Fascinating Brazil: Rio de Janeiro & Pantanal North

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Get delighted by this amazing 8-day tour discovering what Brazil has to offer and enjoy the wonderful destinations. You will travel to the most diverse country in Latin America. Brazil is one of the largest countries in the world offering you plenty for you to see.

In this fascinating tour, you will discover Rio de Janeiro, a huge seaside city famed for its Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, the famous Christ the Redeemer statue atop Mount Corcovado and for the Sugarloaf Mountain, from up there, you will have a chance to see the most breathtaking views of Rio de Janeiro and will definitely understand why everyone says that Rio is “The wonderful city”.

You will go to a wonderful place recognized by the UNESCO World Heritage site, the Pantanal is the world’s largest tropical wetland, covering over 70,000 square miles. You will have the best opportunities for spotting animals in their natural habitats in Brazil.

Let us do everything and enjoy a pleasant stay at hand-picked hotels, with transfers included and 24/7 support. Authentic Latin American expertise to live the culture at the maximum.

Day 1: Arrive - Rio De Janeiro
Day 2: Rio De Janeiro -Corcovado Tour
Day 3: Rio De Janeiro - Sugar Loaf Tour
Day 4: Rio De Janeiro - Pantanal North
Day 5: Pantanal Lodge Tour - Canoeing
Day 6: Pantanal Lodge Tour - Horseback riding
Day 7: Pantanal Lodge Tour - Safari
Day 8: Depart Pantanal North

This is a suggested itinerary. All Tailor-Made journeys can be customized to suit. Add in additional highlights, spend more time in areas of particular interest to you, or extend your journey to visit other regions of Argentina & South America.

  • Arrive - Rio De Janeiro

    Welcome to Rio de Janeiro! Upon arrival, you will be welcomed outside of Customs by an English-speaking assistant holding a sign with your name on it. This representative will direct you to your awaiting vehicle and driver, we will accompany you to your hotel to assist you with check-in.

    The incredible Rio de Janeiro is one of the most visited cities in the Southern Hemisphere and is known for its natural settings, Carnival, samba, bossa nova, and Balneario beaches such as Barra da Tijuca, Copacabana, Ipanema, and Leblon.
    Enjoy the day at leisure. (Private Transfer)

  • Rio De Janeiro - Corcovado Tour

    This morning after a delicious breakfast, you will be picked-up from your hotel to enjoy an exciting panoramic tour.

    Spend a morning visiting some of Rio de Janeiro’s best attractions. Beginning with a train ride to see and visit one of the world’s most famous landmarks, the gigantic statue of Christ the Redeemer, followed by a panoramic visit to the Maracanã stadium and additional stops at the Sambódromo, the Metropolitan Cathedral, and the Selarón Stair.
    Once the tour is completed we will transfer you back to your hotel. Rest of the afternoon at leisure. (B.)(Shared Guide)

  • Rio De Janeiro - Sugar Loaf Tour

    On this day, after breakfast from your hotel, you will be taken to the neighborhood of Urca where one of the largest symbols of the city is located: Sugar Loaf. Rising 396 m above the harbor, its name is said to refer to its resemblance to the traditional shape of concentrated refined loaf sugar.

    You will travel all the way to the top in two steps by cable car. The first cable car will take you to Urca Hill, a vantage point 215 meters high for which already grants beautiful views of Guanabara Bay and its islands, the Rio-Niteroi Bridge, and Corcovado Mountain. From this stage, a second cable car will take you up to the top. At 395 meters, we will enjoy splendid views of Copacabana beach, the Santa Cruz fortress, and several beaches of Niteroi. Rest of afternoon at leisure.(B.)(Shared Guide)

  • Rio De Janeiro - Pantanal North

    This morning at schedule time we will transfer you from the hotel to the Cuiaba airport.

    After a briefing on your trip at the airport, we will departure to Pantanal North at 13h20 or 17h00, depending on your flight schedule. This transfer is divided into two different stages. The first is a journey on a paved road along farms and cattle ranches. After reaching Poconé - we take the Transpantaneira Park Road at km "0"(108 km / 67.1 mi. from Cuiaba). This is a park road at its best, allowing us to drive above the water level, watching the flora and fauna of the Pantanal ecosystem - a photo safari along 32 km of dirt road with several stops along the way for photos and information. Welcome drink on arrival and accommodation. Later, the guide will lead you into an introductory walk through the surroundings of the lodge, explaining our concepts and many conservation projects. Continue to the Great Egret Lookout, a 12 m / 39 ft. high observation tower. After dinner, night walk under the Southern Hemisphere sky. (B.)(Shared Guide)(Private Transfer)

  • Pantanal Lodge Tour - Canoeing

    Good morning! Today will be exciting we will do some Safari Ride! After your breakfast, you will take photos through private dirt roads towards the Clarinho River.

    Reaching its banks, board a canoe and paddle down the river, exploring the forest that grows by the riverbanks and mangroves. Here lives a colony of "ariranhas" - giant river otters. With some luck, you may spot a family playing with their babies and teaching them how to swim and fish. Chance of fishing the elusive piranha, not an easy task, but fun. Enjoy a bush lunch under the shadow of the trees (*). Hammocks available to enjoy a "siesta".

    Return to the Lodge in time for the afternoon tea. Later on, trek the Howler Monkey trail to the Howler Monkey Tower, our highest observation point - 25 m high, for a magnificent view of the sunset. After dinner, join a night drive in search of nocturnal animals. (B.)(L.)(D.)(Shared Guide)


    If the Sentinela Camp is not accessible (depending on the weather and terrain conditions), this canoeing tour will take place on the Corixo River. In that case, we will return to the lodge for lunch.

  • Pantanal Lodge Tour - Horseback riding

    Early morning after a delicious breakfast, you will enjoy a beautiful horseback ride.
    You will explore the diversity of the Pantanal landscape including some flooded areas of the Pantanal plain. The Pantaneiro horse are docile and has adapted, through the centuries, to eat with its nose underwater. In this region, the horse is the Pantaneiros’ best friend, a daily companion during work and leisure. Return to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon, trek the Rondon Trail towards the 13 m high Jabiru Stork Tower, where you can watch a Jabiru Stork nest. Return to Araras Eco Lodge for dinner and overnight. (B.)(L.)(D.)(Shared Guide)

  • Pantanal Lodge Tour - Safari

    Good morning there is a lot more to explore! Today we will departure towards Cuiabá River at the end of Transpantaneira, 115km that will take approximately 2h30.
    Join one of our boats for a 6 hours safari looking for the elusive and admired Jaguar. We will be exploring Cuiabá river, Piquiri, Three brothers riverbanks, bays and channels. The jaguar é the 3rd biggest feline in the world, and the unique that bite its pray in the skull, paralyzing it instantly.
    Our lunch will be a lunchbox with fruits and sandwiches prepared by the Lodge cuisine, in order not to miss an unique chance of meeting this magnificent predator.
    Return to Jofre region around 17h00.
    Board our safari vehicle back to the lodge, arriving for dinner. (B.)(D.)(Shared Guide)

  • Depart Pantanal North

    Today wake up early to witness the awakening of the Pantanal at dawn. Breathtaking view! After a nice breakfast and departure at 7h30 or 12h30 to Cuiaba Airport, with stops along the Transpantaneira Park Road for photos and a last glimpse of this unique ecosystem. (B.)(Private Transfer)(Shared Guide)

    Note: The order of the activities may be modified according to the program at the lodge and weather or terrain conditions. The Araras Pantanal Eco Lodge team commitment is for a full enjoyment of the Pantanal Flood Plains, making it an unforgettable stay.

The below hand-picked properties feature a good location, superior service, and all facilities necessary for your comfortable stay:

Rio de Janeiro

  • Best Western Plus ***
  • Américas Copacabana ****
  • Belmond Copacabana *****

Pantanal North

  • Araras Eco Lodge ****


  • Hotel accommodation quoted in lead-in hotel guest rooms unless specified otherwise.
  • Hotels can easily be changed at the customer request. We have a wide selection so you can be assured of a great place to stay
  • Occasionally due to circumstances out of our control, hotels quoted may not be available at the time of booking. In these circumstances when hotels are unavailable, South America Tours Pty Ltd will provide the best possible alternative.


  • Accommodation with private facilities as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary:

(B.) = Breakfast

(L.) = Lunch

(D.) = Dinner

  • All transfers, transport, sightseeing, and excursions as per the itinerary unless specified otherwise:

(Private Transfer / Transport) = Your own exclusive driver. No queuing for taxis, no stopping en route at tour booking agencies. All private transfers/transport are operated on a private basis – i.e., you won’t be sharing with others

(Semi-Private Transfer) = transport provided by the hotel or lodge to their guest only

(Private Tour) = Your own, personal tour guide and an exclusive vehicle

(Shared Guide) = Meet other like-minded travelers and share the services of a guide/vehicle during the planned activity. The typical group size is 10 travelers which really works well and makes for a fun experience for all.

  • Parks and monuments entrance
  • Professional English speaking local guides throughout
  • Service charges and taxes.


  • International and internal air-tickets. We have access to wholesale fares and work closely with LATAM Airlines, contact us before organize your flights independently.
  • Reciprocal fees and tourist visas are not included.
  • Travel insurance
  • Any items not specifically mentioned as included, phone call, laundry, tips, etc.


  • Rates are subject to change and different rates may apply during holiday seasons and special events
  • You should ensure you have travel insurance in place to cover the possibility of unforeseen circumstances which result in the inability to participate in the tour
  • All routes are subject to change without notice due to unexpected circumstances or weather conditions
  • Certain countries require that you obtain official authorization (a visa) before entering the country. It is your responsibility for verifying and obtaining any necessary travel documents for entry and exit to the countries visited, as these requirements vary depending on the specific country and nationality of the traveler
  • South America Tours Pty Ltd does not provide visa services.