Join Jeff Parker in the world’s largest contiguous wetland for his Jaguars of the Pantanal Photo Tour 2022. There, plan to photograph wild jaguars and SO much more!
In addition to the jags, plan to photograph ocelots, caiman, endangered giant otters, toucans, Hyacinth Macaws, Jabiru Storks, monkeys, parrots, and raptors. We may also see & photograph tapirs, giant anteaters, and crab-eating fox and other wildlife in this extremely biologically diverse place.
Indeed, this region is a UNESCO World Heritage Site for a very good reason — the wildlife sightings here are off the charts!
This ALL-INCLUSIVE photo tour is limited to EIGHT (8) travelers. (Double-occpancy; Singles are available ~ please email me for more info if interested in a single.)
I like to call the Pantanal the World’s Wildlife Superlative Capital! Here’s why:
- 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 typically have multiple 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 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.
- 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, Toco Toucans, King Vultures (possibly…), Monk Parakeets, other parrot species & more.
During this photo tour we don’t rush from location to location. We take our time, remaining at each shot spot until everyone has had a chance to create the images he/she wants.
From your arrival in Cuiabá, the trip is all-inclusive (double-occupancy), and includes ten (10) nights of lodging.
Your tour includes a hotel room in Cuiabá upon your arrival so you can rest up before we head out to Jaguar Country the next day. Most tours have you hopping a bus right after your long flight to South America, but not mine. I want you to get a good night’s sleep before the photo ops kick off.
Plan to chow down during our Welcome Dinner, which takes place at an authentic traditional Brazilian steakhouse (a churrascaria).
In addition to the hotel upon your arrival in Cuiabá, your tour also includes nine (9) more nights of lodging: five (5) nights of double-occupancy in a Jaguar Suite on a floating hotel in the heart of jaguar habitat, plus four (4) nights of double-occupancy at another wildlife-rich lodge in the Pantanal. (Single supplements are available; email me for more info.)
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.
- Wednesday, August 24: Arrive. Overnight in Cuiabá. Dinner at a Brazilian steakhouse (an authentic churrascaria).
- Thursday, August 25: We head to our first lodge in the Pantanal. Look for wildlife as we meander down the Transpantaneira “highway.” Watch for Hyacinth Macaws flying in the sunset. A gorgeous sight!
- Friday, August 26: Boat excursion from land-based lodge to photograph wildlife; more photography at & near lodge. Night time safari in old-timey, open-air truck.
- Saturday, August 27: Travel to the floating hotel, wildlife watching along the way (look carefully into those grassy spots for brocket and marsh deer!) Settle into your double-occupancy Jaguar Suite (not the regular tiny rooms). Afternoon shoot in the heart of Jaguar Country.
- Sunday, August 28 ~ through ~ Tuesday, August 30: Boat-based excursions to photograph jaguars, caiman, giant otters, capybara, Hyacinth Macaws, toucans, monkeys, & other wildlife in the heart of Jaguar Country.
- Wednesday, August 31: Head back to first lodge via closed bus (not open truck this time). We’ll stop along the way for a break and to revel in the abundant bird song and activity. Plan for an evening photo shoot on the lodge grounds or nearby (ocelots anyone?)
- Thursday, September 1: Photograph wildlife at or near the lodge. Take a boat-based photo excursion during which you can usually photograph raptors coming in for fish and kingfishers waiting for a meal. Enjoy another evening and/or night shoot (ocelots again anyone?)
- Saturday, September 3: 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)
- Tips for wildlife action shots
- Tips for dealing with the water’s glare
- 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, 4 nights at a second wildlife-rich lodge, & our 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.
- Permits & conservation fees.
- An extensive & detailed full-colored dossier to help you plan your international journey.
- Jeff’s guidance, instruction and image review throughout. Don’t forget to schedule your one-on-one time with him! (Image reviews also after you return home, too).
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED:
Any other lodging in Brazil that’s not included in the itinerary. Airfare to Cuiabá, 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:
Most photo excursions will be in boats so there will be little walking. The drive on the Transpantaneira can be a bit rough at times.
That said, we do take small hikes to photograph ocelots, tapirs, and monkeys. You’ll need to carry your equipment during these walks. Paths are dirt, but not in bad shape. There are no hills to worry about.
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.
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 24, 2022 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, your tour includes lodging in Cuiabá the night before we embark for theTranspantaneira.
We will meet you at the airport upon your arrival and transport you to your hotel. All ground transportation is included in your tour.
Please plan to arrive in time to join us for your Welcome Dinner at a traditional Brazilian churrascaria the night of August 9th (included).
FOOD & LODGING:
Meals are included in your tour from the Welcome Dinner on August 24th through breakfast the morning of September 3rd.
Lodging (double-occupancy; singles are available for an additional amount) is also included.
Great news! Beginning June 17, 2019 citizens of the United States & Canada no longer need a visa to travel in Brazil. Whoo hoo!
GENERAL INFO / SIGN UP:
- DURATION: 9 days & 9 nights
- DATES: Wednesday, August 24 — Saturday, September 3, 2022
- PRICE: $7995 ~ ALL-INCLUSIVE (double-occupancy)
- SPACE FOR: Eight (8)
- 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.
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