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Outline itinerary

Day 1Cuiaba
Day 2Cuiaba - Chapada dos Guimareas
Day 3Chapada dos Guimareas
Day 4Chapada dos Guimareas
Day 5Chapada dos Guimareas - Pantanal
Day 6Pantanal
Day 7Pantanal
Day 8Pantanal
Day 9Pantanal
Day 10Pantanal
Day 11Pantanal
Day 12Pantanal
Day 13Pantanal - Cuiaba


All accommodations, all meals, local transport, local guides, entrees of the national parks, Jaguar Boat tour, BirdingBreaks photo tour leader. Tour price is Cuiaba / Cuiaba

Not included

(International) flight, airport taxes, drinks, gratuities and personal expenses


Single room supplement EUR 450.-


EUR 4595,-

Tour leader

Jos van den Berg

Number of participants

Minimum 6, Maximum 10


Hotels and lodges with private toilet and bathroom

Difficulty level of the tour

in general easy hikes


Generally warm and sunny with temperatures between 25 and 35 degrees Celsius

Brazil Photo tour - Pantanal

reisroute Brazilie Fotoreis
Duration:15 days
Price: EUR 4595,-
Tour leader:Jos van den Berg
Code: F1840

Brazil is the land of carnaval, samba and capoeira but also of enormous biodiversity and the vast Amazon region and the Pantanal! During this trip we concentrate on two very bird-rich areas with an impressive landscape: the vast wetlands of the Pantanal and the savanna-like cerrado in Chapada dos Guimarães. In the Pantanal water levels are low at this time of the year, resulting in shallow pools and marshes everywhere. This works like a magnet on a large number of birds, providing excellent photo opportunities. Complemented by a visit to the varied habitats of the Chapada dos Guimarães makes a photo trip to Brazil a dream destination for the traveling bird photographer.

After arriving in São Paulo we have a domestic flight to the centrally located Cuiaba in the province of Mato Grosso. The next morning we move in the direction of the Chapada dos Guimarães, not far from Cuiaba. The vegetation here is often no more than a meter high. This area, the cerrado, is characteristic of much of Brazil and is the South American equivalent of savanna. Where rivers cross the country we find riverine forests. Here we have chances to meet different species of macaws (Blue-winged and Red-and-green) but also several species of tanagers and antbirds. This place is a beautiful addition to the Pantanal and together they guarantee a great number of birds and excellent opportunities for a bird photographer.

After the Chapada dos Guimarães we move to the northern Pantanal where we will spend the next nine days. Many will imagine the Pantanal as a large expanse of water. In the dry season, however, this is far from true. The area dries out slowly until puddles remain where the birds are in retreat. From the Transpantaneira, the road that runs from north to south through the Pantanal, many puddles can be viewed perfectly. Here the icon of the Pantanal forages, the Jabiru, and can be photographed at close range.

Other species that we expect to find here are the snail eating Limpkin, Roseate Spoonbill, Southern Screamer and Sunbittern. In addition, the lakes are packed with caimans and offer an excellent opportunity to see Capybara. Almost all species are very approachable, a paradise for photographers! The drier parts with lower vegetation but also surprisingly beautiful open forests host many other birds. The magnificent Toco Toucans and White Woodpeckers are present in more open areas.

In addition, we will search extensively for the beautiful, one meter long, Hyacinth Macaw found in low densities in the Pantanal.

Via riverboat cruises we have chances to see and photograph Giant Otter but also scarce species such as Agami Heron, Boat-billed Heron and Sungrebe. After our extensive visit to the Pantanal we leave this beautiful and unique area to travel back home. Fully loaded with many wonderful memories and loads of beautiful pictures!




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