Rio de Janeiro, Iguacu Falls, the Amazon & Pantanal

Statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio Janeiro

Amazon adventures; The Pantanal-South America's wildlife marvel; Rio de Janeiro-'the marvelous city'; Colonial elegance; Baroque churches, sacred art; Thundering Iguacu Falls


Dates & Prices

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Prices are in US Dollars (USD), before taxes (if applicable) - All pricing reflects per-person Land Only expenses, however, we can book flights from virtually every city. Please call us for an air quote.

Start DateEnd DatePriceMore Info
Mon 15 Feb 2016Sun 28 Feb 2016 $5340 Last-minute Availability
Mon 24 Oct 2016Sun 06 Nov 2016 $5340

Optional Single Supplement: $1300 (number of singles limited).
This tour may require a mandatory single supplement charge of $650, if twin-sharing accommodation is unavailable.

Tour Overview

Whether you are looking for the hustle and bustle of city life and activity or the serene calm and beauty of untouched nature, this memorable tour to Brazil is just the ticket! From canoeing trips along the prestigious Amazon River, to admiring the colourful vibrancy of marketplaces and from walking the remote paths through the wildlife-rich Pantanal, to soaking in the samba spirit in the ever-exciting Rio, this 14-day adventure brings the best of both worlds. We discover the place that houses the largest concentration of wildlife on the continent in the Pantanal, the longest river in the world (as well as the largest rainforest) in the Amazonas and one of the most breathtaking waterfalls on the planet at Iguacu Falls. We complete our incredible South American experience by absorbing unforgettable sights and sounds in some of the continent's most notable cities.

Regions visited: South America
Countries visited: Brazil


We most enjoyed the "eco-tour" experiences in Manhaus and the Pantenal. We chose this BR1 itinerary because we love nature and wanted the outdoor experiences. They were wonderful. We found all the local guides to be excellent!! Their knowledge and excellent communication skills made all our excursions fabulous. They were always courteous and arrived before their appointed meeting times. We enjoyed the excellent quality of the meals; they were varied and healthy. Buffets are inevitable (and somewhat "dangerous" when traveling), but the quality of the food and the cleanliness of preparation resulted in no illness related to meals which Adventures Abroad was responsible for. Our leader repeatedly advised us of precautions we should take related to water consumption, both from a safety perspective and because of dehydration in a very warm climate. Rachel (tour leader) is a bubbly, cheerful and competent tour leader. Her laughter and calm demeanor gave us confidence in her leadership.

I loved the excursions on this trip. The local guides were excellent. Martin is the kind of trip leader that every company wants to have. He is knowledgeable, personable, organized and interesting. I think everyone in the group responded well to him. I really enjoyed having Martin as my trip leader. Great trip--I loved it!!

All excursions were well planned and very interesting.The evening meals were truly superb! Also the breakfast buffets were a joy to wake up to!!The flights by TAM were excellent, also the bus services were very pleasing. Our tour leader was always very helpful and reliable. She had a good sense of humour and good knowledge of Brazil.

Full Itinerary

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Day 1 Arrive in Manaus
Today we arrive in Manaus, gateway to the Amazon.

Amazonas is by far the largest of Brazil's states, covering an area that is almost a quarter of the national territory. Half of the Amazon River's 6275 km (4,000 mile) length is in Brazil with some 100-plus tributaries. Standing on the shores of the Rio Negro, 1500 km (900 miles) upriver from Belem and the point where the Amazon reaches the Atlantic, Manaus was originally a Portuguese settlement where a fort was built in 1669. The name of the city comes from the Manaos Indian tribe that inhabits the area.

Overnight in Manaus.

Meal plan: Dinner

Day 2 Manaus - Amazon: Amazon Exploration
Today we transfer from Manaus to our Amazon lodge. This transfer may be by road, by boat or a combination of both.

The very mention of the name Amazon conjures up images of adventure and mystery. Designated the world's largest rainforest and one of the world's largest rivers, Amazon defines the word "exotic". The term "rainforest" describes forests that grow in constant humid conditions. They can occur whenever the annual rainfall is above 2000 mm (80 inches) per year, and high temperatures favour plant development. The Amazon River is almost 6440 km (4,000 miles) long, with a volume of water equal to 11 times the volume of the Mississippi River. Amazonia, consisting mainly of forest, forms more than 50% of Brazil's area, though only 7% of its total population. Most of the Amazon's inhabitants live in and around a few cities including Manaus, a thousand miles from the ocean.

Using a comfortable lodge as a base, we will explore the Amazon's maze of forest and mysterious waters by boat and on foot. During our time here we hope to observe exotic birds such as parrots, toucans, and macaws. We also hope to spot sloths and monkeys during our exploration. You may even have the chance to see the "boto", a kind of river dolphin.

* NOTE: Our activities in the Amazon will vary depending upon seasonality, weather, and other considerations, at the discretion of your Tour Leader and local Amazon guides.

Overnight at an Amazon lodge.

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 3 Amazon: Bird Watching, Forest Walks & Village Visits
Today we continue with our exploration of the Amazon. This morning we will enjoy an early morning canoe trip for bird watching, and to enjoy the morning sounds of the jungle. There are good chances of seeing large flocks of egrets and cormorants. During the day we will be sure to visit a Caboclo village, home to the local population whose ancestors are half Indian and half Portuguese. Many of these inhabitants make a living on manioc plantations, fishing, diverse fruit trees, rubber, Brazil-nut trees, wood and other extractive products. A night trip by boat or on foot will enable us to see nocturnal animals, sometimes including nighthawks, snakes, toro-rats, sloths and frogs.

SEASONALITY: in the rainy season, which roughly runs from mid-December to mid-May, the temperature is a bit cooler than the June-December dry season. The average daytime temperature in the rainy season is usually in the mid-20's C (80's F) with nighttime lows in the mid teens C (70's to high 60's). In the dry season the daytime temperature can go up to the mid-30's C (90's) though there is much variability and cool days are common. Nighttime temperatures during the dry season are usually in the mid-20's (70's), though there are also some very cool nights.

Is it desirable to travel to the Amazon in the rainy season? Yes! Even though it does rain more this time of year, it is also true that many plants have evolved to fruit and flower during the rainy season, which attracts birds and primates to the water's edge for us to observe. The gigantic thunderstorms are a great pleasure to observe.

Overnight at an Amazon lodge.

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 4 Amazon - Manaus: Manaus City Tour & 'Meeting of the Waters'
This morning before returning to Manaus we will have another early morning excursion into the nearby waterways and jungle. We will walk through the forest with commentary by our local guide. Here we will learn about the unique flora of the region, and the many medicinal uses of the plant life that surrounds us. The Amazon rainforest has a huge live collection of flora species, and botanical experts say that in 2.5 acres of the forest you can find 700 different species of trees and twice that number of plants.

We then say goodbye to the Amazon and return to Manaus from where we make an excursion by boat out to the 'Meeting of the Waters' -- one of the natural wonders of Brazil! This is the point where two tributaries of the River Amazon, each with a distinctly different hue, converge. One, the Rio Solimoes, is a light sandy colour. Its rival is the Rio Negro, the darkest of the pair, owing to the leaves and dead foliage it picks up on its route down from the Andes. Both rivers flow side-by-side over a distance of approximately six kilometers. Both never mix because of the stark differences in temperature, speed and water density between the two. The Solimões is faster, cooler and denser than the warmer, slower waters of the Rio Negro. After several kilometers, the two rivers eventually converge thanks to a blast of fast-moving whitewater, and become part of the Lower Amazon River.

We then continue with a city tour that will include the Municipal Market and the famous Amazonas Theatre. The magnificent Manaus Opera House (also known as The Amazon Theatre) is a working historical landmark that currently accommodates the Amazonas Philharmonic and plays host to the annual Amazonas Opera Festival. Construction on the neo-classical style Teatro Amazonas began in the late 1880's at a time when the plantation barons of Manaus were flush with cash due to the thriving rubber export business. Sparing no expense, the barons imported artists, designers and materials from across Europe.

Overnight in Manaus.

Meal plan: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 5 Manaus - Brasilia: City Tour
This morning we fly to Brasilia, Brazil's modern, purpose-built capital. It was as far back as the early 1800's that the idea of an inland capital for Brazil was first discussed. A Salesian priest from Italy dreamed that a new, economically powerful civilization would rise up at the geographical centre of Brazil. It would take almost a century and a half before the dream was realized in 1960 by then President Juscelino Kubitschek.

This afternoon we will have a tour of this fascinating city. Our tour includes the chapel of Our Lady of Fatima; Dom Bosco's Church, one of the most beautiful buildings of the city. We will ascend the central TV Tower, with its lovely views over the entire city from its observatory platform. We will also stop at the memorial for Juscelino Kubitschek, the builder and founder of Brasilia and former President of Brazil.

During our time here we will see the cathedral and the Three Power Square - where we will see the Congress Building and Planalto Palace (the office of the President and supreme court).

Overnight in Brasilia.

Meal plan: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 6 Brasilia - Campo Grande - Pantanal
Our destination for today is the Pantanal, home to the highest concentration of wildlife in South America. We must first fly to Campo Grande, the gateway to the Pantanal. Upon arrival we transfer by road to the Pousada Aguape, situated 160 km (100 miles) from Campo Grande. The Aguape Ranch was founded 155 years ago and is still owned by the same family. Through the years the farm activities have diversified. The Ranch is home for a school, a regional horse breeder, and a Hyacinth Macaw project, cattle ranching, and now a tourism area with a large variety and quantity of wildlife.

The Pousada Aguape is equipped with 14 air-conditioned rooms, each with a ceiling fan. The pousada has a swimming pool, bar, small gift shop and a restaurant. The great diversity of animal species in the region arises from vast differences in habitat. Savannah flood plains, dry forests and humid, temperate zones co-exist with grassy plains and scrubby vegetation. A total of over 80 mammal, 50 reptile, and 650 bird species have been identified here -- however, none of them are indigenous to the area. Among the residents are 13 endangered species -- among them jaguar, otter and anteater.

This afternoon after our arrival we will enjoy an open-vehicle safari. Here we are surrounded by nature with palm tree forests, open savanna and riverside terrain. The opportunity for wildlife viewing is great -- and we can hope to see anything from giant anteaters and armadillo to bat-eating fox and a plethora of bird species. Watch for the Jaribu Stork, Hyacinth Macaw and the Plumbeous Ibis.

Overnight in Pantanal region.

Meal plan: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 7 Pantanal Exploration
Today will be spent exploring this remarkable region. In its two distinct seasons, the Pantanal presents a constant, unequaled spectacle. From December to April is the flood season when the rivers overflow and spread themselves for miles uniting with the bays and creeks creating a true ocean of sweet water. This is a beautiful period of Pantaneira flora -- the green explodes and provides breeding ground for flora and water-loving fauna. Excursions at this time of year usually involve exciting exploration by boat/canoe for at least part of the time.

We may start our day with a safari walk through the lush riverside forests of the Aquidauana River. This walk allows us to experience up-close the natural beauty of the Pantanal region. We have the chance to explore this stunning area and its abundant wildlife, and learn all about the flora and fauna that make this place unique.

An evening game drive will allow us the chance to discover nocturnal species, as animals are best viewed during the cooler hours of the day. The Pantanal of South America is one of the most immense, pristine and biologically rich environments on the planet. Often referred to as the world’s largest freshwater wetland system, with its extraordinarily concentrated and diverse flora and fauna, and a landscape spanning a variety of ecological sub-regions The Pantanal stands as one of the world’s great natural wonders.

Overnight in the Pantanal region.

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 8 Pantanal: Full Day
Today we get to continue our exploration of the Pantanal. The Pantanal is renowned for it spectacled caimans -- a crocodile species which grow up to 3m (10 feet) in length. Once nearly endangered, today there are nearly 10 million in existence in the Pantanal. In addition, the area's waterways are filled with brightly coloured kingfisher and teem with the infamous piranha. Birds abound in the Pantanal and are more numerous than anywhere else in South America. Look out for eagle, stork, nandu, jabiru, macaw and ibis.

One of our activities today we be a boat safari along the Aguidauana River. This area is an unparalleled wildlife sanctuary of spectacular beauty, an ecological paradise containing hundreds of species of birds, thousands of varieties of butterflies, myriads of brightly coloured flowers, and shoals of fish. Capuchin and Howler monkeys, capybaras, toucans, anacondas, caimans and tapirs help create an aquatic theater of sights and sounds.

There will also be the chance today to enjoy a horse ride. This will take place in the early morning or late afternoon in order to avoid the intense heat of the day. For many, horseback riding is the best way to get into the heart of the Pantanal, getting to places that normally cannot be reached by regular means of transportation.

Overnight in Pantanal region.

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 9 Pantanal - Campo Grande - Rio de Janeiro
Today we travel to Campo Grande from where we fly to Rio de Janeiro, the Ciudade Marvailhosa (marvelous city).

Seven million Cariocas, as the inhabitants are called, are jammed into one of the world's most beautiful city setting - between ocean and escarpment. This makes Rio one of the most densely populated places on earth. Cariocas pursue pleasures like no other people: beaches and the body beautiful, samba and football; cerveja (beer); and cachaca (sugar-cane rum). In Rio everything ends with samba -- football games, weddings, work, political demonstrations and, of course, a day at the beach. There's a lust for life, and a love of romance, music, dance and a talk that distinguishes the Cariocas from everyone else.

Overnight in Rio de Janeiro.

Meal plan: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 10 Rio de Janeiro: City Touring & Christ the Redeemer
Today we have a tour of Rio. The city is divided into a zona norte (north zone) and a zona sul (south zone) by the Serra da Carioca, steep mountains that are part of the Parque Nacional da Tijuca. These mountains descend to the edge of the city centre, where the zonas norte and sul meet.

Corcovado, one of these mountain peaks, offers us the best way to become familiar with the city's geography -- from it you have views of both zones. The statue Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer), with his outstretched arms, gazes down on the Bahia da Guanabara and the landmark Pao de Acucar (Sugar Loaf). His left arm points toward the zona norte, and his right toward the zona sul suburbs of Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon and beyond. We will go to the foot of the mountain from where we travel by an electric tramway car to the top. We have plenty of time at the summit to take in this world-famous view!

We continue with a drive through the city center. Here we will also enjoy a walking tour and a break for lunch. The Centro in Rio, or the city center, is the oldest neighbourhood and the site where Rio de Janeiro was founded. Today it is not only the historic core but also the commercial, administrative and financial center. We will see one of Rio's finest buildings, the Theatro Municipal, hidden amongst busy roads. The Metropolitan Cathedral of Rio was completed in 1979, and its unique architectural style was based on the Mayan architectural style of pyramid construction.

The Museu de Arte do Rio (Rio Museum of Art) is the cities newest and most exciting gallery. The MAR, as it is known locally, was officially opened to the public on the 5th of March 2013. The luxury gallery is housed in two contrasting buildings, both with eye-catching and culturally historic architecture. One is an old colonial style structure, and the other an ex-bus station, adding a contemporary twist. The Museum opened in tandem with Rio’s 448th anniversary, simultaneously celebrating both the birth of the city, and its art history and heritage.

Later in our day we enjoy a sightseeing ride along Rio's beaches -- Leblon, Ipanema and Copacabana. One of the world's most famous beaches runs 4.5 km (3 miles) in front of one of the world's most densely populated residential areas. There is always something happening on the beach during the day and along the footpaths at night: drinking, singing, eating and all kinds of people checking out the scene; tourists watching Brazilians. From the scalloped beach you can see the granite slabs that surround the entrance to the bay -- a magnificent meeting of land and sea. Different parts of the beach attract different crowds.

Overnight in Rio de Janeiro.

Meal plan: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 11 Rio de Janeiro: City Touring, Sugarloaf Mountain & Free Time
Today we continue to explore this world-class city. We will voyage to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain. From the top of this celebrated peak, the city, Baia de Guanabara, and the winding coastline are stretched out dazzling below. To reach the summit at a lofty 400 m (1,325 feet) it is necessary to take two cable cars. A clear day will supply the most spectacular of views: the uncurling arch of the Praia de Copacabana, its miles of tiles glistening in the sun's last rays. From the top you'll see Corcovado Mountain, with the massive statue of Cristo Redemtor (Christ the Redeemer), his arms extended in mercy and blessing.

We will stroll through parts of Santa Teresa, a small neighborhood located on top of the Santa Teresa hill. Close to the center of Rio, this district is famous for its winding, narrow streets that are a favourite spot for artists and tourists. Nearby is the Carioca Aqueduct. Located in the city center, this aqueduct was built in the middle of the 18th century to bring fresh water from the Carioca River to the population of the city. This is an impressive example of colonial architecture and engineering.

There will be some free time this afternoon for you to explore on your own and perhaps stroll along the beachside avenue nearby our hotel.

Overnight in Rio de Janeiro.

Meal plan: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 12 Rio de Janeiro - Iguacu Falls
This morning we will fly to Iguacu Falls.

Made up of many cascades producing vast sprays of water, this is unquestionably one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world!! The surrounding subtropical rainforest has over 2,000 species of vascular plants and is home to the typical wildlife of the region: tapirs, giant anteaters, howler monkeys, ocelots, jaguars and caymans. The Falls are formed by the Rio Iguacu, which has its source near Curitiba. Starting at an altitude of 1300 m (4,264 feet), the river snakes westward, picking up tributaries and increasing in size and power during its 1200 km (745 mile) journey. About 15 km (9 miles) before joining the Rio Parana, the Iguacu broadens out, and then plunges precipitously over an 80 m (263 foot) high cliff. The 275 interlinking cataracts extend nearly 3 km (2 miles) across the river.

On arrival, we'll head to the viewing area from where you will quickly appreciate the enormous size of the falls. From numerous spots all along the path there are excellent views, at first across the lower river at a point where it has narrowed to channel width. At the bottom of the path, where the river widens again, there's a catwalk leading out towards the falls themselves. Depending on the force of the river, the spray can be quite heavy so, if you have a camera, be sure to carry a plastic bag. Special walkways have been built along the path allowing visitors to get close up to this wonder of natural beauty and power.

Overnight at Iguacu Falls.

Meal plan: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 13 Iguacu Falls
Today is yours to enjoy the Iguacu / (Iguazu in Spanish) area.

You have the option today of viewing the falls from the Argentine side*. Voted as one of the 'Seven Natural Wonders of the World', Iguazu Falls is undoubtedly one of the most imposing natural attractions in Argentina and the world. On this side of the falls there are 2 circuits: an upper path and a lower path. On this excursion you will view the falls from both the upper and lower paths. The upper paths provide some stunning panoramic views, and the lower path leads to the base of the falls, where the spray moistens visitors. This excursion is an unforgettable experience for any traveler! Located in the Northeastern tip of Argentina and bordering the Brazilian state of Parana to the north, Iguazú National Park, jointly with its sister park Iguacu in Brazil, is among the world's visually and acoustically most stunning natural sites for its massive waterfalls. It was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1984.

(NOTE: This excursion is an OPTIONAL expense. Please contact us for the current cost. Your Brazilian visa allows for multiple entries. You will have to pay, in advance, the "reciprocity fee" required for entry into Argentina. See for details).

Overnight at Iguacu Falls.

Meal plan: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 14 Departure
Departure from Iguacu (Airport Iguassu / IGU).


Meal plan: Breakfast

Tour Map

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*The red tour trail on the map does not represent the actual travel path.

Hotel List

The following is a list of sample hotels at some locations included on this tour. The hotels shown here are meant to provide a general sense of the standard of hotel we usually aim for; they are not necessarily confirmed for your chosen departure.

Amazon Eco Park Lodge

Rating: 3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation
Location: Manaus
Country: Brazil

Created and directed by the private sector in operation since 1991 .
As jungle ( " lodge" ) hotel ,
... been active since 1995.
It is located about 1 hour from the Manaus airport ( own shuttle van or bus and regional boat ) , Tarumã the River , a tributary of the Rio Negro.

The hotel offers 64 apartments spread between 20 and 01 wooden bungalows masonry (total 21 bungalows).

Each unit wooden bungalow offers 3 apartments with entrances , balconies and separate bathrooms , each with air conditioning, electric showers and screened windows.

The only fully brick bungalow has 04 rooms, also with air conditioning, electric showers and screened windows and is suitable for guests with special needs ( 02 apartments with ramp and bar in the bathrooms ) and families ( 02 apartments with 04 beds each , can be a double and 02 single ).

All bungalows , although rustic , have nice decor and comfort .

The complex also offers : " pier " for loading and unloading of guests , large reception area , bar , convenience store and crafts , 01 restaurant in the form of indigenous longhouse ( kitchen open to visitors ) , 01 air-conditioned hall for events , games room 01 or events ( not airconditioned ) , lectures and TV room (heated ) , resting hut with hammocks and lounge chairs , 04 pools and private beach . Have multiple streams with clear water , jungle trails with different types of vegetation , including virgin forests , natural savannas and flooded areas . A real opportunity for the visitor spotting birds of different species , giant trees , exotic orchids , medicinal herbs and more.

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Manhattan Plaza

Rating: 4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation
Location: Brasilia
Country: Brazil

You will find spacious and comfortable rooms, efficient services and a delicious breakfast in a hotel with modern and practical
... that will make your stay even more pleasant in Brasília. Manhattan Plaza is the business hotel of our chain Plaza Brasília Hotels.

The 265 rooms of Manhattan Plaza measure approximately 50 square meters, including balcony and private bathroom. The rooms may have one, two or three beds. They are equipped with TV with cable channels, desk, air conditioning, minibar, hairdryer, personal safe and wireless internet.

For a good meal, the Manhattan Restaurant offers a varied menu with dishes from the international cuisine, not to mention the Brazilian options, such as the typical feijoada, served on Wednesdays, at lunchtime. In the pool area, the Madison Hall Bar offers snacks, drinks and loads of fun. If you prefer, we offer room service, which is available 24 hours everyday.

With a great location, the hotel is located at the Hotel Sector North, 15 minutes from the international airport Juscelino Kubitschek, next to three shopping malls – Conjunto Nacional, Liberty Mall and Brasília Shopping – and a few minutes away from the Esplanade of the Ministries and the National Stadium Mané Garrincha.

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Pousada Aguape

Rating: 3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation
Location: Pantanal
Country: Brazil

The farm has been run by the same family for some 150 years. Located in a rich area formed by
... wetland vegetation and open pastures with patches of stunted vegetation, lakes, lowlands, pond outlets and the Aquidauana River. The pousada is equipped with 14 apartments with air-conditioning, swimming pool, restaurant, thatched-roof kiosks to relax after meals.

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Martinique Copa

Rating: 3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation
Location: Rio de Janeiro
Country: Brazil

The Martinique Copa Hotel is situated on Sa Ferreira Street, within walking distance of Copacabana Beach, and approximately 20-minutes driving
... from the airport. Local attractions include Rio Sul Shopping Center, Sugarloaf. Hotel amenities include an outdoor pool with terrace. Guest rooms feature cable TVs, mini-bars, central A/C, telephone, hairdryers, make-up mirrors, and in-room safes.

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Hotel San Martin

Rating: 4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation
Location: Iguacu Falls
Country: Brazil

San Martin Hotel is proud to offer its guests an environment in which every angle press out to be a
... "natural paradise".
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Trip Information

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Breakfast and dinner daily (hotels and local restaurants). All accommodation, transport, sightseeing and entrance fees for sites noted as 'visited' in the detailed itinerary. Gratuities for local guides, drivers, restaurant staff, porters. Airport transfers for land & air customers and for early arriving / late departing land & air customers who book their extra hotel nights through us.


Tour Leader gratuity, lunches, drinks, personal items (phone, laundry, etc), departure taxes, domestic and international air taxes (if applicable), visa fees. Airport transfers for Land Only customers. Optional trip cancellation insurance. Our post-reservation trip notes offer further guidance on optional meal costs, shopping, visas, and locally paid departure taxes.

Seasonality and Weather

This tour operates twice a year, in Feb and Nov. November will be warmer and more humid, but not as hot as summer months (Jan / Feb). Short tropical rainstorms occur throughout the year but they should not adversely affect travel plans.

AMAZON: June-December dry season. The daytime temperature can go up to the mid-30's C (90's F) though there is much variability and cool days are common. Night-time temperatures are usually in the mid-20's C (70's F), though there are also some very cool nights.

PANTANAL: November in the Pantanal heralds the very beginning of the rainy season. February is the rainy season, which sounds negative, but it is actually a beautiful, green time of birds and excursions by boat or canoe.

Transport and Travel Conditions

Road transport by private air-conditioned motor coach, 24-36 seats depending on ultimate group size (see 'group size'). Internal flights via scheduled local carriers. Numerous walking tours on uneven surfaces.


Mid-range hotels (3 star). Single rooms are limited and likely smaller than doubles. Porter service is usually available though you should be independent with your luggage, especially at airports.

Pantanal lodge: Private bathrooms, hot water, screened windows, ceiling fans, air- conditioning, 110 volt outlets.

Amazon lodge: Rustic bungalows in a preserved forest area with typical regional architectural design, with screened windows. Hot water, fan and air-conditioning.

Elsewhere: Well-located, air-conditioned, mid-range (3 star) hotels with en suite toilet and bath throughout (probably shower only).

Staff and Support

Tour Leader, driver, local naturalist guides.

Group Size

10-21 (plus Tour Leader)




TOUR ENDIguacu Falls