The Pantanal, Brazil 2022

June 8 to 20 , 2022 with optional extension

Main Tour, to Northern Pantanal: Baiazinha, Piuval Lodge and Pantanal Norte Hotel

June 8 to 20 , 2022 with an optional extension

In June 2007, I lead my first photo tour to Brazil’s Pantanal. Since then, I have lead many trips to this wildlife rich area of Brazil.  Working with local guides and a great tour operator we put another unique Pantanal trip together for 2022, visiting the Northern and the Southern Pantanal – a trip no one else offers!  These are two very different ecosystems with different wildlife and landscapes.  For all of you dying for something new and different than this is it!! This trip offers everything a photographer and nature lover could dream about with opportunities to photograph wildlife, culture and dramatic landscapes.


Pantanal, Brazil 2022

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Trip Details

A Jaguar (Panthera onca) is laying on a river bank at one of the tributaries of the Cuiaba River near Porto Jofre in the northern Pantanal, Mato Grosso province in Brazil.













Brazil is the largest country in South America and the fifth largest in the world in population and geographic area. Brazil is the leader of the mega diversity nations with an enormous variety of spectacular wildlife and bird life. Its wilderness areas encompass the Pantanal, the world’s largest freshwater wetland on earth. Extending through millions of hectares of central-western Brazil, eastern Bolivia and northeastern Paraguay, the Pantanal is a huge seasonally-floodplain in the heart of South America and home to some of the most spectacular concentrations of wildlife known. Most of it lies within Brazil, covering an estimated area of 140000 Km² (86992 sq miles) within the States of Mato Grosso do Sul and Mato Grosso.

Our destination on this trip will cover the Northern portion of the Pantanal, with an optional extention to the Southern Pantanal. The itinerary was specially designed focusing in the  best wildlife-viewing areas with enormous chances  to  photograph an array of animals  which include  Black-striped Capuchin, Black-and-Gold Howler monkey, Black-tailed Marmoset, Capybara, Giant and River Otters, Giant Anteater, Brazilian Tapir, Marsh Deer, South American Coati, Tayra, Pantanal Caiman,  Yellow Anaconda, the endangered Jaguar  along with  some fascinating birds such the Greater Rhea, Southern Screamer, Red-legged Seriema, Hyacinth Macaw,  Toco Toucan, Sunbittern, Jabiru and Woodstorks, Cocoi and Rufescent-Tiger Herons, Roseate Spoonbill  among with hundreds of other colorful birds, butterflies, frogs and reptiles.


Day 1 (June 8) – Arrival at the airport of Cuiabá. Meet your guide. Transfer overland to Baiazinha or approximately 280 km, located by the Paraguay River. Overnight Baiazinha Lodge.












After arriving in Cuiaba we will soon leave for our first destination in the Pantanal. The Baiazinha lodge is a family run place, with cozy accommodations and a nice location just by the legendary Paraguay River. Average drive takes from 5 to 6hs with stops on the way to observe wildlife arriving in the afternoon. The next three nights will be spent at Baiazinha Lodge located on bank of the Paraguay River in the Pantanal.

A Toco toucan (Ramphastos toco) is searching for fruit in a tree in the northern Pantanal, Mato Grosso province of Brazil.












Wolfies in the field – having fun!







We will have two full days here exploring by boat the Paraguay River. The area is well known for its wildlife diversity including Jaguars that can be observed moving along the river banks and on the areas of limestone rocks by the river. Other species of mammals in the area are Marsh deer, Giant otters, Capybaras, Howler monkeys, caimans and plenty of birdlife.

Day 2 (June 9) – Baiazinha Lodge boat excursion. Overnight Baiazinha Lodge.

Day 3 (June 10) – Baiazinha Lodge boat excursion. Overnight Baiazinha Lodge.

Day 4 (June 11) – After breakfast we leave Baiazinha and drive to another area in the Pantanal to Piuval Lodge, located approximately 250 km away. Lunch on route. Arrival in the afternoon. Overnight Piuval Lodge.

Hyacinth macaws (Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus) feeding on palm tree nuts at Porto Jofre in the northern Pantanal, Mato Grosso province in Brazil.













Arrival at Piuval in the afternoon. This lodge and huge ranch, on the edge of the Pantanal, is another great place for wildlife with chances to find Giant anteater, Southern Tamandua, South American Coati, and birds like the beautiful Hyacinth Macaw, Greater Rhea, and Red-legged Seriema, Bare-faced Curassow, White-rumped Monjita and others. By foot as well as by an open safari truck we will explore different areas of this ranch in searching for the best opportunities for photography.

Day 7 (June 14) – Morning transfer to Jofre with lunch on route and stops for wildlife along the way. Overnight Hotel Pantanal Norte.

Capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris) family on a beach at a tributary of the Cuiaba River near Porto Jofre in the northern Pantanal, Mato Grosso province in Brazil. Capybaras are the largest rodents in the world.














Transfer to Porto Jofre at the end of the Transpantaneira road. Our Hotel Pantanal Norte is located by the Cuiaba River, nowadays considered a hotspot for Jaguar sightings. The other wildlife in the area is very diverse. Even the hotel grounds offer a chance to see species such as the Hyacinth Macaw, Yellow-chevroned Parakeet, Blue-fronted Parrot, Chestnut-eared Aracari and even the Yellow Anaconda.

Close-up of a Jaguar (Panthera onca) is walking along a river bank at one of the tributaries of the Cuiaba River near Porto Jofre in the northern Pantanal, Mato Grosso province in Brazil.













At Jofre we will have 5 full days of boat rides looking for jaguar and in addition to other wildlife which includes, the Giant River Otter, Black-and-gold Howler, Black-striped Capuchin monkey and  reptiles   as the Paraguayan Caiman and Green Iguana. Birds as Black Skimmer, Large-billed Terns, Cocoi Heron, Great-black Hawk and Black-collared Hawk can all be seen along the rivers. The daily boat excursions are split between morning and afternoon with a break in the heat of the day.

New flower (white) of Victoria amazonica giant water lily leaf at Porto Jofre in the northern Pantanal, Mato Grosso province in Brazil.

Yellow and lime-green butterflies licking up minerals on a beach of the Cuiaba River near Porto Jofre in the northern Pantanal, Mato Grosso province in Brazil.

A Paraguayan caiman (Caiman crocodilus yacare)









Days 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 (June 15, 16, 17, 18, 19) – Five days boat ride in search for Jaguars and other wildlife. Overnight Hotel Pantanal Norte.

Day 13 (June 20) – We will be photographing birds at the hotel grounds. Lunch and leave to Cuiaba. End of the main tour. Overnight Slaveiro Slim Hotel.

Day 14 (June 21) – Transfer to the airport for the extension tour or fly home or continue on the optional extension to the Southern Pantanal.

Optional Extension: Southern Pantanal – Aguape Lodge

June 21-24 (4 Days & 3 Nights)







For the clients who will do the extension tour, we will have an early flight to Campo Grande and transfer to Aguape lodge, located 195km from airport. Check-in. Spend the day in the area searching for Giant Anteaters. Other animals observed in the area are Southern Tamandua, Yellow Armadillo, Nine-banded Armadillo and many birds such as Nanday and Blazy-winged Parakeets. Overnight.

Giant anteater (Myrmecophaga tridactyla)













This morning has 1 1/2 drive will take us towards the town of Aquidauana and then 54 km to our lodge. This working ranch and lodge is not far from the Bolivian border, and has a reputation for being one of the best places in central Brazil for watching mammals. Among the species commonly seen, it is worth mentioning Giant Anteater, Southern Tamandua, Pampa´s Deer, Yellow and Southern-naked Tailed armadillos, fishing, Azara´s, Agouti, Coati, Collared Peccary, Crab-eating fox, and is often seen during the puma Ocelot drives. The rustic and charming accommodations and the excellent food will make this place a wonderful destination. Our activities include day and night safaris.

Overnight at Aguape.


YELLOW ARMADILLO (Euphractus sexcinctus)









A greater rhea (Rhea americana)

A Chestnut-eared aracari (Pteroglossus castanotis)







We will have two full days to explore the area looking for animals. Fantastic birds like the iconic Hyacinth Macaws can be seen just around the lodge and in the feeders lots of  Nanday Parakeets, Toco Toucan , Chestnut-eared Aracari and a wealth of passerines including some attractive ones like Crested oropendola, Yellow-billed and Red-Crested Cardinals, Orange-backed Troupical and others. Other special birds seen here includes Blaze-winged Parakeet,  Chaco Puffbird and Amazonian Motmot.  At the night drives, Great Potto and the fantastic Black-banded Owl can be seen.

Day 4 (June 24) – Leave Aguape towards Campo Grande airport, about 3 hours away and continue for our flight home.

I hope you can join me.  In order to book this trip, please click on the BOOK THIS TOUR link on top of the page.  Thank you.

Wolfgang Kaehler Photography (Run with the Wolfies) reserves the right to alter the above itinerary if deemed necessary!