Pantanal, Olinda & Cool Rio

Pantanal, Olinda & Cool Rio

Experience Brazil’s many contrasts on this tour of your partner’s homeland: jaguar safaris in the Pantanal, colorful Rio de Janeiro and atmospheric historic Olinda. We have included city tours, bike rides, jaguar safaris, horseback rides and more. See proexchangerates for more information about Brazil.

The journey begins in historic Olinda, which is today on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The city is also known for its carnival which takes place every year during the month of February. Here you will experience African traditions from the colonial era that are clearly noticeable as you move around among the colorful houses and beautiful churches. You spend the night in a nice pousada a few minutes walk from the beach in the middle of Olinda’s old town.

The journey then continues to the Pantanal, one of the world’s largest wetlands. The giant wetland Pantanal in the heart of Brazil is without a doubt one of the best safari areas in the world. Especially when it comes to jaguar safaris, which are best experienced during the period April to October. Here you live in a traditional lodge in the middle of nature from which you take exciting day trips, either in the form of a jeep safari, horseback riding, hiking or canoeing or boating. The wildlife in the Pantanal is rich and the landscapes open, making it easier to spot the animals. In addition to jaguars, it is also possible to see tapirs, caimans, anthills, giant otters, toucans, parrots and waterfowl and more.

The trip is completed with some fantastic days in Rio de Janeiro with its characteristic sights and illustrious beaches. Stay overnight at a stylish Copacabana hotel. We have included a bike ride around the city’s sights with a local guide. You can also take a trip to one of the city’s favela areas and enjoy a dip or two on the legendary Copacabana beach.

Day 1: Departure from Scandinavia

Departure from Scandinavia to Recife, where you will arrive the next day. Depending on the airline, there will be one to two stopovers along the way.

Day 2: Arrival at Olinda

On arrival in Recife you will be picked up at the airport and driven to your pousada in Olinda. The rest of the day is on its own. Located on the Atlantic coast, Olinda is a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its well-preserved and beautiful villas and its Dutch- and Portuguese-inspired Baroque architecture. The city is also popular for its carnival, during which you can party and dance with the locals. The carnival is usually held in February and it is free to attend.

Day 3: City tour in Olinda

After a good night’s sleep and a delicious breakfast, the tour goes with a local guide around Olinda, which before Recife was the capital of the state of Pernambuco. Together you explore the Alto da Sé area with its colorful houses and colonial churches, including the Catedral Sé de Olinda and the Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Misericórdia, where you can enjoy the most beautiful views of Olinda and Recife. The guide gives you a solid introduction to Olinda and its historical significance for Brazil. ( F )

Day 4: Discover historic Olinda

You have the whole day on your own to explore art galleries, head to the beach or shop for souvenirs and more. ( F )

Day 5: Olinda to Pantanal

Today you take a flight to Cuiaba in the Pantanal, where you will be picked up and driven to your lodge. In the afternoon there will be the opportunity to explore nature and wildlife around the lodge. The Pantanal is the world’s largest wetland and stretches in endless plains from southern Brazil and far into Bolivia and Paraguay. Here, the Amazon rainforest meets the Brazilian savannah, resulting in South America’s best safari area with a breathtaking biodiversity of more than 1,000 bird species, 300 mammal species, 3,500 plant species and 480 species of reptiles. The open landscapes make it much easier to spot the wild animals. During the dry season (May – October), it is easiest to experience the fantastic wildlife when the animals gather at the few remaining water holes. It is also during this period that the chances are best when it comes to discovering wild jaguars. Throughout your stay you will have an English-speaking nature guide who can tell you about the flora, fauna and the fantastic wildlife of the Pantanal. (F , M )

Day 6: Jaguar Safari

There will be an early morning departure from your lodge when you go on a full day safari deep into the wild nature of the Pantanal, where there is the greatest chance of discovering the Brazilian jaguar. The day begins with a drive from Transpantaneira Park Road to Porto Jofre. On the trip you have good opportunities to take part in Pantanal’s rich wildlife with, among other things, caimans, deer, waterfowl, anteaters, parrots, toucans and several different kinds of monkeys. In Port Jofre, you board a safari boat, the best mode of transport, as there is the greatest chance of discovering jaguars along the Pantanals waterways. Here you come to Waters State Park, where you can enjoy world-class safari experiences. The jaguar is the largest Brazilian feline and a formidable hunter. It often lurks along the riverbank looking for giant otters and other prey. Remember the binoculars and the camera as well as some snacks during a long day on the river. Lunch is served outdoors, breakfast and dinner in the lodge. After about eight hours on the river, the tour returns to your lodge, where you arrive late at night. (F , L , M )

Day 7-8: Among wildlife in the Pantanal

In the next few days, there will be various activities where you will experience the Pantanal’s rich animal and plant life. These include canoeing on the river, horse riding (the most common means of transport here in the region), jeep safaris, piranha fishing, trekking and of course enjoying the beautiful sunsets and the pristine starry sky. ( F , L , M )

Day 9: Pantanal to Rio de Janeiro

In the morning you will be driven to the airport in Cuiaba, where you will fly to the colorful and versatile Rio de Janeiro. Here you will be picked up at the airport and driven to your hotel at Copacabana where you will spend the rest of the day on your own. ( F )

Day 10: Bike ride in Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro is South America’s most bicycle – friendly metropolis with over 400 km of cycle paths and today you roll around among the city’s many attractions with a local guide. You will pass several of the city’s beaches, taste local specialties (not included in the price), experience the historic part of Rio and visit the Lapa district. The tour takes about four hours and ends at Bike Rio Cafe, where you treat yourself to a well-deserved cold beer or soft drink. ( F )

Day 11-12: Discover Rio de Janeiro

Rio is the city you can not miss on every trip to Brazil. Rio is the country’s second largest city (after Sao Paulo) and offers a variety of wonderful experiences, from Copacabana beach to Corcovado mountain with the large statue of Christ. Do not miss a dinner at a real Brazilian steakhouse, a churrascaria (we can help you with recommendations for some of the city’s best ones) or take a guided tour of one of the city’s favelas. ( F )

Day 13: Departure from Brazil

Today you will be picked up at your hotel and driven to the airport, where you will head back to Scandinavia. ( F )

Day 14: Arrival in Scandinavia

Arrival in Scandinavia after two weeks of fantastic round trip in Brazil.

Overnight stays

Three nights at the pousada in Olinda
Four nights at the lodge in the Pantanal
Four nights at the tourist class hotel in Rio de Janeiro

Pantanal, Olinda & Cool Rio