Brazil - Jaguars of the Pantanal

Come join me in Brazil for a once in a lifetime jaguar photo workshop experience in the heart of Pantanal Matogrossense National Park. Nowhere else on Earth can you find such a large concentration of wild Jaguars, one of the most elusive and secretive big cats. October is a great time to visit this region as the dry season is in full effect. This limits the number of wading pools deep in the jungle, providing ample reason for the Jaguars to come to the banks of the river to hunt, sleep and relax.

Trip Dates

October 4th – 10th, 2020

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Tuition Costs


Group Size

6 (Max)


Difficulty Level


Caiman Brazil Wildlife Photo Workshop Jaguar

The jaguar photo workshop starts in the town of Cuiaba, located in the State of Mato Grosso, Brazil. Here you will be picked up early in the morning at a hotel located just outside the airport and driven to the town of Porto Joffre where we will base our group out of for the following six nights. Five of those nights will be spent in a Floating Hotel, which puts us right in the heart of the home of the Jaguars.

In addition to photographing these incredible big cats, you will also have the opportunity to photograph Giant River Otters, Capybara, Caiman, Heron’s, Kingfishers, Tucans, Jabaru and an assortment of monkey species to name a few.

Jaguar Brazil Wildlife Photo Workshop
Capybara Brazil Wildlife Photo Workshop Jaguar

What is Included?

  • All Ground Transportation
  • All Accommodations
  • All Local Guides & Permits
  • Meal Icon 2 All Main Meals

What is Not Included?

  • All Flights
  • Passport Icon Visas to Enter Brazil
  • Snacks & Alcohol
  • All Tips for Local Guides & Drivers

With two photo instructors present for the duration of the workshop, you will have plenty of opportunity for one on one instruction to further the skills that you feel you need to work on. If the workshop is full and you wanted to be added to the waiting list, click HERE.

Workshop Tuition:

* please read the workshop F.A.Q. section on this page to learn more about visiting Brazil and check out our cancellation policies if you have any questions.

Jaguar Photo Workshop

Areas to Explore

  • Cuiabá
  • Pantanal
  • Porto Joffre
  • and much more...

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The workshop starts on October 6th in Cuiaba, Brazil.  You will want to arrive a Day early as the workshop starts early in the morning on the 6th.

The workshop ends on October 11th. If you can get a flight that leaves in the late afternoon on that day, you will be fine. Otherwise, you will want to stay an extra night just to be safe.

You fly into the Marechal Rondon International Airport (CGB) in Cuiaba, Brazil.

Most likely, but please consult the Brazilian Embassy to make sure. Many nationalities can apply for an eVISA online.

We will be spending most of our time in the Porto Joffre region of the Pantanal, which is home to a large number of Jaguars. While here we will spend most of our nights living on board a floating hotel, right in the heart of Jaguar territory. Rooms are based on double occupancy, include an air conditioner, hot showers and provide all breakfast, lunch, and dinners for our group.

The Jaguars of the Pantanal region of Brazil are tied to the rivers and streams that flow throughout the region. It is here that they hunt, rest, mate and raise their young. Because of this, we will have our own private boat to move us around the river systems in the area as we photograph as much as wildlife as we can in the region.

While our main focus will be photographing Jaguars, you will have plenty of opportunities to see Caiman, Capybara, Egrets, Heron, Kingfisher, River Otters and much much more!

Because this workshop focuses on wildlife, you will want to bring some long lenses. I highly recommend bringing a 100-400 equivalent lens. If you have a faster super-telephoto prime lens, that could work as well. You can get away with a 70-200, but you will have to crop in some on your images.

Meet Your Instructors & Guides

Colby Brown


Colby Brown is a photographer, photo educator and author based out of Eastern Pennsylvania. Specializing in landscape, travel and humanitarian photography, his photographic portfolio spans the four corners of the globe and all 7 continents. Not too long after picking up his first digital camera in 2006, Colby was leading workshops for National Geographic in South America, further spurring his love for both travel and photo education. In 2011, he founded The Giving Lens, an organization that blends photo education with support for various non-governmental organizations (NGO) and causes around the world, such as child education, clean drinking water projects, and women’s rights.


Madeleine Punde
Patagonia, the Light Seekers

There we were, in one of the most remote southernly parts of the American continent, waiting for the light… and it finally came.
I must say that this photo workshop was very well managed by Colby and his partner in crime Michael. We were at the right spot at the right time to benefit(...)

Randall P.
Great locations and learning experience

I greatly appreciated Colby's philosophy about this photo workshop, which included providing one-on-one advice in the field and deciding where to go for photos based on up-to-the-minute forecasts of auroras and the weather (instead of a fixed daily itinerary). He chose incredible(...)

one of the best instructors

I recently attended my first workshop with Colby and crew. Not only was I impressed with the quality of the instruction, but Colby worked to ensure I came back with fantastic photos as well. I can easily say that Colby is one of the best instructors on the market and have just signed up for another workshop because of it!

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Cancellation & Refund Policy

No one wants to miss out on a trip of a life time…but things do happen. In those situations, the following applies…

All cancellations are subject to a minimum of a $150 service charge. In addition, if you cancel and your spot is otherwise filled, you will be refunded the full amount you have paid (minus the $150 service charge). However if you cancel and your spot is not filled, the following fee schedule applies:

  • 90 days or more: full refund minus $150 fee
  • 60 days or more: 50% refund
  • Less than 60 days: no refund
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