2 independent reviews for Brazil vacation, tailor made

Reviews for Brazil vacation, tailor made

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review 20 Aug 2022

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Jaguar encounters, snorkelling in Rio da Prata and enjoying the amazing wonder of the Iguaçu Falls.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Plan ahead, especially knowing in Brazil you need an agent to arrange things- you can’t roll up at the site for tickets, learn some Portuguese, avoid high risk places for theft etc, be aware of some places where you can’t throw toilet paper in toilets.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

To some extent- it certainly provided work for the locals. We had hoped some hotels do more eg some ignore the keeping your towel for more than 1 day notice and keeps changing daily. We wonder if the tourist industry would tighten up some etiquette esp around wildlife- some tourists were noisy and inappropriate in such settings- how can one notify the local authority? We also wished the local people did not use so much single use water bottles & provide more refilling options.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Very good overall. We must say the tour operator with their Brazil agent have been very helpful and prompt in their response throughout. That is a 5 star service.

Read the operator's response here:

We are very happy that our travelers had a wonderful vacation. We all work very hard in a team to make this happen. When tourists have been noisy around wildlife they most probably have been local tourists on excursion with friends or family. It is a general Latin American cultural thing that the partying and celebration of being together has more attention than being quiet and observing the wildlife. This is not only in Brazil but we have heard it as well of a private reserve owner in Colombia. We will discuss this with our team in Sao Paulo at the end of high season how the pousadas can improve and the centers of local independent guides can give better instructions overall. Best Marcel

review 11 Sep 2022

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Seeing big cats

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Make sure you can use WhatsApp in brazil

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Definite local benefit and support for conservation.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

All we were expecting to see and do, but we needed to be on top of the organisation throughout.

Read the operator's response here:

Our travelers had a great and wonderful wildlife vacation in different eco-systems from the Atlantic rainforest, the Cerrado to the Pantanal wetlands with many Jaguar spotting and other wild cats. They shared that they took around 4500 images so it was a really rewarding wildlife trip for them. There was a logistical transfer hiccup unfortunately and the change of a domestic flight was not communicated to the local team. We are discussing with our local team in Brazil how we can avoid this kind of issues for all next travels and make the round travels even better.

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