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Single travelers staying in a room by themselves will be charged this additional single supplement fee, as all of our regular prices are otherwise based on double occupancy.

SINGLE SHARE OPTIONS (if available)
If you are traveling alone and wish to share a room, we will make every effort to find you a roommate of the same gender, in which case you will not have to pay the single supplement fee. The single supplement will be charged until we are able to confirm a roommate for you. If we are able to match you with a roommate, the single supplement will be refunded. In the event that we cannot find a share for you, you will be required to pay the single supplement fee.

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Brazil

Travel on Your Own

Choose from any destination in the country and we can arrange a trip that you can enjoy on your own, including accommodations, transportation, activities and guides. Gain access to our full-service local offices and benefit from our expert local naturalist and biologist wildlife guides, trackers, vehicles, logistical support, and intimate destination knowledge. Please give us a call and we would be happy to craft a custom itinerary to meet your desires!

 

Brazil Lodging

Authentic Brazilian Fazendas & Amazon Rainforest Lodge

Our "On the Jaguar's Trail; Pantanal to the Amazon" wildlife safari specializes in authentic Brazilian "Fazendas" in the Pantanal, and award-winning, one-of-a-kind rainforest and jungle lodges in the Amazon. The fazendas in the Pantanal are operating cattle ranches who have turned to eco-tourism as their vast properties offer exclusive access to a wide variety of wildlife habitat. In the Amazon we feature a choice of a lodge named "Best in Brazil" by National Geographic Traveler, or a variety of Amazon cruises to meet your budget. Great care has gone into our selection of lodging partners, with particular emphasis on quality accommodations that offer outstanding wildlife viewing opportunities. These authentic lodges offer all the comforts of home, including hot & cold water, flush toilets, comfortable beds and delicious home cooked meals.

TAIAMA RESERVE

Pousada Baiazinha

Our base to access the remote Taiama Ecological Preserve for our jaguar safaris, Pousada Baiazinha is located on the Paraguay river, with quality rooms and prime access to this wildlife-rich ecosystem.

AMAZON & RIO NEGRO RIVERBOATS

Otter Premium

Capacity: 18 Passengers

Boat Style: Luxury Riverboat

Length: 27 Meters (88 Feet)

Beam: 7.5 Meters (30 Feet)

Draft: 1.2 Meters (04 Feet)

Speed: 10 Knots

Engine: 2; 120 hp each

Generators: 2; 40 kwa each (110V / 60 Hz)

Crew: 1 captain, 3 sailors, 1 cook, 1 English-speaking field guide

 

Cabins: The Otter Premium hosts all guests in 9 spacious all-outside cabins, with lower beds, private bathroom facilities with hot shower, individual air-conditioning and safety box.

 

Description: The boat contains four decks. On the main deck are 5 cabins, on the second deck are 4 cabins and a window-lined dining room (air conditioned), which seats all passengeres leisurely at the same time. The third deck is an entertainment area with air-conditioned lecture room, library, bar with plenty of comfortable seating, and a large covered area for outdoor sightseeing, whirlpool, and outdoor shower. The last deck is a spacious sundeck with a fantastic 360-degree panoramic view.

Premium Riverboat

Capacity: 32 Passengers

Boat Style: Luxury Riverboat

Length: 32 Meters (106 Feet)

Beam: 9 Meters (30 Feet)

Draft: 1 Meters (3 Feet)

Speed: 10 Knots

Engine: 2; 250 hp each

Generators: 2; 80 kwa each (110V / 60 Hz)

Crew: 1 captain, 5 sailors, 3 cooks, 2 English-speaking field guides

 

Cabins: The Premium hosts all guests in 16 spacious all-outside cabins, with lower beds, private bathroom facilities with hot shower, individual air-conditioning and safety box.

 

Description: The boat contains four decks. On the main deck are 8 cabins, on the second deck are 8 cabins and a window-lined dining room (air conditioned), which seats all passengeres leisurely at the same time. The third deck is an entertainment area with air-conditioned lecture room, library, tv/dvd roon, bar with plenty of comfortable seating, and a large covered area for outdoor sightseeing, whirlpool, and outdoor shower. The last deck is a spacious sundeck with a fantastic 360-degree panoramic view.

Amazon Clipper

Capacity: 16 Passengers

Boat Style: Regional Riverboat

Length: 20 Meters (66 Feet)

Beam: 5 Meters (17 Feet)

Draft: 1.2 Meters (4 Feet)

Speed: 10 Knots

Engine: 120 hp

Generators: 3; 15 kwa each (110V / 60 Hz)

Crew: 1 captain, 3 sailors, 1 cook, 1 English-speaking field guide

 

Cabins: The Amazon Clipper Traditional Riverboat hosts all guests in 8 air-conditioned cabins, with bunk beds and private bathroom facilities with shower.

 

Description: The boat contains three decks. On the main deck are 6 cabins, on the second deck are 2 cabins and a covered dining room, which seats all passengeres leisurely at the same time. The second deck also has a bar with a library. The last deck is a spacious sundeck with a fantastic 360-degree panoramic view, as well as covered area for outdoor sightseeing.

CRISTALINO PRIVATE RESERVE

Cristalino Jungle Lodge

Cristalino Lodge was named one of the "Best Hotels in Brazil" by National Geographic Traveler, combining authentic experiences, sustainability ethic, and a strong community involvement. The lodge has a Private Reserve with more than 29,652 acres (46 square miles), an area two times larger than Manhattan island. This pristine forest reserve is home to a large variety of habitats and natural communities, allowing you to see wildlife in its natural state of being. The pristine Cristalino River, with clean and beautiful water, lies just in front of the lodge.

 

This region is recognized as an important area of the Amazon in terms of biodiversity. The exceptional number of species, even for the Amazonian standards, makes this one of the richest places in the Amazon for observing birds, mammals, butterflies and orchids in a Primary Forest environment. There is a great variety of endemic species (i.e. that only inhabit this particular region). The lodge forest reserve is located just beyond the borders of the Cristalino State Park, an extremely important conservation area with 456,800 acres. The park is connected to other protected areas forming a huge conservation corridor in the Southern Amazon.

 

Cristalino Lodge is at the forefront of sustainable eco-lodge practices including composting of all organic disposal; recycling of all non-organic material; solar water heating for all rooms; effluent grey-water treatment with organic system; effluent black-water treatment with filters and evapo-transpiration system; hydro-kinetic energy generator, which provides a small amount of power from the river; smart architecture buildings with wide windows and roof air-escapes, providing a better air circulation inside the rooms; use of biodegradable cleaning products; staff training programs related to the rational use of resources; use of canoes instead of motor boats when possible; use of organic fruits and vegetables when available; trail limits with a maximum of 8 people per guide; low impact of only 20 rooms.

CUIABA

Gran Odara

A rooftop pool, restaurant, spa services and modern gym are featured at the luxurious Gran Odara. It is 0.6 miles from Goiabeiras Shopping Mall and Mãe Bonifácia Park. Wi-Fi is free. With fine wooden fittings, rooms are all equipped with air conditioning, an LCD TV with satellite channels, safe and minibar. Room service is available 24 hours a day.

Avec Restaurant serves French and regional cuisine, as well as a rich buffet breakfast with fresh fruits, hot and cold items. Fine cocktails can be ordered from the elegant bar.

Guests at the 5-star Hotel Gran Odara may also enjoy massages, sauna sessions or beauty treatments.

IGUASSU

Loi Suites Iguazu Hotel

Luxury hotel built in the subtropical jungle of Iryapu, located just 15 minutes from the Iguassu Falls. This breathtaking hotel was built with extreme respect for nature, preserving native trees and most of the jungle.

MID-PANTANAL

Fazenda Pouso Alegre

A traditional Pantanal cattle farm with 11,000 hectares and great diversity of preserved Pantanal landscapes without introduced species. Pousada Alegre is the perfect base for our land safaris, with large fields of native grass that flood seasonally, several kinds of forest, and both permanent and temporary water bodies. This ecosystem is visited by hyacinth macaws, tapirs, anteaters, and more. While this lodge offers simple accommodations and amenities, it does offer some of the best wildlife viewing in all the Pantanal.

PANTANAL

Pousada Piuval

Pousada Piuval allows its visitors to experience all the different aspects of the Pantanal. The surrounding waterways, grasslands and forests makes it ideal for wildlife spotting. The lodge is situated on a 7000-hectare cattle ranch with one of the most beautiful landscapes in the Pantanal. Here guests can observe the abundance and diversity of flora and fauna.

The lodge has 20 guest rooms with air conditioning and ceiling fans, private bathrooms, TV, wi-fi and screened-in windows providing fresh air. The fully screened restaurant serves typical Pantanal cuisine. Leisure facilities include a swimming pool, volleyball court and playground, also Souvenir shop.

Pousada Rio Claro Ranch

Pousada Rio Claro offers rooms with air-conditioning, a pool, and a restaurant. It is located in the beautiful Pantanal region, surrounded by rainforest.

 

Brazil Activities

At a Glance

We know you've chosen to travel with us for our wildlife emphasis, so we've included a wide variety of adventure activities designed to educate, inspire, and bring out the wonder in you. All of our activities are flexibly designed to accommodate different skill levels and interests, while exposing you to a variety of unique eco-systems in order to see the most amount of wildlife. And did we mention fun?

Adventure activities in 3 distinct regions of the Pantanal and a remote area of the Amazon expose you to more natural wonder, more ecosystems - and more wildlife - than any other conventional tour.

  • Exclusive Jaguar Photo Safari
  • Special expedition to search for Anacondas in the Pantanal Wetlands
  • Safari by horseback, jeep, foot and boat in 3 different regions of the Pantanal
  • Hike the Amazon Rainforest for rare primates
  • View the Amazon from atop a canopy tower
  • Kayak or canoe the Cristalino River in the Amazon
  • Option to interact with natives in the Amazon

Exclusive Wildlife Activities

Jaguar Photo Safari

Photograph jaguars as they hunt caiman by the riverside - a Wild Planet Adventures Exclusive!

Search for Anacondas in the Pantanal Wetlands

Track anacondas on the wetlands between Taiama Ecological Preserve and our lodge, an area also frequented by hyacinth macaws - a Wild Planet Adventures Exclusive!

Hike the Amazon Rainforest for Rare Primates

Special excursions to see rare primates, including the tiny endemic Emilia’s Marmoset, red-nosed bearded Saki monkey, and nocturnal hike to see the owl-faced Feline Night-monkey.

Other Activities

Safari by Horseback, Jeep, Foot & Boat

In three distinct regions to for up-close wildlife encounters with jaguars, giant otters, tapirs and more.

View the Amazon from Atop a Canopy Tower

Hike with expert naturalist guides to a canopy tower where you can see the rainforest canopy from above, and look for monkeys, macaws and other birds.

Kayak or Canoe the Cristalino River in the Amazon

Magnificent boating through the Amazon rainforest. The crystalline river water is the life-blood for many birds and animals.

Cultural Interaction

Option to interact with natives in the Amazon

 

Brazil Wildlife

Prolific Sightings

Wild Planet's wildlife eco-tours and safaris are designed for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts. We take care to seek out wildlife that is rare, off the beaten path, and in greater numbers than you will see on conventional tours. Our expert naturalist and biologist guides will educate you in the field so your experience is intimate and unparalleled. Still, wildlife viewing can unpredictable and requires patience and sensory awareness.

Primates: Brown Capuchin Monkey, Black Howler Monkey, Duski Titi Monkey, White-Whiskered Spider Monkey
Other Animals: Giant Otter, Neotropical Otter, Black Caiman, Spectacled Caiman, Collared Peccary, White-Lipped Peccary, Marsh Deer, Red Brocket Deer, Brown Brocket Deer, Brazilian Rabbit, Brazilian Porcupine, Short-Tailed Possum

Likely Sightings

Primates: Gold & Black Howler Monkey, Black-Tailed Marmoset, Silvery marmoset, Emilia's Marmoset, Red-Handed Howler Monkey, Duski Titi, Brown Capuchin, White-whiskered spider monkey
Other Animals: Jaguar, Brazilian Tapir, South American Coati, Capybara Paca, Giant Anteater, Southern Tamandua (lesser anteater), Crab-Eating Fox, Pantanal Cat, Crab-Eating Raccoon, Tayra, Margay, Oncilla, Pampas Deer, Nine-Banded Long-Nosed Armadillo, Six-Banded Armadillo, Giant Armadillo, Hyacinth Macaw

Rare or Endangered Possible Sightings

Primates: Bare Ear Marmoset, Feline Night Monkey, Red-Nosed Bearded Saki Monkey, Emilae's marmoset
Other Animals: Harpy Eagle, Ocelot, Puma, Azara's Agouti, Punare, Colocolo

 

Brazil Guides

Stephen Boddington

Stephen Boddington started watching the birds in his parents' garden at the age of 5 and hasn't stopped since! Originally from England, he lived in France, Germany, and the Netherlands before settling in Belgium, where he regularly guides visiting birdwatchers, and has also led birdwalks in California, Lapland, and Costa Rica.He has traveled extensively throughout Europe, with a European list of 400 species, and has taken part in raptor migration surveys in both Israel and Mexico. He is also interested in butterflies and dragonflies, and has recently taken up digital photography. Stephen speaks five languages and is no happier than when he is able to share his passion and knowledge with others, helping them to enjoy birds and the natural world in general.

Mota

Jaguar Tracker
Mota was born in Caceres, a small city along the Paraguay River about 220 km from Cuiaba. He grew up in the surrounding Pantanal region and learned much of the Pantanal water ways and its wildlife from his father. Because of his experience on the water he is an expert jaguar spotter. His specialty is guiding for wildlife photographers as he knows the best spots and angles for beautiful photos. Mota is an expert at handling the boats and approaching jaguars with minimal disturbance. He takes excellent care of all our travelers on our expeditions and contributes greatly to the quality of the tour.

Karen Arine Souza

Ecologist & Pantanal Tour Guide
Karen is native of Minas Gerais, Brazil, and has a degree in Ecology at the UNI BH (Centro Universitario de Belo Horizonte). She is a naturalist tour guide, and enjoys sharing with our guests her knowledge of the Pantanal's natural history, ecology, wildlife and culture. Karen studied English for two years in London and has excellent English. When not guiding, Karen participates in scouting trips & expeditions to expand her knowledge of the Pantanal.

Joelson Toledo

Naturalist Guide
Joelson has extensive experience guiding in the Peruvian Amazon and the Pantanal in Brazil, including many important conservation projects. While in Peru, he worked as a field assistant for Project Guacamayo Tambopata National Reserve, where he led groups monitoring macaw nests. There he observed the behavior between mothers and pups with micro cameras inside the nest.

As the leading field guide for the Caiman Ecological Refuge, Joelson was responsible for groups of up to 16 people specializing in birdwatching and horses. During this time he also used traps to capture herpetofauna with identification chips, made a chemical analysis of the water supply, and monitored the fish species in the Pantanal Rio Negro area.

Douglas Braga Rocha

Biologist & Pantanal Tour Guide
Douglas is a Brazilian naturalist with a degree in Biology from the State University in Rio de Janeiro, and a Masters Degree in Ecology and Conservation at Federal University of Mato Grosso. He started guiding nature trips in the Chapada dos Guimaraes before guiding nature & wildlife tours throughout the diverse Pantanal eco-systems. He is an expert in the Pantanal's many biodiversity hot spots. As a guide he enjoys sharing with our guests his knowledge of Pantanal's natural history, ecology, wildlife and culture. His detailed knowledge of Brazil economics, politics and history are remarkable and he speaks excellent English.

 

Brazil FAQ

Brazil Facts for Visitors

Location

Brazil is located in Eastern South America, bordering the Atlantic Ocean.

Size

Brazil is the fifth largest country in the world, with a total of 8,514,877 sq km

Language

The official and most widely spoken language in Brazil is Portuguese. Other languages include Spanish, German, Italian, Japanese, English, and a large number of minor Amerindian languages.

Religion

Roman Catholic 73.6%, Protestant 15.4%, Other 11%

Currency

The currency of Brazil is the Brazilian Real.

Choose Your Brazil Travel Style! Any of our wildlife adventures are also available as fully customizable private trips, honeymoons or family wildlife adventures.
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  • Remove & Non-Commercial Destinations - Our Jaguar Photo Safari is in the virtually unknown Taiama Ecological Station, a protected area that is not open to the public. No traveler is allowed on the reserve, but we can circumnavigate it by boat. We average 1.5 jaguar sightings per day here.
  • Sustainable & Responsible Jaguar Safaris - Our expert biologist & naturalist guides use strict protocols: we limit jaguar sightings to one small boat, for a limited time, using authentic radio-free tracking, and have access to a crowd-free habitat that requires special logistics to access.
  • Exclusive Wildlife Activities - Primatologist-designed excursions to see rare primates in the Amazon and track jaguar, anaconda & giant otters in the Pantanal.
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