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Toco Toucan, Pantanal, Brazil

Pantanal

Visit the Pantanal

Introduction

The Pantanal region of Brazil is the world's largest freshwater wetland and a haven for wildlife. This UNESCO Biosphere Reserve covers a truly enormous area - larger than France and around 20 times the size of the Florida Everglades. Most of it lies within the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso do Sul, but the seasonally flooded basin also extends into the neighbouring state of Mato Grosso, as well as Bolivia and Paraguay.

Although the Amazon is much better known, travellers often find it easier to see wildlife in the open landscapes of the Pantanal than the dense Amazon rainforest. The astonishing biodiversity in the Pantanal includes tapirs, capybaras, caimans, giant anteaters and numerous waterbirds. Amphibians and fish also thrive, which in turn sustain birds such as the anhinga. This distinctive cormorant can often be seen diving for fish or perching on branches, drying its wings. Jaguars, ocelots and anacondas are other notable species to look out for during a tailor made Pantanal tour.

Wildlife viewing is the main reason that visitors make their way to the Pantanal. However, the Pantanal is also important cowboy country, with large parts given over to cattle farming. Brahman cattle and pantaneiros - Brazilian cowboys - are a familiar sight, and staying on a traditional ranch house, or fazenda, is a great way to learn about the cowboy way of life.

Top itineraries in Pantanal

Brazil: Wildlife & Waterfalls

12-day tailor-made tour from £0 pp incl. flights

Stretching from the Andes to the Atlantic, Brazil, the world's fifth largest country, contains most of the Amazon jungle, the mighty Iguacu Falls and the largest wetland in the world, the Pantanal.

Top places to stay in Pantanal

Caiman Ecological Refuge, The Pantanal

Contemporary lodge

The beautiful, remote and secluded Caiman Ecological Refuge is part of a 53,000 hectare ranch, located 36 kilometres from the small town of Miranda in the spectacular surrounds of Brazil's Pantanal wetlands, arguably the country's finest wildlife viewing region. This vital centre for nature conserv…

Where to go in Pantanal

Southern Pantanal

The Southern Pantanal is an ideal tailor-made travel destination, with a wide choice of accommodation and wildlife-based activities for travellers. Some choose to camp on an organised tour, others decide to stay at a local fazenda, or ranch house - many of which can be accessed via the Estrada Parq…

Northern Pantanal

The Transpantaneira dirt road, lined with fazendas, is the gateway to the Northern Pantanal. The lakes and rivers in the northern half of Brazil's immense Pantanal wetlands are home to a huge array of wildlife, from bats and birds, to caimans and capybaras - the world's largest rodent.

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