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Brazil - Wildlife Discoveries

(15 Days)

Rio de Janeiro | Cuiabá | Cristalino Lodge | Pantanal

Day Routing
01 Rio de Janeiro

Arrival at the hotel in Rio de Janeiro. Rest of the day at leisure for own explorations of the city or relaxation on the beach.

02 Rio - Cuiabá - Cristalino Lodge

In the morning flight via Cuiabá to Alta Floresta in the north of Mato Grosso, the largest and most intact rain forest region in the world. Transfer to the Cristalino Jungle Lodge, located in a private reserve.

03 Cristalino Lodge

Early wake up to observe the awakening of the forest in the 50 m canopy tower. After breakfast boat excursion up and down the river for wildlife viewing. Lunch at the lodge. Opportunity to walk the „Rocky“ trail or participate in supervised ropes and rapel activities. Dinner by campfire and night caiman spotting.

04 Cristalino Lodge

Before breakfast the day will start with a  walk on the Caja Trail. After breakfast guests can walk the Caja Trail with time to swim. Lunch will be served at the lodge. In the afternoon take part of a motor boat excursion and hike the Serra Trail while watching the sunset. Candlelight farewell dinner by the camp fire.

05 Cristalino Lodge

Today flora & fauna observation will be the main attraction. Several flagship species of Brazilian fauna and flora can be found in this region, like Brazilian tapir, giant otter or brazil-nut tree. Dinner at the lodge.

06 Cristalino Lodge - Cuiabá (Pantanal)

Flight to Cuiabá and transfer to the Araras lodge. On the way, observation of birds, small mammals and typical landscapes. The lodge is located within one of the most beautiful regions of the Pantanal. Here, the sound of the birds at dawn, breathtaking sunsets, otters playing by the river and alligators enjoying the sun will create unique moments.

07 - 09 Pantanal (Araras Lodge)

During their stay, guests observe a big variety of birds, animals and reptiles. Activities include nature hikes, horseback riding, night walks, canoeing, and photo  safaris, with chances to discover giant otters, caimans and water pigs.

10 Pantanal (Jaguar House Boat)

Transfer from Araras lodge to the Jaguar House Boat  embarkation point at Cáceres and boarding. In the late afternoon river safari for jaguar spotting.

11 - 12 Pantanal (Jaguar House Boat)

During their stay at the Jaguar House Boat, guest join daily river safaris to spot Pumas, Ocelots and Jaguars at the channels of the Ilha Taiamã Reserve.

13 Cuiabá

Transfer to Cuiabá airport for return flight to Rio de Janeiro. Transfer to the hotel.

14 Rio de Janeiro

On your full day excursion you will take the two-stage cable car up to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain for amazing views of the city. Afterwards you will visit the Corcovado mountain with the towering statue of Christ the Redeemer with a breath-taking view over Rio.

15 Rio de Janeiro

Transfer to the airport for international return flight or individual extension.