Tailor made holiday in Brazil
Description of Tailor made holiday in Brazil
This tailor made holiday in Brazil follows a carefully crafted itinerary that allows you to take in the famous sights of Rio and some of the country’s most magnificent landscapes. Starting in Rio you will head out along the Green Coast. Enjoy a few days in Rio first, sipping caipirinhas on Copacabana or taking a guided tour up to Sugar Loaf Mountain. You will have experienced driver guides with you throughout.
After the excitement of this great city, your next coastal destination is Paraty, a laid back colonial town with magnificent sea food restaurants, boutiques, cobbled streets and a wonderfully arty ambience. You can also take boat trips from here out to bays around the town, or go kayaking among coastal mangroves. Or just enjoy time chilling out at a stunning seafront pousada, in the heart of the Serra do Mar Natural Park.
Continuing on you will reach the pristine beach hideaway of Picinguaba. A stay at Pousada Picinguaba allows guests to disconnect from the outside world by encouraging guests to leave their internet-connected devices in the lobby while they explore the gorgeous surroundings. Guided excursions offered by the pousada range from jungle trekking to a day out on the water with local fisherman and with several days spent soaking up paradise, you get a real impression of all the region has to offer.
Your itinerary takes you inland next to Latin America’s fastest growing metropolis of Sao Paulo, where we recommend a day to explore before taking a flight to Cuiabá. This is your gateway town to the sprawling Pantanal region, the largest wetlands in the world—roughly equivalent in size to Washington —and an ideal place to leave the outside world behind. You will explore the region by travelling by boat and foot in and around your remote, yet exquisite pousada, where birds, butterflies and some stunning rare mammals form the majority of the population. This includes the elusive jaguar, monkeys and a plethora of birdlife, including hyacinth macaws.
This Brazil holiday ends in style, flying south again to Iguaçu Falls which actually consist of over 270 falls. We take you to both sides of the falls, which create a natural border with Argentina, giving you the best all round experience.
We believe that the best time to go to Brazil, following this particular itinerary, is between April and September, so that you can catch the dry season in The Pantanal. This is when wildlife emerge in search of water and are much more visible. The climate generally will be pleasant elsewhere on your itinerary, cooler than at other times, but dry.
1 Reviews of Tailor made holiday in Brazil
Reviewed on 13 Mar 2015 by Harvey Bromley
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
The most memorable part of our holiday was the two and a half days we spent at Rio Mutum in the Pantanal. We arrived at approximately 1400 hrs after a 4.5 hour car journey, the last hour of which was on a very bumpy dirt road; on arrival we were asked if we would be fit enough for a boat trip down the Mutum river starting at 1600 hrs. Of course we were and really enjoyed seeing so many beautiful birds and the fantastic sunset as we arrived back.
The next day we had a morning horse riding down a flooded area at the start, with our feet touching the water, and then across more open country; the wild flowers and birds were amazing. Again about 1400 hrs that afternoon we had a boat trip down the river and across one of the lakes and had a time fishing for Parana and I managed to catch two; by the time we had finished it was starting to get dark so the boatman decided to take a shortcut which involved crossing a patch of water lilies between two open pieces of water so he took a run at it but got stuck less than half way through. The propeller was completely wound up with weed and by this time it was really dark but fortunately the boatman had a floodlight on an extension lead which enabled him and the Guide to cut the propeller free and they reversed a short way and charged forward again only gaining a few more feet; after repeating this procedure several more times they eventually got through but it must have taken at least half an hour to get clear during which time copious amounts of mosquito repellent was used. The 5 tourists in the boat gave a loud cheer as we broke through but this was not the end of our adventure because we hadn't been going long when a loud warning sound came from the motor indicating the motor was overheating because the water cooling system was partially blocked with weed; we had to go quite slowly and even then the warning sound repeated itself several times before we eventually got back to a belated dinner, the starter being Parana soup!
The next morning we were up early for a 5.30 am canoe trip which was magical, so quiet and peaceful, seeing the beauty of the sun rising and hearing the early morning bird song; the canoe being so quiet we were able to get very close to birds before they flew. Later that afternoon we visited a fishing village down the river and were invited into their one room house and asked
to share their evening meal; we were told they would be offended we didn't, so hospitable.
The Rio Mutum was a place to remember, wonderful food, lovely people, beautifully situated alongside the river, an orphan deer feeding from a bottle, very tame birds and Capybara wandering around keeping the grass down!
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Don't go on a group transfer in a minibus from Paraty to Rio airport; we were picked up at 12.30 for a flight leaving at 22.55 which meant we were in th airport for over 5 hours; it's worth paying a bit more to get a private transfer.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
This type of holiday must help with local employment. Most of the people working at Rio Mutum were locals.
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
Excellent, very enjoyable.
Planet and peopleRefúgio Ecológico Caiman is home base for the Blue Macaw Project, which was devised by Neiva Guedes of UNIDERP (The University for the Development of the State and Region of the Pantanal) and inaugurated in November 1998. They collect young birds rejected by their parents and raise them until they are strong enough to be released into the wild, collect data on this endangered species and monitor existing nests. Since the project began and the Refugio Ecologico Caiman began educating residents in the area about preserving the wildlife as opposed to hunting it, the numbers of hyacinth macaws in the area have dramatically increased.
Since its creation, biologists from several different countries as well as students from Brazil's most important universities, have take part in the Hyacinth Macaw Project. Along with the support provided by the project base, the Blue Macaw Project also receives assistance from many other foundations and enterprises. Some of these include the Hyacinth Macaw Fund, which provides funds through the California Community Foundation, the Smart Family Foundation, Toyota Motor Co., Parrot Society, Ibama and the Manoel de Barros Foundation.
Along with the normal planned activities, Caiman guests can also watch the work of the Blue Macaw Project up close by visiting the base during their stay.