Brazil’s Pantanal Wetland

The Pantanal is the world’s largest inland wetland.

Straddling the southern states of Mato Grosso and Mato Grosso do Sul, this enormous basin covers 195,000 square miles, extending into both Bolivia and Paraguay.

During the December to March rainy season, over 80% of the floodplain is submerged, with water levels rising between six and fifteen feet throughout vast sections of the plain.

A caiman in Brazil's Pantanal wetlands, running with a freshly-caught piranha in its mouth

In other areas of the Pantanal, lush forests bloom and clear rivers swell.

Birding & Wildlife Watching

The annual floods attract and sustain an abundance of native fauna. Although the Amazon has greater biodiversity, the Pantanal actually has the highest concentration of wildlife in the entire Western Hemisphere.

Its ecosystem includes caimans, giant anteaters, maned wolves, jaguars, tapirs and an estimated 1,000 avian species.

Marquee bird species include Hyacinth macaws, Green-and-rufous kingfishers, and Jabiru storks.

Pantanal Pulsatrix Perspicillata Perspicillata

In the north, near Alta Foresta, the Neotropical rainforest sustains monkeys, sloths, pumas, and butterflies.

Luxury Lodges and Comfortable Fazendas

The Pantanal is dotted with comfortable fazendas (ranches) and luxurious lodges.

Visitors can enjoy wildlife safaris by boat during the wet season and by jeep in the dry months (June through September).

The shoulder seasons—April through May and October through November—may be the best time to visit.

Howler monkey eating from a fruit tree

Throughout these months, lodges are nearly empty, and the wildlife viewing is excellent.

Other activities available in the Pantanal include:

  • Canoeing
  • Canyoneering
  • Horseback Riding
  • Bird Watching
  • Whitewater Rafting

Airports serve Cáceres, Alta Floresta and Cuiabá in the north, and Corumbá and Campo Grande in the south.

A firey red sunset with low hanging clouds over Brazil's Pantanal

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