The best places to go in the Brazilian Pantanal...
Imagine coming face to face with a giant anaconda, watching charismatic capybara play or even catching a glimpse of the elusive and magnificent jaguar. These are the kind of experiences and some of the best places that wait for you in Brazil’s Pantanal region.
Originating from word ‘pantano’ which literally translated means ‘swamp’ in both Portuguese and Spanish. As the world’s largest freshwater wetland, the Pantanal is one of the most diverse and spectacular ecosystems in the world. It’s also one of the best places to spot wildlife in all South America. More accessible and less challenging than the mighty Amazon, the animal life is so prolific here even relaxing in a hammock offers a great platform for spotting an incredible array of birdlife.
During the dry season (May to September), the Pantanal is an immense flat grassland that covers an area approximately half the size of France, with lakes and woodland dotted here and there, and the tracks of both animals and farmers weaving in between them. The rainy season (November-March) sees the water level swell significantly becoming a series of lakes lagoons broken up by islands of vegetation (cordilheiras).
The Pantanal is divided into Northern and Southern regions, known as the Mato Grosso and Mato Grosso do Sul respectively. Each has its own distinctive characteristics and offers a different experience, so deciding when and which to visit is the only difficult part.