The three ecosystems

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Brazil is renowned for its biodiversity and has three major biomes each with distinctive landscapes and a diverse range of animals and plants.

The Amazon Rainforest is home to its famous parrot-filled clay licks, the Cerrado’s tropical savannas and the Pantanal – a massive wetland home to the world’s highest density of jaguars. To discover the wonders of Brazil for yourself you can stay at these three unique and remote properties (Cristalino Lodge, Park Eco Lodge and Araras Eco-Lodge) in each of these pristine ecosystems.

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The Three Ecosystems

9 days/8 nights

Days 1/2

Chapada dos Guimaraes

Depart Cuiabá and drive 60km to Park Eco Lodge in the Chapada dos Guimaraes NP. Explore the mystical “Stone City” and hike to the Veu de Noiva Falls. D/BLD

Days 3-5

Southern Amazon

Return to Cuiabá and fly to Alta Floresta (not incl.) then transfer to riverside Cristalino Lodge. Take guided walks and river excursions in search of birds, saki and spider monkeys. Climb the two 50m-tall canopy towers, swim in the river, go rappelling and night caiman spotting. BLD

Days 6-8

North Pantanal

Return flight to Cuiabá (not incl.) and drive to Araras Eco-Lodge in the Pantanal wetlands, home to 154 mammal, 98 reptile and 656 bird species. Choose from a range of wildlife viewing activities on foot, by horseback, canoe or safari truck. BLD

Day 9

Tour ends Cuiabá

Travel the famous Transpantaneira Road back to Cuiabá Airport where the tour ends. B

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Why Brazil: The largest country in South America, Brazil has it all: huge swathes of Amazon rainforest, the Iguazu Falls, beautiful beaches, historic colonial architecture, a vibrant mix of peoples and cultures, and the amazing wildlife of the Pantanal.

Culture: Brazilian culture has historically been influenced by European, African and indigenous cultures and traditions. Because of strong colonial ties with Portugal, Brazilians speak Portuguese unlike most countries in South and Central America, which are mostly Spanish-speaking. One of the most enduring images of Brazilian culture is the festival of Carnaval with its spectacular street parades, glitzy costumes and catchy samba music.

When to Go: Brazil experiences a varied climate as a result of its large size. Rio de Janeiro, Parati, Ilha Grande and Buzios have good weather all year round, with the best months to visit being between Feb – May. From Oct – Jan, the region can be hot and humid. The Pantanal is best visited during the dry season (Apr – Sep), as it is very hot and wet during the rainy season (Oct – Mar). The Amazon is hot and humid year-round. Its dry season lasts from Jun – Dec and is often called “summer” by the locals as it is hot and sunny. The humid wet season typically runs from Dec – May and is referred to as “winter.”

Combine With: Peru and discover the Inca treasures of Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. Alternatively, combine Brazil with the glaciers and mountains of Patagonia in Argentina/Chile for a completely different South American wilderness experience.

Getting There: Most visitors to Brazil enter via Guarulhos International Airport in São Paulo, which receives direct flights from both capital cities throughout South America and major destinations around the world.  Travellers departing from Australia most commonly stop in Santiago, Chile, where they board a connecting flight to São Paulo.

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