Fly to Sao Paulo. You’ll be met and taken to your hotel, and then spend the rest of the day exploring the fine sights of this busy Brazilian city. Your boutique hotel is just off the sparkling Avenida Paulista, so you’re ideally located in the centre of everything.
Stay: One night in a standard executive room at L’Hotel.
You take a short morning flight to Campo Grande where you’ll be met and taken to Refugio Caiman – a four hour drive into The Pantanal. From this upmarket lodge you’ll be able to explore the savannah lowlands, the seasonal wetlands and huge areas of deep forest – a variety of habitats that provide home to a diversity of wildlife including: monkeys, capybara, caiman, anteaters, armadillos and even jaguar.
The birdwatching is also spectacular, with American rhea, hyacinth macaws, jabiru stork and hundreds of other species in the area.
Stay: Four nights in a standard room at Refugio Caiman.
In the morning you’ll transfer back to Campo Grande and fly to Salvador via Vicosa.
You’ll stay in the heart of Salvador’s old quarter next to the Church of San Francisco, giving you plenty of opportunity to wander around an old colonial town, soaking up the atmosphere and admiring the ancient buildings and quaint architecture.
Stay: Two nights in a deluxe room at Villa Bahia.
A six hour drive though exceptional countryside brings you to Lencois and Chapada Diamantina – a region of dramatic mountain ranges and countryside covered in orchids and bromeliads. The geology is fascinating and the views are unsurpassed.
Your first full day will be spent visiting Brazil’s highest waterfall, from the viewpoint of a 380 metre canyon. The Fumaca Waterfall is beautiful; wreathed in a fine, smoke-like mist. You’ll also have wonderful views over the Valley of Capao and you’ll lunch on top of a table mountain, before swimming in the pool of Riachinho Waterfall.
Your second day presents you with a hike along old prospectors’ trails to Pai Inacio Hill, stopping on the way to swim in rivers and picturesque pools. Pai Inacio itself is one of the major attractions of Chapada Diamantina National Park, with horizon-wide views.
Stay: Three nights in a Canto do Sossego room at Canto das Aguas Hotel.
Now your adventure continues by road as you embark on a six hour journey through astonishing countryside, on your way back to Salvador.
Stay: One night in a deluxe room at Villa Bahia.
After the hiking it’s time to relax on a pure white beach. Or continue your adventure, on water.
Fly to Natal, and transfer by road for one-hour and a half to Pipa. At Pipa you can surf, swim in tide pools, go kayaking or fishing. You can watch dolphins and turtles. On dry land you can see monkeys, ride buggies over the dunes or explore the Atlantic rainforest in search of wildlife.
Stay: Four nights in a deluxe bungalow at Pousada Toca da Coruja.
You’ll be transferred to Natal Airport for your flight home.
Just first class! Interested, imaginative and very helpful.- VN, Argentina & Antarctica, 2016