ACTIVE BRAZIL: BRAZILIAN ECOSYSTEMS
Brazil is a continental sized country holding an incredible biodiversity, divided in more than (six) natural ecosystems (BIOMAS).
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Approach Brazil´s pristine landscape and traditional culture.
Drive comfortably on some back roads: explore remote villages; historical sites; rural and farming areas; interact with locals.
Adventure off-road, sand buggy.
We have designed 14 trips operated privately, fully escorted (regular or budget).
We can facilitate if you want to do it by yourself at your own way.
Programs link cities like Salvador to Recife; Rio to Sao Paulo; Rio to Belo Horizonte.
PANTANAL – BRAZILIAN SWAMP
Located just in the middle of South America, Pantanal is the largest tropical wetland in the whole world with a wide biodiversity. There you can find, for example, the world famous piranha fish. But there are also others fascinating animals, like the Lowland Tapir, Jaguar, Caiman Crocodile, Marsh Deer, Cabybaras, Tamanduás, Manned wolf etc.At least but not last Pantanal is a Paradise for Bird watching; there you find over 1000 species of different birds like The Southern Crested Caracara, Toucans, Hummingbirds, Lesser Yellow-Headed Vulture, Parrots, and Herons etc. Pantanal is compared to the African Savana when talking about the huge possibilities of animal safari and its biodiversity associated.
SOUTH PANTANAL – CAMPO GRANDE
Sometimes by inside exploring tiny colonial villages that represents the rich past times of this route and link 2 of the great rich cities in the XVII century. After Mangue Seco we take the federal road BR101 then a short cute to take the ocean route and cross the legendary São Francisco river
REFUGIO ECOLOGICO CAIMAN – It is a beautiful hideaway lodge in the middle of south Pantanal offering professional fluent in English local guides: like no one else, these guides know the fauna and flora of the region. Besides, they offer many attractive adventures, like Jaguar safari, Canadian canoe tour, Bird watching and Jeep safari through the swamp. www.caiman.com.br
FAZENDA SAN FRANCISCO Located by Miranda River, San Francisco Ranch offers an unique Pantanal experience. There you can learn how a traditional pantanal ranch functions, associating agricultural production and environmental conservation. Experience there day work with one of the many walking tours through the ranch. www.fazendasanfrancisco.tur.br
POUSADA AGUAPE – Aguape offers a real Pantanal ranch experience. The lodge is located on the heart of the pantanal, with is wetland fauna & flora exuberance. Horseback riding, safari, boat trips, piranha fishing, trekking, nocturnal animal Spotlight, cattle handling and much more is waiting for you! www.aguape.com.br
POUSADA SANTA CLARA – The farm offers ecotourism with international standards. There you can enjoy Walking tours, learn about medicinal plants, photo safari, horseback riding, Boat trip, nocturnal animal watching, piranha fishing and Eco-Day Walk. www.pantanalsantaclara.com.br
REFUGIO DA ILHA – PANTANAL – The Refugio offers simple but comfortable accommodation with a typical and rustic Brazilian rural atmosphere. Depending on the season and the Weather, the activities are chosen by the high professional guides. Days can be splitted in two Activities: one in the Morning and one in the afternoon, being Boat tour, Jeep safari, canoeing, horseback riding and walk tour. www.refugiodailha.com.br
AB#001 BONITO 3 Days & 2 Nights – Extension for South Pantanal.
NORTH PANTANAL – CUIABÁ
North Pantanal has an exuberant flora, and even a great amount of fauna. North Pantanal is perfect for fishing and boat tours. It is also well structured with international high standards. One of the greatest attraction is crossing the São Francisco River.
POUSADA RIO MUTUM – The lodge is located in one of the most beautiful regions of North Pantanal. In this ecological paradise visitors will experience a full immersion in nature and its wildlife. Hiking trails and horse back riding through thick jungle and wetland or navigating through pristine rivers and lakes. Great opportunity to observe the biodiversity of Pantanal. www.pousadamutum.com.br
AMAZON RAIN FOREST
The Amazon is the world biggest rainforest with the greatest density of fauna and flora per square meter. The Amazon River has the highest volume of water in the whole world and it is the second longest. Experience the unique pink dolphin and climb the highest trees you can imagine. As the largest (6,000,000 square km) tract of tropical forest, the Amazonian rainforests spreads over the drainage basin of the Amazon River and its tributaries in northern South America. It has unparallel biodiversity: just about one tenth of all known species lives in the Amazon rainforest. For that reason it is considered the largest collection of living plants and animal in the world: 2.5 million insect species; thousands of plants; 2,000 birds and mammals; 2,200 fishes; 427 mammals, 428 amphibians and 378 reptiles have been scientifically classified in the region. The luxuriant vegetation holds a wide variety of trees. Considering Brazil’s rapidly population growing in the 20th century, many settlements took place in the forest, shranking it dramatically. Many protected areas were established formerly and in the 1990´s international pressure took place to preserve the forest.
ANAVILHAS JUNGLE LODGE – The lodge is located in the heart of the Brazilian Amazon. It is an exclusive jungle hotel located in front of Anavilhas National Park, 180km from Manaus. The hotel has 16 Standard Cottages and 4 Superior Bungalow with a stunning surrounding view over the forest. Anavilhanas offers a variety of tours and activities in each of its travel packages. www.anavilhanaslodge.com
JUMA LODGE Juma lodge offers a real Amazonian experience in the untouched Amazonian Rainforest. The hotel is integrated to the Amazonian jungle. The construction and operation of the lodge comply with respect the limitation of the environment, which is the very best reason for the hotel to exist. During the trip to Juma you can stop to see the meeting of the Waters, the greatest natural attraction in the Amazon. www.jumalodge.com
AMAZON ECO PARK The hotel has 64 apartments with rustic design but comfortable structure. Lunch and Dinner is served as Buffet. It is 1 hour from the Manaus Airport. Amazon Eco park offers a lot of activities for example the meeting of the waters, nature hike, sunrise tour, night tour in canoe, tour to Interact with the dolphins, monkey forest visit, fishing tour etc… The gastronomy is based on seasonal fruits and vegetables from the region. www.amazonecopark.com
AMAZON ECO LODGE It is a floating jungle Hotel, located 80 km from Manaus in a 337 hectare unspoiled rainforest. Bar with hammocks, restaurant with rustic architecture and the food is based on regional fishes, poultry, meat, vegetable and many fruits. The Lodge has no internet and mobile telephone signal, and electricity is only available between 6 pm until 6 am. The hotel concept is the interaction of guest and nature, ignoring technology and work. www.amazonlodgeamazonas.com
TARIRI AMAZON LODGE The Logde is located on Lake Acajatuba at Negro River, 70 km from Manaus. The lodge is built like the typical houses of the region. In Rio Negro are the most diverse ecosystem and landscapes of lush Amazon jungle, Igapos land and beaches. You can enjoy a real Eco touristic adventure in the jungle. Tariri is committed with the education, learning and discovery. www.taririamazonlodge.com.br
TRAPICHE LODGE A native called Florival Guedes manages TRAPICHE. For many years he was a guide in the Amazon, until he decided to build a simple but comfortable wooden tree top structure. This lodge shows their guests the experience of living like the natives, while protecting the forest by collecting seeds, fruits and Amazonian products but also the lodge became a base for the Pink Dolphin preservation Station that is located only few minutes from the lodge.www.trapicheeco.com
AMAZON VILLAGE Located in the middle of the rainforest on black waters but not far from Manaus, just 30km away. The access to the hotel is only possible by boat, witch passes by the “meeting of the water” it is the greatest natural Amazonian attraction. The region offers a lot of activities and nature tour like hiking through untouched rainforest, spot exotic birds, black piranhas and river dolphins, alligator sighting by night. Learn about medicinal plants. See a demonstration of your guide’s survival techniques. www.amazon-village.com.br
AMAZONIAN TREE CLIMBING The Italian-French photographer Leonide Principe created “Tropical Tree Climb”, which is a lodge that combines soft Tree climb and tourism together. The lodge is also committed to achieving the best possible sustainably tourism. The hotel is located in the Amazonian highland, where you can find one of the tallest trees in the world like the Kapok, which achieves up to 70m (230 ft.). After a first day of workshop about tree climbing, you are ready to defeat those giant colossal trees. www.tropicaltreeclimbing.com
CRUISES IN THE AMAZON: OPTION – PROGRAM AMAZON CLIPPER GRAND AMAZON IBEROSTAR BOAT TRIPS: PRIVATE CHARTER OR REGULAR REGIONAL BOAT
AB#002 LOST WORLD – RORAIMA MOUNTAIN
FOZ DO IGUASSU
AB#003 BASIC TOUR IGUASSU FALLS 3 DAYS & 2 NIGHTS
AB#004 SPECIAL TOUR IGUASSU FALLS 4 DAYS & 3 NIGHTS
ATLANTIC RAIN FOREST – MATA ATLANTICA
AB#005 The Moutains of Murique – PETROPOLIS X TEREZOPOLIS 4 DAYS & 3 NIGHTS
AB#006 – BOCAINA GOLD TRAIL TOUR TO ITAIAIA VALE CAFEr (5 Days & 4 Nights)
AB#007 – JOATINGA CAIÇARAS CROSSING TRIP (5 Days & 4 Nights)
We join in one only tour 2 different natural and exotic ecosystems, the contrasts of the 2 regions is what makes this Tour an amazing option for a deep Brazil incursion. First the blue colors of the see and the whiteness sand dunes, coconut lined along the beach and the emotion of ridding in an open buggy car through this beach Paradise called Mangue Seco. The Village of Sand Dunes seems to be lost in a strip of land with black waters of Una Estuary and river at one side and the blue of the beach at the other side. After this marine experience we do speed boat expedition in the channels in the Mangroove green forest to enter in an arid and brown territory – The Sertões or Caatinga as the ecosystem is called. In this remote and dry area colors of plants, flowers and the red brown of the soil is a beautiful contrast and a paradise for photographers. At the canyons area we make another boat tour to explore the big wall of the canyons and bath at the green waters of the lakes and river around. This program can be done in 2 different ways: Private escorted or Do your way is when you drive yourself and do the program using our tips and hotel suggestions. We normally use pousadas charm or ecological lodges but this program has also possibility of been a Deluxe option. PACKAGE TOUR Check with us !****
1 Day– Leave Salvador by car to Praia do Forte and Siribinha for a buggy ride adventure in desert beaches up to Mangue Seco – A small village made of sand streets and at the side of the Natural park of Sand Dunes, Swamps and beach. Overnight. 2 Day– Day to explore the Una estuary, a labyrinth of Rivers and channels (Igarapés) and afternoon a tour by buggy car in the dunes, beach relax and a beautiful sunset. Overnight 3 Day– Early morning leave to Sergipe State and drive whole morning entering the drylands of Northeast – This special and endemic ecosystem is called Caatinga or Sertões. Stop at Canindé do São Francisco and accommodation at Xingó Palace hotel. Afternoon explore the anyons of São Francisco including a boat trip in the green clear water of the lake. Overnight 4 Day– Morning to explore the Caatinga and after lunch transfer to Aracaju – capital of the State to Airport or Hotel. End of our Package Tour. SEE ALSO our FUN & ADVENTURE TOUR At RIO SANTOS.
AB#008 – BASIC CHAPADA DIAMANTINA PACKAGE 4 DAYS & 3 NIGHTS– BASIC CHAP
The area surrounding the Bay of All Saints is Known as RECONCABO BAIANO,
was one of the most important center for Sugar-cane production and late on the XIX Century Tobacco. The region has several rivers that have been used until today as a route linked by boats with Salvador. In the past those rivers were used to take Sugar down to the metropolis and be exported to Europe, it was the first economic period of Brazil and the sugar richness built marvelous historical towns around the bay side, like: Cachoeira, Santo Amaro, São Felix, Nazaré and Jaguaripe. After the sugar period there was no development and the region keeps the past traditions and historical patrimony very well preserved. In the sugar cane plantation germinated the base of the Afro Brazilian culture dances like Maculele and Capoeira, Samba de Roda (World immaterial patrimony) and many other traditions that makes the place the most real portrait of our colonial past. This program can be done in 2 different ways: Private escorted, or Do your way is when you drive yourself and do the program using our tips and hotel suggestions. We normally use pousadas charm or ecological lodges but this program has also possibility of been a Deluxe option. PACKAGE TOUR Check with us !****
ITINERARY 1 Day– Salvador leaves to the Reconcavo baiano in the morning and visit Candeias, Monte Re concavo (beautiful view of the Bay) then São Francisco do Conde and São Francisco do Paraguassu. Paraguassu is the big river of the region, we will explore it after lunch including the amazing ruins of the Old Franciscans Convent XVII and arrival at Cachoeira late afternoon. Overnight at the Pousada do Convento (old convent, today a hotel). 2 Day– Early morning visit to the main alive market of the village, a great chance to learn about the many exotic fruits and vegetable used in the Bahian gastronomy. Cross the Paraguassu river, visit to Cigar factory and continue to the south part of the Reconcavo. Visit Nazaré das Farinhas – an old colonial town and today a great road market. Overnight in the tiny colonial village of Jaguaripe in a beautiful Pousada at the side of the river Jaguaripe. 3 Day– Morning to explore the river and the island of Itaparica, returning to Salvador by crossing the Bay of All Saints in a Ferry-Boat. We finish our Tour in the Airport late afternoon or at hotel in Salvador. End of our package Tour. SEE ALSO our soft Biking Tour option at BIKE IN BRAZIL.
AR#009 – LENCOIS X CAPAO CROSSING 5 Days National Park (4 Days & 3 Nights)
Maranhão is the secret of Brazil but it is open to be discovered and still keep the charm of an authentic old colonial village. São Luis is the capital of the state and is a world patrimony because of the Portuguese tile façades complex and its historical center spread around the local Mercado das Tulhas (Local market). Folklore and culture are very strong and it is part of the many communities of Boi Bumbá that Maranhão has. The nightlife with Brazilian alive music and good gastronomy is an extra attraction. Driving put of the city to the coast about 3-4 hours is the astonishing Lençois Maranhenses National Park, 155.000 hectare of giant white sand dunes and thousands of crystal clear water lagoons. This program can be done in TWO different ways: Private escorted or Economic using sometimes line buses or regular services. We normally use pousadas charm or ecological lodges but this program has also possibility of been a Deluxe option. PACKAGE TOUR Check with us !***
1 Day– São Luis – Maranhão: Arrival and Transfer to a lodge in the Historical center. Afternoon walking city tour in this well preserved World Patrimony – São Luis is famous for the blue and white Portuguese tile façades. Dinner with live Brazilian music in the Reviver area around the old Tulhas Market. Overnight. 2 Day– Morning leave by car to Barreirinhas – the gateway to the astonishing National Park of Lençois Maranhenses – 155.000 hectares of giant white sand dunes and crystal clear water lagoons with blue and green colors. Lodge at your lodge and afternoon half day 4×4 expedition inside the park to walk on the dunes, bath in the lagoons and watch one of the most beautiful sunsets in Brazil. Overnight 3 Day– The whole day will be to explore in speed boat the Rio Preguiças, full of curves, fishermen small villages and natural sites. The Rio Preguicas links the city with the ocean and was used to transport products like Carnauba wax and Buriti to the rest of Brazil. Visit a mangrove forest, Vassouras and the small lencois (Golden Dunes), the lighthouse with superb view, Cabure beach and the nesting area of the red guaras. Overnight. 4 Day– Transfer to São Luis Airport. End of Our Package Tour. NOTE: Best period is when the lagoon are full, from April to October.
AB#010 – LENCOIS WALKING IN THE CLOUDS Route of Emotions (Sunset Coast) São Luis to Fortaleza- 7 Days & 6 Nights.
The route is known as Route of Emotions or Sunset Coast route, it links 3 states of Brazil: Maranhão, Piauí and Ceará by the coast and has 3 of the best Ecotourism destinations of Brazil. Starting by the colonial city of São Luis we enter in the astonishing Lençois Maranhenses National Park, a large desert of Sand dunes and crystal clear water lagoons, then in Piaui explore the Delta of Americas (3rd largest river delta in the world) to finish at the sand village of Jericoacoara that is also a National Park. It quite an experience exploring this route, remote villages, desert beaches, rustic fishermen spots and 3 great natural parks. This program can be done in TWO different ways: Private escorted, or Economic using sometimes line buses or regular services. We normally use pousadas charm or ecological lodges but this program has also possibility of been a
Deluxe option. PACKAGE TOUR Check with us.
1 Day– São Luis: Arrival and Transfer to a lodge in the Historical center. Afternoon walking city tour.
Nightlife around the market is very good live music and good food. 2 Day– Morning transfer to Barreirinhas – the gateway to the National Park of Lençois Maranhenses. Afternoon half day 4×4 expedition inside the park to walk on the dunes, bath in the lagoons and watch one of the most beautiful sunsets in Brazil. Overnight 3 Day– Leave Barreirinhas by speed boat with luggage by the Preguiças river, visits on the way: Mangroove forest, Vassouras (small lencois), fishermen village, the lighthouse with superb view and Cabure beach. Overnight at Caburé (one of the most remote villages in our route). 4 Day– Morning leave by 4×4 jeep by the coastline using the beach as a soft road, we cross desert beaches, sand dunes and tiny lost villages like Luis Correa. Lunch en route. Arrival in Parnaiba and speed boat tour on the Delta of Americas. Nice option for observation of fauna and flora of the third largest fluvial delta in the world. Overnight in the historical port of Parnaiba. 5 Day– Morning continue ao 4×4 adventure starting by roads, the dirty roads till Camocim in Ceara State where we cross in a rustic ferry to continue till Jericoacoara (National Park) by the beach side, stopping for lunch, bath or beach relax. Arrival to Jeri and time to watch the best sunset of the place at the Grande Duna. Overnight 6 Day– Day at leisure to explore Jeri.. Overnight. 7 Day– Transfer BY 4X4 to Fortaleza (4-5 hours) by the beach ( Airport or hotels). End of our Package Tours. NOTE : This Tour can also start in Fortaleza and end in São Luis.
AB#011 – CHAPADA DOS VIADEIROS 5 DAYS & 4 NIGHTS