Begin in Rio de Janeiro with 3 nights at the Hotel Rio Internacional on Copacabana Beach, a great base for seeing the sights such as the famed Corcovado and Sugarloaf Mountain, before the real wildlife adventure begins.
Fly to Cuiaba in western Brazil and transfer straight into the heart of the Pantanal to stay 3 nights at the Rio Mutum lodge. This magnificent series of seasonally flooded wetlands plays host to the most diverse wildlife in the Americas. Expert guides will take you out each day by road, boat, horseback or on foot to go looking for giant anteaters, monkeys, macaws, armadillos, tapirs and possibly even a jaguar among the grasslands, forests, rivers and lagoons of this endlessly fascinating region.
From the Pantanal, fly to the Iguassu Falls to experience one of South America’s most incredible natural wonders. Over 250 individual falls straddle the Brazil-Argentina border in a great horseshoe, and some of the more exciting activities here include taking a boat to the base of the Falls or even taking a helicopter flight to appreciate its grandeur from the air. Your base for 2 nights here is the lovely Panoramic Hotel on the Argentinean side of the Falls.
Finally fly to Sao Paulo and drive down to the stunning Emerald Coast to stay 4 nights at beautiful Pousada Picinguaba. Hummingbirds, little monkeys and gorgeous tropical flowers abound, and there are endless things to do from messing about on boats among the tropical islands in the bay, visiting colonial Paraty, horseback riding or learning to surf on a picture-postcard paradise beach. Return to Rio by road for your flight back home.
When to travel
April to October is the dry season and the best time to visit for wildlife observation. To combine the Pantanal with good beach weather further south, consider travelling in April or October.
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Location and directions
Rio, Pantanal, Iguazu Falls, Paraty
Porto Bay Rio Internacional hotel sits between the city and the sea on Avenida Atlântica on the shores of Copacabana Beach in the heart of Rio de Janeiro. From here to Pousada Rio Mutum which sits beside the Mutum River, in Pantanal the largest swampland in the world and one of South America's top wildlife destinations. The next stop is Hotel das Cataratas located just a short stroll from the Iguassu Waterfalls, in the Iguassu National Park. Found in the Western extremities of Paraná, in the Iguassu River Basin, this is the last extensive area of Atlantic Rainforest in the South of Brazil. The final four nights are spent at Pousada Picinguaba in the small fishing village of Picinguaba, halfway between Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, near the colonial town of Parati.
How to get there
11-hour 30-minute international flight to Rio de Janeiro. Porto Bay Rio Internacional is 40-minutes away from Galeão International Airport.