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About Pantanal



The Pantanal is a natural region encompassing the world's largest tropical wetland area. It is located within the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso do Sul. Various sub regional ecosystems exist, each with distinct hydrologicalgeological and ecological characteristics, making this region as diverse as it is beautiful.

Roughly 80% of the Pantanal floodplains are submerged during the rainy seasons, nurturing a biologically diverse collection of aquatic plants and supporting a wide variety of animal species. Join us on a journey into the wild!

Pantanal Facts

  • Location: Brazil

  • Size: 187,818 km2 

  • National Language: Portuguese

  • Temp. during stay: 32°C / 90°F

  • Official Name: Pantanal Matogrossense

  • DAY 1 - Arrival in Svalbard
    We will meet in Longyearbyen, Svalbard’s capital. We will let you know exactly where and when to be there and our driver will pick you up from the airport. This day is mostly about settling in, relaxing and organizing everything for tomorrow’s expedition.
  • DAY 2-10 - The Expedition
    In the morning, Roie Galitz, will show you around lovely Longyearbyen. You will have time to shop for souvenirs and anything else you might need for the expedition - this is the place to get it. In the afternoon, we will embark the M/S Origo and after a safety briefing, we will head out to the northern tip of the Archipelago. We will set out to explore the fjords, bays, icebergs and of course the fast ice of the north pole. The exact locations will be determined while on board, according to sea ice condition and the whereabouts of wildlife, primarily the mighty polar bear. During this journey, Roie Galitz and the boat staff will teach us about the Arctic animals and nature surrounding us. Since it will be the peak season, we expect to see mothers with cubs and single males roaming along the island’s shores. We might even spot Arctic Foxes near their dens with pups. During our extended expedition cruise, we hope to enjoy the view of seals, walruses, whales and many birds. Thanks to our boat size, we will have many opportunities no other bigger boat can get - this is an amazing privilege in the high Arctic!
  • DAY 11 - Disembarkation
    We will get back to Longyearbyen harbor and spend our last night on board in the harbor. Depending on your flight times, you can disembark the boat whenever you wish until 09:00 am the following day.

important information 

Cost includes:

  • Accommodation

  • Transportation during trip

  • Photo guidance by Roie Galitz 

  • Experienced local English speaking guide

  • All Meals

  • All tours

Not included:

  • Flights and ground services before and after the expedition

  • Personal expenses

  • Health and baggage insurance

  • Anything which is not mentioned under “Included” section


From registration to 100 days before departure – 80% refund

From 99 to 60 days before departure – 50% refund.

From 59 days to 40 days to departure  - 20% refund.

From 39 days to departure – no refund.


 (Working days only)


We strongly recommend getting travel insurance that covers unexpected cancellations as well.


You must purchase a comprehensive and extended insurance policy that covers all the activities during the trip you signed up for, including personal insurance, luggage, full medical coverage for adventure travel, including rescue from dangerous and remote places
Important note: Phototeva does not insure or provide insurance coverage for travelers or their equipment. Participants must purchase full insurance for all the usual and adventure activity expected on the trip, including accidents and medical insurance. The participants are responsible for purchasing the required insurance coverage. It is very important to take care of this as soon as possible.

It is hereby acknowledged that this trip includes extreme adventure activities, such as sighting Jaguars from close-range, riding motorboats, walking through difficult terrain, etc. These activities will take place in one of the wildest and most remote areas in the world. As in any trip, especially to a remote destination whose infrastructure of tourism, transport, rescue, evacuation, and medical services are very poor, problems and injuries may occur. By signing this document, the participant declares that he/she understands and accepts the expected and unexpected dangers that may occur and could cause serious injury and even worse and that his/her physical health and mental strength are sufficient for such an extreme journey. The participants must ensure that they have received all the information they need before embarking on the trip, as well as purchase the most suitable and extensive medical insurance policy that covers all the destinations and activities included in the trip (including rescue and evacuation).

  • ​As with any trip, preparations are required, such as vaccinations, visa arrangements, etc. Phototva cannot provide such information as it varies from person to person.

  • If the participant has a medical problem that may interfere with or prevent him/her from taking part in the various trip activities, he/she must notify the company before registration and tell the guide at the start of the trip. In some cases, you will be required to provide a doctor’s note from the attending physician in order to join the trip. Without this permission, you cannot participate.

  • The trip is contingent upon a minimum number of participants.

  • It is agreed that Phototeva relies on local service providers. Changes and updates can occur without prior notice.

  • Phototeva and the trip organizers cannot guarantee that you will see or photograph any particular animal. Nature is totally wild and there are many variables that can affect this.

  • Changes and schedule delays may occur due to reasons including, but not limited to: extreme weather, animal location, mechanical faults, local government decision, and more. The final decision on the schedule will be determined by the training team.

  • In very rare cases, the instructor may be replaced before the start of the trip.

  • In rare cases, Phototeva may cancel the trip at any stage and provide a refund.




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About the Expedition

Our unique expedition is designed for wildlife photographers. Pantanal is a prime location for spotting jaguars, giant river otters, tapirs, capybaras, howler monkeys, caiman crocodiles, anaconda snakes, armadillos and countless reptiles and rare birds! Explore Pantanal on boat tours to get as close as possible to the jaguars and photograph with unique angles and backgrounds.

Tour Highlights
  • Accomodation and all meals included!

  • Full days in the field.

  • Boat tours bring us close to the action.

  • Local guide who knows all the secret spots for photo opportunities.

  • Personal photography guidance by top wildlife photographers.

Why Phototeva?

The pampering conditions, the spacious vehicles, and especially the personal guidance of Phototeva team all make this a once-in-a-lifetime experience. With Phototeva, you get real-time photography guidance, so you can return home not only with the best photos and experiences, but also with new knowledge.

Our Unique Experience

In this expedition, we will explore the swamps and photograph wild animals such as the greater rhea, jabirus, armadillos, capybaras, howler monkeys, anteaters, tapirs, and countless rare bird species. Our expert team is there to help you find these magnificent creatures and capture beautiful photos you'll cherish for life!

More Info

Guided by: Professional wildlife photographer from Phototeva's team

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