Brazil wildlife holiday, tailor made
Description of Brazil wildlife holiday, tailor made
This tailor made Brazil wildlife holiday takes you to a country full of contrasts, with everything from wild, empty beaches, to rainforests brimming with plants and wildlife. It includes both the biggest jungle in the world and the biggest wetlands in the world.
The first stop on your tour is to the mighty Iguacu Falls on the border between Brazil and Argentina, one of the world’s greatest natural phenomena. In the midst of a subtropical nature reserve, the earth seems to open up and 275 separate falls crash over a horseshoe-shaped precipice, nearly five kilometers wide and 90 meters high. Spectacular all year round, we recommend two days here to fully explore the falls on both the Argentinian and Brazilian sides.
From Iguacu you will continue on to Rio de Janiero, where you’ll take in the sights in the company of an experienced local guide. As well as visiting the famous Sugarloaf Mountain and Corcovado, you’ll also get an insight into local life through a BBQ lunch at a traditional restaurant and a visit to some “favelas,” or shanty towns.
Next, you’ll head (via internal flight) for the Pantanal – a vast wetland that’s around half the size of France. It may be one of the least explored areas in Brazil, but it’s also one of the most wildlife rich, with over 650 species of bird and 260 fish species. What makes a visit here even more special is the fact that you can explore on foot, on horseback or by canoe.
A couple more internal flights later and you’re in Manaus in the Amazon. From here you’ll make your way to Uakari Lodge, which floats on the Rio Solimoes, within the Mamirauá Reserve. The lodge is simple, but the incredible location means that you can spot plentiful wildlife and drink in beautiful views without even leaving the premises. The lodge itself is quite simple, however the wildlife in the surrounding area is abundant. You can expect to see endemic species such as the white uakari monkey and the black headed squirrel monkey, as well as the Amazon pink river dolphin, the red howler monkey, the scarlet-macaw, the harpy eagle and the black cayman.
The best time to visit the Pantanal is the dry season of May to September, when there are fewer mosquitoes and the mammals, reptiles and birds are around the water sources and therefore easier to spot. This is also the perfect time to go to the Amazon as the nights are cooler, the skies are filled with stars and the birdwatching is top-notch.
1 Reviews of Brazil wildlife holiday, tailor made
Reviewed on 25 May 2012 by Clive Pagett
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
Travelling in the Amazon, unfortunately they had the worse floods in 60 years which made getting ashore more difficult but exciting!!
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Go for it!! But plan well ahead and take the appropriate clothing etc.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
When in Rio a trip to the Flavella'a was beneficial to the local people, as I understand that the tour operator paid a percentage, plus the visitors purchased drinks in their local bars. Also when at the Eco Lodge in the Amazon visit the indigenous people and buy souvenirs from them.
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
Trip of a life time!!
Planet and peopleThe Pantanal has been declared a World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO and the Hotel Porto Jofre is located within this area. The Hotel Porto Jofre offers a unique glimpse into the local Pantaneiro culture, as well as the opportunity to spot and learn about plenty of local flora and fauna. The Hotel Porto Jofre prides itself on the fact that it only employs local Pantaneiros, whose knowledge of the region is very extensive. By visiting the hotel you will directly contribute to a community-based conservation project aimed at protecting the biodiversity and culture of one of the largest wetlands in the world.
The Uakari lodge - was designed for minimum environmental impact. The lodge's power comes from solar panels and there is a sewage filtration system is place. The lodge is located inside the Mamirauá Sustainable Development Reserve which is the largest Brazilian protected area devoted to the conservation of flooded forests and is an ecosystem which holds much biodiversity and many rare species. There are regular presentations from biologists.