The Pantanal is generally divided into North (in the Mato Grosso) and South(Mato Grosso Do Sul); the dividing line is the Rio Piquiri. We spent 5 nights in the north, 5 nights on the Rio Piquiri at the "Jaguar Flotel", and another week at various locations in Mato Grosso Do Sul. Most of the time we were staying on Fazendas, or cattle ranches. These cattle ranches, many of which have existed for over 200 years, are an indisputable part of the Pantanal landscape and ecosystems. Many of the ranches are beginning to commit themselves to research and preservation of the unique and fragile ecosystem of the Pantanal. Ecotourism is beginning to take hold as a number of ranchers understand their unique role is preserving this incredible ecosystem.
We spent each day photographing animals, either traveling in boats or land vehicles. We had incredible guides who seemed to find wildlife at every turn. Our group of photographers was one of the most congenial groups I have ever had the pleasure of traveling with. We had so much fun together and formed an incredible bond. Spending time with this outstanding level of photographer has helped me to up my game in ways I could barely dream of. I felt that my skills increased daily--and I had a great time as well! It was a magical 3 weeks in a magical place.