Overview – Jaguar Photography Workshop
Wild Jaguars! Oh my, what an animal and wow, what a trip!
If I can say this myself, the Jaguars and Wildlife of the Pantanal one heck of a photography trip. If you have been to Africa on a safari, then you know about big cats, but the Jaguar and the Pantanal are very different. I am not going to try and pick a winner, they are both spectacular, but if you have not been to the see the Jaguars, skip Africa and join this workshop.
We will travel by planes, vans, and boats to reach this remote and wild part of Brazil. We’ll spend time at a very comfortable lodge photographing tons of birds and if we are lucky Crab-eating Fox and Ocelot before we head deeper into the Pantanal and Jaguar Land!
In Jaguar Land our hotel is actually a flotel. It’s a comfortable, stable, floating hotel right on the waterways that flow through the epicenter of Jaguar habitat, soo cool!
You are joining a small private workshop which means you get all of the help you need with your photography and we also have our own boat which is very important in helping you create your best possible images.
Highlights Pantanal Wildlife Workshop
- 9 Nights and 10 Days
- Includes All In Country Lodging and Transportation
- 5 Days on “Jaguar River”
- Expert Professional Photographer Guides
- Max Attendees: 6
July 10, 2019 – Day 1
We will pick you up at the airport and begin your Pantanal and Jaguar Adventure. We will be in game drive mode watching for wildlife and birds during the 3-hour drive to the lodge.
Once we arrive at the lodge, we’ll have more opportunities for wildlife photography including the elusive Ocelot.
After a gourmet meal, we’ll make go over the details of our following day’s schedule.
July 11, 2019 – Day 2
Today we will spend some time photographing around the lodge. After breakfast, we will game drive to Port Jofre and board our boat for the ride to the heart of Jaguar Land.
After lunch, we’ll begin our search for Jaguars along with other birds and wildlife on the river and channels that will be our home for the next five nights.
July 12-15, 2019 – Days 3-6
We will be on the river every morning and afternoon in search of the Jaguars and as usual any of the myriad flora and fauna along the way.
The Jaguar researchers will be on hand every evening providing presentations and answering questions about the Jaguars and other animals that we have seen. We can also get help from the guides with identifying the birds we photographed.
July 16, 2019 – Day 7
We return to our lodge in the Pantanal and today’s photography will be mainly for the birds along the river.
July 17, 2019 – Day 8
We will be exploring the river that runs along the lodge looking for exotic birds and otters. Who knows maybe even a jaguar!
July 18, 2019 – Day 9
We have an early departure for our drive back to Cuiaba Airport.
Included in the Tour
- All local transportation to and from Cuiaba Airport and lodges
- All lodging and meals
- Boat outings and general travel will be private for our group
- Double Occupancy Accommodations ($750 Single Supplement)
- Assistance with Camera Settings
- Image review and critique to help you get the best image
Not Included in the Tour
- Lunch on the last day
- soft drinks, small bottles of water
- beer, wine, mixed drinks
- laundry, staff gratuities
- travel insurance
- early or late transfers from Cuiaba Airport
What Should I Bring?
For the most part, Pantanal Jaguars and Wildlife Photo Tour is a “big lens” trip. There will be some moments for landscapes and macro, but they are not the norm.
In Jaguar land we will be on fast river boats, and tripods are really not practical. If the outboard motor is on, the vibration will be more than your lens VR can manage, and space is tight for extra long telephotos.
If you photograph a lot of birds then you already know that you “never” have enough lens, so bring your longest lens for the birds.
I highly recommend the Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary. It is perfect for this workshop because it can be handheld and has plenty of range.
On these foreign trips, I always advise clients to bring as many backup devices as practical. You can just call B&H and get a new camera sent over. I carry a backup body, charger, batteries, plenty of cards, and a hard drive.
It’s almost impossible to list everything that you’ll need, so just get in touch, and we can talk about what you have and what you might need.
US Citizens Traveling To Brazil*
Valid on the date of entry.
Blank Passport Pages
Yes, electronic is available for pre-purchase.
None required, but consult your health care provider.
Arrival and Departure Airport
Marechal Rondon International Airport CGB) in Cuiaba. Brazil.
There are two ways to get to the final jumping off point Cuiaba, via Sao Paulo or Brasilia. I personally prefer SP, but that is the easiest for my preferred airline.
Note: When you are looking at return flights make sure that you are returning to Sao Paulo GRU airport and not the local airport CGH
Let me know if you need help with accommodations if you plan to arrive early. I often spend the night in Sao Paulo to get to Cuiaba in the morning.
We will drop you off at the Cuiaba Airport after our last adventures.
*Information for US citizens travel to Brazil was obtained from the US Department of State and was valid as of January 2019. If you are going to Brazil from another country, please check with your embassy to check the travel requirements for your country.
Click the Green Button at the Bottom the page and that will take you to my payment processor and you can choose your favorite method of payment. In the White Box you can enter the number of places that you would like to book.
About 30 days before departure, you will get a welcome kit with the nuts and bolts of what to expect. Of course, feel free to email me or call me and we can talk about it as much as you like!
There is a 2.5% convenience fee to pay your balance by credit cards. There are no fees with any of the listed payment methods for your deposit. Be sure to read the Terms and Conditions and or the FAQ to fully understand about deposits, cancellations and other important, but boring stuff.
I’ve been very passively advising my clients to purchase travel insurance for a while, but lately it seems like there have been multiple people having travel issues. Some have lost their deposits and sometimes even the cost of the entire trip!
Based on my client’s experience, I cannot stress more strongly how crucial it is to purchase travel insurance. Like I said before, and here it comes again, there is never a way to predict what is going to happen when you are booking trips months and years into the future.
You can read more about my thoughts about the importance of travel insurance in this blog post.
Or you can go get a free quote and book your vital travel insurance.
The tuition for the Jaguar and Wildlife Workshop is $6995 (USD) per person sharing. There are no single rooms left on board.
The deposit for this workshop is $1000 (USD). The deposit can be made by PayPal, Credit Card, Wire Transfer or Check. Actually, if you have another way you would like to pay your balance, I am open to new ideas when it comes to collecting money!
The balance of the workshop tuition will be due April 11, 2019 (90 days prior).
Ready to Go?
Here is the plan, you are going to create great images, you are going to leave a better photographer than when you arrived and we’ll have some laughs along the way! Hit the register button now!
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