Brazil wildlife tour, jaguars and waterfalls

“A private tour with almost guaranteed sightings of jaguar in the Pantanal, plus time to explore Rio and both sides of the Igacu Falls.”


Rio | Christ the Redeemer statue and Sugar Loaf mountain | Atlantic rainforest exploration | Cuiaba | private wildlife guide | Pantanal | wildlife safaris and walks | boat trips to spot jaguar | canoe ride | horse riding | Iguacu | Argentinian and Brazilian sides

Description of Brazil wildlife tour, jaguars and waterfalls

The ultimate trip for wildlife lovers, this Brazil wildlife tour, jaguars and waterfalls, includes seeing jaguar in the wild. Recommended in Wanderlust Magazine's top 10 wildlife trips and The Sunday Times Travel Magazine.

Almost guaranteed to see jaguars in the Pantanal up close and personal (100% success rate in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017). 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.

Early booking is advised.

Photos of animals in the Pantanal used with thanks to travellers Roger Day and Gary Baxter who took them on this itinerary (on separate trips).

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.

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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.

1 Reviews of Brazil wildlife tour, jaguars and waterfalls

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 28 Aug 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The wildlife viewing is wonderful. The highlight is definitely seeing the jaguars on the riverbanks in the Pantanal from about 20m.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Take a good camera, insect repellent and knock down spray. Expect to pay for drinking water.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes - jaguar viewing in the Panatanal is relatively new and helps contribute to wildlife conservation in this area. Similarly, Iguazu Falls has a large conservation area which benefits from the visitors to the Falls on both sides of the border.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


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