Jun 16: 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. Lunch at a restaurant on the way. Afternoon exploring the easy forest trails of our lodge, looking for birds like Helmeted Manakin and Blue-crowned Motmot.

Jun 17 – 18: 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 place also offers an optional fantastic side tour, which is to snorkel in the crystal clear waters of the Pantanal headwaters, full of fish and wonderful for underwater photos.

Jun 19: After breakfast we drive to our first lodge in the Pantanal. Here we are going to have our first experience with the biome, looking for varied birds and mammals by car or easy walks. In the evening we will look for the Ocelots, our main goal here. Your host will help you to achieve the best lighting for photograhy at night, either with off-camera flash or powerful LED flashlights.

Jun 20: A full day here and another night for the Ocelots. In the morning the feeders are often packed with different birds, including very tame Toco Toucans and Black-hooded Parakeets.

Jun 21: After breakfast we fly to Barranco Alto, about 20 minutes away into the heart of the Pantanal. This is a wonderful 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.

Jun 22 – 23: Two full days at Barranco Alto. Daily activities include safari drives, short walks and boat rides, always focused on producing the best photos. 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. This is the most beautiful scenery in the Pantanal and great photos can be made here.

Jun 24: Morning photography and after lunch flight to Porto Jofre. Afternoon car drive to huge wetlands just north of our hotel along the Transpantaneira, where we will look for varied wildlife.

Jun 25 – 27: Three 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 always return for lunch and a midday siesta before going out again in the afternoon.

Jun 28: One last morning boat outing and 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. There are loads of opportunities along the road. Night at a hotel in the city of Cuiabá.

Jun 29: Early morning flight back to São Paulo Int’l, arriving around 09:30 AM. Check our optional short extension tour to the Atlantic Rainforest!

What’s included
  • Domestic commercial flights and charter flights
  • Double occupancy accomodation (single rooms may be available)
  • All meals while at the lodges*
  • Mineral water at the boat in Porto Jofre
  • Drinks on some of the lodges
  • Special boat designed specifically for photography, with unlimited fuel
  • Local guides
  • Park entrance fees
  • Photographic tutoring and image reviews

NOT included

  • International air tickets
  • Luggage fees
  • Drinks at some of the lodges
  • Laundry
  • Tips
  • Travel and cancellation insurance

* Meals other than breakfast are not included during the first part of the trip, for the flying macaws.


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 spacious and equipped with private bathrooms, air conditioning and wi-fi.

We choose only the best accomodations on the areas we visit.


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Extension Tour

Atlantic Rainforest

Finish your Brazil photo trip 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 species as well, 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.

Mammals are seen sometimes too, like a tame Tayra that comes to the feeders and a few elusive Pacas at night, not to mention squirrels and monkeys.


Jun 29: 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.

Jun 30: Full day photographing here. After dusk we return to São Paulo and spend the night at a hotel of your choice near the airport. It’s possible to also catch a flight back home that same night, but count with our arrival in the airport around 22:00 or so.

  • USD 500 per person
  • USD 100 for single room
  • Included – car transfer, double occupancy accomodation, all meals.
  • Not Included – hotel in São Paulo (if needed), drinks.

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Many thanks for a great trip to the Pantanal. All your arrangements for accommodation and transport worked extremely well, allowing us to concentrate on wildlife viewing and photography. Encounters with Jaguars exceeded our expectations by far, giving us great photo opportunities, aided by the very experienced boat driver. The macaws were superb and gave us wonderful opportunities for flight photography. Your knowledge of the area and its wildlife greatly enhanced our enjoyment of the trip.
Guy and Sue Huntington – United Kingdom

“I want to thank you again for a great trip to the Pantanal and Bonito region. The photographic opportunities, accommodations, and food were all excellent – your meticulous planning and knowledge of the area made for a fine trip. The transportation arrangements were perfect. The experience of watching and photographing the magnificent macaws and all the abundant wildlife in the Pantanal was everything I had hoped it would be. I definitely look forward to more trips with you in Brazil.”
Bill Harbin – USA

“For quite some time the Pantanal has been on our list of places we wanted to go to. In 2011 we decided now is the time. Having been through the various tours and other options, there was no doubt, Octavio was the one we wanted to join. We signed up immediately, and we haven’t had any reasons for regrets. Octavio is a dedicated and determined guide. Everything worked in a smooth and unstressed way. The group we joined was small, and we are sure, that the photographic outcome was outstanding for everyone. Thank you.”
Hanne and Jorn Wahlstrom – Denmark