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Kingdom of the Jaguars

Photo Tour Pantanal

Kingdom of the Jaguars

CHF 8'590 per person
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Photo Tour Pantanal

The Pantanal Conservation Area, one of the world’s largest freshwater wetland ecosystems, is located in western central Brazil (state of Mato Grosso). It is so rich in biodiversity that UNESCO declared it as a biosphere reserve. July is an excellent month to visit the Pantanal. During the dry season there are excellent chances to observe and photograph different animals and birds. Jaguars are on our focus, but also anteaters, caimans or macaws can be photographed with a bit of luck.

As with all our photography tours, we work together with an excellent local partner whom we know personally. Our partner has a lot of experience in dealing with photographers and working with TV documentaries such as BBC and Netflix. To make sure that we can get you into the best positions to photograph, we use small agile speedboats with enough space for each guest.

1 – 13 July 2021 (fully booked)

14 – 26 July 2021

13 days / 12 nights from/to Cuiabá

maximum 7 guests

Cuiabá – Taiamã Reservat – Pouso Alegre – Porto Jofre - Cuiabá

English- and German speaking photo guides

This Photo Tour Pantanal offers extraordinary highlights!

  • Excellent chances to observe and photograph jaguars
  • Impressive animal diversity – with a little luck you can photograph Anteaters, Giant Otters, Caimans and many more
  • The Pantanal is a bird paradise. There is a wide variety of different birds in the region (Macaws, Toucans, and many more).
  • You will capture pictures from small, agile speedboats with enough space

Photo Guide

Thomas Brühlmann

Thomas Brühlmann

Amazing Views Photo Guide

On this photo tour you will also be accompanied by a local photo guide. Benefit from their profound know-how, both of them will be at your side with advice and support. You will bring home fantastic pictures from Brazil.

Our local guide has a lot of experience in dealing with photographers and knows how to put the photo motives in the best light. He has also worked on several BBC and Netflix productions. The passionate birder and naturalist is also a passionate photographer.

Price

1 – 13 July 2021

CHF 8‘590.- | Price per person sharing*
CHF 9‘640.- | Price per person in a single room

*(double occupancy)

14 – 26 July 2021

CHF 8‘590.- | Price per person sharing*
CHF 9‘640.- | Price per person in a single room

*(double occupancy)

Included in the Price

Photographic support by an Amazing Views Guide and local guides/photographers

English and German speaking

12 nights in comfortable hotels

Breakfast, lunch and dinner

All transfers from / to Cuiaba

All activities according to itinerary

Not included in the Price

Individual travel to/from

Transfer to the airport in Cuiaba at the end of the trip (if not booking a flight with recommended departure time)

Drinks and snacks

Personal expenses, gratuities

Any visa fees and airport taxes

Cancellation cost insurance, travel insurance

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What out clients say

Josy

New York - I would never have thought that I would be so fascinated to discover a new kind of photography in the midst of a crowd of people. To document a city in black and white under professional guidance is simply just so much fun!

Street Photography New York, November 2019

Alexander

Amazing Views is really worth of its name on this fantastic journey into the beauty and wilderness of Alaska! Starting with a variety of animals that we could observe, great landscapes and unique excursions...you went from one highlight to the next and when you thought: "More is not possible", the next highlight of the trip already came. Playing brown bear teenagers, who came a little bit closer, bald eagles in flight and very photogenic in the treetop, otters, seals, dolphins, whales, moose, foxes, caribous, black bears, beavers, puffins and much more we were allowed to admire and photograph in the animal kingdom. Among the landscapes, there were unique (early) morning moods, glaciers and lakes, foggy valleys and as a special gift, Mount Denali with all its splendour. And all this on land, on water and from the air. A memorable experience and a very special trip, with great people and the perfect organization and support by Thomas and Jeff! With Amazing Views anytime again. Thanks to the whole team!

Alaska Into the Wild, August 2019

Erwin & Pia

Alaska had been in the back of my mind for many years because of its vast photographic possibilities. Finally it worked out and we experienced such a unforgettable journey of superlatives. During our various trips to USA and also Canada we were constantly accompanied by warning signs for moss crossing, but never got to see one. Jeff and Thomas, especially Pia, were finally able to fulfil our wish and we experienced a wonderful morning in a moose area near Anchorage and were able to take pictures of the animals at close range. An unforgettable experience that we will never forget. To go into all the other highlights would go beyond the scope here. We are grateful that we were able to experience all this at our age.

Photo tour Alaska Into the Wild, August 2019

Urs

The Alaska Into the wild photo tour was fantastic. Bears, sea otters, moose, caribous and much more could be photographed at close range. The trip was not limited to wildlife and landscape photography was not neglected. Special thanks to Jeff Schultz. His knowledge, experience and helpfulness made the trip an unforgettable experience. I can only recommend this photo tour!

Into the Wild, August 2019

Cindi

WOW! It was sensory overload and I'm still processing everything that I saw and experienced. I just finished doing a first look at my photos (over 12,000) and am re-living the exceptional tour. Accommodations, food, leadership and the weather (most of the time) were the best possible. So many bears and so close. Seeing all of Denali for several days was a minor miracle. Flying up to it is beyond words. How can I describe the thrill of the helicopter ride to the glaciers, the boat trip on Prince William Sound with all the wildlife we saw and its gorgeous scenery, Lake Clark with its many bears and their crazy behavior, Denali Camp with its pristine beauty, gourmet food, much wildlife and the crazy road getting there? And the group I was with became instant friends of mine who I already miss. It was a trip I'll remember the rest of my life. Thank you, Amazing Views!

Alaska Into the Wild, August 2019

Silke

Alaska - Into the wild was an unforgettable journey for me, even though I don't photograph at all. Highlights after highlights, breath-taking landscapes alternated with incredible animal encounters. We saw bears, moose, sea otters, porpoises, humpback whales....., some of them from close range. In addition, the organisation both before and on site was excellent, the accommodations were great and with Jeff Schultz we had a photographer at our side who was not only familiar with the area and always friendly and helpful, but also made many experiences possible for us through his knowledge and experience. Although I was a bit sceptical in advance if this trip is really recommendable for non-photographers, I did not regret my participation in the trip for a minute and I firmly believe that this was not my last trip with Amazing Views.

Alaska Into the Wild, August 2019

Dorina

I am still completely blown away that I had a chance to experience this breath-taking, wild beauty of nature. And watching the King of the Arctic in his natural environment is the crowning glory. This trip was rounded off by perfect organisation and execution, first class food, super nice crew and really great tips from the experienced nature photographer Daisy Gilardini and Thomas from Amazing Views, who delivered a perfect all-round carefree package for me. Sorry Thomas, if I have to repeat myself again and again: THANK YOU VERY MUCH to you and Jennifer for making such trips possible!!! I would like to be part of this journey once again.

Spitsbergen, April 2019

Bill

The polar bear photo safari with Daisy was a once in a lifetime wonder. Seeing a polar bear and her cubs emerge from their den and later begin their long journey to the Bay was more emotional than I expected. This was the best wildlife experience I have ever had.

Photo safari polar bears Wapusk National Park, March 2019

Stefanie

I learned to appreciate Daisy very much, not only as a photographer, but also as a person. Once in a lifetime experience, got a deep insight into the polar bear family life, got to admire the polar bears and fluffy, cute cubs playing in the snow! Among the many photos there are some really great pictures, which thanks to Daisy. It was a pleasure. Thanks a lot for the great days!

Photo safari polar bears Wapusk National Park, March 2019

Urs

Despite initial doubts about weather conditions (cold / wind) and hand baggage regulations of the US companies, the whole trip proved to be an excellent opportunity to follow & observe a polar bear mother. Thanks to the peace and quiet and support from Daisy who made that possible. The outermost cold protection suits including shoes were great. An impressive experience that will stay vivid for a long time.

Photo safari polar bears Wapusk National Park, March

Christoph

The tours are always super organized by Jennifer and Thomas! I especially liked this tour, because you experience the nature of South Africa and Botswana in its unspoiled form. The animals are not on display, you have to look for them / discover them. But you get to see all the animals, up close and personal. Also, the season with occasional thunderstorms and wildflower carpets has its special charm. Absolutely recommended!

Botswana's Best Kept Secret, February 2019

Kristina & Kerstin

Alaska - Into the Wild was very much to our liking, it was a scenically and photographically varied trip. There is something for everyone, whether on land, from the air or on the water. Unbelievable landscapes, a fantastic sunrises and animal encounters (especially the bears) that you won't forget so quickly. Jeff Schultz is a wonderful photo travel companion; warm, calm, patient and always helpful. A really great person and perfect choice.

Alaska Into the Wild, August 2018

Doris

I had a dream, and it came true! Svalbard with Jenny and Daisy can hardly be 'topped'. The organisation- incl. consideration of my 'special handicaps' was just great. In addition, the team on board was extremely customer oriented. Thus we experienced indescribable photo events from day to day.

Spitsbergen, June / July 2018

Philip & Barbara

The trip to Spitsbergen with its unspoilt landscape, abundance of animals and the fascinating play of lights was a matter of the heart. We were able to experience a lot on this perfectly organized trip. The accommodation on the ship was perfect and the excursion mode fully met our taste. Among the many photos there are a few great pictures, which are a joy thanks to Jenny and Daisy. Many thanks for the great days Philipp & Barbara.

Svalbard, June / July 2018

Carola

Svalbard, Arctic, polar bears, glaciers, walruses, birds, and pure nature. This trip is unforgettable, but not only because of the nature, the animal and bird life and the silence and tranquillity of this area, but also because of the amazing view and One Ocean. Everything just fits: the ship, the crew, the staff of One Ocean, who left no question unanswered, were always helpful, cheerful and obliging. Especially THANKS to Jenny Brühlmann and Daisy Gilardini. Not only do they have a profound knowledge of photography and the area, they are also very good at communicating it, and they managed to turn me from a non-photographer to a proud owner of a camera and have total fun taking pictures. I have learned to appreciate both of them very much, not only as photographers and tour guides, but also as people.

Spitsbergen, June / July 2018
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Trip Report Pantanal Photo Tour

13 days
7 guests + 2 photo guides Age
  • Destination
  • Departure
    01.07.2021
  • Return Time
    13.07.2021
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Day 1 – Arrival to Cuiabá

Our trip starts in Cuiabá (we recommend arrival a day before or fly in early in the morning from Sao Paolo). We reach the first hotel in the north of the Pantanal in the course of the day and will explore the surrounding area. Our accommodation is situated on the beautiful banks of the Paraguay River.
We are be happy to advise you on suitable flight connections for your journey to Brazil.
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Day 2 and 3 – In search of jaguars and other wildlife

You will spend two full days in the Paraguay River region near the Taiamã Reserve searching for jaguars, giant river otters and other wildlife. The nature along the river is a paradise, both scenically and from the biodiversity of animals and birds. Here you can enjoy the silence and unique sounds of the Pantanal. You will travel by speedboat. For our group we use small boats with enough space for each guest. This ensures that we are manoeuvrable and can also navigate small canals. You benefit from the best possible conditions for taking pictures.
Fotoreise Pantanal
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Day 4 – Along the Transpantaneira

After breakfast we check out and drive to today's destination, a private nature reserve on a former cattle farm (travel time approx. 6 hours). The last part is on the famous Transpantaneira. A lonely gravel road which ends after 147 km at the border to the federal state Mato Grosso do Sul in Porto Jofre. Our accommodation today is located at the beginning of the Transpantaneira and on the way there we have already good chances to photograph wild animals and birds. In the late afternoon we take a small hike in the forest on the surroundings of our lodge to search and photograph inhabitants of the forest.
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Day 5 – Toucans, Tapirs and more

We will spend a whole day on the surroundings of the former farm, which has been converted into a nature reserve. There are excellent opportunities to photograph birdlife and animals such as tapirs, caimans and more, from close and in the best light. The landscape is characterised by ponds, forests and meadows. The area is considered as one of the best ones for observing the big anteaters. With some luck we can observe many bird species, foxes or even other animals straight from the veranda of our accommodation.
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Day 6 – Porto Jofre

After another photo session on the huge surroundings of our lodge we drive further to our next destination in Transpantaneira. We will have the opportunity to take pictures during the trip, depending on wildlife sightings. After our arrival in Porto Jofre we will check in at the hotel, which is located directly at the Cuiabá river. It is the perfect base to reach the” Meeting of the Waters State Park”, the Kingdom of Jaguars, by speedboat. Already on the surroundings of the lodge you have unique opportunities to photograph the birdlife, including toucans and hyacinth macaws.
Fotoreise Pantanal
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Day 7 to 10 – Looking for Jaguars and other wildlife

We have four full days to observe and photograph jaguars and other wildlife. We will be traveling with experienced guides who will take us into the best positions to photograph.
From the lodge we will go on a Jaguar game drive in the morning and afternoon with speedboats in the nearby “Meeting of the Waters State Park”. The park is considered as one of the world's best regions for watching jaguars in the wild. The area is the confluence of three rivers and is an ideal habitat for a rich variety of species. As this region is virtually uninhabited and completely isolated, it is the perfect place for observing the jaguars. The elegant cats often come to the banks of the rivers to drink, hunt or simply cool off a bit.
Fotoreise Pantanal
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Day 11 – End of journey at Transpantaneira

In the morning we leave Porto Jofre and drive to the next accommodation. On the way we should be able to see and photograph again various wildlife. In the course of the day we will reach the last stop of this trip. Today's lodge is located at the beginning of the Transpantaneira area near Poconé which is known for its abundance of animals. Our accommodation is situated in a beautiful landscape with wide grass plains, idyllic palm groves and dense gallery forests. Here we have again a chance to go photographing or just relax on the beautiful surroundings. With a bit of luck we can photograph various birds directly from the accommodation, as for example the Hyacinth macaws, the rather rare yellow-breasted macaws, or the Jabiru storks. Crab foxes are also often seen near the lodge.
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Day 12 – Back in Cuiabá

Depending of the flight times back to Sao Paolo, we have time in the morning for a photo safari on the private reserve of the lodge. Afterwards we drive to Cuiabá from where you can fly back to Sao Paolo, to catch your international flight back home or continue with follow-up itinerary.

Accommodation

We use comfortable and functional accommodation. These are ideally located for the respective activities and game drives.

Hotel near Taiamã Reserve

A former farm converted into a small hotel by the local family. The spacious rooms are equipped with camera units, TV and minibar. A pool with sun loungers, a restaurant, a lounge and terraces with comfortable seating and hammocks are available for the rest periods between the excursions.

Lodge at the Transpantaneira

The small, authentic lodge is situated on a 27,000-hectare cattle farm. The simple but comfortable accommodation has 14 air-conditioned rooms and is lovingly managed by the owner. The farm grounds are famous for their biodiversity. Even from your veranda, you have good chances to observe wildlife such as birds, foxes and other animal species.

Lodge near Porto Jofre

The hotel is located directly on the Cuiabá River and has simple but spacious rooms. All rooms have air conditioning, bathroom, TV. There is a beautiful garden with pool and lake on the lodge grounds, and you can often observe toucans and hyacinth macaws here.

Hotel at the beginning of Transpantaneira

The lodge is embedded in a beautiful landscape. The spacious rooms have bathrooms and air conditioning. A beautiful garden with pool and covered terrace offering wonderful views for the surrounding landscapes.

Travel to the Pantanal

The journey starts and ends in Cuiabá. Due to the jet lag, we recommend arriving at least one day earlier.

Climate

The Pantanal is located in the southern hemisphere of the world and therefore has seasons that are opposite to those of central Europe. But as the temperatures do not differ too much in the course of the year, the year is mostly divided into dry and rainy seasons. The rainiest months are October to April and from May to September is the dry season. Due to the tropical climate in the Pantanal there are hot temperatures all year round and the weather can seem very humid. During the dry season the weather in the Pantanal is very warm but quite dry. The average rainfall during this time is only 0 to 50mm rain per month. The daily maximum temperatures average 30 to 32 degrees. During the dry season, however, it can occasionally get a little cooler, especially if a cold front moves north from Antarctica. Especially at night it can cool down considerably. The daily minimum temperatures average 16 to 21 degrees.

Fitness Level

The photo tour does not have any particular physical demands.

Health

The Pantanal is a malaria-free area. A yellow fever vaccination is strongly recommended. Please consult a tropical doctor, tropical institute or your family doctor. It is always important to protect yourself sufficiently against mosquito bites: Long, light-coloured clothing and the application of insect repellent are recommended. Most hotel rooms have windows with mosquito nets.

Double room

Single travellers can book half of a double room. If there is no other guest who wants to share the room, the single room surcharge will apply.

Entry requirements Brasil

To enter Brazil, a passport valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of departure is required. Citizens of Switzerland and the EU do not require a visa for a tourist trip to Brazil. The length of stay is 90 days and can be extended by a further 90 days to a maximum of 180 days per year at the Brazilian Foreign Police for a fee.

Insurance

We strongly advise you to purchase insurance for cancellation and return journey costs, which will be needed in the event of a secluded region being evacuated, a local hospital stay or return travel costs to your home country.

Travel information FDFA

The Federal Department of Foreign Affairs FDFA regularly publishes information on countries in which there may be security policy or other risks. The FDFA's travel advice is based on its own trustworthy sources of information. These travel tips can be found on the FDFA's website: www.eda.admin.ch

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