Itinerary

Sept 27: The tour host will meet you in São Paulo Int’l Airport for the flight to Campo Grande, departing at 08:50 AM. 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.

Sept 28 to 29 : 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.

Sept 30: 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.

Oct 01 – 02: 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.

Oct 03: 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 boat looking for Jaguars!

Oct 04 – 07: 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.

Oct 08: Morning transfer to Porto Jofre and car transfer to Pousada Piuval, 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.

Oct 09: We will leave the lodge after breakfast for Cuiabá (2 hrs), and flight back to São Paulo Int’l at 11:40, arriving around 14:50 AM. Check our optional short pre tour to the Atlantic Rainforest as well!

What’s included
  • Domestic commercial flights from São Paulo
  • Domestic luggage fees (one checked bag per person)
  • Private chartered flights
  • All road transportation on confortable private vans
  • Fully hosted trip from São Paulo
  • Double occupancy accomodations (single rooms are available, specially for early bookings)
  • All meals while at the lodges
  • Mineral water at the boat in Porto Jofre and during road transfers through the trip
  • All drinks in Barranco Alto (except wine)
  • Boat with unlimited fuel
  • Park entrance fees

Not included

  • International air tickets
  • Excess baggage fees
  • Drinks when not mentioned above
  • Lunch enroute on the first day
  • Tips
Accomodations

Accomodations included on the tour price are for double occupancy rooms. Single rooms are available, but to guarantee them we advise to book early. All rooms throughout the trip are equipped with private bathrooms, air conditioning and wi-fi. Rooms are clean, spacious and comfortable, only on the river boat, of course, the rooms are a bit smaller but neverthless very comfortable as well.

They all offer a wide variety of self service meals (vegetarian/vegan friendly).

 

boat-inside

Room at the riverboat Pousada Barranco Alto

Trip Map

Pre Tour

Atlantic Rainforest

Begin your Brazil photo trip with a fantastic short pre tour just 3 hours by car from São Paulo to the lush Atlantic Rainforest. We stay at a simple but fully devoted lodge for photography and birding. The feeders here are loaded with colorful birds, like Saffron Toucanets, Red-breasted Toucan, Magpie and Green-headed Tanagers, Black-throated Grosbeak, Yellow-fronted and Blond-crested Woodpeckers, etc. Many hummingbirds are around as well, like Brazilian Ruby and Scale-throated Hermit. Special forest hides allow us the opportunity to photograph more elusive forest species, like tinamous and wood-quails.

Some mammals are seen sometimes too, like a tame Tayra that comes to the feeders and a few elusive Pacas at night. With luck, a Tapir may be seen at night as well.

Itinerary 

Sept 25: The host will meet you in the morning at the Sao Paulo Int’l Airport or nearby hotel. Car transfer to our lodge, around 3 hours away through good roads. Lunch at the lodge and afternoon photographing.

Sept 26: Full day photographing here and car transfer back to São Paulo at late afternoon. Check-in at a hotel near the airport.

Sept 27: Meeting at the airport for flight to Cuiabá at 08:50 and beggining of the main tour.

  • USD 600 per person
  • USD 150 for single room
  • Minimum of 2 guests
  • Included – car transfer, double occupancy accomodation, all meals while at the lodge.
  • Not Included – drinks and hotel in Sao Paulo

Blue Manakin Saffron Toucanet

Green-headed Tanager Black-throated Trogon

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Terms & Conditions for Complete Pantanal Tour

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