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Complete Pantanal - September  07 to 19, 2022

Covid-19 current situation in Brazil and travel in 2021

Finally we can say that, most probably, Covid-19 is definetely getting under control all over.  International travel is starting to happen again, but I will talk more about that later, first I’d like to update you about the current Covid situation in Brazil.

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As you can see the number of new cases is dropping steadily, which is a direct result of more and more people getting vaccinated.

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Currently over 50% of the population is vaccinated, and the process is speeding up greatly. Practically nearly all of the adult population is vaccinated with at least one dose, and many places are already vaccinating children above 12 years old.

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Much is said abroad about the Delta variant of the virus in Brazil, however from both empirical and scientific data we can say that all of the current vaccines are effective against this variant, preventing you from contracting the disease. In the rare cases where people are infected even after vaccinated, the disease very very rarely evolves to a dangerous state. So I think we can safely say that, so far, science is now winning this battle.

And what about the numbers? Is it dangerous to travel to Brazil? As you can see from the graph above, Delta variant is actually not that widespread here. The number of new cases now are quite low and only 37% of those are Delta variant. Everything here is working normally and all of the safety protocols are followed, like wearing masks in all closed spaces, alcohol hygiene, etc.

So, is it a good time to travel to Brazil? Absolutely! This is quickly being considered the best year ever in North Pantanal for Jaguar sightings, for those who are lucky to be out there. The sightings are incredible, with a big number of small cubs and mothers not shy of showing them at river edge, and also a great number of hunts and kills. All of this together with the small number of boats on the river make 2021 the best year ever for wildlife photographers to come to North Pantanal, where you will have unprecendented calm on the river to approach a Jaguar the way you want and make that shot of a lifetime. We do understand that most people had to postpone their trips due to travel restrictions that were in force until a month ago or so, but now most restrictions are falling and if you’d still like to visit the Pantanal this year please contact me now and lets discuss this. You won’t regret, conditions are great and won’t be repeated!

Hand baggage policies in Brazil

Hand baggage policies update

I have completed a couple trips to the Pantanal on this new 2019 season and thought it would be nice to post an update on the “new” hand baggage policies, posted earlier on this blog.

Contrary to what was said in the media, on none of these trips no one checked the weight or the measurements of my bags, although they were under the new limits, so I wasn’t nervous about that. I didn’t see any other people having their bags weighted either. It feels to me that they will notice much more a bag well over the size and obviously extremelly heavy, otherwise you should be fine, even if you are slightly above the weight limit.

Here’s what I was carrying as hand baggage on these flights:

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One Lowepro Flipside 400AW II backpack with the following contents, weighting in right under the 10 kg limit:

  • One DSLR camera body and a 300mm f/2.8
  • 24-70mm lens
  • Teleconverter
  • SB-910 speedlight
  • 10×42 binocular
  • 14″ notebook
  • Bluetooth speaker
  • Two Pocket Wizard remote controls
  • Miscellaneous items like spare batteries, small flashlight, memory cards, etc.

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I was also carrying a second smaller side bag, pictured above, with a small pocket camera, chargers, backup portable hard drive, cables, two handset radios, etc. This side bag could also be used to carry, for example, a second camera body and/or another lens. This bag was weighting approximately 3 kg.

On my main bag I was carrying my clothes, personal items, a tripod, tripod ball head, other chargers, etc. My main bag weighted around 15 kg.

I hope this clarifies the situation and helps you when choosing what to bring and how. As always, contact me if you have doubts and want my opinion.

 

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Good news regarding tourist visa to Brazil

The Brazilian government has issued a decree that says that starting in June 17, citizens from the USA, Canada, Japan and Australia no long need a tourist visa to enter Brazil. All that is needed is a valid passport. They now join citizens from other parts of the world who already had the same benefit, like all of Europe, other South American countries, Mexico, Central American countries, New Zealand and some others.

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