Experience and photograph the best place to see jaguars in the wild. Join us for an unforgettable wildlife photography tour at the world-famous Pantanal in Brazil.
Jaguars are the star of the show on this wildlife photography tour in Brazil. This Pantanal jaguar tour is during the dry season, which is historically the best time to spot jaguar and when birds are concentrated in areas where there is still standing water. The feeding frenzies of hundreds of herons, ibis, storks, terns, screamers and jacanas, vying with dozens of hungry caiman, are an unforgettable sight to experience!
Our representative will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel for the evening. Flights typically arrive in the evening.
Deville Prime Cuiabá (D)
Your Pantanal jaguar tour is ready to begin!
Traveling south along the TransPantanal highway will yield some truly amazing photo opportunities. Some sections of the highway are lined with thousands of caimans as well as waterbirds as far as the eye can see. Yellow-billed and Large-billed Terns flit over isolated pools offering great chances to practice flight shots.
We’ll arrive at our next lodge, Pantanal Mato Grosso, for lunch. Boat trips on the Pixaim River are undoubtably the highlight of a stay at this lodge. Experienced boat drivers know how to get up close and personal with numerous herons (with luck both Agami and Boat-billed among the more common species), sunbittern, sungrebe, up to five species of kingfisher, giant otters, and maybe even a Brazilian tapir. The lodge area itself is an oasis full of birds any time of the day, and feeders bring in Chestnut-eared Aracari, Orange-backed Troupial, Grayish Saltator, Grayish Paywing, and others.
Gallery forest along the river is difficult for photography, but some photographers may want to give it a shot since it offers an escape from the blazing sun. With persistence and the help of your guide, you have chances to spot great birds like Pale-crested Woodpecker and Helmeted Manakin, or monkeys including Brown Capuchin and Silvery Marmoset. With so much diversity to photograph on this Pantanal wildlife tour, it’s a great opportunity to add many new species to your list!
Hotel Pantanal Mato Grosso (B, L, D)
This morning during our Pantanal jaguar tour 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 will have five nights here in the heart of the best place in the world to see jaguars in the wild. Afternoons are often the best time to photograph them, and we’ll have our first outing after lunch.
Hotel Porto Jofre (B, L, D)
Each morning and afternoon we will board our private boats searching for jaguars. There will be a maximum of 3 shooting participants per boat and we have the fastest boats on the river. This process involves cruising up smaller tributaries of the Cuiabá River and watching carefully for any movement or signs of jaguar. The boatmen are experts at this and share information with each other. 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 during this part of our Pantanal wildlife tour.
Hotel Porto Jofre (B, L, D)
After one last search for jaguars, we head 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 area makes great shots a given. The habitat is a mosaic of open pasture, wetlands, and scrub interspersed with islands of forest. We will spend our time 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 also 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.
Pousada Piuval (B, L, D)
After breakfast and a relaxing morning at Piuval reflecting on our trip or getting those last shots in we’ll head back to Cuiabá, arriving in the late afternoon for flights out of Cuiabá.
Those wishing to extend may opt to spend this night in Cuiabá.
Return home or overnight in Cuiabá (B)
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.