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Day 1: Arrival Iguazu Falls, Brazil
Upon arrival in Iguazu Falls, Brazil, you are met and transferred to our hotel in Iguazu Falls, Argentina. Tonight, our group meets for dinner and orientation.
Day 2: Iguazu Falls - Argentine Side
Iguazu Falls is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is best witnessed from both sides of the river gorge. Today, we have a full day exploring the Argentine side where we view the falls from an up-close (and misty) perspective. Well-maintained walking trails take us above and below the falls for unforgettable views. Walk along raised platforms that take you through the rainforest amid the cooling spray of the falls.
Day 3: Iguazu Falls - Brazilian Side, Three Borders Landmark, Fly to Sao Paulo
After breakfast, we visit the Three Borders Landmark where Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay meet. We then enjoy the Brazilian side of the falls and take in the panoramic views by walking along a gently sloping trail that provides a wide perspective of the falls. The trail leads you to an incredible platform that places you amidst the most thunderous cascades at Iguazu.
Day 4: Fly to Cuiabá, to Amazon Region
After breakfast, we depart to the airport for our flight to Cuiabá. Upon arrival, meet your local host guide, enjoy lunch and then depart for the Amazon ecosystem. Enroute, you can see the transition from savannah to Amazon forest.
Day 5: Exploring the Amazon
After breakfast, we follow the trails through the area, getting to know not only the local flora and fauna but also the history of the rubber industry – a former important part of the local economy. Our hike will be followed by a fish barbecue.
Day 6: Amazon
After breakfast, lush trails will take us deeper into the forest, where we will be shown more of its exuberant flora and fauna. There is a good chance of seeing a tapir, the largest mammal in South America, as well as numerous birds such as the solitary tinamou, royal flycatcher, silver beaked tanager, among others.
Day 7: From Amazon to Savannah
After breakfast we depart for Nobres in Brazil's savannah region. Just outside of Nobres, we can enjoy a relaxing swim or snorkle as the Salobra River's gentle current transports us for a kilometer through the crystal blue waters.
Day 8: Crystalline Blue Pools & Waterfalls of Nobres
After breakfast we drive to the beautiful waterfall of Serra Azul and the watering place of Balneario Estivado. Here we have the opportunity to swim or snorkle with schools of piraputangas.
Day 9: To Pantanal Region
After breakfast, we check-out and drive to the wildlife rich Pantanal region. Enjoy lunch at our ecolodge, followed by some time to rest. Later we will have a presentation to learn about the surroundings, environmental initiatives and local projects.
Day 10: Pantanal Wildlife Safaris by Jeep & Canoe
Today we enjoy the abundant wildlife of the Pantanal region. We explore the Pantanal by jeep, and also enjoy a canoe excursion, where we will have ample wildlife and photographic opportunities. For those interested, there is also horseback riding and walks available.
Day 11: To Porto Jofre, Jaguar Safari by Boat
After breakfast we depart for Porto Jofre. Upon arrival we will have lunch and then depart by boat down the Piquiri River and into the channels, where we will search for jaguars.
Day 12: Jaguar Safaris
After breakfast we depart for a morning boat trip on Cuiaba River, exploring the channels in search of jaguars.
Day 13: To Rio de Janeiro
We start the day with an early breakfast, followed by a long but scenic drive back to Cuiabá Airport.
Day 14: Rio - One of the World's Most Beautiful Cities
After breakfast, we explore the city, which includes a visit to the most important sites of Brazilian history in Rio. This includes the National Library, Tiradentes Palace, the Portuguese Royal Lecture Room, the Pao Imperial and the panoramic view of the colonial buildings that remain at Uruguaiana Street.
Day 15: Rio de Janeiro - Corcovado, Santa Teresa, Morrinho Project
Rio sits on the coast against a backdrop of mountains. Its historic buildings, massive squares, beaches, nightlife, and pleasant climate make Rio a perfect place to wind down from our 'wild' journey.
Day 16: Depart Rio de Janeiro
Our adventure concludes with a transfer to the airport for your journey home.
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