Aug 18: The tour host will meet you in São Paulo Int’l Airport for the flight to Campo Grande, departing in the morning. Arrival before mid-day and car transfer to our lodge (4 hrs). Lunch at a restaurant on the way. Afternoon exploring the easy forest trails of our lodge, looking for birds like Blue-crowned Trogon and Amazonian Motmot. Evening presentation about the trip.
Aug 19 and 20: These two days will be devoted to getting the best possible shots of macaws in flight. There are two conveniently placed wooden terraces installed at the edge of the sinkhole, ideal spots for our photography as the macaws fly below us and at eye level. Expect dozens of great opportunities a day for flight shots. The habitat surrounding the sinkhole is good for birds such as Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl, Plush-crested Jays, among others. We stop for lunch and a siesta at a neighbour fazenda. This region is also very good for Giant Anteaters and we will look for them as well.
Aug 21: After breakfast and some quick photos around the lodge we drive to the town of Aquidauana (4 hrs) to catch the chartered flight to Barranco Alto, about 30 minutes away into the heart of the Pantanal. This is a wonderful exclusive little lodge with an immense area inland for our explorations with 4×4 vehicles or by boat on the river, which is pretty much a private river, as its mouth is blocked to other boats by an intricate and unpassable maze of wetlands and small canals. Afternoon photographing.
Aug 22 and 23: Two full days at Barranco Alto. Daily activities include safari drives, short walks and boat rides, always focused on producing the best photos. The landscape here is among the most beautiful of the Pantanal, with hundreds of lagoons, forests and native grasslands. Wildlife often encountered here include Giant Anteater, Tapir, varied deer species, lots of parrots and macaws, Giant and Neotropical Otters, Caimans, Crab-eating Fox and even Jaguar and probably the best chances for Puma in Brazil. At this time of the year the water levels will be dry, exposing sandbars where different birds breed and small channels with big concentrations of caimans hunting small fish. Many drying lakes inland will also have a big concentration of water birds.
Aug 24: Morning photography and before lunch flight to Porto Jofre region, crossing the Pantanal to its northern section. We will fly to an air strip close to our river boat, which will be our home and base for the next days. Afternoon going out with the smaller boat looking for Jaguars!
Aug 25 to 28: Four full days of boat outings for Jaguar and much more. Expect a lot of different Jaguar sightings (average 3 per day or more), plus Giant Otters, Capybaras and lots of birds. Because our river boat is located right in and around the main area where Jaguars are sighted consistently, we always return for lunch and a midday siesta before going out again in the afternoon.
Aug 29: Morning transfer to Porto Jofre and car transfer to Aymara Lodge, at the beggining of the Transpantaneira (3 hrs). Here we have the chance to unwind a bit and make the last photos. There is an area nearby with a big concentration of water birds that at this time of the year always produce interesting photos.
Aug 30: We will leave the lodge after breakfast for Cuiabá (2:30 hrs), and fly back to São Paulo Int’l at 11:40, arriving around 14:50. Check our optional extension tour to the Atlantic Rainforest as well!