Wildlife and culture adventure in Brazil
Rainforests and Savannah

This trip in Brazil brings together the vibrancy of Rio de Janeiro which will be your base for the first few days, with an emphasis on taking a walk on the wild side. You'll visit one of the world's biodiversity hotspots in the Atlantic rainforest where there are twice as many types of birds as in the whole of Europe and monkeys ranging from the smallest in the world to the some of the largest.

Then to the heart of your trip, you'll head into the Pantanal, sometimes called the Serengeti of South America. It's truly vast and home to animals ranging from otters as big as a man, caiman to giant anteaters. And of course the jaguar, the third biggest cat (although please note as this trip visits the Southern Pantanal which is 'more accessible' for most people, there is less chance of seeing a jaguar). Tropical birds, truly exotic. You will end the trip enjoying the crystal-clear waters of Bonito, some of the finest freshwater snorkelling in the world, tropical fish swimming all around you.

You will meet a variety of local people in Brazil, including indigenous people who will show you their traditional customs..including how to call a jaguar with a drum. Other highlights are how to tie a lasso like a cowboy and how to make manioc (tapioca), you'd be amazed at how many ways there are.

This wildlife holiday in Brazil is suitable for couples (it is a private tour) or families. Either way, it's a trip you'll be talking about for years to come.

Friday or Saturday Day 1: Check in approx 6pm to fly overnight from Heathrow with TAM airlines. You'll change planes at Sao Paulo for a short internal flight to Rio de Janeiro It is also possible to fly with British Airways direct to Rio, however, you will need to fly at lunchtime, arriving in Rio on the evening of the same day (Brazil is 3-4 hours behind the UK). Regional add-ons are possible with BA.

Day 2 D (dinner included): You'll be met at Rio de Janeiro airport and driven into the hills of Rio, where you will stay in the Santa Teresa area. You'll be well looked after, you will stay in a private home so you get the inside track into life in Brazil and the sort of personal connection which is part and parcel of a Tell Tale trip. You'll have some time to recover from your flight and settle into your comfortable room and enjoy the views from the balcony. Your driver will return later and take you to Rio's beaches, a great place to have a fresh coconut drink or an ice cream and watch the world go by. Or visit the botanical gardens where you can see sloths in tree, brown capuchin monkeys and 6 foot wide water lilies and flora from the Amazon. Alternatively, you can visit Rio's famous beaches. Bit of time to relax back at 'home' then a welcome dinner with your hosts.

Day 3 B: A day visiting Rio's famous sights. First you will take a cable car up Sugar Loaf mountain which sits at the front of the perfect wine-glass bay in Botafogo, then visit the Christ the Redeemer statue. You'll have a bit of time to relax before go for an evening out in central Rio. There will be tips in your Tell Tale pack.

"An adventure to a part of the world we had never visited before. Our hosts in Rio were very friendly, what a lovely place to stay, stunning views from the balcony. In the Pantanal, seeing river otters was magical and the snorkelling outside Bonito was very special."
– Terry and Janet James
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Day 4 B L: What would you like to see today, one of the smallest monkeys in the world? Or one of the largest? Well you have a chance to see both, either a tiny marmoset or a large woolly spider monkey. Both found in the Atlantic coastal rainforest, in a protected conservation area which you're visiting today. It's a bit of a drive so you'll have some time free in the afternoon.

Day 5 B D: Next stop the Pantanal! Your driver will pick you up this morning and take you to one of Rio's airports to fly to Campo Grande (you'll have to change planes in Sao Paulo or Brazil's capital, Brasilia) in the southern part of the Pantanal. You will be met at Campo Grande airport and driven to a working ranch (with cattle, horses and 'cowboys'). The ranch is in the serra terrain, higher up in the Pantanal. Accommodation is comfortable for a remote area, and there is a beautiful pool here. Depending on arrival time (flight timings vary), you'll have a walk to the ranch's observation tower and may be lucky enough to see capybaras (which look like giant guinea pigs) and our favourites, the giant anteaters. Be careful, there's a puma who likes to visit the ranch! Then it's time for a delicious home-cooked dinner.

Day 6 B L D: You'll be driven to Estrada Parque where you'll have a jeep safari around wetland forest and a boat trip along the river Miranda and Vermelho, highlights include caiman, a sort of alligator. Don't worry, they may reach 10 feet in length and look very scary, but they tend to mainly eat fish and birds not humans! Highlights you may be lucky to encounter are howler monkeys and giant river otters.

Day 7 B L D:
Brazil is home to a diverse range of people. (Did you know that the most Italian people living outside the Italy are in Brazil not the USA?) The ranch is in an indigenous heartland. This morning, you'll learn how the Terena call a jaguar with a friction drum and see Kadiweu bodypainting and handicrafts. You'll learn how to prepare manioc (cassava, an important food in Brazil) Terena style, along with fish or meat and pumpkin. Enjoy your delicious lunch, then a drive to a lower part of the Pantanal (with a different eco system). Here you will arrive at another working cattle ranch. The owner Alexandre is a fantastic host and you will be welcomed with an orientation of the ranch by one of his workers.

"From face painting with a native tribesman to fishing for piranha to white water rafting, we never stopped having fun and making memories! Our family (with 3 children aged 5-11) had a fantastic adventure. This was our 2nd holiday with you and I would wholeheartedly recommend travelling with Tell Tale Travel."
– Jenny Walmsley
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Day 8 B L D: Morning at leisure to enjoy the pool or you can hike in the forest with your guide (you can decide on the ground). Later on, you'll have a jeep safari to look for armadillos, ocelots and metre-long hyacinth macaws, the world's largest parrot. A break for dinner then it's time for a night safari.

Day 9 B L D: A boat trip on the huge lake, you'll see big groups of capybara, hundreds of water birds and eagles and hawks soaring overheard. We particularly enjoy the metre-long hyacinth macaws. A bit of fishing too..for..piranha! They'll be cooked up over a traditional wood-fired barbecue back at the ranch. If fishing doesn't quite catch your fancy, it's also possible to go hiking, birdwatching or horseriding instead.

Day 10 B L: Pack up at leisure then it's time to drive to Bonito, a charming little town set in low hills on the southern edge of the Pantanal. Bonito is famous for its beautiful clear-water rivers, caves and abundant wildlife. Settle into your pousada (small hotel) and have a dip in the pool. In the late afternoon or evening, visit the town for a stroll. Have a look in your Tell Tale pack for restaurant tips.

Day 11 B L: Did you know that you don't need to be in the sea to swim with colourful tropical fish? Bonito is home to some of the best freshwater snorkelling in the world. You'll visit the beautiful Rio da Prata - a warm, glassy clear stream filled with thousands of tropical fish. Amongst the best and easiest freshwater snorkelling you can do anywhere in the world. First, you'll go for a forest walk and birdwatching in the Buraco das Araras - a huge sink hole, home to hundreds of species including Aracaris (tiny toucans) and the big brightly-coloured Red and Green Macaws.

Day 12 B: Morning at leisure in Bonito. Relax or visit the small town, it's a great place to buy handicrafts and other souvenirs. This afternoon you'll be driven to Campo Grande, to a city hotel close to restaurants.

Day 13 B: Transfer to Campo Grande airport where you will take a short flight to Sao Paulo, with an 'official connection' to a direct international flight back to London Heathrow.

Day 14: Land at London Heathrow. If you started on a Saturday, this will be a Friday.

This wildlife adventure based on a minimum of 2 people sharing a private tour costs £3,375 per person. The tour price includes flights from London Heathrow with TAM airlines, all flights within Brazil, private transfers, accommodation, activities/excursions and meals mentioned. Excludes personal expenses. Excludes entrance fees on Days 2 and 3.

This trip can only be taken during April to November. If you are taking this as a family trip, discounts are available for under 12s, please contact us with the exact breakdown of your family and we will work out the best price we can.
Although it's a 'from' price, it is definitely possible to pay this price in most cases, subject to booking in advance (with a deposit only). Highly recommended for availability on your preferred dates and the best price (guaranteed, we have a no surcharges policy). Below are guidelines for potential extra costs. If you have any questions, please do telephone us.

Taking this trip the same time as the UK school summer holidays (approx mid July to late August) - add £200pp to base tour price, based on TAM flights (subject to booking in advance).

3 night extension in Iguacu Falls (including extra flights, accommodation, private transfers and entrance fees) £600pp. See 'Jaguars and Waterfalls' itinerary for more information on the Iguacu extension.

Flying with British Airways economy class on the international flights - add £200pp to base price (includes staying extra costs on accommodation, transport and changes in way we buy an internal flight/s)
If you wish to fly British Airways premium economy or business class, prices will vary, we are happy to look it for you.

Please note if you are flying British Airways, seats can only be selected 24 hours before flying (you can do this if you do online check in). It is only possible to select seats earlier than this if you pay an extra charge (direct to BA) and in order to do so, airline tickets will have to paid for in full (usually non refundable).

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