Rio and Pantanal Experience
A short but sweet itinerary to South America's little-known Pantanal
The Pantanal is the world's largest freshwater wetlands, stretching across two states, Mato Grosso and Mato Grosso do Sul in Brazil's Southeastern corner. It is largely composed of swamp terrain and contains an abundance of wildlife along with the famous jaguar. The region is home to about 650 species of birds, 240 species of fish, 50 species of reptiles and 80 species of mammals...need any more reasons to go there? This short itinerary focusses on the main city of Rio and then takes you into the forest swamps to search for the South America's largest predator.
Head to Brazil
Overnight flight to Rio.
Rio de Janeiro
Met and transferred to the Hotel Santa Teresa to stay for 2 nights on a B&B basis. Set in Rio's pretty hilltop district of Santa Teresa, the hotel boasts beautiful views over Rio and is a short taxi ride from the bars and samba clubs of Lapa.
Spend Day 3 visiting the statue of Christ the Redeemer on Corcovado or take in the views from the famous Sugarloaf Mountain. Rio has a lot to offer for a two-night stay in the city and you may decide to visit the historical centre, take a walk by the modern waterfront redeveloped for the Olympic Games or simply take it easy and relax by the beach.
Today you will take a flight to Campo Grande in Mato Grosso do Sul, to then continue on via car to your base for the next 3 nights, Caiman Eco Lodge. This small Pousada is located approximately 3 hours drive to the west of Campo Grande.
From this lodge, with its enviably preserved surroundings, it is possible to do first-class bird-watching, trekking in pristine forest, canoeing, 4x4 safaris, night tours and take part in its conservation projects for the Hyacinth Macaw and jaguar populations of the Pantanal, all under the assistance of expert bilingual naturalist and local guides.
Transferred back to Campo Grande to fly back to Rio or São Paolo to connect with your international flight home.