Multi-Day Tour | Independent, Locally Hosted

Pantanal Explorer (9 days)

Ladatco Tours

Sao Paulo, Brazil To Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Valid for Departures Now Through: 31 Aug 2018


Day 1
Iguassu Falls, Brazil
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Hotel Das Cataratas None

Morning arrival in Sao Paulo and make connection for flight to Iguassu Falls, arriving mid-afternoon. Meeting and transfer to your hotel, the venerable and ever popular Hotel Das Cataratas, located in the National Park right at the falls. Balance of day at leisure.

Day 2
Iguassu Falls, Brazil
Hotel Das Cataratas Breakfast, Lunch

Today you will enjoy a complete visit to these magnificent falls, including a walking tour on the Brazilian side and the Macuco Safari with thrilling motorlaunch excursion to view the falls up close before driving across to the Argentine side for a walking tour from that vantage point. You'll have lunch en route and return back to your hotel in the late afternoon.

Iguassu Falls is truly awesome. Eleanore Roosevelt is said to have exclaimed on first viewing these falls: "Poor Niagara! This makes Niagara look like a kitchen faucet!". The main falls are indeed 60 feet taller than Niagara and half again as wide. There are 275 falls spanning a two mile wide precipice plunging an average of 300 feet to the river below. The Brazilian side offers ever changing panoramic vistas while the Argentine side offers "up-close and personal" views.

Day 3
Pantanal, Brazil
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Iguassu Falls, Brazil
Choice of 3 lodges Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Morning return transfer to the airport for flight to Sao Paulo where you make connections to the Pantanal. There are three excellent choices:

Caiman Ecological Refuge

Araras Eco Lodge

Pousada de Rio Muntum

The lodge will meet you upon your arrival and transfer you to their lodge. During your stay you will have all meals and excursions included. Each day you'll have morning and afternoon excursions, varied to optimize wildlife viewing. You'll have a chance for any evening excursion as well to search for noctural animals.

Day 4
Pantanal, Brazil
Choice of 3 lodges Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Excursions and activites as offered by your lodge. You'll have ample time to explore this wildlife rich area.

Day 5
Pantanal, Brazil
Choice of 3 lodges Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Another day to enjoy exploring the area and its abundant wildlife.

Day 6
Pantanal, Brazil
Choice of 3 lodges Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Your last day to explore this seasonal wetland.

Day 7
Pantanal, Brazil
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Sofitel Rio Palace Breakfast

Your lodge will transfer you back to your gateway airport for your flight to Rio de Janeiro, arriving in the early evening. Meeting and transfer to the Sofitel Rio Palace where your deluxe room will give you sweeping vistas of famed Copacabana Beach.

Day 8
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Pantanal, Brazil
Sofitel Rio Palace Breakfast, Lunch

Today you will enjoy a complete day of exploring this naturally beautiful city, called Cidade Maravilhosa or Marvelous City. Take the two stage cable car to the summit of Sugar Loaf mountain and the modern cogwheel train to the top of Corcovado Mountain, both offering different and spectacular panoramas of the city, beaches, Atlantic Ocean and Guanabara Bay. Plenty of time to photograph from the various points. Lunch enroute at a traditional "churrascaria", Brazilian barbeque house.

Day 9
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Sofitel Rio Palace Breakfast

Full day at leisure to explore this city at your own pace or to arrange optional excursions to Petropolis for a look at the home and crown jewels of the last emperor of Brazil or by schooner on a Tropical Islands day with beach barbeque. No need to rush through the day as your room is paid for late check-out. Evening transfer to the airport for your overnight flight back to Miami.

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  • Highlights

  • Brazil's wildlife rich Pantanal

  • Spectacular Iguassu Falls

  • Fabulous Rio de Janeiro

About Us

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Terms & Conditions

Deposit $750 per person in order to confirm space.

Second deposit to complete a total deposit of 30% of total cost due upon confirmation of all space.

Full payment due 65 days prior.

Cancellation policy - to be verified for each booking but in general:



Up to 90 days prior departure $ 750

89 to 61 days prior departure 30% of tour costs

60 to 31 days prior departure 50% of tour costs

30 to 00 days prior departure 100% of tour costs

NOTE: No Refunds are made for changes made en route at the discretion of the traveler.

Because everything is Custom Designed, deposit-payment-cancellation policy will be confirmed for each booking and the above is for general guidelines only.

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Reviewed on: 23 Jan 2014

Our vacation to Costa Rica was wonderful. All guides and drivers were top notch and we never had to wait for anything. I would book again using Ladatco Tours.

By: travel bug

Reviewed on: 20 Apr 2014

We have traveled to South America on several occasions and have used Ladatco (Michelle) to set up our tours/itineraries.  We have always felt like we saw the MOST interesting things that were especially geared for the interests of our group members.  We also think our schedules have made the most use of our time, money and logistics.  I highly recommend Ladatco to plan a South American vacation. 
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great guides

By: andi 007

Reviewed on: 08 Jan 2015

they were friendly/ very knowledgeable and flexible
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By: Lisa

Reviewed on: 21 May 2015

Argentina/ Chile
Travel Advisor:  Linda Fezekas

No direct contact therefore hard to rate

By: the other guy

Reviewed on: 21 Jul 2015

A middle man and therefore hard to rate.

excellent job

By: t and d

Reviewed on: 20 Dec 2015

Hotels and airline arrangements worked well. Two flight delays. Guide on Easter Island was excellent and we received an extra tour the day we arrived that was not on the plan but was very welcome.
Travel Advisor:  Jamo Ladd

Chilean and Argentinian arrangements

By: Ed

Reviewed on: 21 Feb 2017

Sports Tours of Santiago provided a great guide, Alvaro Gonzalez, and the hotels and resorts were wonderful. I appreciated them negotiating reasonable single supplements for the accommodations.
Travel Advisor:  Linda Van Buren

Ladatco midde person

By: Charlie

Reviewed on: 11 Feb 2017

We had no contact with a Ladatco rep. They provided services to our travel agent and we were happy with the result.
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By: anonymous

Reviewed on: 27 Mar 2017

They planned a terrific itinerary, the guide was fabulous, helpful and full of knowledge about the area and the people.
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Reviewed on: 29 Jul 2017

Very good trip and service. Was where they needed to be at all times. Provided very good drivers and guides, spoke English well, wee flexible with our desires, and gave us consistent guides that got to know our family. Coordinated well with our overall trip planner. Trip was great and the guide provided a lot of local color with our trip -- as sometimes we like to go off the beaten track and experience more local places. Perfect fit for our family.
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Macchu Picchu and Galapagos

By: The Johnson's

Reviewed on: 30 Oct 2017

Ladatco did a great job putting together our trip. Our local guides were really great. The Gourmet Food tour in Lima was a wonderful way to start our trip! One of the owners, Samantha, was our guide and gave us a culinary experience to remember. Our guide, Ramiro, with Metropolitan Tours, was so knowledgeable and so passionate about Peruvian history and the time of the Incas! we really enjoyed our time with him and learned so much from him. The visit to the Quillot village was an experience we will never forget. And, of course, Macchu Picchu and the other Incan ruins were awe-inspiring. The second Ramiro, in Quito, was another wonderful guide. We loved our hotels and wished we had more time to enjoy the amenities of Hotel B in Lima, the Sol y Luna in the Sacred Valley and Casa Gangotena in Quito. The Petrel is a beautiful small ship with an excellent crew. Our naturalist, Nico Andrade, was just great. He was knowledgeable, funny and kept us busy! The food was just OK.
Travel Advisor:  Linda Van Buren

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By: Susu

Reviewed on: 06 Jan 2018

Wonderful guides. Thorough. We were well taken care of.
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Peru December 2017

By: Roger

Reviewed on: 12 Jan 2018

Very well put together
Travel Advisor:  Joanne Meyer