Photo workshop


Wild animals of Brazil
Pantanal, jaguar on the tree
Pantanal photo workshop
and Rio de Janeiro
Wild animals of Brazil
Start: August 29, 2023, Cuiaba, Brazil
End: September 5, 2023, Cuiaba, Brazil

Guide: Dmitry Arkhipov

Price: TBD
The Pantanal is the world's largest tropical wetland area in the middle of South America, with a total area half the size of France. Although it's mainly located in Brazil, it extends to Bolivia and Paraguay. The Pantanal is inarguably the best place in Brazil to observe wildlife.

Here, one can find caimans, deer, capybaras, anteaters, jaguars, tapirs, cougars, and monkeys. There are also a lot of different species of birds and fish.

Our photo expedition's main objective is a jaguar, the largest and strongest cat in America, both incredibly beautiful and graceful. It is here, in the Pantanal, that the conditions are the most favorable for photographing a jaguar in the wild. During our expedition, we'll see jaguars come out from the jungle to quench their thirst and hunt amid the dry season. It's precisely during this time that we can capture the animal in all its wildest beauty.

During our tour, we'll cross Pantanal, drive through a maze of rivers and swamps, and finally delve into the Waters State Park, which is often referred to as the land of the jaguar. In recent years, the jaguar population in the Pantanal has increased dramatically, and the likelihood of making good shots has doubled.


Day 1 (Aug 29)

On this day, we meet at the Slim Cuiabá Aeroporto Hotel in Cuiabá near the airport to take a break from the flight and prepare for our expedition.

Days 2-3 (Aug 30-31)

Early in the morning we will begin our journey through the most extensive swamp system on earth.

The drive to the lodge will take approximately 3.5 hours. We will devote the next 2 days to shooting the ocelot. This secretive animal is very difficult to see. We will move to the lodge, which is probably one of the few places on earth where you can shoot a wild ocelot. Although this will require a fair amount of luck. Our photography sessions will take place in the evening under artificial lighting. There are excellent conditions for shooting and observing unique and graceful cats. However, one must remember that ocelots are wild animals and they don't show up every day.

And in the morning we will explore the surroundings in search of other animals that inhabit the Pantanal.

Dinner included

Days 4-7 (Sep 1-4)

After breakfast we will go deep into the Pantanal (the journey will take about 2 hours). Along the way, we will stop to take pictures of wild animals that are found in abundance in these places.

In the afternoon we will arrive at one of the best lodges on the banks of the Cuiaba River in Porto Jofre, and in the evening we will have our first trip along the vast network of local rivers in search of a jaguar.

We will have at our disposal small prepared boats with the sunscreens. We will be able to get as close as possible to the animals in order to shoot them from the best angles, and go into small channels.

We will devote three full days to searching for and photographing jaguars. We will go boating on the Cuiaba River and its tributaries to take pictures of jaguars and other jungle dwellers that come to the river in search of food and water, or just to cool off.
included breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 8 (Sep 5)

After breakfast, we leave for Cuiaba (drive about 6 hours), from where you can fly home. Here our journey ends.

Breakfast included


- accommodation in double suites
- meals as specified in program
- transport along the entire route
- local flights
- entrance to all parks as specified in the photo tour itinerary
- photo guide services and photography consultations

- medical insurance
- International air tickets
- meals not specified in program
- drinks on lunches and dinners
- tips