Wild Brazil Off The Beaten Track

16 Days from £7698 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
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Off The Beaten Track
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This varied itinerary explores the diverse wildlife of some wonderfully remote parts of Brazil. Firstly visit deepest Amazonia and a unique floating lodge where the endemic scarlet-faced uakari monkey is found. There follows the Parnaiba Headwaters National Park, a stunningly beautiful landscape of red sandstone escarpments, palm groves and endangered cerrado savannah. Wildlife highlights here include hyacinth, blue and yellow, red and green and red-bellied macaws, maned wolves and tool-using bearded capuchin monkeys. Finish with a few days of beach relaxation and snorkelling on Bahia’s beautiful Marau Peninsula, remote and uncrowded. This is a dream tour for the discerning naturalist who may be visiting Brazil for the second time or looking for something decidedly different.

Itinerary

Price from £7698 per adult. Based on sharing double / twin rooms

Day 1 - Depart UK

Includes In-flight Meals.

Day 2 - Manaus

Met on arrival in Sao Paulo. Airport assistance to connect with flight to Manaus. Met on arrival and transfer to hotel.

Staying at Chez les Rois. Includes Breakfast.

Day 3 - Mamirauá Sustainable Development Reserve

Transfer to Manaus airport. Fly to Tefe, and transfer to the floating lodge by boat through the varzea flooded rainforest. Afternoon activities including boat trips to look for wildlife.

Staying at Uakari Floating Lodge. Includes Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 4 - Mamirauá Sustainable Development Reserve

Guided activities by boat and (on foot during the dry season) into the lush rainforests of the exemplary Mamirauá Sustainable Development Reserve. Visit a local community and see how they survive year round in the seasonally flooded environment. Search for river dolphins, primates, squirrels, macaws, toucans, hoatzins and abundant sloths. The striking white coated, red faced uakari monkey is seen on many outings during the flooded season, and look out also for the endemic black-capped squirrel monkey, found nowhere else on earth.

Staying at Uakari Floating Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 5 - Mamirauá Sustainable Development Reserve

Wildlife excursions from the lodge. Perhaps in the afternoon visit Mamirauá lake and various oxbow lakes to Amazonian pink and grey river dolphins and watch the sunset before spotlighting by boat back to the lodge. There may be a presentation by a scientist in the lodge after dinner.

Staying at Uakari Floating Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 6 - Manaus

Return to Tefe by boat and fly to Manaus. Met on arrival and transfer to the guesthouse.

Staying at Chez les Rois. Includes Breakfast.

Day 7 - Manaus

Guided tour of Manaus city: visit the markets, the beautiful opera house and marvel at the Meeting of the Waters where the white water Solimões River meets the nutrient-depleted black water of the Rio Negro to form the mighty Amazon. Transfer to the airport for flight to Brasilia, and transfer to hotel.

Staying at Kubitschek Hotel. Includes Breakfast.

Day 8 - Parnaiba Headwaters National Park

Transfer to airport and fly to Barreiras. Transfer to Wolf Valley.

Staying at Wolf Camp. Includes Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 9 - Parnaiba Headwaters National Park

Guided excursions in the Parnaiba Headwaters National Park. Activities might include visits to a hide to photograph hyacinth and red and green macaws, and to the unique tool-using bearded capuchin monkeys that use large rocks to crack open palm nuts. Watch for maned wolves feeding around the camp during dawn and dusk. Exact itinerary to be decided at the time.

Staying at Wolf Camp. Includes All Meals.

Day 10 - Parnaiba Headwaters National Park

Guided excursions in the Parnaiba Headwaters National Park to look for wildlife and enjoy the spectacular scenery.

Staying at Wolf Camp. Includes All Meals.

Day 11 - Parnaiba Headwaters National Park

Guided excursions in the Parnaiba Headwaters National Park.

Staying at Wolf Camp. Includes All Meals.

Day 12 - Marau Peninsula

Transfer to the airport at Barreiras and fly to Brasilia to connect with flight to Salvador. Transfer by road and boat to Marau Peninsula and your next hotel.

Staying at Pousada Lagoa do Cassange. Includes Breakfast.

Day 13 - Marau Peninsula

Day at Leisure at Lagoa do Cassange. The hotel is nestled between a freshwater lake and an Atlantic golden sand beach surrounded by coconut palm groves. Optional activities on offer include snorkelling, swimming, kayaking and 4x4 drives in the wild interior.

Staying at Pousada Lagoa do Cassange. Includes Breakfast.

Day 14 - Marau Peninsula

Day at leisure at Lagoa do Cassange. Perhaps walk along the vast beach and snorkel among some rock pools.

Staying at Pousada Lagoa do Cassange. Includes Breakfast.

Day 15 - Salvador

Transfers to airport in Salvador and connect with flight to the UK.

Includes Breakfast.

Day 16 - Arrive UK

Includes In-flight Meals.

Travel Info

Are Flights Included?
Yes

Flight Info:
British Airways and TAM fly direct to Sao Paulo. Or fly on TAP Portugal via Lisbon to Manaus and Salvador.

Area Specialist

John Melton
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The dry season in the northern Amazon is from May to September, and the rainy season from January to April. The flooded season is from May to July.

The best months to visit the Parnaiba Headwaters National Park are from June to September.

It is wettest on the Marau Peninsula in May and June.

Add a night or two to explore the colonial city of Salvador with its rich Afro-Brazilian culture.

Fly to Fernando de Noronha for the best diving in Brazil as well as many beautiful beaches and plenty of marine wildlife including turtles and dolphins.

Upgrade at Marau Peninsula to the British-owned Butterfly House, a lovely quirky boutique hotel with individually designed beach houses.

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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Uakari Floating Lodge: -3.034644, -64.505412
Pousada Lagoa do Cassange: -14.009648, -38.943632
Wolf Valley Camps: -10.049974, -45.337983
Chez Les Rois: -3.105296, -60.017316
Kubitschek Plaza Hotel: -15.790306, -47.886604