Photo workshop

Pantanal photo tour

Wild animals of Brazil
Pantanal, jaguar on the tree
Pantanal photo workshop
Pantanal photo tour
Wild animals of Brazil
Start: July 5, 2024, Cuiaba, Brazil
July 12, 2024, Cuiaba, Brazil

Guide: Dmitry Arkhipov
Price: USD $4950 (deposit $1500)

Single accommodation: USD $1200
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 Pantanal photo tour'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 a mid 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

On this day, we meet at the Hotel D'Luca near the airport in downtown Cuiabá to take a break from the flight and prepare for the expedition. Cuiaba is a major Brazilian city, the gateway to the Pantanal, and can be easily accessed from other cities in Brazil. In the evening we will have dinner together at one of the local restaurants.

Meals are not included on this day.
Day 2

Early in the morning we will begin our journey through the most extensive swamp system on earth. In the next two days we will try to photograph one of the most secretive animals of the Pantanal - the wild cat ocelot. It will take about 3 hours to get to our lodge. In the evening we are planning to shoot an ocelot.

The ocelot is very hard to see and even harder to photograph. Our lodge is perhaps one of the few places on earth where you can shoot an ocelot in a wild. Although this will require a fair amount of luck. Filming 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.

Breakfast, dinner are included.

Day 3

In the morning we will explore the area in search of various animals that inhabit the Pantanal. These can be copibaras, caimans, deer, anteaters, armadillos and various exotic bird species that flock to the lodge in large numbers. And then we'll have one more evening to try and capture the elusive ocelot.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner are included.
Days 4 - 7

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 the best lodge 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. The boats are equipped with radio communication, so the guides can exchange information about where the jaguars go to the river.

We will devote three 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.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner are included.
Day 8

After breakfast and morning shooting, we leave to Cuiaba (around 6 hours drive), where we will be around 7 pm. Here our tour ends, you can fly home.

Breakfast is included.

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

- medical insurance
- air tickets
- meals not specified in program
- drinks on lunches and dinners
- tips
- hotel in Cuiaba in the last day