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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 Pouso Alegre 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 Hotel Pantanal Mato Grosso, by the Pixaim river. We will spend another two nights here, looking for Jaguar, Giant River Otter, Toco Toucan, Agami Heron, Helmeted Manakin, Zigzag Heron, and more.

Finally, we will arrive to Porto Jofre Lodge, where will spend three more nights. We will be close to the Cuibá River, 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 Porto Jofre we will drive back to Cuibá, for the flight back to Sao Paolo.

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Pantanal photography tour – Brazil
12 Days Tour Program
DAY 1: Sao Paolo

Arrival to Sao Paolo, Guarulhos International airport.
Overnight in Sao Paolo.
Meals: None

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DAY 2: Sao Paolo - Cuibá - Piuval Lodge

Morning flight to the city of Cuiabá. From there, we will drive south, towards the town of Poconé, the entrance gate to the famous Transpantaneira Road.
Once our vehicle reaches the Pantanal floodplain, we will be driving in a pace that allows us to look for the wildlife along the road and make as many stops as necessary to take photographs. During this first part of the Transpantaneira Road is possible to see good concentrations of Yacare Caimans outside the water. As an introduction about the Pantanal’s wildlife we will be spend some time for birds like Greater Rhea, Red-legged Seriema, Jabiru Stork, Toco Toucan, Sunbittern, Plumbeus Ibis, Bare-faced Ibis, Green Ibis, Capped Heron, Large-billed Tern, Snail Kite, Savanna Hawk and many other bird species. Getting close to the first lodge the main targets are: Great Rufous Woodcreeper, Chotoy Spinetail, Yellowish Pipit, Hyacinth Macaw, Golden-collared Macaw, Peach-fronted Parakeet, Nacunda Nighthawk, Great Horned Owl and many others. Even the Giant Anteater is possible during the late afternoon. We hope to arrive at our first lodge at the Pantanal by the end of the day.
Overnight at Piuval Lodge.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

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DAY 3: Piuval Lodge

Full day around 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 4: Piuval Lodge - Pouso Alegre Lodge

We will start early in the morning to look for some targets that we could have missed and transfer for the next lodge after breakfast. Several stops along Transpantaneira Road to photograph wildlife and uncommon bird species.
Arrival to Pouso Alegre Lodge before lunch.
In the afternoon we will be looking for some bird specialties like Blue-crowned Parakeet, Spotted Rail, Undulated Tinamou, Chestnut-bellied Guan, Red-billed Scythebill, Red-crested Cardinal. Also, mammals like Brazilian Tapir, Marsh Deer, Giant Anteater, Red-brocket Deer, Azara’s Agouti, Crab-eating Fox, Crab-eating Racoon and a few others. Even the incredible rare Giant Armadillo is possible in this area.
Overnight at Pouso Alegre Lodge.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

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DAY 5: Pouso Alegre Lodge

Full day in Pouso Alegre Lodge for one more chance for all those targets mentioned above. Overnight at Pouso Alegre Lodge.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

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DAY 6: Pouso Alegre - Mato Grosso Lod

Early transfer to Pixaim river area. Right after arriving to the Mato Grosso Lodge, we will have some time to enjoy the bird feeders. Birds that usually come down to the feeders are Orange-backed Troupial, Purplish Jay, Toco Toucan, Chestnut-eared Aracari, Yellow-billed Cardinal, Grayish Baywing and others.
In the Afternoon, we will explore Pixaim River by boat, searching the Pantanal wildlife on the river banks. During the boat ride the most important targets are: Agami Heron, Boat-billed Heron, Sungrebe, Helmeted Manakin, Green-and-rufous Kingfisher, American Pygmy Kingfisher, Pale-crested Woodpecker, Cream-colored Woodpecker and Zigzag Heron. Even jaguars and Giant Otters are possible during the boat ride.
Overnight at Mato Grosso Lodge.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

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DAY 7: Mato Grosso Lodge

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 8: Mato Grosso Lodge - Porto Jofre

We will spend the morning photographing birds at the feeders of the Mato Grosso Lodge.
After lunch we will drive towards our next lodge, with several photo stops along the road. Possible birds along the road are Scarlet-headed Blackbird, Maguari Stork, White-headed Marsh-Tyrant, Great Potoo, Crimson-crested Woodpecker, Great Horned Owl, Band-tailed Nighthawk and many other birds.
Overnight at Porto Jofre Lodge.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

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DAY 9 & 10: Porto Jofre

Two full days exploring the Cuiabá River and some tributaries 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 Porto Jofre Lodge.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

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DAY 11: Porto Jofre - Cuibá

Full day drive back to Cuiabá, with some stops for photographs.
Overnight in Cuibá.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

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DAY 12: Cuibá - Sao Paolo

Flight to Sao Paolo. We will leave you at the Sao Paolo airport for your international connections.
Meals: breakfast.

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  • Lodging as described above
  • Ground transportation and driver throughout the tour
  • Boat trips
  • English speaking bird guide
  • All entrance fees for nature reserves
  • Meals as mentioned in the program, it includes: starter, main course, dessert, fruit juice
  • Drink 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 nights during the trip due to flight cancellations
  • 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:
Single Suppl.:
Duration: 12 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 .