The Pantanal, formerly known as Laguna de Jarayes, is a natural region encompassing the worlds largest tropical wetland area. Colourful birds and awe-inspiring animals inhabit the marshes in the centre of the tropical rainforest. As a professional nature photographer, I am thrilled to guide you through this Brazilian biodiversity hotspot.
1 to 14 October 2020
7 – 8 people
Easy to moderate
1/10: Brussel/Amsterdam – Cuiabá. Flights are not included in the price.
2/10 – 4/10: Exploring Chapada dos Guimarães National Park for extensive landscape and nature photography. A perfect introduction to this mesmerizing region!
5/10 – 6/10: In Pouso Alegre, we photograph colourful birds such as the hyacinth macaw.
7/10: In Mato Grosso, we meet the stunning creatures that roam the marshes. From kingfishers to caimans: be ready for some next-level nature photography.
8/10 – 10/10: We embark the Jacaré Houseboat to explore the Pantanal. Look out for jaguars, giant otters, roseate spoonbills, capibaras and toucans!
11/10 – 12/10: In Piuval Lodge, we encounter the giant anteater and many other inspiring animals.
13/10 – 14/10: Cuiabá to Brussels/ Amsterdam
We start our adventure in the National Park of Chapada dos Guimarães. This park lies on one of the oldest plateaus in the world. Time to let the cameras work overtime! The vast landscape filled with red sandstone goes on forever. We take 3 days to capture the surroundings on film: sparkling waterfalls, cliffs, unique rock formations and crystal clear creeks.
Be on the lookout for local wildlife! You’ll see the red-and-green macaw nesting on the rocks, or discover endemic species such as the yellow-faced parrot.
Our next base to explore the Pantanal is in Pouso Alegre Lodge, a natural resort spanning no less than eight thousand hectares. Wild ara’s, giant toucans, tapirs, jabirus and other remarkable animals pose in front of our lenses. A safari in an open truck allows us to make the very best images of the area and its inhabitants. Did you see the giant anteater?
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This is one of the best places in the world to find the jaguar. We make a 3-day trip on a boat to discover this impressive cat.
In Piuval Lodge, we see countless photogenic birds. The scissor-tailed kite, black skimmer and bare-faced curassow are just a few of the 650 (!) bird species that live here. And did you say tapirs, giant anteaters, anacondas and caimans?
All accommodations on this trip are very comfortable and beautifully located: Pousada Vento Sul, Pouso Alegre Lodge, Jacaré Houseboat, Hotel Mato Grosso and Piuval Lodge.
We travel in a private bus with airconditioning and explore life in and around the water in comfortable boats.
International flights are not included in the price and cost 900 to 1500 euro. We can book them for you.
Photo opportunities are endless on this trip to Brazil, so be sure to bring enough batteries and memory cards. In the mashes, you’ll also need a waterproof cover for your camera.
October nears the start of the rainy season: short rains, photogenic skies and colourful sunsets. The rising water level creates an open landscape and the breeding season starts. This is an ideal time for spotting and photographing the animals who are out looking for a mate.
We’ll provide a detailed list of what clothing to bring. Mostly count on light clothes, a fleece for chilly mornings, waterproof clothing and both walking shoes and sandals.
Boat trips, drinking water, excursions and entrance tickets to parks, meals, overnight stays, local transport, professional guidance, access to hides, insurance guarantee fund.
Alcohol and soft drinks, tips, (inter)national flights, airport taxes, expenses related to visa, personal expenses, travel insurance and cancellation insurance.