THE BEST OF BRAZIL’S WILDLIFE
August 23 – September 1, 2019
A special WPA nature tour. A myriad of birds and other stunning nature subjects… PLUS JAGUAR, MACAW & BIRDS …
THIS IS AN ULTIMATE NATURE ADVENTURE!
Our Brazil tour was voted the best wildlife experience by our adventurers in 2016 – ever! Wild Brazil targets the incredible nature of the Pantanal and in particular – JAGUAR, MACAW & BIRDS!
This location is like Kakadu on steroids!
Travel with us to this South American wildlife paradise during the dry season, the best time for prime wildlife photography and for the iconic Jaguars!
The Pantanal is a vast natural region located in the heart of South America encompassing the World’s largest tropical flooded wetland. Although is shared by Brazil, Bolivia and Paraguay, more than 70 % of the Pantanal floodplain is located in the Brazilian states of MatoGrosso do Sul., covering an area of more than 138,183 square kilometers. Though the Amazon rainforest is well known worldwide due to its diversity, the Pantanal offers more number of visible species and individuals and is one of the most productive wildlife habitats on Earth in terms of photogenic wildlife! Iconic species such as yacare caimans, capybaras, anacondas, ocelots, rheas, marsh deer, crab-eating raccoons, tapirs, peccaries, giant otters, jabirus, toucans, flocks of numerous species of parrots, parakeets, ibises, plus giant anteaters and jaguars, among many others, transform the Pantanal in a dream for any demanding wildlife photographer!
SOUTH AMERICA – the adventure …
This region is a destination offering endless exploration experiences. Immerse yourself in the heartland of uniquely captivating images. In 2019 we invite you to photograph this stunning wilderness:
1. The Best of Brazil’s Wildlife – August
Join us on this great ‘life experience’ photo adventure …
ITINERARY TO ADVENTURE HIGHLIGHTS…
* The tour is planned for Pantanal’s best time for fantastic jaguar photography during the dry season. Three full days for shooting Jaguars at the best locations along the Cuiabá and Piquirí rivers!
* Plenty of room in boats and vehicles for comfortable jaguar and wildlife photography.
* The best locations in the Americas for shooting accessible and diverse wildlife: jaguars, anacondas, families of giant river otters, spectacled caimans, capybaras, Brazilian tapirs, white-lipped peccaries, howler monkeys, marsh deer, iguanas, tegu lizards, giant anteaters, nesting hyacinth macaws, toco toucans, colonies of Jabiru and wood storks and more!
* Accommodation in the best cattle ranches in the heart of the Pantanal that offer outstanding photographic opportunities and close access to wildlife: tame and habituated groups of giant river otters and black-collared hawks that fish piranhas at few feet from your boat; red-breasted and toco toucans and a wide diversity of tame tropical birds that pose at close distance from your cameras, troops of capuchin monkeys and a wide diversity of rainforest and savannah mammals that visit a hide located by a spring that has water all year round!
DAY 1 – CUIABA
We meet at 4pm this afternoon for a briefing on the adventures ahead and for your first workshop. This is followed by a welcome to Brazil dinner.
Hotel accommodation – (D)
DAY 2 – CUIABÁ –TRANSPANTANEIRA HIGHWAY
We drive southwards to Poconé and along the Transpantaneira, an elevated road of 160 km. Quickly you will see the savanna – the Pantanal. It is made up of dozens of rivers which eventually reach the Cuiabá River. The Transpantaneira is an excellent road for seeing and photographing the abundant wildlife of the region, as the ponds and pools at both sides concentrate a surprising diversity of wildlife even during the dry season. Caimans, capybaras, marsh deer, jabiru storks, roseate spoonbills and many species of kingfishers.Accommodation for 2 nights in a lovely Lodge. This includes nocturnal exploration in search of wildlife.
Lodge accommodation – (B,L,D)
DAY 3 – PANTANAL – POUSO ALEGRE RANCH
Full day for exploring the savannahs, wetlands, and forests. We will look for spectacled caimans, Brazilian tapirs, black-collared hawks, Amazon kingfishers, wattled jacanas, and many other species. These creatures frequent the ponds and flooded areas. The savannahs and forests are the habitats of the giant anteater, greater rheas, coatis and several black-and golden howler monkeys. Very close to the lodge nests two pairs of habituated hyacinth macaws, the biggest parrots on Earth.
Lodge accommodation – (B,L,D)
DAYs 4 & 5: SANTA TEREZA RANCH
We drive southwards along the Transpantaneira and after 2 1⁄2 hours, we arrive at Santa Tereza Ranch, where we will stay for the next 2 days. The ranch has an excellent history of protecting the local ecosystems and avoiding poaching, and that’s why the wildlife is so abundant and approachable. The area also offers photogenic and habituated groups of giant river otters (an extremely endangered species), nesting Jabiru storks (accessible from observation towers close to the nests), Brazilian tapirs and groups of capuchin monkeys, as well as active black-collared hawks that fish piranhas close to the lodge. The number of birds around the house is amazing: colourful tanagers, wattled jacanas, Turquoise-fronted parrots, tropical-screech owls, squirrel cuckoos and so much more.
Accommodation at Ranch for 2 nights.
The itinerary continues…