What is the maximum number of participants?
Our fixed-departure trips are all for a max of 6 people. We prefer to work with small groups for photo trips as this maximizes our photo opportunities and allow us to give better personal attention to each guest.
Is there a minimum number of participants?
Yes, we work with 2 as a minimum for our fixed-departure tours, unless mentioned otherwise on the tour page. In not reaching that number we contact the participants to offer a small party supplement so we can still make the trip. Custom tours, of course, don’t have a minimum number of people.
Are the trips suitable for non-photographer companions as well?
Absolutely, we receive non-photographers companions all the time and, as long as they also enjoy nature, they always have a great time. That being said, it’s important to mention that as a photo tour we strive to make the best photos, and that means sometimes staying at the same place for hours, so non-photographers will have to be patient with this.
Are the trips suitable for children?
It depends, but for most cases I’d say no. If it’s an older chidren that has a strong interest on wildlife and nature photography than ok, but otherwise it’s really more difficult because we stay out long hours, often waiting in silence for a Jaguar to wake up or something like that, sometimes under the heat of the sun or with insects. So it’s not a kind of trip I reccommend for children.
Is there a minnimum age for your fixed departure tours?
Yes, the minnimum age is 15 years old. Guests under 18 years old must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
Is crime an issue in the areas we visit?
No, the areas we visit, as well the lodges, are all safe. Of course, at the airports or other public areas normal care of your belongings is advised.
What level of photography expertise is required or recommended?
Every photographer will enjoy our trips, from the absolute begginer to the very experienced. Even if you have a very small experience and need technical help I will be there to help you and assist in varied situations so you won’t miss the shot.
What other photography assistance do you provide?
Probably one of the most importat is to put you on the right place at the right time. Finding good light and good situations is 80% of wildlife photography, only the other 30% is technique and equipment. The others include technical assistance, insights into new or alternative techniques (like off camera flash), composition ideas, image critiques at the end of the day, image editing tips, etc.
I will arrive in São Paulo a day before our tour starts. Is there a list of recommended hotels near the airport?
Yes, please check this page: https://pantanalphototours.com/hotels-in-sao-paulo