- The Pantanal holds the world's highest density of wild jaguars. Unlike in other areas, jaguars here are active during the day, offering excellent chances to see these elusive cats in the wild.
- Along the way we also expect to see giant river otters, anteaters, tapir, capybaras, hyacinth macaw, and the world’s largest stork, the jabiru, among other wildlife.
- Our final day is spent at the SouthWild Pantanal Lodge where more than 300 bird species have been recorded.
- Our expedition is guided by award-winning nature photographer Pete Oxford, who has been guiding expeditions to the Pantanal for years.
Join us as we explore the incredible Pantanal in Brazil, the world's largest tropical wetland, with renowned wildlife photographer and Pantanal expert, Pete Oxford. Our Brazilian adventure starts and ends in Cuiabá, the northern access point to the Pantanal.
From Cuiabá, we make our way into the Pantanal, starting at SouthWild Pantanal Lodge where more than 300 bird species have been recorded including Hyacinth Macaws and Jabiru Storks, as well as giant river otters, giant anteaters, and more. We then continue on our way to Porto Joffre where speedboats will be waiting to transport us to SouthWild Jaguar Flotel & Suites: our live-aboard river hotel that will serve as our ‘home base’ for the next six nights while we search the rivers for jaguars.
The northern Pantanal offers the best opportunities for jaguar sightings in the world, and your trip leaders were among the first people to photograph wild jaguars in the region (the photos adorned National Geographic, including the cover). The most reliable way to find and photograph this enigmatic and elusive cat is to patrol the sand banks of the Cuiabá River and its tributaries by boat. We will devote five full days to look for these majestic animals while staying on the river in the heart of jaguar country. Though jaguars are the expedition’ focus, the region also boasts some 350 species of birds plus much more to appease your naturalist and photographic desires. We will also enjoy seeing a host of other animals – some of them endangered, like the giant river otter.
Prior to the start of our expedition, you can choose to join our (highly recommended) trip extension to visit one of the great wonders of nature: Iguaçu Falls. We will stay just a short walk from the breathtaking falls at the only hotel located within Iguassu National Park, allowing you to visit the falls at dawn and dusk when other visitors have vacated the park.
Offered in partnership with Pete Oxford Expeditions.
Trip Dates & Cost
2019: September 20–29. From $6,895 / person.* Group limit 12.
Don’t miss our optional 3-day pre-trip extension to explore spectacular Iguaçu Falls (from $2,100/person)! Contact us for information.
* Special terms and conditions apply. Trip, without extension, starts and ends in Cuiabá, Brazil. International airfare not included. Limited single supplements available for a fee of $990.
Pete Oxford works in some of the world’s most pristine and remote wildlife and cultural destinations as a full-time professional photographer. His images have appeared in major magazines including National Geographic, Time, Outdoor Photographer, and Smithsonian, and have been featured ten times in the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards. Pete and his wife Reneé also lead expeditions to some of the world’s richest cultures and most biodiverse areas of our planet.