Photograph Jaguars in the Wild
November 7 – 15, 2024
Join us on a journey to the heart of Brazil, the Pantanal. We will travel the pristine waterways in search of one of the world’s most potent cats, the jaguar! The jaguar prefers to hunt prey at the water’s edge, and it’s no coincidence that we search for powerful aquatic cats by boat! Our photographic focus will be on the king of the swamps, the jaguar, but you might wear out your shutter with the myriad of birds and mammals along the way! The Pantanal is home to an astonishing array of beautiful birds. It is said that five of the most beautiful birds in the world live in the Pantanal; fingers crossed!
We will cruise the rivers and waterways in custom boats. Our professional guides are experts at guiding you to the best spots to encounter jaguars. They are also skilled boatmen that will do their best to get the boats in the best position for us to capture images of jaguars and other wildlife. These big cats come quietly out of the jungle to quench their thirst or explosively pounce to hunt for prey, and we’ll be ready with our cameras. This small and private workshop will have private boats and vehicles used to find wildlife, allowing greater comfort and flexibility for our adventure. Traveling without the addition of extra people lets us spend more time doing what we love, photographing some of the most amazing animals on earth!
About the wildlife: This workshop offers significant opportunities for photographing wildlife, and while we do our best to maximize our wildlife encounters—based on past experiences, local knowledge, and the current conditions—we need to impress upon you that the wildlife really is wild and that we don’t control it.
This itinerary is subject to change due to weather, local conditions, and other factors.
November 7, 2024: Arrive in Cuiaba before 6:00 PM this day for transport to our hotel. We’ll have a group meet and greet before dinner. (Slim Cuiabá Aeroporto)
November 8, 2024: After breakfast, we’ll be driven in a private air-conditioned vehicle to our first lodge, with lunch and roadside photography along the way.
Possible species include the world’s biggest stork, the jabiru, orange-backed troupial, northern emerald toucanet, black-collared hawk, Chaco chachalaca, snail kite, roadside hawk, large-billed tern, and various herons and egrets. The endemic marsh deer is possible, as are anteaters. We will photograph birds at the numerous feeders around the lodge before dinner.
An evening lesson on wildlife photography will follow dinner.
November 9, 2024: After breakfast, we’ll transfer to Porto Jofre, photographing at a couple of hotspots along the way. Once at the port, we will travel by boat to Jaguarland lodge. We’ll spend the afternoon looking for wildlife. Possible species: vermillion flycatcher, great-horned owl, and black-backed water tyrant.
November 10–14, 2024: We’ll spend the next four days searching and photographing from boats in the heart of the Pantanal. Possible species: jaguars, capybara, caiman, howler monkeys, giant river otters, kingfishers, herons, egrets, and one of the 500 avian species in the Pantanal might pop up! The Jaguarland Lodge is comfortable, but most importantly, it is in the heart of the jaguars’ territory. Jaguars have been seen on the property, so always take care when outside. Our location also lets us get into the action at the best times for sightings and photography.
November 14, 2024: After breakfast, we’ll transfer to Porto Jofre by boat, then drive to the next lodge. There will be time to check the feeders for some photos, followed by dinner and an evening image review.
Possible Species: peach-fronted parakeet, red-crested cardinal, saffron finch, white-tailed goldenthroat.
November 15, 2024: We’ll wake up early to check for toco toucans at the feeders. Following our last breakfast, we’ll transfer to Cuiaba airport for flights home after 2:00 PM.
Moderate: Short walks and ability to board vehicles and small boats.
Arrive Marechal Rondon International Airport (CGB), Cuiabá, Mato Grosso anytime on November 7, 2024. Flights out can be made after 2:00 PM on November 15, 2024. Air travel delays are common. Please arrive early, possibly even the day prior, so you don’t miss any of the workshop.
What to Bring
Please see our page How To Prepare For Your Workshop. We will send you a detailed information document 90 days before your workshop. This document will include specifics of where and when to meet, gear and clothing recommendations, and more.
- Double occupancy lodging. Single available for $2,950 supplement.
- All meals, soft drinks, and snacks during the workshop.
- All permits and park fees.
- All transportation during the workshop.
- Tips for crew, drivers, and local guides.
- English-speaking local guide throughout the workshop.
- Photographic guiding and instruction from 2 pros.
- Image reviews and post-processing instruction.
- Travel to and from Cuiabá, Mato Grosso.
- Passport and visa fees (if applicable).
- Any meals or accommodations before or after the workshop dates.
- Items of a personal nature.
- Alcoholic beverages.
- Medical Evacuation Insurance (required).
- Travel Medical (required).
- Trip Cancellation Insurance (optional, but recommended).
- Anything else specifically not listed as included.
- Single rooming available for $2,950 supplement.
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“Jeff provided plenty of scheduled instruction and was easily approachable on the fly in all circumstances. He does a great job of teaching to the level of experience for each individual participant. ”