Brazil wildlife tour, jaguars and waterfalls

Description of Brazil wildlife tour, jaguars and waterfalls

Ultimate trip for wildlife lovers including jaguar in the wild.

Almost-guaranteed to see jaguars up close and personal (100% success rate in 2014, 2015 and 2016). This private tour also gives you the inside track into Rio de Janeiro, as well as Iguacu waterfalls, you'll explore both the Brazilian and Argentinian sides of the waterfalls with a private guide.

Prices are based on minimum 2 travelling on dates at your convenience, subject to availability. Early booking is advised. There is also a special small group departure for solo travellers, make an enquiry for more details on either trip.

For full details, click 'Get in Touch'. Once you have our company details, you can telephone us 12 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Photos used with thanks to travellers Roger Day and Gary Baxter who took them on this itinerary (on separate private tours).

Update February 2017 - Recommended in Wanderlust Magazine's top trips for 2017 and Sunday Times Travel Magazine.

Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1:Fly to Brazil from London Heathrow. (Meals on plane) - We can arrange flights from other UK airports and some other countries, or you can book excluding flights.
Day 2:Morning arrival at Rio airport. Time to settle in and relax before visiting Rio's botanical gardens. Authentic local dinner with local hosts. Meals included - D (dinner)
Day 3:Tick off Rio's main sites including Christ the Redeemer statue and Sugar Loaf mountain. B
Day 4:Explore Atlantic rainforest to spot birds and have a chance to see wildlife including monkeys from the smallest marmosets to the biggest woolly spider monkey. B L
Day 5:Fly from Rio to Cuiaba. Meet your private wildlife guide. Transfer to lodge in the Pantanal. Night safari. Watch out for the red eyes, they are caiman! B D
Day 6:Walking safari for a chance to see animals including capybara and metre-long hyacinth macaws. Further night safari. B L D
Day 7:Transfer further into the Pantanal to jaguar country. After lunch, you'll have your first boat trip searching for jaguar as birds of prey fly overhead and giant river otters frolic. B L
Day 8:Boating looking for jaguar, river otters and more. B L D
Day 9:Boating further up the Cuiaba river looking for jaguar and other animals. B L D
Day 10:Transfer to ranch and wildlife walks and night safari. B L D
Day 11:Early morning canoe ride followed by horseriding (walking options are also possible) for more wildlife and learning about life in the Pantanal. B L
Day 12:Fly from the Pantanal to Iguacu, home to the famous waterfalls. Meet your private guide for the next few days and settle into your hotel and have a dip in the pool. B
Day 13:Visit the Argentine side of Iguacu waterfalls with your private guide. B
Day 14:Visit the Brazilian side of Iguacu waterfalls with your private guide. Then you'll visit an aviary to see amazing birds including some which are near extinction. B
Day 15:Relax by the pool. Transfer to Iguacu for a flight to Rio de Janeiro or Sao Paulo where you'll connect back to a direct international flight back to the UK. B
Day 16:Land back.

Hello. If you'd like to chat about this holiday or need help finding one we're very happy to help. Rosy & team.

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Brazil wildlife tour, jaguars and waterfalls


This jaguar holiday in Brazil supports local people and naturalists and jaguar guides. They also have an international impact by being involved with Panthera, an organisation set up to ensure the survival of wild cats worldwide.

You'll be staying in locally owned accommodation including ranch houses which are existing buildings, not vast hotels built for tourists.

By the time you're in the heart of the Pantanal, you'll be getting around by boat and foot, a lot of the time. Or horses if you are so inclined!

In Rio you'll be exploring the greener side of the city, which includes the mountain, Atlantic rainforest and the botanical gardens. You'll also visit a reserve which is regenerating forest and is a valuable home to birds and monkeys.

Sadly there will be some carbon footprint with the distances involved. We're not fans on carbon offset programmes, however, we do provide tips for lifestyle changes you can make (optional of course!) to help.


You'll meet different local people throughout your trip. You certainly won't just be guided by one person from the big city (or more extremely from another country like the USA).

You will meet expert guides, wildlife, birding and otherwise and you will have different drivers and you will meet local people who don't work in the tourism industry. They range from professionals in Rio to ranch owners and cowboys in the Pantanal.

We also hope you enjoy the opportunities to learn about local cultures, from the 200-year old Pantaneiro culture to the centuries-old indigenous.

This trip supports initiatives throughout this trip including a reforestation project.

On the whole we do have a 'trade not aid' philosophy. However, we do also make charitable donations in the countries we operate in. In Brazil this includes a charity that helps street children with reintegration into their families and learning skills which will be useful to them in life.

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