Well, there is that. But, even more enthralling are Brazil’s vast tracts of unspoiled rainforests. In the Southern Amazon they are home to jaguars, Harpy eagles, giant otters, capybara and agouti. Not to mention a whole array of bizarre, multi-coloured birds.
In the Northern Pantanal you’re likely to see anacondas and hyacinth macaws, caiman, armadillos, monkeys and anteaters. In Iguassu you’ll be surrounded by deep jungle and, of course, see the astounding Iguazu Falls.
London – Sao Paulo
Fly to Sao Paulo, where you’ll be met and taken to your five-star hotel in the heart of the city.
Stay: One night in a deluxe room at the Palacio Tangara – bed & breakfast
You’ll fly to a 46 sq mile private reserve – a pristine forest area with a variety of natural habitats for creatures like jaguars, giant otters, capybara and agouti. Avid birdwatchers will be delighted to see Harpy eagles, as well as a continual parade of noisy, colourful birds. You’ll stay near the confluence of two rivers, where there is a rich display of trees, orchids and bromeliads, attracting monkeys, bats, butterflies, birds, fish and reptiles in abundance. The lodge offers a variety of activities for guests to experience this wilderness, from photography excursions to hiking, canoeing, swimming and boat trips.
Stay: Four nights in a superior room at the Cristalino Jungle Lodge – full board
Your next adventure is a trip along the Trans-Pantaneira Highway into the seasonal wetlands, the savannah and unending forest that is the Pantanal. And you will not be alone. The region is full of creatures like monkeys, anteaters, anaconda, capybara, armadillo, giant river otters and hundreds of spectacular birds ranging from hyacinth macaw to jabiru stork and American rhea. Experienced guides may even be able to show you the elusive jaguar on either night or day excursions.
Stay: Four nights in a standard room at the Araras Lodge – including all meals
Now you fly from Cuiaba Airport to Iguassu to stay in an exceptional hotel within the Brazilian National Park. You will be perfectly placed to explore the natural wonder that is the world famous Iguazu Falls – a soaring cascade of dashing water crashing down from an immense height. It’s both awesome and incredibly beautiful at the same time. A private tour will show you the Falls from both the Argentine and Brazilian sides. But there’s more. You’ll be surrounded by deep jungle; the natural habitat of a fine array of wildlife, plants and birds.
Stay: Three nights in a deluxe room at the Belmond Das Cataratas – bed & breakfast
Iguassu – Sao Paolo – London
You’ll be picked up from your hotel and transferred to the local airport for your flight home.