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Birds North Pantanal
Brazil for Nature Lovers 10 Days of Nature, Adventure, and Wildlife Observation

Travel Number: 56849

Brazil for Nature Lovers 10 Days of Nature, Adventure, and Wildlife Observation Brazil | Manaus, Amazon, Pantanal

Experience the unique and breathtaking nature and amazing variety of flora and fauna in the Amazon and the Pantanal in Brazil. On many different excursions you will explore the equatorial rainforest and one of the largest wetlands on earth by boat, jeep, and on foot. On this tour, wildlife observation and the experience of nature are in the foreground. Apart from exotic plants and giant trees, you will have the chance to see countless bird species, different monkeys, caimans, anteaters, tapirs, and even jaguars. Immerse yourself in the dense foliage of the Amazon Rainforest, explore the waterways of the Pantanal, and let yourself be enchanted by the wonders of Brazil's nature.

Highlights

  • See the awakening of the jungle at sunrise
  • Discover monkeys and toucans in the treetops
  • Experience the life of the natives in the Amazon
  • Watch jaguars sunbathing
  • Marvel at the colorful bird life by boat

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival to the Amazon

Included: Airport Transfer (private)
Welcome to Manaus in the heart of the Amazon. You will be picked up at the airport and brought to your hotel. You can relax for the rest of the day and adjust to the weather or explore the historic center of Manaus. If you arrive early enough, a private sightseeing tour and visit to the markets and harbors would be an optional choice worth considering.
Overnight: Hotel Juma Opera, Premium room opera house view

Day 2: Into the Wild via the "Meeting of the Waters"

Included: Transfer with a Stop at the "Meeting of the Waters" (in-group, 3h) | Canoeing (in-group) | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
After breakfast, your jungle adventure will begin! You will be picked up from your hotel and enjoy a spectacular journey to the lodge, including crossing the famous “Meeting of the Waters” by boat. There, the dark waters of Rio Negro and the bright waters of Rio Solimoes flow side-by-side for miles, creating an impressive natural spectacle. After another land transfer in the lodge's van, you will board another boat to get to the lodge. Upon arrival, the friendly staff will welcome you and show you around, and then lunch will be served in the restaurant. After a delicious meal and some downtime, you and your English-speaking guide will go out in a canoe to explore the waterways around the lodge. With luck, you might be able to spot some dolphins or other wild animals such as monkeys and sloths. There will also be an opportunity for a refreshing dip in the river, if you wish. You will then return to the lodge for a hearty dinner.
Overnight: Juma Amazon Lodge, Special river view bungalow

Day 3: Nature Experience in the Amazon Rainforest

Included: Sunrise Tour, Jungle Hike, Piranha Fishing, Lecture (in-group) | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Before sunrise your guide will be waiting for you and you will go by boat along the river bends to see the sunrise. The early red sunlight and the awakening of the birds create a special atmosphere and animals can be easily observed from the water. After you have observed the natural spectacle, you will return to the lodge and enjoy an extensive breakfast in preparation for the next tour. Hiking on small jungle trails, you will have the opportunity to see many animals and plants. Your guide will reveal the secrets of the forest and its inhabitants. In the treetops you can observe different monkeys, sloths, toucans, and other birds. In the late afternoon you can try your luck at fishing and catch piranhas and other fish. After dinner, your guide will share a lot of interesting facts about the life of the indigenous people in the Amazon (all guides are natives) such as customs, traditions, and legends.
Overnight: Juma Amazon Lodge, Special river view bungalow

Day 4: Wildlife and Local Life in the Amazon

Included: Nature Hike with Picnic, Visit Local Community, Caiman Spotting (in-group) | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
During the first excursion of the day you will hike further through the rainforest to discover more animals and plants. Afterwards, a picnic awaits you before returning to the lodge. In the afternoon you will visit a local village. The “Caboclos” live in and with nature, fishing, and cultivating vegetables and manioc. You will learn in detail about the daily life of the people, how they make their living in the Amazon, and the traditions and festivals they celebrate.
In the evening, by boat you will track down caimans (whose eyes reflect in headlights but are hardly visible during the day).
Overnight: Juma Amazon Lodge, Special river view bungalow

Day 5: Jungle Canoe Tour and Departure to Manaus

Included: Transfer (in-group) | Breakfast
This morning you will leave the lodge and return to Manaus, passing the “Meeting of the Waters” again by boat. The transfer will take around 3 hours, and then you will arrive at your hotel to relax or explore Manaus for the rest of the evening. The famous Amazon Theater is a stone's throw from your hotel, and this area also boasts a variety of both upscale and simpler restaurants serving delicious local cuisine.
Overnight: Hotel Juma Opera, Premium opera house view

Day 6: Onward Journey to the Pantanal

Included: Airport Transfers (private) | Walk Around Piuval (private) | Breakfast, Dinner
Today your journey continues to the largest wetlands in the Americas: the Pantanal. It is home to an incredible variety of flora and fauna. In the coming days you will get to know the nature and rich animal world. Your English-speaking guide will welcome you at the airport in Cuiaba and take you on a 2-hour drive to your accommodation away from civilization. The further away you go from the city, the greater the chance of seeing animals such as caimans, capybaras, and stork birds. Depending on when you arrive, you may have time to explore the surroundings of the lodge on foot.
Overnight: Pousada Piuval, Deluxe room

Day 7: Ride Along the Transpantaneira to Porto Jofre

Included: Transfer to Santa Rosa Hotel (private, 4h) | Walking Safari (private), Night Safari (in-group) |Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
After breakfast, you and your guide will drive down the Transpantaneira dirt highway, heading south. Throughout the approximately 4-hour journey, your guide will look out for animals, and there will be plenty of opportunities for you to stop for photos. You will arrive at the Hotel Santa Rosa just in time for a delicious lunch. Afterwards, you will go on a walking safari to immerse yourself in nature and, with luck, see even more wildlife in its natural habitat. After dinner, you will have the opportunity to join other hotel guests on an exciting night safari. On this tour, you will try to spot some of the region's abundant nocturnal animals.
Overnight: Hotel Santa Rosa Pantanal, River view chalet

Day 8: Jaguar Observation by Boat

Included: Wildlife Excursion (private, 6h) | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Today's day trip is spent with your guide on a boat in the vastness of the Pantanal's waterways. It is one of the best and easiest ways to see various species. One of the most impressive animals is the jaguar. These big shy cats are difficult to see in the dense rainforest, but in the Pantanal area they have lost their fear over the years and show up along the riverbanks. At a safe distance from the boat, you will hopefully have many opportunities to observe these majestic predators.
Overnight: Hotel Santa Rosa Pantanal, River view chalet

Day 9: Habitat of the Jaguar

Included: Wildlife Excursion (private, 6h) | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
The following day trip also focuses on animal observation, especially the jaguar. The Pantanal impresses all with its uniqueness and is certainly one of the best places in the world for wildlife observation. Not only do the immense diversity and abundance of nature create this reality, but the access via waterways and the comparatively low vegetation for Brazil are also important factors. Your guide will give you information about each animal and the interplay of water and vegetation that this natural paradise makes possible. Like the day before, you will return to the hotel after about 6 hours and can enjoy the last evening of your tour in the middle of nature.
Overnight: Hotel Santa Rosa Pantanal, River view chalet

Day 10: Departure

Included: Airport Transfer (private, 6h) | Breakfast
After many experiences in nature, you will start your journey home or onward today. If time allows, you can explore the surroundings of Santa Rosa on foot with your guide, who will bring you back to the airport in Cuiaba at the appropriate time.

Included

  • All transfers detailed above
  • 7 lodge excursions (in-group with an English-speaking guide)
  • 4 lodge excursions (with a private English-speaking guide)
  • 1 lodge excursions (in-group with a private English-speaking guide)
  • 2 nights at Hotel Juma Opera, Premium opera house view room
  • 3 nights at Juma Amazon Lodge, Special river view bungalow
  • 1 night at Pousada Piuval, Deluxe room
  • 3 nights at Hotel Santa Rosa Pantanal, River view chalet
  • 9 breakfasts + 6 lunches + 7 dinners

Not included are airfare, insurance, beverages, meals not indicated in the itinerary, tips,
and personal expenses.

Info

  • On the day of arrival, check-in is from 2:00 p.m. If you arrive earlier, we can include an early check-in if you wish.
  • In case of very early departures or late arrivals, meals may be omitted.
  • Guests at the Juma Lodge are allowed to bring 22 pounds (10 kilogram) of luggage per person. Luggage exceeding this amount can be stored in Manaus.
  • All bills accumulated at the lobby bar must be paid in cash. The bar does not accept credit cards.
  • The itinerary can be adjusted according to weather conditions. The order of excursions can change and animal sightings cannot be guaranteed.
  • Our tours are tailor-made and we are happy to change room categories, routes, and day trips according to your wishes.

Items to Bring

  • Light-colored clothinges
  • Shirts with long sleeves
  • Long pants/jeans
  • Comfortable shoes for hiking in the rainforest
  • Rucksack for day trips
  • Sandals
  • Swimming gear
  • Sunscreen
  • Flashlight
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat or cap
  • Rain jacket

Please avoid dark-colored clothing as it attracts mosquitoes. Camouflage clothing is ideal for wildlife observation.


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