The Combined Highlights of Brazil and Argentina

16 Days from £7830 per adult. Prices based on flight fares at the time of costing & may vary. Please ask for a definitive quote
16 Days
Tailor-Made Tour
Big Cat Safari
Whale Watching
Country Combo

For the natural history enthusiast wishing to combine the best of Brazil and Argentina, this itinerary does just that. Enjoy expertly guided outings in Brazil’s fabulous Pantanal seasonal wetlands to spot jaguar, giant otter, ocelot and tapir, staying at unique and remote lodges in two very different locations – one deep in the interior, one by a large river. Then marvel at the world’s most impressive cascades: the mighty Iguacu Falls. Cross into Argentina and travel to the legendary Patagonian coast for sea lion, Magellanic penguin, elephant seal and close encounters with endangered southern right whales. Three amazing locations which combine to produce one fantastic itinerary.

Itinerary

Price from £7830 per adult. Based on sharing double / twin rooms

Day 1 - Depart UK

Depart London and fly overnight to Sao Paulo.

Includes In-flight Meals.

Day 2 - Northern Pantanal

Airport assistance to connect with flight to Cuiaba. Met on arrival and transfer to lodge, spotting wildlife down the Transpantaneira Highway en route.

Staying at SouthWild Pantanal. Includes Dinner.

Day 3 - Cuiaba River

Early morning wildlife spotting at the lodge. Transfer south to the end of the Transpantaneira at Porto Jofre and transfer by boat to the unique flotel lodge for lunch. Spend the afternoon spotting jaguars, giant otters and other wildlife by boat on the Cuiaba River and its tributaries.

Staying at SouthWild Jaguar Flotel and Suites. Includes All Meals.

Day 4 - Cuiaba River

Full day of jaguar spotting by boat on the Cuiaba River and its tributaries. The chances of seeing jaguar are excellent, and several families of giant otter are likely to be encountered along with many capybaras, primates such as howler monkey, caiman and various birds including three species of stork.

Staying at SouthWild Jaguar Flotel and Suites. Includes All Meals.

Day 5 - Cuiaba River

Another day of wildlife and jaguar spotting along the Cuiaba River and its tributaries.

Staying at SouthWild Jaguar and Suites. Includes All Meals.

Day 6 - Cuiaba River

SouthWild Jaguar Flotel and Suites

Includes All Meals.

Day 7 - Northern Pantanal

After a last morning looking for jaguars, drive northwards up the Transpantaneira to the SouthWild Pantanal Lodge. Enjoy an afternoon excursion; maybe walk a trail or go on a 4x4 safari or boat trip. In the evening there will be an opportunity for a night drive to look for nocturnal wildlife including racoons and Brazilian tapir.

Staying at SouthWild Pantanal. Includes All Meals.

Day 8 - Iguacu Falls

Transfer to Cuiaba airport and fly to Foz do Iguacu. In the afternoon visit the Brazilian side of the magnificent Iguacu Falls, probably the most impressive waterfalls on Earth.

Staying at Hotel Das Cataratas. Includes Breakfast.

Day 9 - Iguacu Falls

A full day to explore and marvel at the Argentinean side of Iguacu (spelled Iguazu in Argentina) Falls including a boat trip up to the impressive Devil’s Throat cataract. In the late afternoon transfer to Puerto Iguazu airport and fly to Buenos Aires. Met on arrival and transfer to hotel.

Staying at Legado Mitico. Includes Breakfast.

Day 10 - Buenos Aires

Enjoy a half-day city tour and the rest of the day at leisure.

Staying at Legado Mitico. Includes Breakfast.

Day 11 - Valdes Peninsula

Transfer to the airport and fly to Trelew. Met on arrival and transfer to the Valdes Peninsula. This 1,545 square mile promontory protrudes 62 miles eastwards into the South Atlantic. Wildlife includes the southern right whale which comes to mate and calve between May and December, the most northern colony of elephant seals, large breeding colonies of southern sea lions, and in March and April the Valdes Peninsula is the only location in the world where orcas use beach stranding as a hunting technique. Valdes Peninsula also has a high diversity of birds and is an important staging site for migratory shorebirds. Over 40,000 Magellanic penguins’ nests can be found here, spread over five different colonies, between September and April. There are also abundant terrestrial animals including large herds of guanaco, lesser rhea (similar to an ostrich), Patagonian hare, fox and Patagonian cavy.

Staying at Faro Punta Delgada. Includes Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 12 - Valdes Peninsula

Half-day whale watching in the bay to see southern right whales in their nursery grounds. Viewing of the whales is by boat and it is common to have a close encounter with a mother and calf. Explore the peninsula by road in the afternoon.

Staying at Faro Punta Delgada. Includes All Meals.

Day 13 - Valdes Peninsula

Full day to explore the Valdes Peninsula including a visit to the haul out beach of huge southern elephant seals. During the breeding season massive males engage in thunderous, bloody battle for highly coveted mating rights.

Staying at Faro Punta Delgada. Includes All Meals.

Day 14 - Buenos Aires

Transfer to Trelew and fly to Buenos Aires. Met on arrival and transfer to hotel. In the evening have dinner at a local restaurant and observe a traditional tango dance performance.

Staying at Legado Mitico. Includes Breakfast.

Day 15 - Depart Argentina

Transfer to airport and depart to the UK.

Includes Breakfast.

Day 16 - Arrive UK

Includes In-flight Meals.

Travel Info

Are Flights Included?
Yes

Flight Info:
British Airways flies from London direct to Sao Paulo and Buenos Aires. Or fly direct to Sao Paulo on TAM, and return from Buenos Aires via Sao Paulo. Iberia flies to Sao Paulo and Buenos via Madrid, KLM via Amsterdam, and Air France via Paris.

Area Specialist

John Melton
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Start the tour with an extension in the vibrant city of Rio de Janeiro to see its iconic landmarks and famous beaches.

If you have any queries about this tour please feel free to call me directly on +44 (0)1803 866965 or...

Absolutely loved everything about the Jaguar Research Centre. The tented accommodation was great and good fun. The cook was large and jolly and looked after T well- the food was excellent here, and she had the most difficult conditions to contend with… 4 jaguar sightings. The first was at night, a fisherman called in so we took off down the river at brakeneck speed in the dark, found the other boats, and saw ‘Hugo’. The other 3 were in daylight… the highlight was following Mrs Butterfly hunting along the river bed. Had some good otter sightings. Very good boatman.

Mrs D T - Leicestershire

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Faro Punta Delgada: -42.766265, -63.637598
Southwild Jaguar Flotel and Suites: -17.305708, -56.721379
Hotel das Cataratas : -25.684168, -54.438398
SouthWild Pantanal: -16.758140, -56.877788