About Pantanal: Every year, the flood cycle repeats itself. Normally, the rains start in November, becoming more intense from December to February. The waters reach their highest level between May and July, turning the large Pantanal plain into a sea of fresh water. The time and size of floods vary from one year to the other.
The Brazilian Pantanal has one of the greatest fauna concentrations. Walfrido Moraes, a researcher for Embrapa Pantanal, who has just published a paper reviewing every expedition and collection carried out since the next to last century, came to 463 specific species and approximately 50 species whose occurrence is not accurate. That is, as many as 510 species may occur on the plains, in the meanwhile registered for the Pantanal.
Independent Vacation (min 2 people):
Day 1: Campo Grande & Pantanal. Arrival at Campo Grande and transfer to the farm at Pantanal. Because of its features and importance, the Pantanal was recognized by UNESCO, in the year 2000, as the Biosphere Reserve, since it is one of the richest and most diversified natural reserves on Earth. Overnight at the lodge.
Day 2: Pantanal. Day of activities around the hotel and the farm, such as horse ridding, boat ride, walking trails. There is a lot to see and enjoy throughout the entire region.
Day 3: Pantanal and Bonito. We leave the lodge on a four-hour trip to the little town of Bonito, which is surrounded by forests, rivers and caverns. Here we have free time to relax and choose among great activities, including rappelling, snorkeling, diving, cave exploring, horseback riding, waterfall treks, and ranch visits. All activities are optional.
Day 4: Bonito. Visitors arriving at Bonito soon realize that: the word "bonito" (beautiful) is not enough to describe the wonders created by nature in that region. This humble town, lost in the heartlands of Mato Grosso do Sul, surprises everyone with its rivers of crystalline waters and plentiful fish, grottos and waterfalls, which attract tourists from the world over. The tour starts with a one-hour walk along a trail inside the native forest and then floating along Prata River (one of the most crystalline in the whole region).
Day 5: Bonito & Dourados. Extra day for optional activities. Transfer from Bonitos to Dourados to get the overnight bus from Dourados to Iguassu.
Day 6: Dourados & Iguassu. Arrival at Iguassu at the bus station, approx 7am. Our private guide will be waiting for you here to transfer to your hotel. Day to relax to how your wish to re-charge your batteries after your great overland journey. Overnight 3 nights in Iguassu at your hotel of choice.
Day 7: Private Tour of the Argentine Falls. After breakfast - Pick u from your hotel and transfer to the border of Brazil and Argentina, 5-15 km from the hotels, crossing the Iguacu river by the 489 meter long Tancredo Neves bridge. From the border to the falls on the Argentinean side is about 15 km. Arrival at the falls and walk along special pathways and bridges which bring you very close to some of the falls. From the Argentinean side, one has a nice view of the San Martin island and Brazil. There are two pathways. The upper one takes about 30 minutes and is 700 meters long and the lower one is 1.5 km long and takes 1 to 2 hours. You will be transferred to your hotel. Afternoon at leisure.
Day 8: Private Tour of the Brazilian Falls. Pick up from your hotel after breakfast. Transfer to the waterfalls on the Brazilian side, to a place from where one has a nice view of the falls on the Argentinean side and from where a 1 km long pathway begins. Walking along the pathway through the lush forest, one will see more and more of the falls and it is possible to see some small animals, birds and butterflies. At the end of the pathway are souvenir shops, bathrooms and a bar. Up to the main road by elevator and return transfer to the hotel. Afternoon at leisure. You may wish to do an exciting boat ride which actually go under the falls (extra expense)
Day 9: Iguassu Falls to Rio de Janeiro. Today a private transfer to Brazilian Iguassu Airport for your two hour flight to Rio de Janeiro. Upon Arrival into Rio de Janeiro you will have your private transfer to your hotel. Afternoon at leisure. Rio`s residents thrive on dance, drink, beach, sport and sun. It’s a city of Dionysian spirit whose people live life head-first. Overnight 3 nights in Rio de Janeiro at your hotel of choice
Day 10: Private Rio de Janeiro Tour. This morning you will be picked up by one of our hand selected guides to take you on an orientation of this great city for 4 hours. If you have any special interests be sure to let us know at time of booking. Any entrance fees must be paid for locally.
Day 11 (or alternate selected day): Your choice of a special experience:
- Football Match at Manaca Stadium (or alternate)
- Rio by Night with a Celebration of Brazilian Culture Dinner & Show
- Tropical Islands Cruise with lunch included
- Half Day Jeep Tour Tijuca Forest & Favelas Tour
- Half Day Macuco Rio - Boat Adventure
- Helicopter Flight around Corcovado.
Notes: One month prior to your departure from the UK a we will give you a full list of choices that are possible for the duration of your stay. Some choices may not be available due to the schedules.
Day 12: Day at Leisure. Perfect for a days at the beach or to embark on some additional tours. We offer a full range of day tours that are available, just click on "Services & Sightseeing".
Day 13: Rio de Janeiro to Buzios. This morning after breakfast you will be picked up from your hotel in Rio de Janierio from your transfer to Buzios. The peninsula of Buzios, whose more than 20 magnificent beaches and crystal-clear water contrast with the exuberantly sculptured landscape and exotic vegetation, which a prodigal "Mother Nature" has privileged with a wonderful year-round summer. Hugely depending on the traffic the transfer will take 3 to 4 hours. The rest of the day upon arrival is yours at leisure. Overnight 2 nights Buzios at your hotel of choice.
Day 14: Day of Leisure. Originally settled by European pirates and slave traders, this happy mixture of many bloods prospered and became a picturesque fishing village, elected one of the 10 most beautiful areas in the world, famous for its unique combination of rustic charm, architectural harmony, incredible beauty and sophisticated boutiques and restaurants frequented by discerning visitors who come from all over the world to savour its magic. It is also possible to arrange a relaxing half day schooner cruise - this can be arranged by your hotel, however we suggest to do this the day you arrive previously (at own expense).
Day 15: Buzios to Rio de Janeiro Airport. Half a day today (depending on your flight time) before you are transferred back to the airport before flying onto your next destination.
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