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Brazil: Pantanal Wildlife Safari



The Pantanal, the world’s largest inland freshwater wetland, is a paradise for wildlife enthusiasts,  and photographers alike. Situated in the heart of Brazil, in the state of Mato Grosso, this internationally-acclaimed ecosystem teems with wildlife, hosting a stunning variety of birds, mammals and reptiles within a diverse, lush landscape.

Our trip is timed for the dry season, when animals congregate around shrinking waters, providing excellent up-close experiences and photographic opportunities. Herons, ibis, and jabirus feed in shallow pools, just yards away from partially-submerged caiman too numerous to count.

Starting from Cuiaba, we’ll head south through cerrado scrub habitat, where colorful Hyacinth Macaws, Toco Toucans, and Chestnut-eared Aracaris captivate cameras. We’ll traverse the famed Transpantaneira highway at a relaxed pace, stopping to observe waders, raptors, capybara, and myriad creatures that attract attention. Multiple boat rides will bring us close to kingfishers, sunbitterns, and giant river otters diving for catfish.

Jaguar, the largest New World cat, is the highlight of the trip. We’ll spend ample time exploring rivers where these impressive beauties stalk riverbanks. Join us for a spectacular wildlife experience not to be missed.

Focus: Photography, Mammals, Birds, Reptiles, Butterflies


  • Tour Cost
  • Number of Days (Length of Tour)
    11 days / 10 nights


    Dates & Cost

    September 11-21, 2018    

    $5600.00 per person, from Cuiaba based upon double occupancy, and a minimum of 4 participants.




    Single Supplement
    If a single room is preferred, or we are unable to get a roommate for you, a single supplement fee of $485.00 will be assessed.


    What is Included / Not Included
    Included in the cost are all accommodations, meals, transportation, entrance fees and service of the leader(s) and local guides, from Cuiaba.

    Not included in the cost is the airfare to Cuiaba, visa, travel insurance, drinks, tips and items of a personal nature.


    $500.00, check, paypal or credit card, along with your completed Registration Form


    How to Book
    In order to hold your space, you must complete the Registration Form found on-line, and submit it to us on-line, or download a copy and mail it to us, along with a $500.00 deposit per participant.


    Final Payment
    Full payment, by check, is due 120 days prior to the departure date

  • Itinerary
  • Brief Itinerary:


    Day 1: Morning arrrival in Cuiaba. Transfer to the Pantanal and Piuval Lodge (3 nights).

    Day 2 & 3: Two full days around Puival including half day boat ride

    Day 4: Transfer along transpantaneira to Mato Grosso or Santa Tereza Lodge (2 nights).

    Day 5: Full day around Mato Grosso including boat ride on Pixiam River.

    Day 6: Transfer along transpantaneira to Porto Jofre (4 nights).

    Day 7-9: Three full days of boat rides on the Cuiaba River for Jaguar

    Day 10: Transfer along the transpantaneira to Mato Grosso or Santa Tereza Lodge (1 night)

    Day 11: Transfer to Cuiaba for late afternoon flight.


    Note: the itinerary may vary based upon availability of accommodations

  • Accommodations
  • 10 nights in 3 lodges. All ensuite.


    Pousada Piuval is the first lodge along the Transpantaneira (10km from Pocone). It is situated on 7000 hectare cattle ranch. The air-conditioned rooms are ensuite.


    Fazenda Santa Tereza is at 67km along the Transpantaneira. All rooms are ensuite and air-conditioned.


    Hotel Pantanal Norte (Porto Jofre Hotel) situated at the end of the 145km Transpantaneira on the banks of the Cuiaba River is a comfortable lodge with spacious  air-conditioned en-suite rooms.

  • Additional Info
  • Birds of Brazil bookRecommended Field Guide:


    A Field Guide to the Birds of Brazil

    by Ber van Perlo

    (Oxford University Press, 2009)







    This trip is for non-smokers only. Smoking is not permitted at any time during our wildlife safari.



    You will need to get a Visa to enter Brazil. This will need to be applied for in the US and prior to our trip.


    Arrival and Departure: You will need to arrive in Cuiaba (CGB) on the morning of Day 1.  That would mean leaving the US a day earlier.  A return flight leaving Cuiaba would have to be late afternoon on Day 11. You would be back in the US the following day.

  • Species Lists
  • List of Species Seen on Previous PANTANAL trips


    Target Wildlife Subjects:

    1. Jaguar

    2. Giant River Otter

    3. Jabiru

    4. Toco Toucan

    5. Hyacinth Macaw

    6. Yacare Caiman

    7. Capybara

    8. Chestnut-eared Aracari

    9. Anaconda

    10. Sunbittern