When it comes to iconic locations and species in the world then Jaguars in the Pantanal area of Brazil have to be right up there. This new trip is one we have been working on with our good friend and local photographer Pablo Cersosimo for a number of years now and really looks to offer the ultimate opportunity to focus on these magnificent felines in probably the best place in the world to do so. Operating from our small open boats with a row for each photographer and with the additional support of an expert local biologist and jaguar expert our days out will be long but focussed as we look for intimate holographic encounters away from the crowds. We will of course experience the additional wildlife wonders of the region as well with Giant Otters, Anteaters, Hyacinth Macaw, Cayman, Capybara and an array of other species as a supporting cast too in a trip that offers an amazing rainforest experience.
Itinerary Open +Close -
Day 1: Flights will leave Europe in the evening for our long journey to Sao Paolo in Brazil.
Day 2: We will arrive in Sao Paolo in the morning and catch a second internal flight to the city of Cuibar where we will meet our locally based photographer Pablo Cerosimo at the airport. We will transfer to our hotel for dinner before a well-earned night’s sleep.
Day 3: In the morning we will transfer by road the 250km or so journey to the settlement of Porto Jofre which is in the heart of the Pantanal’s river systems at this time of year. We will be based in a small and intimate lodge with just a few rooms but perfectly positioned for our boat based activity and with luck if we make good time we should get our first afternoon out on the boat searching for the local wildlife.
Days 4 – 11: The pattern for each and every one of the full 8 days of photography we will have here will be similar: up early for the best of the light and heading into the river systems where we spend the entire day, taking water and lunch boxes with us. Our goal and approach is simple: we are looking for Jaguar and quiet intimate encounters with them which means avoiding the crowds in search of higher quality experiences. This approach has served us well when researching the trip with extended and engaging encounters every day. There will be other species we will see and photograph of course as we are there for the full experience and so Giant Otter in particular will also be high on the agenda. There will be birdlife around us almost all of the time so it will be a full on and varied trip photographically for sure but with a main focus underpinning it at all times. We will have a row of seats each in the boats allowing access to both sides for your photography and along with the boat drivers the services of an expert local biologist rotating between our boats throughout our entire time here.
Day 12: After a final morning excursion if time schedules on the day allow we will drive back to Cuiba and spend the night in a hotel there in readiness and relaxation for our long journeys home.
Day 13: In the morning we will catch flights back to Sao Paolo in time for connecting flights in the afternoon back to Europe which will arrive the following morning.
Day 14: Arrive back in UK/Europe early in the morning.