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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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