Destinations Destinations
Rio de Janeiro, Pantanal
Activity Activity
Nature & Wildlife, Culture & History, Family
Physical Level Physical Level
Easy
Season Season
January - December

This itinerary combines Brazil’s famously vibrant city life and unparalleled biodiversity in one short trip. Start in the coastal city of Rio de Janeiro, home to the famous carnival, Corcovado mountain and Christ the Redeemer statue. From here, take a flight to the far-western city of Cuiabá, gateway to the vast wetlands of the Pantanal. Spend a few days in an eco-lodge exploring on guided nature hikes, bird watching excursions and caiman-spotting trips.

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Rio culture & beach

Is there another city on earth that can match Rio's beauty? Mountain peaks, lush forests, beautiful beaches and playful inhabitants make Rio a must-see on any Brazilian itinerary. From the famous beaches of Copacabana to edgy Botofago, Rio is the perfect bookend to a Brazil trip.

Explore Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro

Explore Rio de Janeiro

Spend a day exploring Brazil’s bustling coastal city of Rio de Janeiro, host to the world’s biggest carnival. Visit the city’s famed beaches and diverse neighbourhoods, as well as the urban rainforest of Tijuca Forest. Ride the rack railway up Corcovado Mountain to see up-close the 30m-high statue of Christ the Redeemer--perhaps one of the most recognisable icons of Brazil. Then drive through Santa Teresa neighborhood to explore the area’s history and beautiful 19th and early 20th century mansions.

Visit Rio’s vibrant beaches
Rio de Janeiro

Visit Rio’s vibrant beaches

The 4km-long Copacabana beach is one of the city’s most popular, offering a vibrant and bustling atmosphere. For a less touristy experience try some of the lesser-celebrated beaches, including Barra da Tijuca Beach and Joatinga Beach.

Climb Sugarloaf Mountain
Rio de Janeiro

Climb Sugarloaf Mountain

Take a relaxed cable car ride up to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain for panoramic views of Guanabana Bay, Corcovado Mountain, Santa Cruz Fortress and Rio-Niteroi Bridge.

Get wild in the Pantanal

The Pantanal offers some of South America's finest wildlife watching. From jaguars to anacondas, parrots to caimans, this is the place in Brazil to see animals. Choose your season carefully -- come in the dry season for birdwatching, or head there just after the rains for mammals.

Birdwatching in the Pantanal
Pantanal

Birdwatching in the Pantanal

The Pantanal is a birders’ paradise. Look out for the greater rhea, guira cuckoo, chaco chachalaca, black-hooded parakeet and hyacinth macaw, among hundreds of other endemic and migratory species.

Explore the world’s largest tropical wetland
Pantanal

Explore the world’s largest tropical wetland

The Pantanal covers an area of 140,000 to 195,000 sq/km and is home to monkeys, toucans, macaws and giant anteaters. You can easily spend two or three days here, canoeing, hiking, horseback riding, on caiman-spotting excursions or photo safari.

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