Brazil wildlife vacation, Jaguars and Amazon

“A tailor made, two week vacation to see myriad wildlife, most especially jaguars in the Pantanal. Fully guided, but traveling independently, staying at lodges and hotels. With domestic flights. ”


Rio de Janeiro | Cuiabá | Alta Floresta | Amazon rainforest | Cristalino Jungle Lodge | Amazon River boat trip | Caiman Ecological Refuge | Southern Pantanal | Tracking for jaguar | Iguassu Falls

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This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Brazil wildlife vacation, Jaguars and Amazon


The lodges in the Amazon and the Pantanal on this itinerary have been selected for their commitment to preserving the environment and local biodiversity. As a tour operator we recommend lodges that operate responsibly to ensure that tourism has a minimum impact on the local environment. Cristalino and Caiman are two examples where tourism is contributing to the preservation of two of Brazil's most important ecological areas.

Cristalino is a private reserve the size of Manhattan in an area of the Amazon, which has largely been cleared to make way for agriculture. The area of forest protected by the Cristalino Reserve provides a refuge for endangered animals like the jaguar, puma, giant armadillo and the endemic white-whiskered spider monkey. By visiting Cristalino and paying the environmental fee included with each stay, guests are contributing to the conservation of this area of the Amazon Rainforest.

Caiman Ecological Refuge is actively involved in the conservation of the Pantanal and the many species of fauna that inhabit the region. Three of the most important projects it supports work towards the conservation of jaguar, Hyacinth Macaw and Blue-Fronted Parrot populations in the Pantanal. A leader in sustainable practice, it has been nominated for this year's Tourism for Tomorrow Awards. All guests contribute an environmental fee included in the rates of their stay, which helps to develop these projects.


As a tour operator we also try to recommend hotels and lodges that contribute to the local economy and provide jobs for local people. Cristalino runs a number of programs to promote education and research surrounding the Rainforest and the importance of its protection. It invites local schools from Alta Floresta to visit the reserve and also runs a Young Conservationist Project for local students to promote best practice in the conservation of the Southern Amazon's resources.

Caiman employs a mixture of local and bilingual naturalist guides, helping to provide jobs for local people who have grown up in the area and understand its wildlife better than anyone. In an area of Brazil where the main source of income comes from agriculture and cattle farming, Caiman is helping to provide employment and training opportunities for local people.

Although a large hotel, the Belmond das Cataratas supports a local project to protect jaguar and puma populations in the forests surrounding the Falls. It also supports an environmental school within the National park where children from local state-run schools can visit to partake in ecology lessons.

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