Exploring the Brazilian Amazon and Pantanal

I first met Nick some 11 years ago through a mutual friend and was immediately impressed with the quirky name of his travel company, but even more so by his passion for travel.

As something of a travel junkie myself I decided to ask Laterallife for a quote next time.

Since then Nick has put together outstanding arrangements for me in India, Vietnam, Peru, Colombia and central America – all of which were an huge success and all superbly organised.

So when I decided on a holiday in Brazil this year, I immediately thought of Laterallife, knowing Nick’s passion for the country and frequent visits to what I believe is one of his favourite destinations!

Of course I was not disappointed – despite an unusual choice of cities and areas and the fact that I like to stay in historic hotels, Laterallife came up with the perfect itinerary which started in Belem, Amazonia and ended in Belo Horizonte.

Despite the complexities of flight schedules, road travel, or sometimes lack of roads to travel on, my holiday went perfectly, with more than a few surprises, from the joy of discovering Lençóis Maranhenses (surely one of the world´s best geological surprises), to a pre-booked restaurant in Belem which was delightful.

All drivers and guides were excellent, friendly and excellent companions for me on my own, their depth of knowledge in history and what to see also outstanding.

But perhaps the “great jewel in the crown” was my four nights at Caiman Lodge in the Pantanal, which must be one of the world´s best in wildlife conservation.

Caiman Lodge exudes understated good taste and luxury, wonderful food, including fruit and veg mostly grown in their own organic garden. T

he specialist wildlife guides were well trained, friendly and most had degrees in biology and nature conservation.

Within hours on the first game drive I´d seen a jaguar with her cubs.

The positive approach following a major fire the week before I arrived and how this could be turned into some improvement was also inspiring.

Not only did I relish being in such a fabulous place but I realised how much I´d actually learned about the wild life ….

Well done Laterallife for a fabulous trip which I´ll never forget – and of course I am already thinking … what to do next.

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