Photo expedition to the land of the Jaguar, PANTANAL, Brazil. September 24 through October 1, 2018
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Vacation StyleCamping Trek
Activity Level Moderate
The Pantanal the world's largest seasonally flooded wetland and a true paradise for wildlife viewing. During the rains most of its 80,000 square miles are flooded but during the dry season a lot of wildlife concentrate around rivers and other water bodies throughout the area. Those who venture to travel along its trails and navigate its rivers are rewarded with many chances to see and photograph a lot of the more than 470 bird, 80 reptile and 130 mammal species that call this wonderful place home. The Pantanal is also world-famous as the very best place in the planet to watch the largest cat in the Americas, the majestic jaguar.
The cost of the expedition is $5,8580 (USD.)
We kindly as you for a reservation deposit of $1,000 (USD) per person. The remainder must be paid before the 15th of August, 2018
- 8 nights in hotel rooms with double occupancy.
- Ground and River Transportation.
- All meals.
- Travel insurance for people up to 79 years of age
- Wildlife photography talk by Carlos and information and guidance by him and a local guide.
- Flights to and from Cuiabá, Brazil
- Alcoholic beverages
We meet at the Cuiaba, Brazil, airport and head to the Pantanal around mid-day; we will travel the first section of the famous Transpantaneira dirt road with stops for lunch and to take pictures in case we find wildlife. We will arrive to the Pousada Piuval hotel to unpack and have dinner.
Early morning and afternoon land tours looking for birds and other wildlife. It is possible to find in the area the largest bird in the Americas, the greater rhea as well as such interesting birds like hyacinth macaw, bare-faced curassow, chestnut-bellied guan and mammals such as giant anteater, crab-eating fox and South American tapir. All meals will be served at the Pousada Piuval hotel.
Early morning land tour looking for birds and other wildlife. We say good-bye to the Posada Piuval to travel the rest of the Transpantaneira and board the Mutum House Boat. The Transpantaneira goes from north to south in the Mato Grosso state's Pantanal; along its 91 miles and more than 120 bridges is possible to watch abundant wildlife such as capybaras, yacare caimans, aquatic birds and even the occasional anaconda. We will stop several times to stretch our legs and take pictures. Once on board the boat we will unpack and have dinner; the Mutum House Boat have air conditioning, satellite TV, private restrooms, dinning room where delicious regional meals are served buffet-style and a panoramic viewing terrace. We will have time for a talk and get ready for the next few days of exploring the rivers looking for jaguars and other wildlife.
Day 4,5,6 and 7
After an early breakfast we will board out-board motor skiffs to travel along the Cuiaba, Three-brothers and Piquiri rivers looking for the Pantanal's king, the jaguar. This is the best place in the world to watch it in the wild and we will try our best to find it. We should keep in mind that there will be other boats in the area doing the same and it is possible that sometimes several boats will be watching the same jaguar; that the way it is and we just need to be patient. However, all drivers are in touch by radio and that will help us increase our chances to find and see jaguars. We will also have lots of opportunities to watch and take pictures of many other species including capybaras, yacare caimans, giant otters, monkeys, and several kingfisher, shorebird and raptor species. After having spent several hours in the river we will head back to the boat for lunch, downloading and a quick nap before going out again in the afternoon for more wildlife viewing and photography.
After having breakfast on board, we depart our floating home in the river and travel the Transpantaneira back to Cuiaba; we will stop a few times along the way to take pictures. You never know what may cross the road! We will arrive to Cuiaba during the afternoon, and register at the Slaveiro Hotel, which is very conveniently located almost in front of the airport. There we will have the chance to have one last dinner to celebrate our adventure together in the Brazilian Pantanal.
Morning transfer to the airport and good-byes.
Camera, enough memories and batteries. In addition a pair of binoculars can be helpful.
A camera bag is necessary to protect the equipment from the rain.
There are no specific requirements for taking this trip.