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 6th – 11th, 2019

Tuition Costs


Group Size


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
  • All Main Meals

What is Not Included?

  • All Flights
  • 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...


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.


Jose V
Great Adventure With the Greatest Landscape Photographer!

It was a phenomenal adventure. Colby knows everything you need to know and teaches it in a simple way, so you can understand no matter what level of photographer you are. I definitely recommend him for your next photography travel experience!

Carla M
trip was absolutely amazing

In June 2013 I had the privilege of attending a workshop in Iceland with Colby. The trip was absolutely amazing, to say the least. Iceland is full of stunning and diverse landscapes and is easily one of the most beautiful places that I have ever visited. I had never been on a workshop(...)

David S
Colby and Lofoten Islands were Terrific

Colby and his staff provided just what I was looking for, a program to improve my photo skills and post processing ability in a most amazing setting. At photo locations, Colby would provide instruction on composition and perspective that improve the appeal of my photos. His expertise(...)

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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