Pantanal is the world’s largest tropical wetland. It is located in the Mato Grosso state, in south Brazil. Large part of the territory is flooded during the rainy season (November through March), allowing the ecosystem to sustain a high diversity of wildlife. The Pantanal ecosystem is also thought to be home to 1000 species of birds, 300 species of mammals, and 480 species of reptiles. This high wildlife diversity makes Pantanal the prime destination for a wildlife photography tour in Brazil, especially for birds and mammals.
The Transpantaneira Road is the only road that traverses the whole northern area of the Pantanal. This allows visitors to have the most complete experience of the Pantanal wildlife. The road has 140 km, with several lodges along the way. This road was built by farmers to allow them to move cattle during the wet season. Otherwise, it would be impossible to move back and forth by car because of the high water level when it rains. Nowadays, the Transpantaneira Road is a “park road”, giving visitors excellent conditions for wildlife photography all along the way.
Our photography tour to Pantanal focus on providing guests the best conditions for wildlife photography, by taking them to the best known spots. Also, our tour provides the best and more experienced wildlife guides in the area.
The wildlife photography adventure begins near the town of Poconé. In this first part of the trip we will be looking for Pantanal icons like Yacaré Caimans, Greater Rhea, and Red-legged Seriema. We will spend two nights at the comfortable Piuval Lodge, looking for specialties like Hyacinth Macaw and Giant Anteater.
Then, we will move to Pantanal Norte Lodge for two nights, where the main targets are Brazilian Tapir, Marsh Deer, Giant Anteater, Red-brocket Deer, among others.
After that, we move to the Aymara Lodge. We will spend another th nights here, looking for Jaguar, Giant River Otter, Toco Toucan, Agami Heron, Helmeted Manakin, Zigzag Heron, and more.
Finally, we will arrive to Chapada dos Guimarães, where will spend two more nights. A unique destination for wildlife, and specially bird photography. Here, we will have more chances to photograph Jaguars and Giant River Otters. Interesting birds to photograh in the area are Scarlet-headed Blackbird, Maguari Stork, White-headed Marsh-Tyrant, Great Potoo, Crimson-crested Woodpecker, Great Horned Owl, and many others.
From Chapada dos Guimarães we will drive back to Cuibá, for the flight back to Sao Paolo.