August 26th - September 2nd, 2025

Join Daniel for close encounters with Brazil’s colorful red-and-green macaws, and one of its more strange, yet captivating, creatures, the giant anteater. This is a wonderful extension to add to your Jaguar tour with us!

This journey will take us just south of Brazil’s Pantanal region. Here we’ll visit “Macaw Canyon” where red-and-green macaws are plentiful. Photograph these colorful birds in flight, perched in trees, and interacting with one another. This is the time of year when the red-and-green macaws mate, so there should be plenty of excitement in the air!

We’ll also have the opportunity to enjoy close-up encounters with the unusual giant anteater, the largest of all the anteaters. Though a bit odd-looking, you’ll surely be mesmerized by these animals as they meander in their natural habitat, sniffing out unsuspecting ant and termite mounds to satisfy their 30,000 insect-per-day appetites.

Last but not least, enjoy a unique snorkel that will introduce us to the river Rio da Prata’s underwater paradise. Swim in crystalline waters (clear as gin!) and photograph the colorful fish, aquatic plants, and landscapes in this unspoiled environment, an experience not to be missed! Note: Dan will be leading this tour with our local guide.

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  • 2025 Brazil Macaw Canyon and Giant Anteater Photography Tour Travel Plans

    Tuesday, August 26

    Depart the US/Canada and fly to São Paulo (GRU) or Campinas (VCP), usually an overnight flight, arriving on August 27.

    Wednesday, August 27

    Upon arrival in Brazil, board a connecting flight to Campo Grande (airport code CGR). We will provide flight suggestions to Campo Grande (CGR) closer to the trip time. There will be a local representative to greet you at the airport and transfer you to the Hotel Deville Prime Campo Grande. Tonight, we’ll gather for a group welcome dinner.

    Thursday, August 28 (B)

    After breakfast, enjoy a sunrise visit to the Avenue of the Blue-and-Gold Macaws and spend some time photographing these beautiful birds. After, we’ll make our way to the small city of Jardim and “Macaw Canyon.”

    Macaw Canyon has been described as a mini Grand Canyon, though it isn’t the canyon that draws people here. This 400-foot deep, 300-foot wide limestone sinkhole is home to 20+ pairs of red-and-green macaws.

    We’ll situate ourselves on viewing platforms with plenty of space, so we can photograph these colorful birds in flight, perched in trees, and interacting with one another. This is the finest place in the world to photograph these large macaws, and we can expect numerous unique, and sometimes challenging, photo opportunities. The canyon’s vibrant pink and yellow walls interspersed with various lights and shadows are an excellent location to perfect your photo technique. This is the also time of year when the red-and-green macaws mate, so there should be plenty of excitement in the air!

    In the evening, we’ll return to Jardim and overnight at Vitória Hotel.

    Friday, August 29 and Saturday, August 30 (B, L)

    Rise and shine, adventure awaits! Each morning we’ll make our way to Macaw Canyon to hone our action photography skills even more.

    Around lunchtime, when there isn’t much action, we’ll head back to the hotel to eat and have a short rest. There are two options for our afternoons, and we can decide as a group each day which option we prefer.

    The first option is to head back to Macaw Canyon for even more red-and-green macaw opportunities.

    The second option is to drive to Anteater Valley for close-up encounters with a more peculiar-looking animal, the giant anteater. There are several great locations where we can observe and photograph 5-10 of these impressive mammals from just a few meters. Giant anteaters are the largest of the anteaters and can grow up to eight feet long and weigh up to 120 pounds. Their well-adapted noses help them detect ant and termite nests, and their sticky tongues slurp up to 30,000 ants/termites per day! Though anteaters are generally docile animals, they do have razor-sharp claws and are known for their ability to fight off pumas and jaguars. Our biologist guides have many years of experience with giant anteaters, so we’ll be sure to adhere to their guidelines while we photograph these endearing animals.

    Overnight at Vitória Hotel

    Sunday, August 31 (B, L)

    Hopefully having our fill of red-and-green macaws and anteaters, today we will have an early breakfast and then make our way to Recanto Ecológico Rio da Prata, where there are two options.

    The first (and more adventurous) option is to stay at Recanto Ecológico Rio da Prata for a nature experience like no other. We’ll gear up in neoprene wetsuits and booties and take a short drive to a nearby trail. A brief walk on this pleasant trail will take us through a beautiful riparian forest filled with old trees, orchids, and bromeliads. Keep an eye out for the creatures that inhabit this forest, including coatis, capuchin monkeys, peccaries, agoutis, anteaters, and several species of birds. At the end of the trail, we’ll snorkel in the crystal clear waters of the Olho d’Água River, a tributary of the Rio da Prata. This aquatic environment hosts 50+ species of Brazil’s native tropical fish along with amazing underwater scenery and vegetation, and you’ll have ample time to enjoy and photograph this unspoiled paradise.

    For those who prefer a less adventurous afternoon, enjoy a tour of the Recanto Ecológico Rio da Prata gardens before taking a short drive to the area of EcoPark Jardim, located just downstream on the Rio da Prata. Here you’ll have the opportunity to photograph curassows and a plethora of bird species. Several different types of macaws, parakeets, parrots, hummingbirds, hawks, owls, and other avians inhabit this area. The endemic blaze-winged parakeet is one of the top species that is often seen at this location.

    In the afternoon, we’ll return to Vitória Hotel to check out and then have lunch in Jardim. After lunch, we’ll drive back to Campo Grande, keeping an eye out for the Greater Rhea family groups that are commonly seen along this route.

    Back in Campo Grande, we’ll check back into the Hotel Deville Prime Campo Grande. Those who are joining the 2025 Brazil Pantanal Jaguar Wildlife Photo Expedition should prepare for a very early morning flight to Cuiabá (flight suggestion TBA to remain with the group for the start of the Jaguar trip).

    For those who are not joining us for Jaguars, get settled in and overnight at the hotel.

    Monday, September 1 (B)

    2025 Brazil Pantanal Jaguar Wildlife Photo Expedition guests will fly from Campo Grande (CGR) to Cuiabá (CGB) early this morning (flight suggestion TBA to remain with the group for the start of the Jaguar trip).

    Non-Jaguar guests depart Campo Grande (CGR) today and fly home. Checkout from the hotel will be at around noon.

    Tuesday, September 2

    Non-Jaguar guests arrive home.

    • Tour Extensions Available

    • Trip Cost

      3,990 pp, DBL occupancy

      Single supplement: 500

      Note: 6 guests or less, ADD 500 pp

      Pricing in USD

    • Deposit

      $1000 Per person due at time of booking
      Visa, MasterCard, AmEx, Discover, or check accepted

      Deposits are non-refundable. If cancellations are necessary, we require this request in writing. We will do our best to resell your space. Only if we can resell your space, we will refund (minus deposit and discounts given to sell your space). No partial refunds are possible for unused services.

    • Installments

      December 1, 2024: $2,000 pp first installment
      February 1, 2025: Final payment

      Check only for the first and final installments. Please make checks payable to Natural Exposures and mail them to our office:

      Natural Exposures
      810 N. Wallace, Suite E
      Bozeman, MT 59715

    • Included

      • Private small group travel with professional photographer Daniel J. Cox
      • Local English-speaking guide
      • Transfers in Cuiabá and Campo Grande on scheduled itinerary days and throughout the tour in air-conditioned vehicles
      • Accommodations for 5 nights
      • Meals where indicated (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
      • Entrance fees to locations in the itinerary
      • Snorkel gear at Recanto Ecológico Rio da Prata
    • Not Included

      • International airfare
      • Domestic airfare, including any connecting flights for international arrivals/departures
      • Domestic airfare CGR-CGB on Sept 1, flight suggestion TBA (applicable to Jaguar guests only)
      • Laundry, miscellaneous expenses, beverages
      • Gratuities
      • Travel /emergency medical evacuation insurance
      • Any activities not listed in the itinerary
    • Flights to Book

      JAGUAR GUEST FLIGHTS:
      Please Note
      Different arrival and departure airports for your international flights.

      August 27, 2025
      Arrive in Campo Grande at CGR at any time of the day. We will provide flight suggestions to Campo Grande (CGR) closer to the trip time. Group welcome dinner this evening

      September 1, 2025 
      Fly from Campo Grande (CGR) to Cuiabá (CGB), flight suggestion TBA to remain with the group for the start of the Jaguar trip.

      September 8, 2025
      Depart Cuiabá (CGB) for your flight home.

      September 9, 2025
      Arrive home.

      NON-JAGUAR GUEST FLIGHTS:
      August 27, 2025
      Arrive in Campo Grande at CGR at any time of the day. We will provide flight suggestions to Campo Grande (CGR) closer to the trip time. Group welcome dinner this evening

      September 1, 2025 
      Depart Campo Grande (CGR) and fly home. Checkout time from the hotel will be at around noon.

      September 2, 2025
      Arrive home.

    • Travel Insurance

      Travel/emergency medical evacuation insurance is not required for this photo tour, but we always recommend purchasing it for any trip. Emergency medical evacuation insurance is affordable and can be purchased for each trip or an entire year and can even be bundled with your regular travel insurance! We recommend one or more of the following, depending on your needs:

      Global Rescue
      (use code natexp)

      Allianz Global Assistance 
      (use travel agency ID F203564)

      Insure My Trip

    • Terms & Conditions

      Natural Exposures cannot control nor is responsible for abnormal weather, natural disasters, or any other disaster that might affect the trip. Travel insurance should be purchased to cover any missed flights or medical problems that may affect/delay your travel. National Parks have the right to change our itinerary.

      By booking a trip with Natural Exposures, you agree to the following CANCELLATION AND LIABILITY POLICY

  • Accommodations for 2025 Brazil Macaw Canyon and Giant Anteater Photography Tour

    August 27 and August 31, 2 Nights
    Hotel Deville Prime Campo Grande
    Boasting an outdoor restaurant, Deville Prime Campo Grande is located in Campo Grande, only 722 feet from Parque das Nações Indígenas Park.

    With tasteful contemporary décor, each room here provides guests with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV, satellite channels, and bathrooms that include a hairdryer and free toiletries. Free Wi-Fi access is also available.

    At Campo Grande’s Deville Prime guests can exercise in the fitness center, have a drink at the bar, and swim in the outdoor swimming pool.

    August 28-30, 3 Nights
    Vitória Hotel
    Vitória Hotel is your “home away from home.” Rooms have air-conditioning, a flat-screen TV, a minibar, and free Wi-Fi is available.

  • Helpful Information for 2025 Brazil Macaw Canyon and Giant Anteater Photography Tour

    Passport and Visa

    US citizens must carry a valid US passport when traveling to Brazil for any purpose. One blank passport page is required for the entry stamp.

    On April 10, 2024, the Government of Brazil will reinstate its visa requirement for all US, Canadian, and Australian citizens visiting Brazil, with an option for an e-visa for qualified applicants.

    Please visit the US Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs for the most up-to-date entry, exit, and visa requirements.

    Vaccinations

    It is always best to make sure you’re up to date with routine vaccinations and to check in with your doctor or a medical professional ideally 4-6 weeks before travel. Please visit the CDC for the latest requirements/recommendations for travel to Brazil.

    Language

    Almost everyone in Brazil speaks Portuguese. Our guides will speak English. Less than 5% of Brazilians speak English!

    Camera Gear

    Closer to trip time, Dan will phone each guest to discuss camera gear needs, and we’ll also send a list of suggested items to bring.

    Typical Food

    Chicken, beef, catfish, in various manners. Beans (vegetarian) and rice at every lunch and dinner. A lot of fresh fruit, vegetables and salads. Potatoes, pasta. All simple but hearty.

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    Have a question about this tour? We're happy to answer any queries you may have.

  • Testimonials from Natural Exposures' Explorers

    • "Tanya and Dan’s logistic skills provide a seamless photo tour where one can truly enjoy the experience. With unlimited photographic opportunities Dan’s instruction has taken my photography to a higher level."

      Linda Henry, Oregon

    • "I just wanted to again thank you for a wonderful week of photography and relaxation away from the office. It was a really a good group."

      Sue Wolfe, Texas

    • "Tanya/Dan are a dynamic duo! There are not enough adjectives in the dictionary to cover the entire breath of their combined strengths. Fair, attention to detail, supportive of everyone’s needs, ability to get things done, did I mention down right good people, and on and on. We hope there will be a trip in the future that we could take advantage of."

      Corbett Alley, Arizona

    • "If you ever want to travel to another country and you want to go first class, travel with Natural Exposures. They are number one in showing their guests the best time ever in the classiest way. I would recommend Natural Exposures Tours to everyone. If you want to go in style, go with NE!"

      Michelle Duggan, Massachusetts

For additional information please contact Tanya at info@naturalexposures.com or by telephone at (406) 556-8212

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