Pantanal 2019
Pantanal 2019
Pantanal 2019
Pantanal 2019

Pantanal 2019

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The Pantanal is the largest contiguous wetland on earth.  It is situated in the geographical center of South America. While the largest part lies within the borders of Brazil a small area in the west extends into Bolivia and Paraguay. The Pantanal is a huge, gently-sloped basin that receives runoff from the upland areas and slowly releases the water through the Paraguay River and tributaries. It constitutes an enormous internal river delta, in which several rivers flowing from the surrounding plateau merge, depositing their sediments and erosion residues, which have been filling, throughout the years, the large depression area of the Pantanal.

The Pantanal is world-renowned for its abundance of wildlife. And though it's often overshadowed by the Amazon rain forest to the north, the Pantanal boasts the highest concentration of wildlife on the continent. There is estimated to be about 1,000 bird species, 300 mammal species, 480 reptile species and 9,000 invertebrates. Many animals that live in the Amazon basin also occur in the Pantanal where they are much easier to spot due to less dense vegetation and more vast open spaces. The jaguar, the world's third largest cat is one of these. While in the Pantanal, the powerful jaguar will be our main focus and highlight during our days spent on the Cuiaba River. Over the past decade, these large cats have become more habituated due to boat traffic from fishermen. Today this once very elusive cat can easily be seen on river banks hunting or swimming across channels and narrow rivers. The waterways in the northern Pantanal are without question, the best places in the world to see and photograph jaguars in the wild.

We will spend five days cruising the Cuiaba River and its tributaries in motor boats in search of jaguars. At the same time we will have great opportunities to see caimans, giant river otters, capybaras (the world's largest rodent)  and many bird species including the world's largest stork, the jabiru.

On our way to and from the Cuiaba River we will spend 4 days at lodges near the Transpantaneira where we may see giant and little anteaters, capuchin and howler monkeys and several macaws species. The water-filled artificial ditches next to the Transpantaneira attract myriads of waterbirds. These birds are used to the road traffic and can easily be photographed from a close distance.

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Day 1, September 15: Arrival in Cuiaba, Brazil

Transfer from the airport to your hotel.
Overnight at Hotel De'Ville; breakfast included; lunch and dinner on your own

Day 2, September 16: Pousada Rio Claro

After breakfast we will drive to the Pantanal via the town of Pocone. We will reach our first destination, Fazenda Rio Claro around midday; after lunch we will travel by boat on the Rio Claro where the caimans are used to boat traffic and are easily photographed swimming up to the boat;
Overnight at Pousada Rio Claro; B,L,D and drinks included.

Day 3, September 17: Pousada Rio Claro

Today we will again cruise on the Rio Claro by boat to photograph unusual mammals and birds;
Overnight at Pousada Rio Claro; B,L,D included

Day 4, September 18: Porto Jofre - Jaguars

After breakfast we will be transfer by air-conditioned mini van along the famous Transpantaneira Highway to Porto Jofre. On our way we will look for mammals and over 300 species of birds as we journey south toward the Rio Cuiaba; lunch; afternoon boat cruise on the river to find jaguars and other wildlife;
Overnight in lodge; B,L,D included

Day 5-8, September 19-22: Porto Jofre - Jaguars

Over the next 4 days we will explore the shores of Rio Cuiaba and its tributaries by speed boat in search of jaguars, giant river otters, capybaras and many other mammals. We will also have plenty of opportunities to see a great variety of birds including the world's largest stork - the jabiru.
Overnight at lodge; B,L,D included.

Day 9, September 23: Pousada Santa Teresa

After our last morning boat cruise, we will be transferred by air-conditioned mini van north on the Transpantaneira Highway to Pousada Santa Teresa while photographing along the way;  after lunch, we have the option of either doing a boat cruise on the river or drive along the Transpantaneira to photograph birds and caiman that are feeding along the road;
Overnight at Pousada Santa Teresa; B,L,D included

Day 10, September 24: Pousada Santa Teresa

We have a full day to photograph wildlife by boat or along the Transpantaneira;
Overnight at Pousada Santa Teresa; B,L,D included.

Day 11, September 25: Cuiaba - International flight home

After breakfast and our last wildlife boat cruise, we make our way back to Cuiaba and transfer to the airport for our flights home.
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  • Accommodations for 10 nights on a double-share/single room basis with private facilities.
  • All land transportation from and to Cuiaba
  • All boat trips
  • National park entry fees
  • All meals excluding lunch/dinner on arrival in Cuiaba
  • Local English-speaking drivers/guides and two Wild Focus Expeditions leaders

Not Included

  • International airfare to Cuiaba
  • Any items of personal nature such as telephone calls and laundry in some lodges
  • Travel / medical insurance (highly recommended)
  • Items of a personal nature including laundry, bar, personal shopping and internet
  • Tips/gratuities for drivers, guides and lodge staff
  • All drinks except for mineral water on boats
  • Any additional expenses incurred as a result of client changing itinerary

Expedition Leaders

When I first visited the Pantanal in 2001 I immediately fell in love with its people, landscape and wildlife. Since then I have returned a dozen times and spent a total of one year photographing this amazing nature paradise. My coffee table book "Pantanal - South America's Wetland Jewel" was selected by Discover Magazine as one of the 10 best scientifically oriented  books of the year. I am happy to share this wonderful wetland experience with you.

The Pantanal is a very special place for me. It is an exciting, yet laid back water-based safari brimming with wildlife. Every time we go on our speedboat game drive, we experience second-by-second anticipation for finding the elusive and wild jaguar - the featured megafauna highlight of this trip. Powerful and stunningly beautiful cats, we can guaranty that you will see them in their natural habitat walking, hunting and sometimes even swimming in the river tributaries.

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Wild Focus Expeditions provides specialized, small group photography tours. Our photography expeditions are designed to get participants into distinctive, engaging locations around the world at the optimum times for photography. Our photo tours are created by our team of photographers who want to experience and photograph the world's top wildlife, nature and traditional cultures locations.


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