Jaguar Photography Expedition
Mato Grosso, Brazil
September 6 - 11, 2020
6 days / 4 days expedition
September 13 - 18, 2021
6 days / 4 days expedition
Travel with us to Mato Grosso, Brazil, for an opportunity to photograph Jaguars hunting capybaras and caiman, on the Pantanal. The Pantanal is an immense tropical wetlands located mainly in western Brazil's Mato Grosso do Sul state.
Renowned for its wildlife. The Pantanal is home to about 3,500 plant species, 656 bird species, 325 fish species, 159 mammals, 53 amphibian and 98 reptiles. Our primary focus on this expedition is to find jaguars, however, we also will spend time, seeking out; caiman, capybaras, giant river otters, anacondas, howler monkeys, ocelots, crab eating foxes, and the countless birds that call this magical place home. After our exploratory trip here in 2018, and our incredible encounters with 6 different Jaguars, and the other amazing wildlife, we decided we needed to share this amazing place with you all. Hope you can join us…
We pick you up at 10AM in the morning from the Cuiaba Airport (CGB), and take you, via private van and drive (4 hours), to our Eco-lodge, on the Northern Pantanal. During the drive, we enter the Transpantaneira road, which offers some amazing wildlife viewing on the road sides before reaching our hotel. Here we might find; peccary, greater rheas, tapirs, caiman, capybaras, marsh deer, and giant anteaters, as well as countless bird species.
Once we arrive at the hotel, we check you into your hotel room where you can prep gear, and spend the rest of the day walking around the hotel grounds. The bird life at the hotel is exciting, with possible species like the endangered, Hyacinth macaw, which is the largest macaw in the world. There are also caracaras, parrots, and diverse tropical bird species. Dinner will be at 7pm, which is where we will discuss the morning plans.
DAY 2 - 3
Breakfast begins at 6am. At 7am we will depart for our first day on the river. It will take us an hour to get to the river from our lodge. There are endless opportunities to encounter wildlife as we travel on the Transpantaneira Highway. The bird life in the Pantanal is some of the best in the world, and birds of prey are abundant on this road. There are quite a few bridge crossings with plenty of caiman and capybaras to entertain us during the drive.
The first two days of our expedition will be spent seeking out wildlife on the river, with our focus being jaguars. The river however, is full of wildlife, and where we can find spectacled caiman, capybaras, river otters, yellow anacondas, green iguanas, countless water birds and the star of the show, the jaguar.
Today we change it up a bit. Breakfast begins at 6am. At 7am we will spend the morning seeking out wildlife on the Reserve, There are hiking trails behind the hotel, where it is possible to find families of howler monkeys and capuchin monkeys to photograph. After our morning spent photographing monkeys, we will rest and relax, hiding from the mid-afternoon sun.
At 2pm will board the back of our safari styled vehicle, and take a drive along the Transpantaneira Highway, as well as private roads near the Reserve to view the incredible array of mammals, birds and reptile along these roads. At dusk we will visit one of the private ranches to do a night drive seeking out the night dwelling wildlife; like ocelots, peccary, anteaters and tapirs, maned wolves, crab eating foxes, and if we are really lucky hunting jaguars.
After breakfast, for our final day, we will spend a full day on the river, seeking out more jaguars encounters, capybaras, speckled caiman, and giant river otters, jaribus, king fishers and other birds. Return to our hotel for dinner.
Day 6 - We return you to the Cuiaba Airport (CGB), (4 hour drive) for your journey home. Please book your return flights after 12pm.
The focus on this trip is the jaguar, however the Pantanal is also great for other wildlife, including river otters, tapirs, speckled caiman, cabybaras, howler monkeys and a lot of bird species, including the famous jabirus.
YOUR NEXT MOVE…
Let us know you are interested in joining us.