Wildlife vacations in Brazil, tailormade

“Brazil’s rich and diverse wildlife is the focus of this trailor made trip to the Amazon rainforest and the Pantanal, with time to explore exciting Rio, too.”


Rio de Janeiro guided tour and free day | Sugarloaf Mountain and Corcovado | Amazon rainforest | forest trails, observation tower and canoeing | Pantanal | horse riding, river cruises, canoeing and guided walking safaris | boat trip on Cuiaba River to spot jaguars | Cuiaba | Sao Paulo

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This trip can be tailormade at a time to suit you except March & April, and can be adapted to suit your interests, budget and requirements as necessary
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Tailor made vacations

As this trip can be tailormade to your requirements it would be helpful if you could you provide the following information: Rough budget per person (stating with or without flights), your address and zipcode, contact phone number, preferred date of travel, length of trip, number of passengers, preferred countries and areas within those countries, specific interests & type of accommodation.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Wildlife vacations in Brazil, tailormade

In order to protect against the ever increasing ‘arc of deforestation’ to the south and add to the corridor of protected areas in Southern Amazonia rainforest is purchased by the owners of Rio Cristalino Jungle Lodge as it becomes available to manage as a Private Natural Heritage Reserve. The land the lodge is built on and some of the surrounding forest (a total of 700 ha) is in private ownership, and 7,150 ha of rainforest on the opposite side of the Cristalino River is currently being purchased. Including in the cost of the stay at the lodge is a $25 per person ‘wildlife preservation fee’ paid to the Cristalino Ecological Foundation, a non-profit organisation dedicated to the conservation and development of sustainable practises in the southern Amazon.

Flights are automatically carbon offset through The Travel Forest, which plants indigenous trees on your behalf (currently in northern Tanzania). Whilst the primary motivation for planting the trees is to offset carbon emissions, the project also works as a poverty alleviation and environmental improvement scheme.

Our local operator in Brazil reinforces practices considered fundamental for environmental conservation and works to inform visitors, local staff and the population in general. They are one of the country leaders in ecotourism and one of the company directors is president of the Brazilian Bureau of Ecotourism. The company was founded to supply nature studies trips for students in the preserved areas of the country such as the Amazon and Pantanal. Though the company now also has an incoming tourism department there is still a very active study trips department. They strongly believe that these trips should promote the sensitivity of students towards nature preservation, present and promote models and techniques of sustainable exploration of natural resources and stimulate the sponsorship of local projects. The contact between urban students and local communities brings a possibility of development of other social and economic relations that value cultures and, at the same time, their peoples.

2 Reviews of Wildlife vacations in Brazil, tailormade

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 08 Nov 2016 by

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

Each section was a highlight in different ways - Iguassu Falls, chance sighting of jaguar in Pantanal away from main spotting area, architecture of Brasilia by night and lakeside restaurant with local families, knowledgeable and interesting local guides.

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

Everywhere (even in cities) loo paper is put in bin beside toilet and not in toilet.
"Normal" European adaptors don't work. Need to be 2 thin pins. Sometimes socket inset so pins didn't reach but hotels managed to find multiplug adaptors to connect. Very efficient and easy internal flights but early starts often needed to make the most of each day

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

Benefitted local people by mainly staying in locally owned and run accommodation and using local guides.
Environmental impact - Brazil is such a large country that several internal flights had to be made, but almost all flights full and modern planes.
Tourism in Pantanal (and elsewhere) encourages landowners to maintain environment to sustain wildlife.

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


Reviewed on 31 Oct 2016 by

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

Probably the falls at Iguacu. I have been to Niagra and Victoria Falls, but Iguacu was breathtaking. Also it goes without saying that the river trips to look for jaguar, giant river otters, capybara etc in the Pantanal were wonderful. All the excitement of a land safari, but in a motor boat!

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

Learn some Portuguese phrases - very little English is spoken or understood outside of the big hotels.

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

I hope so. All the local people in the Pantanal seemed to be very aware of the need to protect the environment, but they were also aware of the struggle to convince local farmers/ranchers to do likewise.

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


Read the operator's response here:

Christine, we’re so pleased you loved your time in Brazil. The Pantanal is particularly special isn’t it, and as for the Iguassu Falls … wow.
Thanks again for traveling with us.

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