Brazil’s Wonderful Wildlife and Waterfalls

Brazil is a natural playground for some of the weirdest, most wonderful and colourful creatures.

If you love immersing yourself in nature yet still want to experience the vibrancy of the spectacular cities in Brazil, our 11-day itinerary offers you just this. Experience some of the finest wildlife encounters in South America. Gaze into thundering waters of the Iguassu Falls and spot abundant wildlife in the Pantanal wetlands region. And of course, no trip to Brazil would be perfect without a little appreciation of its rich cultural history by hitting Rio and spending a lazy afternoon at one of the most famous beaches in the world.

Day 1 - 2: São Paulo

Upon your arrival at the airport, you will be met and privately transferred to your hotel, where you will be spending your first two nights. Tucked within São Paulo’s luxury hub, you will never be far from the buzz of the city. A wonderful blend of a contemporary aesthetic with rich textures and classic details, Hotel de São Paulo is perfectly situated in Jardins, the city’s most beautiful and sophisticated neighbourhood.

Embark on a half day tour of São Paulo with your private guide. The tour starts off with exploring the major historical highlights of the city, including the colonial-style Pátio do Colégio church building,and the São Paulo Cathedral, the 4th largest neo-gothic cathedral in the world.

Delight in the astounding panoramic view of the city from the roof terrace of Edifício Martinelli, the first skyscraper in Latin America. For cultural and art enthusiasts, do not miss out on excellent modern Brazilian artwork in Pinacoteca do Estado and Choque Cultural.

Try Brazilian snacks like empanadas which are easily found in São Paulo’s shopping districts. Filled with meats, vegetables or sweets, the small flaky pastries are as hearty as a chicken pot pie.

Stay: Fasano Sao Paulo

Day 3 - 4: Iguassu Falls

You will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Foz do Iguassu.  Embark on a half-day private tour across the border to the Argentine side of the Iguassu Falls. Enjoy the breath-taking view of the Iguassu River tumbling down Paraná Plateau. Stare down into the 82-metre high waterfall known as the Devil’s Throat.

Spend the rest of your afternoon exploring the Brazilian side of the Iguassu Falls at your leisure, before heading back to the hotel just a stone’s throw away from the waterfall. You’ll enjoy exclusive unrivalled access to the marvellous view of Iguassu Falls at the fantastic Belmond Das Cataratas for two nights, the one and only hotel situated within the Iguassu National Park in Brazil.

Stay: Belmond Das Cataratas

Day 5 - 7: Pantanal

You will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Campo Grande, the gateway to the southern Pantanal. The largest inland wetland area on earth, it is teeming with unique fauna from Giant Otters and Anteaters to the elusive Jaguar and endangered Hyacinth Macaw. Travel overland for a few hours to your lodge or choose a private light aircraft flight to admire the stunning landscape below.

Enjoy your stay at Caiman Ecological Refuge for three nights. An ultimate safari experience, revel in an array of exciting activities laid out especially for you. The huge 53,000 hectare cattle ranch boasts wildlife- focused excursions amidst the enormous lagoon, savannah grasslands and forest. Activities start bright and early, and guests have the opportunity to go on a photographic safari or jeep safari. Explore the ground on foot, horseback, canoe or 4×4 at your choice. Return to the lodge for a hearty lunch and relax in the sleepy afternoon. When the temperature cools, emerge for another excursion and enjoy the dazzling sunset. Home to one of the most important breeding grounds for many bird species, you may be interested in birdwatching. You may also fancy a guided jaguar tracking safari and fingers crossed spot the big cats thriving in their natural environment.

Stay: Caiman Ecological Refuge

Day 8 - 10: Rio de Janeiro

You will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Rio de Janeiro where you will embark on a full day private tour to the renowned highlights: Corcovado and Sugarloaf Mountains. The magnificent Statue of Christ the Redeemer stands proudly atop the scenic Corcovado. Located just above the Tijuca National Park, look out for capuchin monkeys and toucans in the thriving Atlantic rainforest. Take a cable car up to the peak of Sugar Loaf and admire a bird’s eye view of Rio, known as Cidade Maravilhosa (Marvelous City).

Spend your day at leisure relaxing on one of Rio’s beaches. Sail through Guanabara Bay, or partake in rock climbing against the backdrop of Rio’s picturesque landscape or perhaps check out the Star Trek- esque Niterói Contemporary Art Museum designed by Niemeyer.

Pamper yourself on your last three nights at Hotel Fasano Rio de Janeiro. Located in the heart of the gorgeous Ipanema beach, the city welcomes a global palate and offers a bustling nightlife. A trip to Rio will be incomplete without getting into the real spirit of Brazilian music in the middle of the Lapa district.

Stay: Hotel Fasano

Day 11: Departure

You will be privately transferred to the airport for your return flight.

Itinerary

Duration Description Overnight
Day 1 - 2: São Paulo Fasano Sao Paulo
Day 3 - 4: Iguassu Falls Belmond Das Cataratas
Day 5 - 7: Pantanal Caiman Ecological Refuge
Day 8 - 10: Rio de Janeiro Hotel Fasano
Day 11: Departure

Inclusions

Included

  • Personalised itinerary to Brazil
  • Travel Consultancy Service
  • 24 hour emergency contact
  • Activities mentioned in the itinerary

Not Included

  • International and domestic airfares
  • Visa fees and/or visa authorization
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Entrance Fees on the Monuments
  • Other expenses not mentioned on the itinerary
  • Travel insurance (please note that travel insurance is mandatory for all Lightfoot Travel holidays)

Map

1 to 2 - São Paulo 3 to 4 - Iguassu Falls 5 to 7 - Pantanal 8 to 10 - Rio de Janeiro