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.

What’s included
  • Domestic commercial flights from São Paulo
  • Fully hosted trip
  • Double occupancy accomodations (single rooms may be available, specially for early bookings)
  • All meals while at the lodges
  • Mineral water at the boat in Porto Jofre and in the van through the trip
  • Boat with unlimited fuel
  • Park entrance fees
  • Farewell dinner at a churrascaria in Cuiabá

Not included

  • International air tickets
  • Excess baggage fees
  • Drinks when not mentioned above
  • Drinks at dinner in a churrascaria
  • Lunch enroute on the first day
  • Tips for van and boat drivers

Accomodations included on the tour price are for double occupancy rooms. Single rooms are usually available, but to guarantee them we advise to book early. Rooms throughout the trip are equipped with private bathrooms, air conditioning and wi-fi. They range from rather simple at Pousada Pouso Alegre to very good at Porto Jofre and Cuiabá.

Lodges and hotels we stay during the trip are Pousada Pouso Alegre, Hotel Porto Jofre Pantanal Norte and Hotel Slaviero in Cuiabá. They all offer clean accomodations and a wide variety of self service meals (vegetarian/vegan friendly).

Room at Porto Jofre

Trip Map

Extension Tour

Atlantic Rainforest

Begin or finish your Brazil photo trip (depending on which date you choose for the Pantanal tour) with a fantastic short extension 2 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 and Spot-billed Toucanets, Red-breasted Toucan, Magpie, Red-necked and Green-headed Tanagers, Black-throated Grosbeak, Yellow-fronted and Blond-crested Woodpeckers, etc. Many hummingbirds are around as well, like Brazilian Ruby and Festive Coquette. Special forest hides allow us the opportunity to photograph more elusive forest species, like tinamous and wood-quails. Our visit also happens during the peak fruiting season of the Palmito trees, attracting a lot of rare and endangered birds right to the lodge gardens, like the Black-fronted Piping-Guan and the Red-ruffed Fruitcrow.

Some mammals are seen sometimes too, like a tame Tayra that comes to the feeders and a few elusive Pacas at night.

Itinerary for pre-trip (for Pantanal tour in June)

June 17: Pickup in the airport in São Paulo in the morning or at a nearby hotel and car transfer to our lodge, around 2 hours away through good roads. Lunch at the lodge and afternoon photographing.

June 18: Full day photographing here.

June 19: Morning photographing and after lunch transfer back to a hotel near the airport. Arrival around 16:00 to 17:00.

Itinerary for post-trip (for Pantanal tour in July)

July 09: Flight from Cuiabá in the morning and immediate car transfer to our lodge, around 2 hours away through good roads. Lunch at the lodge and afternoon photographing.

July 10: Full day photographing here.

July 11: Morning photographing and after lunch transfer back to Sao Paulo Int’l Airport or nearby hotel. Arrival around 16:00 to 17:00.

  • USD 750 per person
  • USD 200 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

Surucuá-de-barriga-amarela (Trogon rufus), macho.

Tangarazinho (Ilicura militaris), macho.

Red-necked tanager

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