THIS TOUR IS AN EXTENSION TO THE TOUR – JAGUARS, GIANT OTTERS AND HYACINTH MACAWS PANTANAL, BRAZIL 16th – 23rd SEPTEMBER 2024. READ MORE HERE…

PANTANAL
Pantanal is one of the World’s most biodiverse areas. It is often called the World’s largest wetland, spreading across hundreds of thousands of square kilometers in Brazil, eastern Bolivia and eastern Paraguay. Thanks to the high concentration of wildlife, high biodiversity and a number of varied habitats, Pantanal is really one of the natural wonders of the World.

This extension tour gives you an opportunity to experience the best of the southern parts of the Pantanal. Here we will be given great opportunities to photograph giant anteaters, Tamandua, caimans and lots of birds with large flocks of Red-and-green macaws as the main attraction. At one of the lodges we also have really good opportunities to photograph the shy cat ozelot.

THE ANIMALS AND BIRDS
In the Pantanal, wildlife is constantly present and here 405 fish species share the space with 600 bird species, 80 mammal species, 1100 butterfly species and 50 reptile species. Endangered and repressed animals such as jaguars, cougars, giant otters, wolves, ozelots, macaws, tapirs and giant anteaters, have found refuge in the difficult-to-force wetlands. On this extension tour, we focus on experiencing and photographing giant anteater, tamandua, capuchin monkeys and Red-and-green macaws and with a good portion of luck ocelot.

In a so-called sinkhole nest large numbers of Red-and-green macaws. The birds are very active and give us unique photo opportunities when they fly over the deep hole and sit on the sandstone wall. We will visit this place several times, which gives opportunities to try some new photo techniques to get some different images. In the vicinity of the gRed-and-green macaws, we will also look for blue-yellow macaws, buff-necked ibis and other exciting birds that can appear in the forest. It’s not uncommon for us to see Puffbirds and Motmot. We will also pay a visit to Rio da Prata to snorkel in the crystal clear water. The river has an enormous wealth of fish, you can almost get the feeling of swimming in an aquarium. Snorkeling equipment is available to borrow. Here in the area there are also plenty of Burrowing owls and at the restaurant where we have lunch, a bird feed usually attracts many different birds such as gold-plated parakeet.

At the next stop on the tour, it’s time to look for ant-eaters. In the area where we live, there is plenty of giant ant-eaters and with a little luck, we have good opportunities to approach them on foot, which means that we can get down to much better photo angles than from vehicles. Here we can also find the smaller and more shy Tamandua, which we hope we will be able to photograph. Of course there is also a lot of other things to photograph here, there are e.g. capybara, cayman, foxes and armadillos. With a little luck, we will be able to photograph both six-band and nine-band armadillos.

The bird life is very rich with i.a. macaws, toco tucans, owls and jabiru storks. With a portion of luck, we can take part in the other major attraction here, the ozelots that are in the area. After dark, one or more ozelots usually come near the lodge and they can be very fearless. This gives us good conditions to be able to photograph these beautiful cats.

During the trip, we will also have time for a photo workshop where we go through techniques and photo ideas for the coming days photography. As usual, we also look at image composition and each other’s images, all to develop your particular photography.

Pantanal, Brasilien - Aror och myrslokar. Fotoresa med Wild Nature fotoresor. Foto: Henrik Karlsson
Pantanal, Brasilien - Aror och myrslokar. Fotoresa med Wild Nature fotoresor. Foto: Henrik Karlsson

Itinerary

Day 1 (23/9) (Dinner)
The extension tour begins with us taking a flight to Campo Grande in the afternoon and then further transport to our hotel in Bonito.

Day 2 (24/9) (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)
After breakfast we go to Buraco das Araras, a so-called sinkhole where large numbers of green-winged macaws nest. The entire morning is spent in the area around the sinkhole. We have lunch at Rio da Prata, here there are often a lot of birds to photograph, before we go back to Buraco das Araras. The entire afternoon is spent in the area around the sinkhole. In the evening we go to our hotel in Bonito.

Day 3 (25/9) (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)
After breakfast we start our journey to our next lodge (about 4 hours journey).

When we arrive at the lodge, we eat lunch and, depending on the time, we can devote ourselves to some photography in the immediate surroundings. Here we can find lots of birds and not infrequently we see armadillos. We then go out on safari to look for e.g. anteaters.

Day 4 (26/9) (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)
On both the morning and afternoon safaris, we go out to look for giant anteaters and other exciting animals. During the day, there is the opportunity to rest or take your own photos, there are a lot of birds in and around the lodge.

Day 5 (27/9) (Breakfast)
After breakfast we go to Campo Grande airport in good time before our departure. The extension journey ends here.
Flight to Scandinavia.

More information

  • PHOTO EQUIPMENT
    As we will have opportunities for many different types of motifs, everything from landscapes to mammals and birds, it will be best to bring everything from wide-angle lenses to telephoto lenses. On safari, lenses from 70-200 mm to 500 mm are excellent. To increase the focal length, you can use a teleconverter. During game drives **, it is important to have protection for the camera equipment as it is very dusty. If you have access to two camera bodies, it is good to have these with slightly different focal lengths. This is to avoid having to change lenses. More information comes with departure information. Tripods are difficult to use in jeeps and boats, where bean bags are better. Tripods, on the other hand, are very good at the lodges where there are many smaller animals and birds to photograph.

  • CLOTHING
    The climate in the Pantanal is tropical, which means that both days and nights are warm, often the temperature rises above 30 degrees during the day and rarely below 20 at night. Pack light and cool but durable clothes. However, it is good to bring a thinner fleece sweater and a pair of thin trousers as the evenings on the rivers can be a bit “chilly”. A thinner rain jacket or poncho is good to bring. Bring a cap or thin hat as protection from the sun. Hiking boots or a pair of heavier sneakers are the best choice for the feet. Supplement with some form of sandals to wear in the middle of the day.

  • ACCOMMONDATION
    Accommodation will be in hotels and lodges of simple but rustic standard.

  • ACCESSIBILITY
    The accommodation has wheelchair restrictions. The jeeps and boats we use can mean reduced availability in case of reduced mobility.

  • INCLUDED IN THE PRICE
    Share in double room, meals according to the itinerary, all entrances and camera fees in national parks and reserves, all safaris and boat rides, local transports, local guides, photo workshops, transfers to and from Cuiabá and Campo Grande Airport.

  • NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE
    Domestic flight Cuiabá and Campo Grande, international flight to/from Cuiaba and Campo Grande, tips, insurance, cancellation protection, drinks, meals not specified in the itinerary, things of a personal nature.

  • MEETING POINT
    Cuiabá Marechal Rondon International Airport. Exact time will be announced later.

  • PAYMENT TERMS
    The registration fee shall be paid after an invoice from us, right after your booking. The remaining amount shall be paid no later than 30 days before the trip. Payment will be in Swedish crowns (SEK). Amount in Euro and US dollars mentioned above are just reference amounts.

  • PASSPORT AND VISA
    Your passport must be valid for at least six months after returning from Brazil. Swedish citizens do not require a visa to Brazil for stays of 90 days. Passports are required at check-in for flights.

    If you are a citizen of any other country please check with the nearest Brazilian Embassy if you need visa or not.

  • INSURANCE
    We strongly recommend that you carefully review your travel insurance before the tour. Read the terms and conditions about what may and may not be included. It is important to check that compensation is included for travel home / ambulance transport in the event of an accident or serious illness. Often, for example, the travel cover in a regular home insurance needs to be supplemented.

  • HEALTH AND VACCINATIONS
    Contact your doctor for advice on vaccinations.

  • THE GROUP AND LANGUAGE
    Our tours are open to all nationalities, which means that the group can be international.
    The tour guides on our trips speak Swedish and English.

  • TERMS AND CONDITIONS
    NOTE: The travel conditions for this trip differ from the regular ones in that the final payment must be made 90 days before departure. This also changes the cancellation conditions as follows. If the cancellation takes place more than 90 days before departure, an amount corresponding to the trip’s registration fee is taken out as a cancellation fee. If the cancellation is made 90 days or less before departure, no refund will be made. Note that if the cancellation takes place 90 days or less, before departure and final payment has not yet been received, the remaining amount must be paid immediately.

    Terms & conditions

Photographic leader

Staffan Widstrand, born in 1959 is a photographer and writer. Sony Imaging Ambassador.

Staffan is one of Sweden’s internationally most recognized photographers. In 2011, Outdoor Photography Magazine called him ”one of the most influential photographers in the world”. Appointed ”Wildlife photographer of the year” in Sweden and a winner of international photo competitions, such as:

Wildlife Photographer of the Year
European Nature Photographer of the Year
Emirates Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Årets Bild i Sverige
PGB Awards

Staffan has been on the jury of several international photo competitions and was one of the main jury members in World Press Photo 2013.

Published in most of the major magazines in the world, such as National Geographic Magazine, GEO, Stern, Der Spiegel, Le Figaro, La Repubblica, El Mundo, El País, Natur, Terre Sauvage, Animan, Veja Brazil, The Guardian, The Sunday Times, FOCUS, Yomiuri Shimbun och Shanghaibaserade The Bund Pictorial.

Staffan has had international solo or group exhibitions in Toronto, at the Swedish Embassy in Tokyo, at Tromsø Museum, at Bodø Museum, at the Kunst-und Ausstellungshalle in Bonn, Oslo City Hall, Finlandia Hall in Helsinki, the Swedish Embassy in Washington, in Mérida, Mexico, in Mexico City, in Salamanca, Spain, at the National Zoological Museum in Beijing, in Chengdu, Tianjin, Shanghai and Shenzhen, China, at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, the museum of Torino, Italy as well as major outdoor exhibitions in The Hague, Prague, Berlin, Madrid, Copenhagen and Stockholm. In Sweden, he has had exhibits at Kulturhuset in Stockholm, the regional museums in Kristianstad, Luleå and Malmö, at Fotomässan in Gothenburg and in Stockholm, as well as at the Skansen, Kolmården and Borås Zoos, at Hornborgasjöns Konsthall and at Bränneriet Art in Österlen.

Staffan has published 18 books, four of which have been winners of the WWF Panda book award.
A picture editor at Natur & Kultur publishers in Stockholm for 5 years, a nature tour guide and tour production manager all across the world for many years. Appointed as Visiting Professor at the Beijing Ministry of Culture Old University, and he is also one of the founders of a possible ”Wild Wonders of China” initiative.

Staffan is a member of the Swedish Nature Photographers Association (Naturfotograferna/N)

Website: www.staffanwidstrand.se

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