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Brazil – Wildlife of the Pantanal I Photo Tour 2025

US$10,925 person sharing

1 Space Available


Please note that costs & dates for 2025 are subject to change as not all our partner properties and local airlines have released their rates. Should we need to revise costs, we will endeavour to keep fees & dates as close to the original.

02 Aug 2025 – 12 Aug 2025

Considered one of the ten “mega-diversity” countries of the world, our Brazil photography tour is an adventure to the vast Pantanal, an endless mix of backwaters, lakes, rivers, gallery forests and forested islands.


The Pantanal is the planet’s largest tropical wetland and is home to some of the most spectacular concentrations of wildlife in South America; the Pantanal really does epitomise the biological abundance of Brazil. Birds are abundant, and a fantastic selection of wildlife awaits the avid photographer, however one creature has an aura unlike any other in the region, and that is the mystical Jaguar. With four full days of boat excursions to search for these water-loving cats, we really have a fabulous opportunity to come to grips with these huge predators.

Why this Brazil Photo Tour is for You

Destination Allure

This is the only place on earth where one is virtually guaranteed to encounter a Jaguar.

Month of Travel

Our Brazil Photo Tour takes place in August, when rainfall is at its lowest and animals cluster around the shrinking lakes and rivers.

Number of Species

The Pantanal is saturated with a diverse array of wildlife and birds! Photographic highlights include the Giant River Otter, Hyacinth Macaw, Toco Toucan, Jabiru, Greater Rhea, Brazilian Tapir, Giant Anteater, Capybara, Seven-banded Armadillo and Yacare Caiman.

Small Group Departures

Travel to this exotic location with like-minded individuals and share your photographic bucket list together.

Guided experience

Local knowledge of the region and its wildlife is key to crafting the ultimate Brazil photography tour experience. Combined with the photographic expertise of your ORYX Photo Tour Leader, and you are in for an adventure that will further fuel your excitement for photography and the destination.

Dale Morris - ORYX Photo Tours

Dale Morris

11 Days
6 Guests + 1 ORYX Leader
  • Destination
  • Departure
  • person sharing
  • Single Supplement
  • Photographic Highlights
    Jaguar, Hyacinth Macaw, Capybara, Jabiru, Greater Rhea, Bare-faced Curassow, Brazilian Tapir, Giant River Otter, Toco Toucan
  • Guide

Day 1: Cuiabá to Pousada Piuval

Today marks the start of our incredible Pantanal photography tour as we make our way out of Cuiabá to Pousada Piuval, which is one of the best places for birds and mammals in the Northern Pantanal, where we will spend the next two nights.

Day 2: Full day at Piuval

This area is also home to one of the photographic highlights of our trip: the Hyacinth Macaw, the largest parrot in the world! The lodge here will give us the opportunity to search for some species that we might not encounter elsewhere on the tour. Most of our time will be spent driving or walking the lodge surroundings and the access road in search of species.

Day 3: Piuval to Curicaca

Today we will make our way north to explore the forest and the savannas along the Claro River of northern Pantanal, where we  have  2  nights  as  we  continue  our  photography tour of Brazil.

Day 4: Curicaca area

Renowned as a bird paradise among birders and photographers alike, the Claro River takes centre stage as it shows its avian gems available in many shapes, sizes and colours.

Day 5: Curicaca to Porto Jofre

After some final photography near our lodge, we continue our journey along the Transpantaneira to Port Jofre, where we board our floating “home”, a houseboat that will act as our base as we focus our attention on the mighty Jaguar.

Days 6 to 9: Pantanal

Over the next four full days of our Brazil photography tour, we will have the amazing opportunity to search for our main photographic subject, the mighty Jaguar, with a series of early morning and late afternoon boat rides. We also have the fabulous opportunity for intimate encounters with family groups of Giant River Otters, huge Brazilian Tapirs (South America’s biggest land mammal), hundreds of capybara, Caiman and various bird species.

Day 10: Pantanal to Cuiabá

Today we make our way back to Cuiabá, but before we depart, we will incorporate one more photography session in the morning. After lunch we will drive back to Cuiaba where we will spend one more evening together and reminisce together as a group about our amazing time on our Brazil photo tour.

Day 11: Cuiabá and depart

Today our photo safari sadly comes to an end and we will be transferred to the airport in time for our departing flight home.
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