New Trip: Jaguars of Brazil’s Pantanal

We can hardly contain our excitement as we announce today the release of our latest international trip: Jaguars of Brazil’s Pantanal.

Backcountry Journeys has developed a fantastic itinerary to explore Brazil’s best-kept secret: The Pantanal. This 13-day trip will be highlighted by multiple full days photographing Jaguars along the banks of the river systems of the Pantanal. Here we will find some of the best big cat photography on Earth!

On our photographic tour of the Pantanal, we’ll set out from the Brazilian city of Cuiabá on a safari-like journey south on the dusty Transpantaneira Highway, in search of wildlife encounters. Porto Jofre, our southerly destination where we’ll spend several days, will bring us to our primary focus –  jaguars!

Jaguars here are often found resting and hunting on the banks of several Pantanal rivers, sometimes even doing a little swimming. Vantage points are best achieved from the river, via boat, so that is what we’ll do! Jaguars are the third largest “big cat” on earth, and the Pantanal Jaguar is the world’s largest jaguar subspecies with some males weighing in at over 300 lbs.

While Jaguars are ultimately the primary draw on this fantastic South American expedition, birders and other wildlife enthusiasts will be pleased as the bird photography, in particular, is simply astounding here. We’ll spend a few days photographing whatever we might find, be it marsh deer, coatimundi, giant anteaters, tapirs, and giant river otters.

We know this will be a very popular trip with our Backcountry Journeys photographers. This trip is slated for July / August 2020 and limited to only eight photographers. Stay tuned for exact dates next week!

Jaguars of Brazil’s Pantanal
Lodge & Boat Based Photo Safari
13 Days / from $8695

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Kenton Krueger







Kenton Krueger grew up and spent the first 33 years of his life in the corn country of Omaha, Nebraska. After studying aviation at the University of Nebraska Omaha’s Aviation Institute, he “conned” his way into the newsroom at the award-winning Omaha World-Herald where for 3+ years he wrote and photographed news articles on a variety of topics such as community events, travel and even mixed martial arts for the sports department. Yet something was missing. While on backpacking trips to Grand Teton and Grand Canyon National Parks in the mid-2000’s he was quick to realize that the wild lands of the western United States stoked a fire in his heart as nothing else could. This realization led to a relocation to Flagstaff, Arizona, and he hasn’t looked back. He has spent the past several years guiding backpackers, hikers and photographers into the wild places of the American West such as Havasu Falls, Grand Canyon, and Yellowstone National Parks as well as in the Grand Staircase Escalante in southern Utah. In addition to backpacking and camping, his adventures include rock climbing, exploring the slot canyons of southern Utah, mountain biking, and bagging 14ers in Colorado’s San Juan Mountain Mountain Range. Kenton is a trail runner, a former pilot, newspaper photographer, and writer. Kenton looks forward to utilizing his years of guiding experience, combined with his passion and experience behind the lens to provide memorable and unforgettable experiences at the wild places we will visit together.

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