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.


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


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.


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!

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New video with 2019 highlights!

Make sure to check our new video with some of the 2019 highlights. This was filmed by me and Larissa. Please watch it in full HD on the link below:


Clip on International Jaguar Day

Here’s a quick video clip filmed by us during 2019. Images by Larissa Pantanal. Enjoy!

Jaguar population on the rise

Jaguars on the rise!

I’m starting again the blog on my website. I pretend to add mostly day-by-day photo trip reports here, but eventually some other content as well. So I’ll start on a positive note: on March the Wildlife Conservation Society released a statement saying that, “Jaguar populations have grown at an average annual rate of nearly 8 percent across field sites where the WCS works in Latin America from 2002 to 2016. In the sites analyzed, which include areas throughout Central and South America, the jaguar population either held steady or expanded, with a 3-fold increase in jaguar density in Bolivia’s Madidi National Park alone.

This is great news and something that I have been saying for a few years, that jaguar populations are on the rise in a number of places, specially the Pantanal, where they are starting to be regularly seen in many areas, even places that no jaguars have been sighted for several years!

I think this is a result of a new culture emerging from younger generations of cattle ranchers, who can better appreciate nature and wildlife for what it is, so the hunting pressure on jaguars as retaliation to livestock kills is getting lighter. Also, ecotourism is a strong driving force in the Pantanal – your dollars spent on photo tours will pay people whose jobs depend on a healthy population of these cats.

Click here for the original WCS article.

Jaguar population on the rise