination.

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