After your arrive in Cuiaba grab your bags and walk across teh street to your hotel for the night. It’s closer than the walk from ticketing to your gate at O’Hare!

We will pick you up at the hotel and begin your Pantanal and Jaguar Adventure. We will be in game drive mode watching for wildlife and birds during the 3-5 hour drive to the lodge.

Once we arrive at the lodge, we’ll have more opportunities for wildlife photography including numerous bird species and the elusive Ocelot.

After a gourmet meal, we’ll go over the details of our following day’s schedule.

Today we will photograph at the lodge feeders and surrounding grounds. We will also look for birds and wildlife by boat. We’ll be get up close of to many birds, caiman, River Otters and more.

As the sunrises we will photograph once more on the lodge grounds. After breakfast we wil drive to Porto Jofre. We will be in an open vehicle so we can photograph anything we may find along the way to our boat.

From Porto Jofre we will search for Jaguars on our boat ride to the amazing Jaguar Retreat Lodge.

After lunch at the lodge we will make another boat ride to look for the Jaguars.

After Dinner we will gather for a group image review. We want to get any issues sorted at the beginning of the trip.

We’ll spend teh next days navigating the river twice a day looking for Jaguars and anything else that we find. We will always be back for lunch and break from the sun.

I will be available for image reviews and advice on what you may want to change.

Camera ready on the boat this morning just in case there is a jaguar or some other worthy subject.

Our safari vehicle awaits and we will photograph our way back to the Pantanal Lodge.

After lunch we’ll explore the grounds and river once more.

Today we return to Cuiaba and your flights home or onward travels.

Included in the Tour
  • All local transportation to and from Cuiaba Airport and lodges
  • All lodging and meals
  • Boat outings and general travel will be private for our group
  • Double Occupancy Accommodations ($1900 Single Supplement)
  • Assistance with Camera Settings
  • Image review and critique to help you get the best image
Not Included in the Tour
  • Lunch on the last day
  • soft drinks, small bottles of water
  • beer, wine, mixed drinks
  • laundry, staff gratuities
  • travel insurance
  • early or late transfers from Cuiaba Airport
What Should I Bring?

For the most part, Pantanal Jaguars and Wildlife Photo Tour is a “big lens” trip. There will be some moments for landscapes and macro, but they are not the norm.

In Jaguar land we will be on fast river boats, and tripods are really not practical. If the outboard motor is on, the vibration will be more than your lens VR can manage, and space is tight for extra long telephotos.

If you photograph a lot of birds then you already know that you “never” have enough lens, so bring your longest lens for the birds.

I highly recommend the Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary. It is perfect for this workshop because it can be handheld and has plenty of range.

On these foreign trips, I always advise clients to bring as many backup devices as practical. You can’t just call B&H and get a new camera sent over. I carry a backup body, charger, batteries, plenty of cards, and a hard drive.

It’s almost impossible to list everything that you’ll need, so just get in touch, and we can talk about what you have and what you might need.

US Citizens Traveling To Brazil*


Valid on the date of entry.

Blank Passport Pages
One Page

Visa Requirements
Yes, electronic is available for pre-purchase.

Vaccination Recommendations

None required, but consult your health care provider.

Arrival and Departure Airport

Marechal Rondon International Airport CGB) in Cuiaba. Brazil.

There are two ways to get to the final jumping off point Cuiaba, via Sao Paulo or Brasilia. I personally prefer SP, but that is the easiest for my preferred airline.

Note: When you are looking at return flights make sure that you are returning to Sao Paulo GRU airport and not the local airport CGH

Early Arrival

Let me know if you need help with accommodations if you plan to arrive early. I often spend the night in Sao Paulo to get to Cuiaba in the morning.


We will drop you off at the Cuiaba Airport after our last adventures.

*Information for US citizens travel to Brazil was obtained from the US Department of State and was valid as of January 2019. If you are going to Brazil from another country, please check with your embassy to check the travel requirements for your country.

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