A welcoming land of passion, flair and the indomitable samba spirit, Brazil offers a breadth of cultural richness that is only matched by the striking and abundant tangible attractions that lie between its borders. From the megalopolis of Sao Paulo, by far the largest city in the world, we head into the wilderness to embark on a cruise down the Amazon, the longest river on the planet and a natural phenomenon that has come to epitomize the term 'exotic'.
Gliding through shimmering waters and surrounded by pristine rainforest that comes alive with the chattering of parrots, toucans and macaws, we find an untouched serenity hard to come by in modern times and stop in at traditional villages to meet friendly locals whose ancestors were half-Indian and half-Portuguese. Back on land, we set off on forest walks and see markets and houses built on stilts en route to the Pantanal, the region with the highest concentration of wildlife in South America. Bringing balance to our exploration of Brazil's natural environment, we spend our final days in Rio de Janeiro, one of the most densely populated cities on Earth and a destination that never fails to assault the senses.
Note: This tour may require a mandatory single supplement charge of 485 USD if twin-sharing accommodation is unavailable.
Seasonality and Weather
This tour operates three times a year, in Feb, Aug and Nov. August features the most pleasant (ie cooler) weather. November will be warmer and more humid, but not as hot as summer months (Jan / Feb). Short tropical rainstorms occur throughout the year but they should not adversely affect travel plans.
AMAZON: June-December dry season. The daytime temperature can go up to the mid-30s C (90's F) though there is much variability and cool days are common. Night-time temperatures are usually in the mid-20s C (70's F), though there are also some very cool nights.
PANTANAL: November in the Pantanal heralds the very beginning of the rainy season. February is the rainy season, which sounds negative, but it is actually a beautiful, green time of birds and excursions by boat or canoe. August is the middle of the dry season and is a very good time for this region.
Transport and Travel Conditions
Road transport by private air-conditioned motor coach, 24-36 seats depending on ultimate group size (see 'group size'). Internal flights via scheduled local carriers. Numerous walking tours on uneven surfaces.
Mid-range hotels throughout. Single rooms are limited and likely smaller than doubles. Porter service is usually available though you should be independent with your luggage, especially at airports.
Pantanal lodge: Private bathrooms, hot water, screened windows, ceiling fans, air- conditioning 110 volt outlets.
Amazon lodge: Rustic bungalows in a preserved forest area with typical regional architectural design, with screened windows. Hot shower, fan and air-conditioning.
Elsewhere: Well-located, air-conditioned, mid-range (3 star) hotels with en suite toilet and bath throughout (probably shower only).
Staff and Support
Tour Leader, driver, local naturalist guides.
10-21 (plus Tour Leader)