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NatureScapes Photography Workshop - Jaguars and More in Pantanal, Brazil with Greg Downing & Steve Metildi - August 2014
Jaguars and More! Pantanal, Brazil
Day 1, August 17
Arrive in Cuiabá, Brazil. A representative will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel for the evening. Flights typically arrive in the evening.
Holiday Inn Express (D)
Day 2 & 3, August 18 & 19
A two-hour drive takes us to Pousada Piuval at the northern edge of the Pantanal. Piuval is a truly amazing place for bird photography—numbers of both species and individuals can be astronomical, and the wide open nature of the Pantanal makes great shots a given. The habitat is a mosaic of open pasture, wetlands, and scrub interspersed with islands of forest. We'll spend our mornings stalking the likes of Southern Screamer, Plumbeous Ibis, Red-legged Seriema, Bare-faced Curassow, Greater Rhea, Whistling Heron, Blue-fronted Parrot, Long-tailed Ground-Dove, Great Rufous Woodcreeper, White Woodpecker, and Red-crested Cardinal, to name just a few. This is our best spot for Hyacinth Macaw, which can be seen in good numbers every day, and we'll spend time trying to get the perfect shot of these majestic birds. In the afternoons, we can take boat rides to an island with a canopy tower offering eye-level views of Orange-backed Troupial and Gray-crested Cacholote as well as a vista of the surrounding wetlands that are teeming with birds and other wildlife.
Day 4, August 20
This morning we will drive to the end of the Transpantanal Highway, making a few stops along the way in particularly productive areas. We’ll arrive at the very nice Hotel Porto Jofre in time for lunch. We’ll have six nights here in the heart of the best area in the world to see and photograph jaguars. Afternoons are often the best time to photograph them, and we’ll have our first outing after lunch.
Days 5–9, August 21–25
For the next five days we'll board our private boat to begin searching for jaguars. There will be a maximum of 3 shooting participants per boat. This involves cruising up smaller tributaries of the Cuiabá River, watching carefully for any movement. The boatmen also share information with each other, and if a cooperative jaguar is found by another boat, we'll try to get to the spot as soon as possible. We also won't ignore other photo opportunities, and should encounter the likes of Sungrebes, Black-collared and Great-black Hawks, scores of herons and kingfishers, as well as Giant Otters, Tapirs, Capybara, and possibly even other cat species.
Day 10, August 26
After one last search for jaguars, we head north and will arrive in the early evening for night flights out of Cuiabá.
U.S. citizens require a visa to visit Brazil.
All accommodations, based on double occupancy
Services of guides
Includes 6 full days on a private boat on the Cuiabá River and tributaries (5 full days + 2 half days)
Includes tips to bus and boat drivers and lodge staff
All photographic instruction
Airport transfers to and from hotels
Does Not Include:
Round trip airfare to Cuiaba, Brazil
Additional tips for the local guide (may be arranged in advance)
Fees for passport, immunizations and travel insurance
Alcoholic beverages or soft drinks while on the boat
Laundry, phone and other items of a personal nature
If you would like to register for this workshop, please fill out our registration form. A non-refundable deposit (listed above) is required to reserve your spot. Please refer to our workshop information section for our cancellation and refund policies.
Dates:Aug. 17-27, 2014SOLD OUT
Last-minute savings due to a cancellation! Cost is $6,995 $5,495 - plus get a $500 flight credit! Couples please inquire as we may be able to accomodate you. *U.S. citizens require a visa to visit Brazil.
Steve has lived his entire life in southern California where he has been an avid wildlife photographer since his late teens. He spends most of his time pursuing large mammals and birds in optimal photographic locations and staying current in all technical aspects of nature photography. As much as he is passionate about the latest gear and techniques, Steve is most interested in wildlife conservation and thoroughly understanding animal behavior prior to setting out to photograph a species. Continue reading »
Greg has been traveling the world teaching professional and amateur photographers for more than 15 years hosting his instructional workshops and seminars. Instructing photographers of all experience levels Greg has earned a reputation for his gracious and generous teaching style.
Greg's images are known for their unique style, exacting composition and strict attention to detail. As an internationally recognized photographer, his numerous publishing credits include books, advertising campaigns and editorial publications such as Birding Magazine, Outdoor Photographer Magazine, Birder's World, National Geographic and many others. Continue reading »