THE BEST OF BRAZIL’S WILDLIFE PHOTO TOUR
August 23 – September 1, 2019
THIS IS AN ULTIMATE NATURE ADVENTURE!
Our Brazil tour was voted the best wildlife experience by our adventurers in 2016 – ever! Wild Brazil targets the incredible nature of the Pantanal and in particular – JAGUAR, MACAW & BIRDS!
This location is like Kakadu on steroids!
Travel with us to this South American wildlife paradise during the dry season, the best time for prime wildlife photography and for the iconic jaguars!
The Pantanal is a vast natural region located in the heart of South America encompassing the World’s largest tropical flooded wetland. Although is shared by Brazil, Bolivia and Paraguay, more than 70 % of the Pantanal floodplain is located in the Brazilian states of MatoGrosso do Sul., covering an area of more than 138,183 square kilometers. Though the Amazon rainforest is well known worldwide due to its diversity, the Pantanal offers more number of visible species and individuals and is one of the most productive wildlife habitats on Earth in terms of photogenic wildlife! Iconic species such as yacare caimans, capybaras, anacondas, ocelots, rheas, marsh deer, crab-eating raccoons, tapirs, peccaries, giant otters, jabirus, toucans, flocks of numerous species of parrots, parakeets, ibises, plus giant anteaters and jaguars, among many others, transform the Pantanal in a dream for any demanding wildlife photographer!
ITINERARY TO ADVENTURE HIGHLIGHTS…
* The tour is planned for Pantanal’s best time for fantastic jaguar photography during the dry season. Three full days for shooting jaguars at the best locations along the Cuiabá and
* Plenty of room in boats and vehicles for comfortable jaguar and wildlife photography.
* The best locations in the Americas for shooting accessible and diverse wildlife: jaguars, anacondas, families of giant river otters, spectacled caimans, capybaras, Brazilian tapirs, whitelipped peccaries, howler monkeys, marsh deer, iguanas, tegu lizards, giant anteaters, nesting hyacinth macaws, toco toucans, colonies of jabiru and wood storks and more!
* Accommodation in the best cattle ranches in the heart of the Pantanal that offer outstanding photographic opportunities and close access to wildlife: tame and habituated groups of giant river otters and black-collared hawks that fish piranhas at few feet from your boat; red-breasted and toco toucans and a wide diversity of tame tropical birds that pose at close distance from your cameras, troops of capuchin monkeys and a wide diversity of rainforest and savannah mammals that visit a hide located by a spring that has water all year round!
DAY 1 – CUIABA
We meet at 4pm this afternoon for a briefing on the adventures ahead and for your first workshop. This is followed by a welcome to Brazil dinner. Hotel accommodation – (D)
DAY 2 – CUIABÁ –TRANSPANTANEIRA HIGHWAY
We drive southwards to Poconé and along the Transpantaneira, an elevated road of 160 km. Quickly you will see the savanna – the Pantanal. It is made up of dozens of rivers which eventually reach the Cuiabá River. The Transpantaneira is an excellent road for seeing and photographing the abundant wildlife of the region, as the ponds and pools at both sides concentrate a surprising diversity of wildlife even during the dry season. Caimans, capybaras, marsh deer, jabiru storks, roseate spoonbills and many species of kingfishers. Accommodation for 2 nights in a lovely Lodge. This includes nocturnal exploration in search of wildlife.
Lodge accommodation – (B,L,D)
DAY 3 – PANTANAL – POUSO ALEGRE RANCH
Full day for exploring the savannahs, wetlands and forests. We will look for spectacled caimans, Brazilian tapirs, blackcollared hawks, Amazon kingfishers, wattled jacanas, and many other species. These creatures frequent the ponds and flooded areas. The savannahs and forests are the habitat of the giant anteater, greater rheas, coatis and several black-and golden howler monkeys. Very close to the lodge nests two pairs of habituated hyacinth macaws, the biggest parrots on Earth. Lodge accommodation – (B,L,D)
DAYs 4 & 5: SANTA TEREZA RANCH
We drive southwards along the Transpantaneira and after 2 ½ hours, we arrive to Santa Tereza Ranch, where we will stay for the next 2 days. The ranch has an excellent history of protecting the local ecosystems and avoiding poaching, and that’s why the wildlife is so abundant and approachable. The area also offers photogenic and habituated groups of giant river otters (an extremely endangered species), nesting jabiru storks (accessible from observation towers close to the nests), Brazilian tapirs and groups of capuchin monkeys, as well as active black-collared hawks that fish piranhas close to the lodge. The number of birds around the house is amazing: colourful tanagers, wattled jacanas, turquoise-fronted parrots, tropical-screech owls, squirrel cuckoos and so much more.
Accommodation at Ranch for 2 nights.
DAY 6 – SANTA TEREZA RANCH – PORTO JOFRE
We continue driving southwards up to the end of the Transpantaneira, with stops for adding new species of wildlife, reaching the Cuiabá River and our accommodation for the next 3 nights: Hotel Porto Jofre, is a comfortable lodge located by the river. This region around Porto Jofre, is one of the best regions for spotting and photographing jaguars as these felines are not afraid of humans due to the protection at the large and nearby Encontro das Aguas State Park, and the big abundance of preys along the river banks, such as caimans, capybaras, tapirs, yellow anacondas and wood storks. After lunch we will photograph the wildlife at a small lake covered with Victoria regias and visit an area where we will see nesting hyacinth macaws, and at 3.00pm we will take our first boat trip in search of jaguars – how exciting! (B,L,D)
DAYs 7 & 8 – CUIABÁ RIVER
We will navigate Cuiabá River and its tributaries at Parque Estadual Encontro das Aguas (Meeting of the Waters State Park), where jaguars hunt spectacled caimans, capybaras, tapirs, anacondas and other preys along the riverbanks during the dry season (from June up to November). The Pantanal jaguar subspecies is the largest one in the Americas, and its population has been growing in the region due to protection. We will depart in motorboats twice daily in search of these spectacular felines that usually hunt caimans and mammals without being afraid of photographers, but we will also focus in other wildlife such as Brazilian tapirs, capybaras and redbreasted toucans, among many other species. (B,L,D)
DAY 9 – PORTO JOFRE – CUIABÁ
As time allows, another boat trip along the Piquiri River looking for jaguars and other wildlife. We drive back to Cuiabá, with stops along the Transpantaneira for wildlife photography, arriving at 7:00pm.Our final dinner and the chance to share a few tall stories…Accommodation Hotel – (B,L,D)
DAY 10 – CUIABÁ
The tour ends. Transfer to Cuiaba Airport, where we will board our departure flights.
(B,L,D) – Confirms if Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner are included that day.
Itinerary, price and details are subject to change.
PHOTO TOUR PRICE
AU$9,995 Twin Share per person
As per itinerary, with small group size and professional photo guide.
EVENT DEPOSIT REQUIRED – AU$1,500 pp.
Please read our terms & Conditions and fill in our on line booking form. At this time we recommend Travel Insurance, which includes deposit protection cover. Most credit card companies offer complimentary travel insurance. Travel agents offer travel insurance or, you can Google – Travel Insurance.
Bookings are as per our terms and conditions.
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT – AU$1,595 pp.
We will try our best to find someone to share with you. However, part of the booking conditions is that a single supplement is applicable if no one is available to share.
THE COST INCLUDES
• All land tour costs as per itinerary
• Accommodation in 3/4 star hotels/lodges based in double-room occupancy Single accommodation as per Single Supplement cost
• Private group transportation
• Entrance fees to national park
• Local English-speaking expert guides
• Professional photo guide
• International and domestic Air tickets
• Personal expenses
• Items not included in the itinerary