Explore in Focus™ with me during my “Jaguars of the Pantanal Photo Tour ~ 2019” and photograph wild jaguars, endangered river otters, ocelots, Hyacinth Macaws, Jabiru Storks, monkeys, parrots, raptors, and SO much more.
This photo tour takes place during the very best time to be in the Pantanal: August. This region, the world’s largest contiguous wetland, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and for a very good reason — the wildlife sightings here are off the charts!
Group size is limited to EIGHT (8) ~ FOUR (4) spots left
I consider the Pantanal the wildlife superlative capital of the world! There you can photograph:
- 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.
I offer a $2500 money-back guarantee* you’ll get a shot of one! (*Join me on all jaguar shoots for guarantee to apply.)
- 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 sometimes 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 (YACARE) ~ 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 last 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 (possibly…), 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 fascinating biologist-led presentation about the wildlife.
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).
From your arrival in Cuiabá, the trip is all-inclusive (double-occupancy). The day you arrive in Cuiabá your lodging is included so you can rest up before we head out to Jaguar Country the next day. Plan to join us the evening of your arrival for the Welcome Dinner, which takes place at an authentic traditional Brazilian steakhouse (a churrascaria).
- It’s an amazing experience to witness a wild jaguar stalking prey. This male had his eyes on a capybara!
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 & plenty of chances to view wildlife will be our goals at all times.
- Saturday, August 3: Arrive. Overnight in Cuiaba. Dinner at a Brazilian steakhouse (an authentic churrascaria).
- Sunday, August 4: The real fun begins as we travel to our first lodge in the Pantanal.
- Monday, August 5: 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.
- Tuesday, August 6: Travel to the floating hotel, wildlife watching along the way. Settle into your double-occupancy Jaguar Suite (NOT the regular tiny rooms). Afternoon shoot in the heart of Jaguar Country.
- Wednesday, August 7 ~ through ~ Saturday, August 10: Boat-based excursions to photograph jaguars, caiman, giant otters, capybara, Hyacinth Macaws, toucans, monkeys, & other wildlife in the heart of Jaguar Country.
- Sunday, August 11: Head back to first lodge via closed bus (not open truck this time). Evening photo shoot there.
- Monday, August 12: Photograph wildlife at or near the lodge. Take a boat-based photo excursion. Evening photo shoot.
- Tuesday, August 13: Head back to Cuiabá, wildlife watching along the way.
WHAT YOU CAN LEARN ON THIS TOUR:
- Photographing birds in flight
- How to do pan blurs
- How to photograph wildlife through understory vegetation.
- How to master manual exposure (& when it’s better than priority exposures)
- How & when to do silhouettes
- What makes a good wildlife image
A note about instruction on my photo tours:
Since skills levels vary so much on photo tours, I tailor my teaching to individual needs. Please do not be shy about telling me what you need.
- Double-occupancy accommodations for ten (10) nights (includes 5 nights in a Jaguar Suite on a floating hotel, four nights at a second wildlife-rich lodge, & your first night in Cuiabá. Interested in a single? Please email me for availability & pricing.)
- 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.
- Welcome Dinner at an authentic churrascaria (traditional authentic Brazilian steakhouse).
- Ground transportation.
- River trips.
- Nightly biologist-led presentations while we’re on the floating hotel
- Services of local guides & boat drivers.
- An extensive & details dossier to help you plan your international journey.
- Jeff’s guidance, instruction and image review.
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED:
Any other lodging in Brazil that’s not included in the itinerary. Airfare to Cuiabá, Brazilian visa, travel insurance, alcoholic beverages (watch out for those caipirinhas!), canned & bottled beverages, medical expenses, laundry service, any other personal items, & tips (the extensive dossier that we provide before the tour begins will include information about tipping protocols on this tour).
LOGISTICS, EQUIPMENT & SUCH:
You’ll want to fly into the airport in Cuiabá (Marechal Rondon International Airport). The airport code is CGB.
Please plan to arrive about mid-day on August 3, 2019 in Cuiabá if possible.
Your flight will be long and you will be very tired when you arrive so we feel that it’s best that you get a good night’s sleep before we begin adventuring into the Pantanal. For that reason, we’ve included lodging in Cuiabá the day you arrive in the price of your tour.
Please plan to join us for the welcome dinner at a traditional Brazilian churrascaria the night of August 3rd (included).
We suggest you secure your Brazilian visa two to three months before you go. Your visa will be good for two (2) years.
This link has the form you need to fill out & directions for applying:/http://vfsglobal.com/brazil-evisa/
We’ll send out an extensive dossier when your photo tour grows closer and it will include, among lots of other things, a packing list.
In the meantime, if you’re wondering what sort of photography equipment you might need on a trip like this, here is the EQUIPMENT CHECKLIST (PDF)
NOTE: You do not have to own everything on the checklist to get good shots in Pantanal! It’s a list of recommended equipment. If you have any questions about the minimum lenses, etc. that will get you though, please don’t hesitate to ask.
GENERAL INFO / SIGN UP:
- DATES: Saturday, August 3 — Tuesday, August 13, 2019
- PRICE: $7,495
- SPACE FOR: Eight (8) ~ FOUR (4) spots left
- 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.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Please read our CANCELLATION POLICY before purchasing
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