Brazil wildlife holiday, Amazon and Pantanal
Description of Brazil wildlife holiday, Amazon and Pantanal
This 11 day Brazil wildlife holiday takes you to both the Amazon jungle and the wetlands of the Pantanal, in search of a colourful cast of local wildlife. The trip is tailor made, so you’re able to tweak the itinerary as you see fit, and you’ll be accompanied by knowledgeable local guides to help you make the most of your time.
Your first stop is the Pantanal, where you’ll follow the Transpantaneira Highway through these tropical wetlands, spotting flocks of water birds and caiman filled waters along the way. You’ll stay at two different lodges here, both of which are perfectly placed to take in the region’s bird, plant and animal life, which includes rare pink river dolphins, piranha, jaguars and giant lily pads. As well as exploring the waterways in a canoe, you can also go horse riding, take a jeep safari, or explore the nocturnal landscape with the aid of a torch. For all of these experiences you’ll be accompanied by experienced naturalists.
Next you’ll fly to Manaus, a city at the heart of the Amazon jungle. You’ll spend three days in a little visited area of the rainforest, where animal highlights include Uakari monkeys, three toed sloths, red howler monkeys and caimans.
PlanetWe know our wildlife; in fact it is buried within the roots of our company and will always be so. Brazil is home to so many species, from reptiles and birds to fish and mammals. In the Pantanal alone, there have been around 656 bird species, 122 mammals, 93 reptiles and 263 fish, as well as, very impressively, 1,132 species of butterfly. It is essential that we preserve the natural habitat and home of these creatures, great and small – from jaguars to storks, otters to capybara and even the tiniest insect. We contribute a percentage of each safari sold to wildlife conservation and always keep our eyes peeled for new projects to get involved with.
Whenever possible we use accommodation that savours every drop of precious water; from using environmentally friendly flushing toilets and to savouring rain water for washing, to using solar power heating. Please bear in mind that it is not always possible to find eco-friendly accommodation in some remote destinations; if this is the case then we make every effort to alert the management of the accommodation in question in order to find ways of improving their service with the environment in mind. Accommodation when travelling will vary, but we do try to be as environmentally friendly as possible, promoting the use of locally owned eco-lodges, such as the Araras Eco Lodge in the Pantanal and Uakari Floating Lodge. The Araras Eco Lodge uses solar energy to heat bath water and to use the internet, separate and recycle waste where possible, avoid using the same paths/circuits around the lodge, create a rotation system on the trails and areas visited, keep groups visitor numbers to a maximum of 8 people at a time, use equipment of low noise, gas and visual pollution and to teach visitors to look but not touch local plants as souvenirs. The lodge moto is "Nothing is taken except photographs, Nothing is left except footprints and Nothing is kept except memories". Uakari Floating Lodge located inside Brazil’s largest protected area, the Mamiraua Reserve which is largest protected flooded forest in the world. The lodge uses the energy from the sun to power the facilities, rain water is collected and used again and even the floor tiles are made of recycled plastic bottles.
We aim to reduce waste and our impact on the environment within our destinations, and at home in the UK, where our offices our based. We work in partnership with the Borough of Brighton & Hove in an attempt to recycle and reuse as much as possible. Our clients are always advised on the best way to do this when away. We recommend using environmentally friendly shampoos, soaps and toiletries, to avoid leaving any litter (whether it is biodegradable or not)
PeopleWhere possible, we always use local suppliers in preference to others, whether this is in the purchase of provisions, accommodation, transport or equipment. Through the employment of our local ground operators, who use local guides and drivers, money is fed directly back into individual families and villages that would otherwise not benefit from tourism, as well as giving more jobs to local people. Great guiding is essential on wildlife adventures and few people know a place better than the locals. Even on specialist led trips, we still try our best to use the local guides alongside, we whole-heartedly do not believe in taking jobs from local populations for our own needs.
When it comes to accommodation, this trip incorporates lodges that are further away from the usual tourist trail, thus spreading the money spent by tourists further into the communities. This is turn shows the economic importance of the wildlife and natural assets of the area, which feeds back into helping the environment – win!
We make sure tourists have the opportunity to buy local souvenirs and handicrafts, assisting further to contribute to their community, and always give support to local communities and conservation agencies. We advise people not to bargain just for the sake of it and because it is the ‘thing to do’; you should pay what you feel the object is worth to yourself and the vendor, bearing in mind local cultures.
Please note that we give a direct contribution of each safari sold to conserving the wildlife, helping local communities and supporting local conservation agencies.