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Macaw, Brazil, South America

Flying Safari in the Brazilian Pantanal

  • TAILOR-MADE HOLIDAY IDEA

Duration

7 Days

Prices Start from

£6,000pp (ex. flights)

Suitable for

Couples Romantic/Honeymoon Adventure Traveller Solo Traveller Photographers Families

Utilising small charter flights and nimble motorboats to travel around one of nature’s last frontiers, this beyond the ordinary adventure offers an in-depth insight (not to mention a remarkable birds’ eye view) of one of the Americas’ most iconic landscapes.

A remarkable wildlife safari that travels far away from the crowds to highly remote lodges, there will be countless opportunities for spotting species such as monkeys, capybaras, armadillos and giant otters.

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Aerial View of the Pantanal, Brazil 1

Explore the Pantanal

Stay deep in the Pantanal, arguably the best place in the Americas to spot wildlife.

Hyacinth macaw, Pantanal, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil, South America 2

Pantanal Wildlife

Search rivers and crystalline lakes for rare species of birds and animals.

Southern Pantanal, Brazil 3

Light Aircraft Flight

Take scenic flights in a small plane to reach highly remote lodges in the Pantanal.

Boat excursion, Baia das Pedras, Pantanal, Brazil 4

Canoe & Hike

Explore the densely forested landscape on horseback, on foot or in a dugout canoe.

Why we like it

Designed to appeal to those who wish to journey through the Brazilian Pantanal in style, this small plane and motorboat journey is both extravagant and adventurous. In the company of expert guides, travel between seemingly endless areas of forest and grasslands broken only by rivers and lagoons. While utilising a small charter plane is undeniably exclusive, the real asset of travelling in this way is the opportunity it brings to cut down on travelling time and take in the scale of the Pantanal (at 42 million acres, it covers an area slightly larger than England). Throw in high chances of spotting native wildlife – from caiman and deer to anacondas and jaguars – with the unique opportunities to stay on working farmsteads and meet knowledgeable Pantaneiros, and this journey becomes truly extraordinary.

Explore our suggested itinerary

Brazil on your wishlist? Talk to our experts about tailoring this trip for you.

  • Day 1

    Sao Paulo - Campo Grande - Baia das Pedras

  • Days 2-3

    Baia das Pedras

  • Day 4

    Baia das Pedras - Barranco Alto

  • Days 5-6

    Barranco Alto

  • Day 7

    Barranco Alto - Campo Grande - Sao Paulo

Day 1

Sao Paulo - Campo Grande - Baia das Pedras

Days 2-3

Baia das Pedras

Baia das Pedras, Pantanal, Brazil

Take a small plane into the heart of Baia das Pedras and stay in isolated fazendas that dot the area.

Day 4

Baia das Pedras - Barranco Alto

Days 5-6

Barranco Alto

Hyacinth Macaw, Pantanal, Brazil

Journey on deeper into the Pantanal and stay at one of the oldest working ranches in the area.

Day 7

Barranco Alto - Campo Grande - Sao Paulo

Now for the details

Galapagos Islands
Galapagos Islands

Suggestion: Galapagos Islands Extension

Consider flying out to the remote and remarkable Galapagos Islands, the pristine archipelago that can be explored during eye-opening sailing voyages or through carefully planned island-hopping trips. For up close and personal encounters with fearless sea lions, penguins, tortoises, sharks, blue-footed boobies and marine iguanas (to name very few), these islands are unmissable and combine beautifully with an adventure in Peru.

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Baia das Pedras £££££

  • Brazil
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge
  • Wilderness

Baia das Pedras was built in 1960 as a working cattle farm before being converted into a charming ecolodge in 2003. Retaining its traditional style, the lodge has just two double and three triple rooms, each of which is simply but comfortably furnished and all with air conditioning. The farm kitchen specialises in traditional Pantanal cuisine, cooked on a wood-fired oven and when not exploring the Pantanal there are hammocks dotted throughout the property to relax in. The owners of the lodge raise Pantaneiro horses as well as cattle and a stay here is a great chance to learn more about the culture and life of the cowboy.

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Barranco Alto £££££

  • Brazil
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge
  • Wilderness

Fazenda Barranco Alto is a located in the southern Pantanal, best reached by a 45-minute flight by small plane. The fazenda is a traditional cattle ranch, one of the oldest in the area, with four air-conditioned, comfortable rooms with private terraces. The area has unique ecosystems of waterways, vast floodplains, lagoons, ponds, shady forest and rich savannah grasslands. Explore the plains either on foot, open-vehicle, canoe or on horseback. Other activities include bird watching, fishing, star gazing and cattle mustering.

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A note on price

Prices will vary depending on the time of year you are travelling. Prices do not include international flights. Please ask one of our Travel Experts for an accurate quote. Flights purchased through Steppes Travel departing from the UK are ATOL protected.

This Itinerary
Price
From £6,000 Per person

When to travel

Brazil in January

January to March is the peak of summer across the country, with many locals having time off in February. Carnival often takes place at this time too. There is more rainfall in the Amazon and the south but it is also the warmest time of year across the country.

Brazil in February

January to March is the peak of summer across the country, with many locals having time off in February. Carnival often takes place at this time too. There is more rainfall in the Amazon and the south but it is also the warmest time of year across the country.

Brazil in March

January to March is the peak of summer across the country, with many locals having time off in February. Carnival often takes place at this time too. There is more rainfall in the Amazon and the south but it is also the warmest time of year across the country.

Brazil in April

April and May is a good time to travel as temperatures drop a little. There is generally plenty of sunshine in the south, with the Amazon and Pantanal starting to receive a little less rain too.

Brazil in May

April and May is a good time to travel as temperatures drop a little. There is generally plenty of sunshine in the south, with the Amazon and Pantanal starting to receive a little less rain too.

Brazil in June

June and July is a great time to visit the south, especially around Rio and Sao Paolo. It is also a good time to visit the Amazon and Pantanal, with slightly lower temperatures and less rain. It is a wetter time for the north and east coast.

Brazil in July

June and July is a great time to visit the south, especially around Rio and Sao Paolo. It is also a good time to visit the Amazon and Pantanal, with slightly lower temperatures and less rain. It is a wetter time for the north and east coast.

Brazil in August

Between August and October is possibly the best time to visit the Amazon and Pantanal. It is still fairly dry in the south, but it can be cool in the evenings in Rio. It dries up in the north and remains warm.

Brazil in September

Between August and October is possibly the best time to visit the Amazon and Pantanal. It is still fairly dry in the south, but it can be cool in the evenings in Rio. It dries up in the north, and remains warm.

Brazil in October

Between August and October is possibly the best time to visit the Amazon and Pantanal. It is still fairly dry in the south, but it can be cool in the evenings in Rio. It dries up in the north, and remains warm.

Brazil in November

November and December see the dry season comes to an end in the south, as temperatures heat up. November can be a great time to visit Rio as it is warmer but remains fairly dry. Rainfall increases again in the Pantanal and the Amazon.

Brazil in December

November and December see the dry season comes to an end in the south, as temperatures heat up. November can be a great time to visit Rio as it is warmer but remains fairly dry. Rainfall increases again in the Pantanal and the Amazon.

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