The Brazilian Pantanal is a luxuriant forest-savannah mosaic in central-western Brazil that is home to the highest density of jaguars in the world. We commonly observe jaguars actively hunting (including young males hunting in coalition from time to time), courting and mating, mothers with cubs, swimming the river and more. The rivers and channels provide easy access for our customized photo boat – a state-of-the-art aluminum speedboat with revolving centerline camera mounts – to locations frequented by the big cats in the dry season.
The Pantanal is also simply the greatest wildlife spectacle of Latin America. In addition to its jaguars, it harbors the world’s largest parrots (hyacinth macaw), the world’s largest snake (anaconda), the world’s largest otter and many other species in astonishingly high densities.
Justin Black will lead his ninth expedition in the Pantanal for Visionary Wild and will provide attentive photo instruction and guidance throughout the itinerary. The small group size of just 6 participants ensures ample space to manoeuvre for photography from the boat and a great deal of time one-on-one from Justin.
We will spend three nights at the Pantanal Wildlife Center’s Fazenda Santa Tereza, a comfortable lodge located on an expansive estate on the banks of the wildlife-rich Pixaim River. Our floating hotel for six nights of the trip is the spacious Jaguar Suites, offering the finest guest rooms in all the Pantanal, purpose-built to support serious photographers in comfort. Moored to the riverbank where the Piquiri and Cuiabá Rivers meet in the heart of the best jaguar action, when compared with the longer commutes by boat from other area accommodations to the prime 'jaguar zone,' this privileged location on the water permits us to spend an extra two hours per day with the cats, and to be on location at the best times of day for quality light, comfortable temperatures and scenic beauty in the Pantanal.
$9995/person double occupancy; $10995 single occupancy
• Accommodation for ten nights
• All meals and beverages (including wine, beer and/or caipirinhas with dinners), from dinner on August 31 to lunch on September 10
• All in-tour photographic instruction
• All land transportation
• Jaguar and wildlife excursions
• Professional guide services
• Generous expert photographic instruction and experienced guiding throughout the trip