Chameleon Americas Brazil Natural Brazil

Natural Brazil

14 days

Taking in a lodge stay in the Amazon rainforest for three nights, then the plains of the Pantanal, plus Iguacu Falls and Rio de Janeiro, this itinerary is perfect for nature lovers.

The Chameleon team have arranged many holidays to Brazil over the years. Given the size of the country, travel in Brazil can often involve a number of domestic flights and changes of plane, often an antisocial times of day. This itinerary has been especially designed so that flight timings and connections are at convenient times and you'll spend as much of your holiday as possible seeing the country - not in airports!

Holiday highlights

  • Experience vibrant Rio de Janeiro - visiting Sugar Loaf and Corcovado
  • Marvel at the power and scale of the Iguazu Falls on the Brazil-Argentina border
  • Explore the Amazon based in an excellently situated jungle lodge
  • Spot wildlife on the seasonally flooded plains of the Pantanal
Natural Brazil itinerary
Day 1. Fly to Brazil
Fly to Rio de Janeiro where you'll be met and drive to your hotel. It is hard to imagine a more beautiful setting for a city. Rio has some of South America's most famous attractions - Copacabana and Ipanema Beaches, Sugar Loaf and Christ the Redeemer. You'll spend three nights here, we offer a choice of hotels including Casa Amarelo and Porto Bay.
Day 2. Corcovado & Santa Teresa
Take a three hour tour of Corcovado & Santa Teresa by jeep. Perched atop Corcovado Mountain at an altitude of 710 m, the iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer is one of the world's best-known and most-visited monuments. Next stop is Tijuca Forest, the world's largest urban rainforest. Finally, to the district of Santa Teresa, one of the most interesting corners of Rio, due to its topography, history and bohemian lifestyle of its inhabitants.
Day 3. Sugar Loaf
You will be driven through the old district of Urca towards Sugar Loaf. You climb aboard a cable-car which starts the steep, 215 m climb up Morro da Urca. From here, the cable-car travels high above the rugged, vegetated terrain to the Sugar Loaf's 395m summit. Enjoy wonderful panoramic views over Rio from the top.
Day 4. To Iguazu Falls
You'll be driven to Rio airport and from there fly to Foz do Iguazu where you'll be met again and taken to your hotel. Spend the next two nights here at San Martin (standard) or Das Cataratas (superior). The Iguazu falls are the most spectacular in South America, arguably the world. A total of 275 falls cascade over a precipice that is 3km wide, sending up an endless wall of spray laced with rainbows. At the heart of this unforgettable scene is the Devil's Throat, where 14 separate falls join forces. The visitor can enjoy the spectacle from the various walkways that offer close-up views or by boat.
Day 5. Argentine Falls
Visit the Argentine side of the falls. A series of walkways allows a bird's-eye view of the falls and the adjoining rainforest, but the undoubted highlight is the close-up view from platform suspended right at the edge of the Devil's Throat.
Day 6. Brazilian Falls
In the morning, you will be taken on a tour of the Brazilian side of the falls. This excursion begins at Iguazu Visitor Centre with a drive through the park's lush sub-tropical vegetation. On leaving the vehicle you continue on foot along a trail that leads into the canyon to a spectacular panoramic viewpoint over the falls. A walkway leads right to the edge of the Devil's Throat for an awe-inspiring view into the seething waters. You then take a glass lift up the cliff-face for a view of the upper falls. Later in the day you will be driven to the airport for your flight to the city of Cuiaba where you spend a night.
Day 7. To the Amazon
A short flight from Cuiaba takes you to Alta Floresta a small town on the edge of the Amazon Basin. From here you travel an hour and a half by road, then half an hour by boat to reach your lodge - Cristalino where you spend the next three nights. This lodge is located in a private reserve adjacent to the 66,899 hectare Cristalino State Park. The park flanks the Cristalino River in the highlands of the Amazon river basin's southern slope. The work of a family who are pioneering conservation and sustainable projects in the Alta Floresta region, the lodge provides support for scientific research through the Cristalino Ecological Foundation. This is a less frequently visited part of the Amazon than the region around Manaus. Because of this, opportunities for observation of flora and fauna are excellent here.
Days 8 and 9. Exploring the Amazon
You have two full days of excursions from Cristalino Lodge. This typically includes walks and boat trips in the company of expert guides. The lodge has 50 metre observation tower giving stunning views over the canopy.
Day 10. To the Pantanal
Return by boat and road to Alta Floresta and fly back to Cuiaba. Here you'll be met and driven to your Pantanal lodge - Pousada Rio Mutum, approximately four hours away by road. Spend three nights in the Pantanal, an area of huge biodiversity. Rio Mutum makes a great base to spot wildlife and enjoy the landscapes.
Days 11-12. Explore the Pantanal
You have two full days for excursions in the Pantanal. Activities at Pousada Rio Mutum include canoe trips, horse-riding, walking trails, boat and jeep safaris and tours at dusk and dawn.
Day 13. Depart
Return to Cuiaba airport for your flights home.
Day 14. Arrive UK

14 days

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