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 - Pousada Piuval

We’ll meet at the airport and start our fascinating journey to the Pantanal’s swamp region. We’ll drive to Pousada Piuval, one of the most amazing and impressive places for birdwatching. Due to the proximity to a large variety of natural habitats such as rivers, grazing areas, swamps, and large vegetation, we’ll get to see multitudes of bird species that live in the area: The Giant Blue macaw - the largest parrot species in the world, the great Jabiru stork and other kinds of storks. In the evening, after dinner, we’ll go over some animal photography techniques, in preparation for the next few days.

DAY 2 - Pousada Piuval - Porto Jofre

We’ll start the day with breakfast in a lodge, and from there we’ll head out to photograph wild animals in the area. After lunch, we’ll drive to Porto Jofre and explore the swamps, to see animals such as the greater rhea, jabirus, armadillos, capybaras, howler monkeys, anteaters, tapirs, and countless rare bird species. After sunset, we’ll return to our lodge for dinner with a spectacular view.

DAY 3 - In search of the Jaguars - By motorboat

We’ll spend the next few days searching, observing and photographing the jaguar - our main objective. During the daytime, we’ll sail through a number of rivers by motorboat, in search of this wonderful animal. The jaguar in this area remains in sight for a while and can be photographed under relatively favorable conditions. Although our main goal is to find the jaguar, we can’t ignore the many wonderful birds and animals in the area: the giant river otters, tapirs, capybaras, howler monkeys, caiman crocodiles, anacondas, other reptiles, and countless species of water birds.

DAY 4-7 - In search of the Jaguars- sailing through the rivers

After an early breakfast, we’ll board the motorboats and cruise to the National Park, the best area in all of Pantanal for jaguar sighting. We’ll spend the next few days sailing through the rivers, observing the many animals in the area, taking advantage of the best hours for photography, watching many species of birds, and of course, seeing and photographing the jaguars on the riverside. Being on the boar allows us to try out different angles, and our full days in the field will let us experiment with the natural sunlight.

DAY 8 - Nort Pousada Piuval

On our journey upstream to the Northern Pousada Porte Jofre, we'll continue exploring the wonder that is the Pantanal, searching for jaguars and giant river otters. Hear the birds' calls and fluttering wings from above, see the scattering in the leaves, taste the moist, thick air, and immerse yourself in the mystery and intrigue of the deep jungles of Brazil.

DAY 9 - In the search for the Giant anteaters

There's nothing quite as exhilerating as seeing the action of the wild, untamed jungle. On our Pantanal expedition, we'll search for predators, specifically, the jaguar. We'll also search for the giant anteater in the swamps along the way. Use the skills you've gained over the past week to photograph the wildlife and capture the mysticism of the wilderness.

DAY 10 - Goodbye Pantanal

After an early breakfast, during which we’ll reflect on all our wonderful experiences and share our photos, we'll start heading back to the airport. Returning home after this exhilerating journey can be difficult, so it's a good thing you have all those photos to relive this experience from home.

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

COST: 5890$


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


October 2022

Guided by: Professional wildlife photographer from Phototeva's team

Cost: $5,890