PANTANAL, BRAZIL PHOTO TOUR
**See itinerary below
* Intensive viewing and photography – Up Close And Personal – Jaguars, Giant Otters, Caiman, Macaws, Tapirs, Storks, and a wide variety of exotic birds and other wildlife.
* Limited to 10 participants, to ensure the optimum photographic experience.
* Time to absorb and photograph the wonder of it all. Early morning and late afternoon photo shoots to take advantage of the best light, watching and waiting for wildlife in just the right setting.
* Comfortable en-suite accommodations with air-conditioned cabins, close to the wildlife.
* Expertise of photographic tour leaders Cathy & Gordon Illg, and local cultural wildlife guides.
* Extend your stay with the Illg’s to their pre-trip to PumaLand & Patagonia.
Board your flight to Cuiaba, Brazil (CGB airport code). Majority of flights from the U.S. are overnight flights, and you can land at anytime to CGB, July 4
PLEASE NOTE: Those attending the Puma Photo Tour to Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia Chile can overnight with Illg’s in Santiago Chile &/ or Cuiaba Brazil, in order to rest prior to the program beginning on July 5. If you are attending both tours you will need to issue international flights multi-city, Home/PUQ; CGB/Home. Strabo will send suggestions for flying PUQ/CGB and booking airport hotels.
You can arrive at any time today and overnight at the airport hotel (check in time 3PM or after) to rest and relax prior to departure tomorrow morning. Overnight Slaviero Slim Hotel.
The tour will begin this morning from hotel lobby (time will be announced). Proceed to your Pantanal lodge, with impromptu photographic stops along the way. The lodge offers an array of nature trails and wildlife viewing from tall platforms.
The air-conditioned lodge is on the banks of the wildlife-rich Pixaim River. Unique wildlife observation towers include one located near an active nest of habituated Jabiru Storks and a second one in a forest along the banks of the river. Tapirs may be seen during certain months. Capuchins and attractive hawks are completely habituated here. The world’s tamest wild family of Giant Otters is often seen on the river. Small powered boats are also available for photography on the river. PANTANAL LODGE (B, L, D)
Depart after breakfast for Porto Jofre, where you will travel the last 25 miles by boat to your accommodations with photography along the way. The next four evenings will be at a land-based retreat, spending your days in specially outfitted boats, photographing the river wildlife. All rooms are air-conditioned with private baths. The retreat places you further north along the river, away from the Flotel’s and the ever increasing congested boat traffic. It is located at the Northern border of the 270,000 acre Jaguar rich land and river. There is also a 1.5 mile trail to stretch your legs in between boat trips, offering additional bird photography.
You will rise early each morning for a boat excursion, seeking Jaguars, Tapirs, Giant Otters, Caiman, Macaws, and various other wildlife and birdlife. Return to the retreat for a break in the heat of the day to enjoy lunch, rest, relax or perhaps a lecture. Each afternoon you will be back on the water for afternoon light. Overnight Jaguar Retreat (B, L, D each day).
You’ll have another morning on the river today, with photography as you make your way back to Porto Jofre. Your vehicle will meet you and return you to the lodge. With another evening to enjoy the trails and platforms of your beautiful surroundings. PANTANAL LODGE. (B, L, D)
You’ll have another morning on the river today, with additional photography on the grounds through lunch. You will be returned to the hotel near the airport for your overnight stay. SLAVIERO SLIM. (B, L, D)
After breakfast you will return to Cuiaba for flights home. The hotel provides an airport just verify your time with the front desk. Flights are likely to land in the U.S. or Canada on July 14. (B)