Visit the photo gallery
Day 1, Wed, Nov. 2 Arrive in Cuiaba, Brazil after a two hour non-stop flight from Sao Paulo. Your international airfare should be round trip to Cuiaba. We will meet in the airport at 1:30pm, and then we head directly to the Pantanal by vehicle. We stop for lunch, and then we reach South Wild Pantanal. The rest of this day will be an eye-opener because you will see how incredibly rich this environment is for wildlife and bird photography. At the lodge, there are feeders that attract stunning exotic birds (like the red-headed cardinal), and there is a platform from which you can shoot a jabaru stork's nest at eye level. If time permits, we will do some photography on the river as well. This area is like a wildlife smorgasbord. Overnight at the Southwild Pantanal Lodge.
Day 2 - 3, Thu & Fri, Nov. 3 - 4. We spend two days photographing wildlife and birds from a boat as well as around the lodge. Kingfishers diving for fish, black collard hawks, herons, hyacinth macaws, storks, capybara, caiman, capuchin monkeys, and other creatures are everywhere. A night walk to look for ocelots, tapirs, and other jungle creatures is something you'll want to do as well. Overnight Southwild Pantantal Lodge.
Days 4 - 8, Sat to Wed, Nov. 5 - 9. We transfer by boat and vehicle to the area of The Pantanal where we will search for jaguars. We have powerful 90 horsepower boats, so when another boat spots a big cat we waste no time in getting there. Larger and more powerful than leopards, jaguars are breathtaking to see in the wild. They come down to the river's edge to hunt, drink, and rest, and even though the vegetation is thick we should have good luck in spotting them. In addition, there are hundreds of caiman, capybara, capuchin monkeys, and lots of birds to keep us enthralled for several days. Overnight in the Jaguar Flotilla Hotel.
Day 9, Thu, Nov. 10. After an early morning excursion looking for more jaguars, we return to Cuiaba by boat and vehicle to catch our international flights home (we should arrive in Cuiaba around noon), excited that we've seen incredible wildlife and taken pictures that other photographers will envy.
Tour cost: $6950 based on double occupancy. Includes: All lodging after leaving Cuiaba, all meals from lunch on the first day through breakfast on the last day, all ground transportation, all boat excursions, two seats for each person on every outing (one for you and one for your gear), an English-speaking guide, and photo instruction. $1000 deposit holds your place on this remarkable photo tour. Limited to 8 people.
Single supplement: $985