Small group tour in Brazil
Description of Small group tour in Brazil
Over the course of two weeks on this small group trip to Brazil you will see one of the world’s largest and most beautiful waterfalls, ride a speedboat through the canals and creeks of the Amazon Forest, track caiman by night, learn how to catch a piranha fish, and sip a freshly made caipirinha while overlooking the Atlantic in Rio de Janeiro. Pretty special, right?
Your adventures begin in Salvador, among Brazil’s most historic cities and a jumble of cobbled streets and faded colonial architecture, a delight to wander with a camera swinging from your arm. From Salvador you’ll fly on to Manaus, with its famous Opera House, and the gateway to the mighty Amazon Rainforest. Soon you’ll be skipping along the water headed for a remote jungle lodge, which will be your base for some fascinating walks by day and night in search of the Amazon’s colourful wildlife.
Very few visitors make it as far as the Pantanal Reserve, so remote is it. Yet this is a treasure trove of biodiversity, with hundreds of species of bird – many of which you’ll hear singing as you relax in a hammock at sunset. In Pantanal you’ll head out in small boats for a spot of piranha fishing. Let’s hope they only bite the bait!
You continue on to the immense Iguazu Falls, a staggering natural spectacle, surrounded by spray-soaked forest where toucans, parrots and hummingbirds fly. There is the option here of taking a helicopter flight overhead for amazing panoramic views.
Finally, the tour comes to an end but what a place to end it: Rio de Janeiro, among the world’s most exciting destinations, where you might catch a samba show, take the cable car up Sugar Loaf Mountain, or simply toast your fellow travellers with a few cocktails before saying your goodbyes.
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PlanetWe have numerous opportunities on this trip to visit important heritage and conservation sites, in the company of fully trained local guides and conservationists who help to educate guests on the best and most responsible way to travel.
The Pantanal, for example, is South America's primary wildlife sanctuary, while the Amazon is famed for its biodiversity. In both these areas we use local guides from the area to discover the surrounding nature and landscapes. The guides are so important to our tours as they can help us understand the struggles that these areas go through to maintain their natural habitats.
Unfortunately given the distances travelled on this trip, we do have a carbon footprint through flight emissions. This means that when we land in our destinations, we try and travel as environmentally aware as possible – for example in places like Iguazu, the Amazon and the Pantanal, our excursions will take place on foot and by boat, which not only allows us to travel more sensitively but also gets us further off the beaten track and closer to nature.
As a company we support Cool Earth. Protecting rainforest is one of the most effective actions to tackle climate breakdown. Cool Earth work with indigenous communities empowering them to conserve their forest; keeping CO2 locked in.
PeopleUsing internal flights is a necessity to get around Brazil, but to further mitigate this, our Tour Leaders will encourage customers to put money into the local economies that we’re visiting through frequenting small, locally run restaurants and other businesses.
On this trip guests stay in locally owned and run lodges and local guides are hired throughout. This helps to support local people and ensure they have a stake in maintaining this sensitive environment for future generations.
In addition to the above, we are continually looking for ways to improve and are proud to be ‘Responsible in everything we do’. Education is key and so all staff, Tour leaders and partnering suppliers are trained in responsible and sustainable tourism. At our Head Office, we continually strive towards a sustainable and planet-friendly working environment, including having solar panels installed and a company commitment to reducing our plastic usage. As well as this, we have valuable and longstanding partnerships with UK charities Toilet Twinning and Send a Cow, plus many smaller initiatives and projects around the world. We’re members of UK travel industry bodies Tourism Concern and AITO because we believe it’s important to share our knowledge and experience, as well as learn from other operators.
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