Tailor made vacation in Brazil

“A two week, tailor made vacation taking in four great locations in Brazil, using internal flights. As well as your own driver guide. Staying in a mix of hotels, pousadas and fazendas. ”

Highlights

Rio de Janeiro | Paraty | Sao Paulo| Pantanal | Iguaçu Falls | Stay in pousadas | Driver guide

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor-made and departures can be arranged all year. The sample itinerary below can be modified to your personal wishes including departure date, duration, accommodation used & how long you spend in each destination.
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Tailor made vacations

This trip can be tailor made to create a unique vacation for your individual requirements by travel experts with intimate knowledge of the destination. It is a more individual trip that will suit those who enjoy immersing themselves in new cultures and environments, with the flexibility to plan a trip at your own pace. Quality and value are the hallmark of these trips, with most services being provided on a private basis.

Responsible tourism

Tailor made vacation in Brazil

Carbon reduction

Your vacation will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this vacation and how to reduce them.

Environment

Refúgio Ecológico Caiman is home base for the Blue Macaw Project, which was devised by Neiva Guedes of UNIDERP (The University for the Development of the State and Region of the Pantanal) and inaugurated in November 1998. They collect young birds rejected by their parents and raise them until they are strong enough to be released into the wild, collect data on this endangered species and monitor existing nests. Since the project began and the Refugio Ecologico Caiman began educating residents in the area about preserving the wildlife as opposed to hunting it, the numbers of hyacinth macaws in the area have dramatically increased.

Since its creation, biologists from several different countries as well as students from Brazil's most important universities, have take part in the Hyacinth Macaw Project. Along with the support provided by the project base, the Blue Macaw Project also receives assistance from many other foundations and enterprises. Some of these include the Hyacinth Macaw Fund, which provides funds through the California Community Foundation, the Smart Family Foundation, Toyota Motor Co., Parrot Society, Ibama and the Manoel de Barros Foundation.

Along with the normal planned activities, Caiman guests can also watch the work of the Blue Macaw Project up close by visiting the base during their stay.

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


The most memorable part of our vacation was the two and a half days we spent at Rio Mutum in the Pantanal. We arrived at approximately 1400 hrs after a 4.5 hour car journey, the last hour of which was on a very bumpy dirt road; on arrival we were asked if we would be fit enough for a boat trip down the Mutum river starting at 1600 hrs. Of course we were and really enjoyed seeing so many beautiful birds and the fantastic sunset as we arrived back.
The next day we had a morning horse riding down a flooded area at the start, with our feet touching the water, and then across more open country; the wild flowers and birds were amazing. Again about 1400 hrs that afternoon we had a boat trip down the river and across one of the lakes and had a time fishing for Parana and I managed to catch two; by the time we had finished it was starting to get dark so the boatman decided to take a shortcut which involved crossing a patch of water lilies between two open pieces of water so he took a run at it but got stuck less than half way through. The propeller was completely wound up with weed and by this time it was really dark but fortunately the boatman had a floodlight on an extension lead which enabled him and the Guide to cut the propeller free and they reversed a short way and charged forward again only gaining a few more feet; after repeating this procedure several more times they eventually got through but it must have taken at least half an hour to get clear during which time copious amounts of mosquito repellent was used. The 5 tourists in the boat gave a loud cheer as we broke through but this was not the end of our adventure because we hadn't been going long when a loud warning sound came from the motor indicating the motor was overheating because the water cooling system was partially blocked with weed; we had to go quite slowly and even then the warning sound repeated itself several times before we eventually got back to a belated dinner, the starter being Parana soup!
The next morning we were up early for a 5.30 am canoe trip which was magical, so quiet and peaceful, seeing the beauty of the sun rising and hearing the early morning bird song; the canoe being so quiet we were able to get very close to birds before they flew. Later that afternoon we visited a fishing village down the river and were invited into their one room house and asked
to share their evening meal; we were told they would be offended we didn't, so hospitable.
The Rio Mutum was a place to remember, wonderful food, lovely people, beautifully situated alongside the river, an orphan deer feeding from a bottle, very tame birds and Capybara wandering around keeping the grass down!


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


Don't go on a group transfer in a minibus from Paraty to Rio airport; we were picked up at 12.30 for a flight leaving at 22.55 which meant we were in th airport for over 5 hours; it's worth paying a bit more to get a private transfer.

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


This type of vacation must help with local employment. Most of the people working at Rio Mutum were locals.

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


Excellent, very enjoyable.

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