June 20 or July 01: The tour host will meet you in São Paulo Int’l Airport for the morning flight to Cuiabá (for the June trip) or meet you at the airport in Cuiabá (for the July trip). Arrival around mid-day and car transfer to our lodge on the Transpantaneira. Lunch at a restaurant on the way. We will have our private van with us during the first part of the trip, so we have freedom to explore the amazing area in search of wildlife. Afternoon photographing the first animals and birds!
June 21 or July 02: Full day at Pouso Alegre property, exploring different habitats and photography opportunities. This is an excellent area for mammals like Giant Anteater, Tapir, Crab-eating Fox, Brocket Deers, Marsh Deer and some others. Hundreds of bird species abound as well, like Chestnut-eared Araçari, Toco Toucan, Great Horned Owl, Black-collared Hawk, Sunbittern,Helmeted Manakin, Pale-crested Woodpecker and many more. We will also do some nighttime photography, be it for wildlife or landscape/stars.
June 22 or July 03: Entire morning shooting in this area again (Hyacinth Macaws abound around our lodge in the morning). After lunch and the harsh midday light we drive to our second lodge at the very end of the Transpantaneira, on the edge of the large Cuiabá River. During the drive we will stop often for photos, as wildlife is literally all around the road. We will be looking mainly for birds like the amazing Scarlet-headed Blackbird, Snail Kites, Jabiru, Rufous-tailed Jacamar, etc. Jaguars are seen on the road sometimes too! We arrive at the lodge before dinner.
June 23 to 26 or July 04 to 07: Four full days of boat outings for Jaguar and much more. Expect a lot of different Jaguar sightings, plus Giant Otters, Capybaras and lots of birds. We start our days before dawn and always return for lunch and a midday siesta before going out again in the afternoon.
June 27 or July 08: Morning boat outing again for Jaguars. After lunch car drive along the Transpantaneira, stopping a lot for photography. Since we won’t catch a plane today we can have all the time we want here, no rush. There are loads of opportunities along the road. Night at a hotel in the city of Cuiabá and farewell dinner at the best churrascaria steakhouse in town, an all-you-can-eat extravaganza to finish the trip.
June 28 or July 09: Early morning flight back to São Paulo Int’l. Expect to arrive at the international airport around 10:00 AM.