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Pantanal is the world’s largest tropical wetland. It is located in the Mato Grosso state, in south Brazil. Large part of the territory is flooded during the rainy season (November through March), allowing the ecosystem to sustain a high diversity of wildlife. The Pantanal ecosystem is also thought to be home to 1000 species of birds, 300 species of mammals, and 480 species of reptiles. This high wildlife diversity makes Pantanal the prime destination for a wildlife photography tour in Brazil, especially for birds and mammals.

The Transpantaneira Road is the only road that traverses the whole northern area of the Pantanal. This allows visitors to have the most complete experience of the Pantanal wildlife. The road has 140 km, with several lodges along the way. This road was built by farmers to allow them to move cattle during the wet season. Otherwise, it would be impossible to move back and forth by car because of the high water level when it rains. Nowadays, the Transpantaneira Road is a “park road”, giving visitors excellent conditions for wildlife photography all along the way.

Our photography tour to Pantanal focus on providing guests the best conditions for wildlife photography, by taking them to the best known spots. Also, our tour provides the best and more experienced wildlife guides in the area.

The wildlife photography adventure begins near the town of Poconé. In this first part of the trip we will be looking for Pantanal icons like Yacaré Caimans, Greater Rhea, and Red-legged Seriema. We will spend two nights at the comfortable Piuval Lodge, looking for specialties like Hyacinth Macaw and Giant Anteater.

Then, we will move to Pantanal Norte Lodge for two nights, where the main targets are Brazilian Tapir, Marsh Deer, Giant Anteater, Red-brocket Deer, among others.

After that, we move to the Aymara Lodge. We will spend another th nights here, looking for Jaguar, Giant River Otter, Toco Toucan, Agami Heron, Helmeted Manakin, Zigzag Heron, and more.

Finally, we will arrive to Chapada dos Guimarães, where will spend two more nights. A unique destination for wildlife, and specially bird photography. Here, we will have more chances to photograph Jaguars and Giant River Otters. Interesting birds to photograh in the area are Scarlet-headed Blackbird, Maguari Stork, White-headed Marsh-Tyrant, Great Potoo, Crimson-crested Woodpecker, Great Horned Owl, and many others.

From Chapada dos Guimarães we will drive back to Cuibá, for the flight back to Sao Paolo.

Birding and conservation: Cheqa Peru SRL, owner of Green Tours, will donate 50 US$ of its benefits per participant to “Asociación Green Tours” to support local conservation initiatives. If additionally, you wish to give a more generous donation, please send an email to

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Pantanal photography tour, Brazil
8 Days Tour Program
DAY 1: Sao Paolo - Cuiba

Arrival to Cuiba airport. Transfer to the lodge.
Overnight at Piuval Lodge.
Meals: Dinner

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DAY 2: Piuval Lodge

Early expedition in a wonderful lake covered by water hyacinths for special bird rarities like Yellow-breasted Crake, Grey-breasted Crake, Rufous-sided Crake, Azure Gallinulle, Least Bittern, Pinnated Bittern and few others.
Transfer back to the lodge to have breakfast.
The target birds for the rest of this morning are: Blue-and-yellow Macaw, Planalto Slaty Antshrike, Rufous Casiornis, Saffron-billed Sparrow, Hyacinth Macaw, Helmeted Manakin, Blue-throated Piping-Guan, Flavescent Warbler.
Quick rest after lunch and special search for White-fronted Woodpecker and Giant Anteater in the afternoon. Owling on the way back.
Overnight at Piuval Lodge.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

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DAY 3: Pantanal Lodge, Pixaim River

Full day exploring the forest by the Pixaim River. In the morning we will be looking for birds like Mato Grosso Antbird, Blue-crowned Trogon, Chestnut-bellied Seedfinch, Ashy-headed Greenlet, Stripe-necked Tody-tyrant, Straight-billed Woodcreeper, Large-billed Antwren and many others. After lunch we will focus on birds like White-naped Xenopsaris, Green-backed Becard, Long-tailed Ground-dve, Greater Thornbird, Rusty-backed Antwren and few others.
Overnight at Mato Grosso Lodge.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

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DAY 4: Pantanal Norte Lodge

Two full days exploring the rivers using a speed boat. After an early breakfast we will have boat rides up/down stream, searching for Jaguars, Anacondas, Giant River Otters, and some birds that we could have missed the days before. The special target is always a good sighting of a jaguar hunting along the river bank.
Overnight at Pantanal Norte Lodge.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

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DAY 5: Pantanal Norte Lodge - Aymara Lodge

Morning expedition for jaguars. Birding along Transpantaneira Road in
the afternoon.
Overnight Aymara Lodge.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

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DAY 6: Aymara Lodge - Chapada dos Guimarães

Early transfer to Chapada dos Guimarães.
Right after arriving to Pousada Vento Sul we will spend the full day briding and photographing around the lodge.
Overnight at Pousada Vento Sul.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

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DAY 7: Chapada dos Guimarães

Full day briding and photographing around the lodge.
Overnight at Pousada Vento Sul.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

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DAY 8: Chapada dos Guimarães - Cuiba

Morning birding around the lodge, then transfer back to the Cuiba airport for the flight to Sao Paolo.

  • Lodging as described above (some lodges, hotels, might changed depending on room's availabilty)
  • Ground transportation and driver throughout the tour
  • Boat trips
  • English speaking guide
  • All entrance fees for nature reserves
  • Meals as mentioned in the program, it includes: starter, main course, dessert, fruit juice
  • Drinking water supply and snacks available in the car during the whole ground trip.
  • Applicable taxes, fees, and licenses
  • International or domestic airfares
  • Airport departure taxes or visa fees
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Additional hotel nights
  • Any kind of travel insurance
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Items of personal use
  • Alcoholic beverages or bottled water
  • Laundry, phone calls or messages, reconfirmation of flights
  • Tips
If you want us to include the internal flights within Brazil just let us know. All itineraries are given as a guide only. Actual holiday content may vary according to the judgement of your guide, and elements beyond our control (eg weather). Some hotels and lodges might change depending on their room’s availability.

See our Bookings Terms and Conditions
Per pax based
on double occupancy:
$ 3,900.oo
Single Suppl.:
$ 500
Duration: 8 Days
Fixed Departure:
June 15th, 2021
Group Size: 4 to 6 pax

Your guide will be Raphael Santos. He has been guiding birding tours all over Brazil for a long time. He started birding seriously in 2001 at the university and spent a few years working at the birds collection of the main Natural History Museum in South Brazil, which gave him a great taxonomy experience. Since that time, Raphael also worked as a researcher in many important conservation projects and this scientific background gives him an extra knowledge to identify birds in the wild while guiding. He has published several articles and book chapters about bird communities and new records to different areas in the country. Raphael is a well known Brazilian biologist based in Curitiba. South Brazil - the Atlantic Forest and Southern Grasslands are his backyard, but his experience in Amazon Forest, Pantanal, Northeast and Central Brazil is also superb. His great birding skills associated with his kind personality makes him a very good person to travel with.

Do you have any question?
Weather: In June, Pantanal is warm and dry. Maximum temperatures are around 27°C, and minimum temperatures around 17° C.
Time Zone: Brazil is 3 hours behind GMT. Also, does not observe daylight-savings time.
Immunizations: Having a Yellow Fever vaccine at least 10 days before your trip is recommended.
Electricity: 127 and 220 volts in all cities. All lodges do have electricity .