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Jaguar photography tour

July - November

8 nights/ 9 days

Porto Jofre

Jaguar photography

Limited to 4-persons

July - November

8 nights/ 9 days

Porto Jofre

Jaguar photography

Limited to 4-persons

Inquire for the upcoming 2024/2025 jaguar photography tour or request other dates and receive the detailed PDF itinerary including pricing. 

About the jaguar photography tour

For the 2024 jaguar photography tour we travel to the Northern Pantanal, Brazil. The Pantanal is home to the highest density of jaguars in the world.

By boat we explore the main rivers and small channels in search of the majestic jaguar. While in search of these big cats we will enjoy the abundance of wildlife that is present. Such as, the giant river otters, howler monkey’s, capucine monkey’s, caiman, yellow anaconda and a variety of species of birds. 

Prepare to embark on a journey deep into the largest wetland of the world. Waking up by the sounds of the Hyacinth macaws and greeting the sun while on the river. 

Experience all your senses being activated by the sounds home to the wetland, the landscapes that are unfolding behind each river bend, the taste of the typical Pantanal cousine and the feeling of your heart going in overdrive when we see eye to eye with a jaguar. 

During our daily 10+ hours outings on the river we have all the time of the world to enjoy sightings and capture breathtaking images. 

I’m passionate to answer any questions and share my tips and trics on photography and photo editing.

Map of the Pantanal, jaguars of the Pantanal. Jaguar photography tour

The jaguar photography tour itinerary

Day 1: Welcome & transfer

Upon your arrival in Cuiabá, you will receive a warm welcome at the airport or the hotel you are staying.

Our adventure starts with a drive to Poconé – a city known as the capital of the Pantanal. At Poconé we continue our journey onto a dirt road called the Transpantaneira highway for 146 kilometres and crossing 122 bridges. During this scenic drive towards Porto Jofre, be prepared for encounters with diverse wildlife species as you may spot Marsh deer, anacondas, giant anteaters, toco toucans, tapirs, hyacinth macaws, crab-eating foxes and many other birds and mammals.

Once we arrive in Porto Jofre during the afternoon and complete the check-in, we have time to relax before our dinner. After our diner together, we will share the program for day 2, a full day outing by boat dedicated to spotting jaguars.

Day 2: The First full day jaguar safari

We set out on our boat early morning to begin our search for jaguars. Throughout the day, approximately 10 hours, we navigate the Cuiaba river and it’s tributaries in search of these big cats.

During lunchtime, when most of the boats return to the lodge, we will enjoy a lunch in the heart of the jaguar territory.

Our return to the lodge is around 5:30pm. Upon arrival, you have the opportunity to fresh up, relax or review your photographs before joining us for a dinner at the restaurant.

Besides jaguars being our main focus, there are other great wildlife opportunities to encounter, a few to name are the giant river otters, howler and capuchin monkeys, yellow anacondas, caiman and various bird species such as Tocu toucans, Hyancinth Macaws, black skimmers and many more. 

Day 3 – 8: A full day outing to spot and photograph jaguars.

Same as previous day.

Day 9: Return to Cuiaba airport/hotel

After breakfast, we will check-out and drive back to Cuiaba. Our estimated arrival time in Cuiaba is around noon. Depending on your travel itinerary, we will arrange transportation accordingly to the airport to be in time for your flight.

Note: It is possible to extend the jaguar photography tour with other locations for photographing wildlife. Options are for example to spend time on action bird photography, Giant anteaters, tapir and ocelot. 

Jaguar photo impression

Jaguar research

For every participant joining our jaguar photography tour we donate a camera trap to the Jaguar identification project (JIP), as well as supporting their conservation efforts by purchasing the jaguar identification guide for you as our guest.

About Jaguar identification project:

The NGO is run by an American biologist, Abigail Martin. She initiated and runs the social science program. Photographers can upload their jaguar images via the JIP website and receive information about the specific jaguar individual. Using 1) social science, 2) volunteers monitoring jaguars and 3) a network of camera traps, a better understanding is created about the number of individuals, their territories and the blood lines. Every year an updated identification guide is published and available for purchase to support the program. 

jaguars of the Pantanal conservation.

Accommodation: Santa Rosa Lodge


Santa Rosa lodge opened in 2019. it is a beautiful new lodge offering spacious and modern rooms, a nice restaurant with a buffet style breakfast, lunch and diner. Outside they have a pool- and bar area with an open view to the Cuiaba river.
The Cuiaba river is the starting point for our daily jaguar outings.


  • Accommodation as described in the program
  • Activities as described
  • All meals
  • Water during the day
  • Transfers from Cuiaba – Porto Jofre and Porto Jofre – Cuiaba
  • Experienced local guide
  • Photographic guide
  • JaguarIdProject identification guide
  • Camera trap donation to the jaguarIdProject
  • Pantanal travel guide, with tips & check lists to prepare for your travel


  • Visas
  • Flights
  • Travel- and health insurance
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Laundry
  • Gratuities

Inquire for the 2024/2025 jaguar photography tour dates & quotation

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