Explore the Pantanal and capture its spectacular wildlife on this exciting photo expedition led by the acclaimed South American photographer, Ossian Lindholm. The Pantanal, one of the world’s last great wildernesses, is the largest contiguous wetland on the planet. It is South America’s primary wildlife sanctuary, and has been declared a World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. Our Brazil adventure tour will traverse what is an immense bio-geographic melting pot—the Pantanal contains elements of the Amazon and Atlantic Rainforests, the Brazilian Savannah, and the Paraguayan Chaco.
Its fantastic biodiversity includes almost 700 bird species, 100 different types of mammals, hundreds of fish, and scores of reptile and amphibian species. Join us on a wildlife photography tour that can promise close up views of endless array of this unique regional fauna: tapirs, giant anteaters, caiman, capybaras, howler monkeys, giant river otters, the Hyacinth Macaw, and the toco toucan. And, perhaps we will get to frame the stealth and beauty of the jaguar—the apex predator of this vast realm.
Explore one of the world’s last great wildernesses on this immersive Photography Trip
We always plan our Brazil photo tours with your comfort uppermost in mind. So our photo safari—which will take us across both North and South Pantanal—will see you lodging in cozy, clean working fazendas, where the food never less than fantastic. All of the equipment and personnel are put in place to ensure you’ll get the best photos possible. We use top-quality radio-linked boats with powerful engines to maximize the opportunities for seeing and photographing Pantanal’s wildlife extravaganza. We also carefully arrange our itinerary to suit our photographers, prioritizing the hours of best light, with a strong emphasis on the magical minutes of sunrise and sunset.
Our expert local guides are experienced at spotting regional wildlife, able to lead us to our photographic quarry with the minimum of disturbance. The photography expedition will conclude with two full days spent hunting for the perfect shot of the ultimate jungle predator—the legendary jaguar. We’ll also take a canoe tour on the Rio Clarinho, enjoy a Brazilian BBQ, take hikes through the jungle, and maybe even go piranha fishing! This is undoubtedly a nature lover’s photography tour of a lifetime!
- All ground transportation to and from Cuiabá
- Airport assistance inbound and outbound for connecting flights at GRU airport
On The Tour
- All activities at Araras will be undertaken on a private basis, with an English-speaking guide
- Water and light snacks in all transfers and excursions
- All gratuities and local taxes
Accommodations & Meals
- All accommodation
- All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
- Opportunity to see and photograph unique regional wildlife such as caiman, capybaras, howler monkeys, and giant river otters
- Explore the Pantanal, a sanctuary for birds hosting almost a thousand species, including the beautiful Hyacinth Macaw and the toco toucan
- Accommodation at simple working fazendas, chosen for their cleanliness, coziness and fantastic food
- Quality modern radio-linked boats with powerful engines for quick tracking of jaguars
- Tours and activities specifically calibrated to needs of photographers, prioritizing the hours of best light, including sunrise and sunset
- One expert local guide with experience in spotting regional wildlife and jaguars
- Expert photographer and group leader, Ossian Lindholm, providing in-field instruction and top tips to ensure you get the best shots
Day by Day
Day 1: Sao Paulo – Cuiabá
After your arrival from Sao Paulo, we will arrange a private transfer for your group from the airport, via an air-conditioned vehicle, to our specially Cuiabá hotel. Here you will enjoy a welcome dinner with our guide. They will review the important details of our amazing Brazil photo tour, and discuss the exciting events and magical moments we have planned for you.
Day 2: North Pantanal
Our morning departure will be for Poncé, where we will stop for a quick break. Then we’ll continue down the famed Transpantaneira road towards Araras Ecolodge. More of a photo safari than a journey, along the way you’ll have your first encounters with the Pantanal plain’s diverse flora and fauna. There should be plenty of opportunity to see an good number of the jungle’s colorful wildlife. We will arrive for lunch and welcome drinks at the Araras Ecolodge. The afternoon activity will include exploring jungle trails, ending in a sunset photography session. We will also undertake a night walk to savor the special qualities of the southern hemisphere’s night sky, the jungle’s sounds, and freshness of the breeze.
Day 3: North Pantanal
A full day dedicated to observing the flora and fauna of the Pantanal at the Araras Ecolodge, starting with a pre-breakfast walk to spot wildlife close to the lodge. Breakfast will be followed by a photo safari at the Sentinela Camp, on the edge of the Rio Clarinho. On this canoe tour we’ll look to spot aquatic wildlife, birds and flora, with the possibility of piranha fishing. A Brazilian BBQ-style picnic lunch will be served on the bank of the river. After lunch, we will enjoy a leisurely hike to the Howler Monkey Tower, just in time for sunset. Dinner will be at the lodge and followed by a night drive, for those who want a chance to catch the jungle’s teeming nocturnal wildlife.
Day 4: North Pantanal
Another full day that will be dedicated to the best that the Pantanal can offers around the Araras Ecolodge. Sunrise photo opportunities can be had at the tower in the Araras lodge itself, followed by breakfast. We will then take hike along the Rondon trail to the Tuiuiu Tower, before returning to the lodge for lunch. The afternoon activity’s will take the form of a safari drive, or optionally a 2 to 3-hour horse-back ride for a unique perspective on viewing wildlife in the Pantanal. After dinner, you can enjoy a relaxing fire-pit or a slide presentation delving into the amazing flora and fauna of the region.
Day 5: Pantanal – Porto Jofre
Our final morning of activity at Araras will be decided on the day, depending on which species you are still eager to photograph. We will once again head out onto the Transpantaneira highway, this time towards Porto Jofre. Lunch and sunset shooting will be had at the Porto Jofre Hotel and its beautiful surroundings.
Day 6: Pantanal – Porto Jofre
We will spend most of the morning and afternoon carefully trekking through the Meetings of the Waters park—this is where we’ll have a tremendous opportunity to see the reclusive jaguars. Beside jaguars, this area hosts a number of equally exciting wildlife species, including giant river otters, tapirs, giant anteaters, and howler monkeys. There are dozens of bird species too, one of the more striking being the Hyacinth macaw. You are certain to see numerous caimans and possibly the rare anaconda. But we will spend much of time of these two whole days in the search for the perfect shot of the elusive jaguar.
Day 7: Pantanal – Porto Jofre
As with Day 6, the elegant and powerful jaguar will be our photographic prey today. Much of our time will be spent navigating the Meetings of the Waters looking out for signs of the jaguar. And again you will almost certainly see such unique wildlife species as the giant river otter, the tapirs, the giant anteaters, or the howler monkeys. But our focus will remain the hunt for the apex predator of the Pantanal, the jaguar.
Day 8: Pantanal
Our final morning of our Pantanal photo tour will include a boat safari, with one last opportunity to spot and take photos of the jaguar padding quietly along the river banks. Lunch will be taken at Porto Jofre, before our transfer and return to Cuiabá. In the evening we will have our final farewell dinner.
Day 9: Cuiabá
After breakfast, around 9am, you will board a group shuttle to the airport. But this needn’t be the end of your photography adventures. There is the chance for an optional extension to Rio de Janeiro or Iguassu Falls. Or, for the full jungle experience, continue on to Manaus and venture into the Amazon Rainforest on a 4-day riverboat cruise.