The “Rewilding Brazil” itinerary is one of several new regenerative offerings designed to open travelers’ eyes to conservation
There is a lot of buzz about regenerative tourism as travelers seek to move beyond sustainability, with travel intended to leave destinations in better shape than before they arrived. But just as there is no one strategy of rewilding, no single regenerative journey is a perfect fit for every traveler. Jacada Travel, whose worldwide team of travel designers specializes in curating private, fully customized itineraries, introduces rewilding itineraries with bespoke offerings personalized to the interests and availability of guests.
Learn About Rewilding in Brazil
Among the newly designed itineraries is Rewilding Brazil, curated by Lily Bunker, one of Jacada’s Latin America Travel Designers, to open guests’ eyes to the wild beauty and the positive social and environmental impact of conservation and rewilding work on precious wilderness areas across Brazil.
A young jaguar in the Pantanal Wetlands, Mato Grosso, Brazil
A thrilling, 14-day adventure whose schedule, like those of every regenerative tour, can be fine-tuned by Jacada Travel’s Designers according to the predilections of guests, Rewilding Brazil treats travelers to explorations of conservation efforts in three stunning wilderness destinations, interspersed with overnight stays in world-class hotels in Sao Paulo, Campo Grande, and Brasilia.
An Itinerary for Serious Nature Lovers
First up is the Amazon rainforest, with accommodation in a spectacular jungle lodge renowned as a destination for “serious nature lovers” amid a private 28,000-hectare reserve. Over three days, guests will have abundant opportunities for bird watching, canoeing, hiking on nature trails, and viewing animals and plants in the jungle via bird’s-eye perspectives from observation towers.
A capybara on the grounds of the Caiman Ecological Reserve
Next is three days at the Caiman Ecological Refuge in the Pantanal, with walking tours, canoe trips, photographic safaris on specially adapted vehicles, and wildlife viewing by night. Highlights in the Pantanal include prowling for elusive jaguars with the Jaguar Habituation Team, searching for fresh tracks, kills, and sprung camera traps, visiting the Hyacinth Macaw Project, launched in 1990 to conserve and recuperate communities of the endangered royal blue and gold-rim-eyed avian; and touring the Caiman Ecological Reserve, with opportunities for canoeing, photographic safaris, night wildlife adventures, and hiking on trails to observe Spectacled Caimans in their habitat.
Finally, it is on to Cerrado, a vast eco-region of tropical savanna whose symbol, the maned wolf, is threatened with extinction. Three days of exploration include a guided safari for up-close observation of seven monitored wolves and other species; a nocturnal tour for Dwarf Caiman and other creatures that only come out at night; and an enlightening visit to a conservationist breeding ground for emus, peccary, and more.
The Amazon Rainforest
Rewilding Brazil is one of many regenerative itineraries available around the world from Jacada Travel. Each is bespoke, and rates vary:
Plataran Menjangan Resort and Spa (West Bali National Park): Experience the raw beauty of untouched nature at this tranquil hideaway in Bali while getting involved with an endemic tree planting program keyed to preserving and protecting the ecosystem.
Bawah Marine Conservation Dive (Bawa, Indonesia): Make a splash for the environment at Bawah Reserve, a gorgeous private island paradise in the remote Anambas Archipelago of Indonesia. An ethical marine conservation dive offers opportunity to help transplant and preserve coral for future generations or aid in cleanups of ghost fishing nets and equipment from the reef.
Quoll Conservation Experience (Queensland, Australia): Explore protected areas and join in field surveys of the unique spotted tailed quoll, the largest apex marsupial predator in the “wet tropics,” whose conservation is integral to the biodiversity balance of fragile ecosystems of the region.
Wildlife Conservation Experience (Sydney, Australia): With some 3,000 koalas, the Southern Highlands Koala Sanctuary is a must visit for conservation-minded travelers. Explore wild habitat with the owners and learn how they manage wild populations, including the rescue, rehabilitation and release of koalas, kangaroos, wallabies and wallaroos.
A koala in Southern Highlands Koala Sanctuary, Sidney, Australia
Wilderness Bisate(Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda):
Visit Wilderness Bisate’s tree nursery with one of the dedicated agronomists and learn about their reforestation project. You’ll also be able to dig your hands into the soil and plant a sapling of your own while there. This experience also includes a visit to the Bamboo Greenhouse where you can find out even more about their greater indigenous tree efforts.
Chem Chem Association(Tarangire National Park, Tanzania): Working to protect wildlife and empower local communities, the philanthropic arm of Chem Chem Safari undertakes education and conservation projects while helping to operate the Kwakuchinja wildlife corridor connecting Tarangire and Lake Manyara National Parks. Travelers not only assist with projects, but they’re perfectly situated to learn about conservation at its source.
Mwiba Lodge(Serengeti National Park, Tanzania): Learn the rich and fascinating history of the Hadzabe tribe while experience their respectful relationship with the wildlife whose home they share. Among the last hunter-gatherers, the Hadzabe live in tune with their surroundings, leaving little trace on an area unchanged by Western civilization. With time in the bush with Hadzabe guides, your connection to nature will change.
Hunt with Hadzabe at Mwiba Lodge, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Estancia Rincon del Socorro(Ibera Wetlands, Argentina): The perfect base for exploration of the wildlife-rich wetlands of Esteros del Iberia, this Estancia is the center of the Iberá Project, which works to protect species that make their home in the region. Learn what it takes to reintroduce species, and connect with biologists and technicians on the significance of the project.
Puma Tracking (Torres del Paine, Chile): There are no better views near the southern tip of South America than sunrise and sunset over the soaring mountains and icebergs of Torres del Paine – expect the sight of a puma amid it. Observe the big cat on tracking expeditions in the wilderness led by local experts who are familiar with puma’s behavior, habits and routes.
Pumas in Torres del Paine, Chile
Reveal and Support Ongoing Conservation
“Like every experience we create, our regenerative travel offerings are as unique as the destinations they explore and designed to reveal and support ongoing conservation efforts for the benefit of wildlife and our clients,” said Alex Malcolm, Managing Director and Founder of Jacada Travel. “Our planet is bursting with beautiful landscapes and fascinating ecosystems, and we believe that experiencing these environments up close is immensely rewarding and educational. We are part of a larger movement by traveling to certain destinations and supporting hand-picked lodges and organizations.”
A Wilderness Bisate agronomist tends to the tree nursery and educates guests about their reforestation project.