Brazil | Jaguars of the Pantanal, Photography with Ann and Rob Simpson

Brazil | Jaguars of the Pantanal, Photography with Ann and Rob Simpson

Overview

Located in central-western Brazil, the Pantanal is the world’s largest freshwater wetland and one of the most photographically productive habitats on the entire continent. This area harbors a world record 82 species of large birds, in addition to marsh deer, coatimundi, tapirs, and giant river otters. But perhaps no other subject is as beautiful and dramatic as the Jaguar. During the dry season (June to October), they can be found resting in the shade on the white sand beaches and forested riverbanks.
Embark on this exceptional photographic adventure providing opportunities for incredible close range photography of abundant wildlife and the majestic Jaguar.

Highlights

  • Discover new photographic techniques amid the magical biodiversity of the Brazilian Pantanal.
  • Venture on outdoor activities such as boat rides, forest hikes, and tower climbs.
  • Turn your lens on birds and mammals from the Pantanal’s only mobile canopy towers, strategically located near fruiting trees.
  • Get close range exposure to jaguars and other wildlife while exploring the Cuiabá River via floating hotel and boat excursions.
  • Adventure down the Rio Pixaim by boat to view giant otters up close.

OPTIONAL POST-TRIP EXTENSION: Wolf Valley Camp, Parnaíba Headwaters National Park, June 9-17, 2021

 

Jul 21, 2023

Depart from the United States.

Cuiaba

Jul 22, 2023

Upon arrival in São Paulo, clear immigration and customs and then proceed to check in for your internal flight to Cuiabá. Transfer to hotel in Cuiaba. Check in then meet with your group for your program orientation and dinner.

Lunch-Dinner included
Overnight at Hotel Deville

Pantanal

Jul 23, 2023

After breakfast, transfer to the SouthWild Pantanal Lodge at the Fazenda Santa Tereza. Stops along the Transpantaneira are planned to photograph specialties like Whistling, Cocoi, Purple, and Capped Heron, among many others. The Pantanal has one of the densest wildlife populations in the world. SouthWild Pantanal is the only lodge in the Pantanal offering mobile canopy towers near fruiting trees and electric catamarans for long-lens photography on the intimate, wildlife-rich river that flows next to the lodge. These floating blinds are designed to allow you to quietly approach mammals and birds along the banks of the river. A tower blind allows for intimate photography of a nesting pair of Jabiru Storks, which normally have babies at this time.

Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner included
Overnight at Southwild Pantanal Lodge

Pantanal

Jul 24, 2023

Early morning and afternoon activities such as boat rides, forest hikes, and tower climbs will confirm why this area could be called the Serengeti of South America. Always have your camera ready as there is exciting wildlife right around the cabins - lots of capybara with babies, crab-eating fox, giant anteater, crab-eating raccoon, brocket and marsh deer, black howler monkey, brown capuchin monkey, black-tailed marmoset, and even tapirs. There are some very large extraordinary birds like Toco Toucan, Hyacinth Macaw and Bare-faced Curassow. The feeders attract hummingbirds, as well as the striking Orange-backed Troupial, Yellow-billed Cardinal, Saffron Finch, Purplish Jay, and Bay-winged Cowbird. A walk on the trails may reveal colorful Helmeted Manakins and cryptic Great Potoos. There is even a blind set up to photograph
ocelots (bring your flash and flashlight).

Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner included
Overnight at Southwild Pantanal Lodge

Pantanal

Jul 25, 2023

After breakfast depart for the Jaguar Flotel from Porto Jofre, where you’ll reach the 820-foot-wide Cuiabá River, the border between the Brazilian states of Mato Grosso and Mato Grossodo Sul. Complete the journey by boating 1.5 hours upstream to Three Brothers River. The 270,000-acre Meeting of the Waters State Park begins about a third of the way up the river to the flotel, which is located in the very heart of this remote, wild park.

Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner included
Overnight at Jaguar Flotel Suites

Pantanal

Jul 26, 2023

In addition to the jaguars, there are two groups of giant otters at Jaguar Flotel. One group is near the mouth of the Piquiri Riverand the other near the 330-acre island that lies seven minutes by boat upstream on the Three Brothers River. Today, continue exploring the Meeting of the Waters State Park in search of thegiant otters and other wildlife. During the course of the next three days, explore the area by boat. After an early breakfast, leave the camp for a full day boat trip to observe the diversity of the animals in the region. Watch for jaguars, tapirs, anteaters, giant otters, birds, and other animals common to this region. Use small motor boats to explore narrow and wild rivers in the core of this huge park. Recent guests have seen several of these huge predators during the day, many of them at very close (photography) range for extended periods. Return to the center at the end of the afternoon in time for dinner.

Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner included
Overnight at Jaguar Flotel Suites

Pantanal

Jul 27, 2023

Spend a full day searching for jaguars and other wildlife by boat.

Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner included
Overnight at Jaguar Flotel Suites

Pantanal

Jul 28, 2023

Spend a full day searching for jaguars and other wildlife by boat.

Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner included
Overnight at Jaguar Flotel Suites

Pantanal

Jul 29, 2023

This morning boat back to the Pantanal Lodge and prepare for a full day of wildlife viewing. After breakfast enjoy an early morning walk in the surrounding area. Return prior to lunch in time to relax and explore the area on your own. This afternoon take a boat tour on the Rio Pixaim. This is an excellent location for bird watching as well as one of the best sites for predictable viewing of wild giant otters from a distance of only 3 to 16 feet away. Often they will come close to the boat, craning their necks and snorting loudly. Birds, including giant Ringed Kingfishers, will swoop in to take scraps of fish providing great photo opportunities.

Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner included
Overnight at Southwild Pantanal Lodge

Pantanal

Jul 30, 2023

Full day of exploring the wildlife by boat and on hikes.

Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner included
Overnight at Southwild Pantanal Lodge

Pantanal

Jul 31, 2023

After breakfast, drive 1.5 hours along the Transpantaneira back to the town of Poconé, and then an hour and 15 minutes on asphalt to airport at Cuiabá for your afternoon flight to São Paulo. Upon arrival you will connect with your international flight home (most flights depart in the evening) or connect to flight for your extension at the Wolf Camps. Dinner will be on your own.

Breakfast-Lunch- included

Farewell!

Aug 1, 2023

Arrival in the United States.