September 03: Your flight to Cuiabá departs São Paulo Int’l at around 10:00. I will meet the group at the Cuiabá Airport at 11:00. Transfer to our first lodge, with a stop for lunch on the way. We will have our private van with us during the trip, so we have freedom to explore the amazing area in search of wildlife. Afternoon photographing.

September 04: 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.

September 05: Morning shooting in this area again (the bird feeder is great). After lunch 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! The lodge gardens is also excellent for Hyacinth Macaw.

September 06 to 09: 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.

September 10: Half a day photographing Jaguars again and after lunch drive to Rio Claro Lodge. Afternoon photographing around the lodge area and dirt roads nearby, very good for varied birds and mammals.

September 11: Morning boat outing on the scenic Rio Claro, where we should find different opportunities for bird photography and, with luck, even a one last Jaguar! After lunch we drive back to Cuiabá for flight to São Paulo at 18:40, arriving at 22:00 local time.

What’s included
  • Domestic commercial flights
  • Fully hosted trip from Cuiabá
  • Double occupancy accomodations (single rooms may be available, specially for early bookings)
  • All meals while at the lodges
  • Mineral water through the trip
  • 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 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.

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

Porto Jofre  Porto Jofre

Porto Jofre  Porto Jofre

Pouso Alegre  Pouso Alegre

Pouso Alegre  Pouso Alegre

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Extension Tour

Atlantic Rainforest

Finish your Brazil photo trip with a fantastic short extension 2 or 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 and Spot-billed 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 Festive Coquette. 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 Tayra that comes to the feeders and a few elusive Pacas at night.


September 11: Arrival from Cuiabá at 22:00 and night at Hotel Panamby, near the airport.

September 12: After breakfast, drive to Pousada Trilha dos Tucanos. Day there photographing the amazing birds of the area.

September 13: Another day at Trilha dos Tucanos. Here there are so many birds around the lodge that we usually don’t even bother to leave the area, but we may also explore a short trail to see the beautiful rainforest here and maybe find other elusive species, like the incredible Atlantic Royal Flycatcher that nests here on most years and other forest denizens, such as trogons and motmots.

September 14: Early morning photography and then drive back to São Paulo Int’l or hotel nearby. Estimated arrival at 12:00.

  • USD 950 per person
  • USD 100 for single room
  • Minimum of 2 guests
  • Included – car transfer, double occupancy accomodation, all meals while at the lodge.
  • Not Included – drinks, dinner in hotel in Sao Paulo, meals while enroute.

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Black-throated Trogon  Blue Manakin

Trilha dos Tucanos  Red-breasted Toucan

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