JAGUARS of the PANTANAL Photo Tour ~ 2018
Join me in Brazil for my “Jaguars of the Pantanal Photo Tour” which takes place in August 2018 (prime time!).
I’ll head once more to the world’s largest contiguous wetland, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- JAGUARS ~ World’s largest subspecies. At up to 350 lbs., these felines are about double the size of an average Amazonian jaguar and the 3rd largest cat in the world (after the lion and tiger). We average two sightings per day while in Jaguar Country. That includes great chances to watch behavior, including stalking prey.
- GIANT RIVER OTTER ~ World’s largest member of the weasel family. These endangered carnivores can grow up to 6-feet long. Locals have given them the moniker “river wolves.” We do at least one early morning shoot in a lagoon with the otters so we can capture them in sweet light while they chomp on fish.
- CAPYBARA ~ World’s largest rodent. You never knew “rodents” could be so cool! These tail-less critters can weigh as much as 130-lbs., which makes watching a jaguar take one it has hunted out of the river an impressive experience.
- JABIRU STORK ~ World’s largest stork. These birds are so large they use them to “deliver” full-grown adults. Okay, but seriously, these ungainly birds are huge! And they’re also interesting to see through the lens. One of our lodges has a Jabiru nest on-site.
- HYACINTH MACAW ~ World’s largest macaw. Of the world’s 372 parrot species, these endangered, cobalt blue beauties measure the longest—- typically 3-feet high. We’re usually able to photograph them from as close as 6-feet.
- BRAZILIAN (Lowland) TAPIR ~ Largest land mammal in South America. Classified as a “vulnerable species” by IUCN, this herbivore, which stands about 3-feet tall at the shoulders, uses its long, bendable proboscis to strip branches of leaves and fruit. While getting photos of these shy mammals presents a real challenge, we have gotten good views of them on every trip.
- PARAGUAYAN CAIMAN ~ World’s highest density of any crocodilian species. Watching these reptiles do their morning “water dance” is a sight to see! And seeing them — and photographing them — with a fish in their jaws is very possible.
- OCELOT ~ During my 2016 tour, we had the chance to photograph ocelots at our first lodge. I’m hoping we’ll have that chance again, but I can’t promise ocelots like I can jaguars. As nocturnal carnivores they often take to the trees to hunt monkeys and iguanas. Like jaguars, ocelots will also head to the water for food.
- OTHER ANIMALS OF NOTE ~ Black Howler Monkeys, Brown-tufted Capuchin Monkeys, Rhea, Marsh Deer, Brocket Deer, Crab-eating Fox, and…and…this region is amazingly rich in biodiversity.
- …AND BIRDS ~ This UNESCO World Heritage Site also provides habitat for over 690 species of birds. See Caracara, Toucans, King Vultures, Monk Parakeets, other parrot species & more.
We’ll spend nine (9) days & nights exploring and photographing the wildlife-rich Brazilian Pantanal.
The trip includes all lodging and dining, including a welcome dinner at a churrascaria in Cuiaba the first night, five (5) nights of double-occupancy in a Jaguar Suite on a floating hotel, in addition to four (4) nights of double-occupancy at another wildlife-rich lodge in the Pantanal. Each night at the floating hotel includes a biologist-led presentation to teach about the region & its wildlife.
Why Go with Me?
- 1. I offer a $2500 money back guarantee that you will see a jaguar. (Note: guarantee applies for those who go on all jaguar photo shoots).
- 2. Lodging on a floating hotel while in Jaguar Country puts us much closer to the action than land-based lodges in the preserve area. (We get to cats faster when they’re spotted.)
- 3. Your tour includes a Jaguar Suite on a floating hotel — a huge improvement over the hotel’s other rooms!
- 4. For boat excursions from the floating hotel each photographer gets a boat row to him/herself. That gives you the needed room to take the shots & use your tripod.
- 5. Your first night in Brazil, I treat you to an authentic meal at an awesome churrascaria. You haven’t lived until you’ve experienced a real Brazilian churrascaria — a dining experience during which the waiters move around the restaurant with nearly a dozen cuts of meat, slicing portions directly onto your plate. Dinner also includes an amazing buffet of local side dishes, salads, breads, and desserts.
- 6. Our guides and boat driver maintain radio contact with others in the field so we benefit from many experienced eyes on the look-out for the cats for us.
- 7. My tour includes a night of lodging in Cuiaba (your first night).
- 8. Our contacts/the camp operators are also researchers. They’ve mapped the cats’ territories and study their behavior. This means they know the jaguars and their habits well.
- 9. Each of your five evenings on the floating hotel includes a biologist-led presentation about the area’s fauna. The biologist is part of the operator’s staff and works full time helping to coordinate and collect data.
- 10. On our ride from the floating hotel back to our land-based lodge (for our final two nights) we take an air conditioned bus along the dirt Transpantaneira road. The ride to Jaguar Country takes place on an old-fashioned open-air truck — fun and great for wildlife viewing the first time, but when we head back most folks are ready for a more comfortable ride.
- 11. Your four (4) nights at the land-based lodge also include boat-based photography, a Jabiru nest on-site, the chance to photograph monkeys, birds of prey, Monk parakeets, toucans, Jabiru Storks, capybara, and Hyacinth Macaws. In 2016, we also spent two evenings there photographing ocelots!
PLEASE NOTE: This is an estimated schedule and we’ll do our best to stick to this itinerary, but certain conditions may necessitate changes. Good photographic experiences and plenty of chances to view wildlife will be our goals at all times.
Monday, July 30: Arrive. Overnight in Cuiaba. Dinner at a Brazilian steakhouse (an authentic churrascaria).
Tuesday, July 31: The real fun begins as we travel to our first lodge in the Pantanal.
Wednesday, August 1: Boat excursion from land-based lodge to photograph wildlife; more photography at & near lodge. Night time wildlife-viewing excursion in old-timey, open-air truck.
Thursday, August 2: Travel to the floating hotel, wildlife watching along the way. Settle into your double-occupancy Jaguar Suite. Afternoon shoot in the heart of Jaguar Country.
Friday, August 3 – Monday, August 6: Boat-based excursions to photograph jaguars, caiman, giant otters, capybara, Hyacinth Macaws, toucans, monkeys, & other wildlife in the heart of Jaguar Country.
Tuesday, August 7: Head back to first lodge via closed bus (not open truck this time). Evening photo shoot there.
Wednesday, August 8: Photograph wildlife at or near the lodge. Take a boat-based photo excursion. Evening photo shoot.
Thursday, August 9: Head back to Cuiaba, wildlife watching along the way.
Double-occupancy accommodations (including 5 nights in a Jaguar Suite on a floating hotel) and meals from your arrival in Cuiabá on the first day of the tour to drop off at the Cuiabá airport on the last day of the tour. Ground transportation. River trips. Local guides. My guidance, instruction and image review.
What is NOT included:
Any other lodging in Brazil that’s not included in the itinerary. Airfare to Cuiabá, Brazilian visa, travel insurance, tips, alcoholic beverages (watch out for those caipirinhas!), canned & bottled sodas, medical expenses, laundry service, and any other personal items.
DATES: Monday, July 30 — Thursday, August 9, 2018
SPACE FOR: 10
DEPOSIT AMOUNT: $1500
PAYMENT DUE DATES: A total of half the cost of the tour due 6-months before departure. Remaining balance due 60-days prior to start date of tour.