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. 


Tour dates

1 to 14 October 2020


Group Size

7 – 8 people



Easy to moderate



4675 euro


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

Astonishing setting for nature photography

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.

Biodiversity hotspot in the heart of Brazil

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?

Extraordinary wildlife

Looking for more reasons to travel to the Pantanal?

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.

Transport and flights

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.

Nature and photography

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.

Climate and clothing

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.



They joined me on my last phototour and it was lots of fun ! Thank you to them for their trust.
  • I certainly recommend a trip with Yves. He’s not only an excellent photographer but also an excellent tour guide. He’s very social, speaks a lot of languages and is very pragmatic and hands-on. He takes care of his people during the entire trip.
    Carl Verstraelen, Belgium
  • I undertook no less than 16 (!) photo trips with this guy, starting in 2012. Why? All I can say is that I have a lot of beautiful images. Yves provides all the right photo opportunities and my skills have increased considerably. Everything I expect from a trip as a photographer is there. Just see for yourself and book a trip, you won’t regret it!
    Julien Herremans, Belgium
  • Yves knows a lot about Svalbard! He is very helpful, has expertise of photography and equipment, loves a good joke and is a very kind person.
    Alex Boel, Belgium
  • I met Yves in Norway. His humor and optimism was infectious! He gives the best of himself and brings out the best in you as a photographer. Travelers get lots of space to do their thing!
    Regi Popelier, Belgium
  • Yves has lots of patience with his group and plenty of knowledge about wildlife and landscape photography.
    Wim De Baets, Belgium
  • We join Yves every year since we first met him! His social skills, his knowledge of the environment he explores, his possibility to adapt to changing situations and the fact that he will never put his team in danger: trips with Yves are smooth and hassle-free!
    Bert Van Der Krieken & Kristien Van Acker, Belgium
  • We always delight in traveling with Yves. He does his best to satisfy the travelers every single time and is very responsible for the group. The trips are always perfect!
    Pascale Carrette & Bas Talpe, Belgium

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