Jaguar swimming

Photo: Kathy Adams Clark

July 8 - 18, 2019

**See itinerary below

Tour Highlights

• 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.

Giant river otters

Photo: Scott Anagnoste

Tour Itinerary

July 8: USA - Cuiaba, Brazil

July 9: Cuiaba, Brazil
You can arrive at any time today and overnight at an airport hotel (check in time 3pm or after) to rest and relax prior to departure tomorrow morning. Overnight: Slaviero Slim Hotel

July 10-11: Cuiaba - Pixaim River
The tour will begin this morning from the 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 my be seen during certain months. Capuchin monkeys 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. There are additional days at the end of the program to explore further afield.

July 12-15: Pantanal
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.

July 16-17: Pantanal - Paxaim River
You’ll have another full day on the river today, departing at dusk to return to Porto Jofre, where your vehicle will meet you and return you to the lodge. With two additional evenings, you will have a chance to enjoy the trails and platforms of your beautiful surroundings.

July 18: Home
After breakfast you will return to Cuiaba for flights home (not earlier than 1p.m.). Flights are likely to land in the U.S. or Canada on July 19.

Photographers on boat
Jaguar retreat buildings

Photos: Kathy Adams Clark

$7,395 (2018)

Deposit: $750

Run in conjunction with Strabo Tours.
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Strabo Photo Tours/Pantanal