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.