Pantanal

The Pantanal of Mato Grosso is an extensive flooded plain of approximately 230,000 km2 located in the heart of South America in the area between Brazil, Bolivia and Paraguay.
This sedimentary plain, that is considered the cradle of an uncountable number of species of animals. Among the vast assortment of wildlife there are approximately 700 species of birds (ibus, ducks, storks, herons, egrets, toucans, macaws, vultures, hawks, and on and on) 100 of mammals (capuchin monkeys, giant anteaters, capybaras) 80 of reptiles; (fake coral snakes, caimans – a native alligator specie), 240 of fish (piranhas, dourados, pintados, pacús) as well as a great number of invertebrates still not classified, constitute the richest variety of fauna to be found in the Americas and one of the richest in the world.

The life in the Pantanal is influenced and ruled by two different cycles. During the wet season (November to April), the region is flooded as a consequence of the overflowing of its numerous waterways (rivers, lakes and streams) which form the Silver Basin: this is the time of an explosion of colours in the rich flora. The animals, especially the mammals, look for 'capões' - wooded mounds- where they shelter during this period. In the dry season (May to October), the region presents small lakes, many of which are perennial, which constitute the food source for a great variety of animals including migratory birds from various parts of the Planet.

Pantanal natural variety is impressive. The same region contains forests, meadows and savannahs. Unlike the Amazon's dense foliage which makes spotting birds and other species difficult, Pantanal is a photographer's, birder's and nature lover's delight as wildlife is seen in abundance.

Known as one of the best places in the world for fishing, Pantanal has lots of rivers that concentrate a great number of species of big fishes. You’ll be able to fish for piranha amongst caimans, take canoe trips at sunrise and sunset, watch the alligators on the river at night and even herd cattle on horseback with the Pantaneiras.
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ATTRACTIONS

See details and pictures of each attraction of this destination.

Photo Safari
Nocturnal Safari
Boating Cruise
Fishing
Hiking
Horse back Ride

TRAVEL TIPS


  • What to bring: rain coat and lantern and two pairs of comfortable shoes.
  • The mosquitoes are always a concern, specially during the wet season. Don’t forget to bring enough mosquito repellent. Other good tip is using light pants and long arm shirt.
  • Don’t forget to bring a jacket or pullover between the months of July and September.
  • As sometimes the animals are far from the truck, binoculars and cameras with zoon lenses are very helpful.
  • Try no to speak too loud to avoid frightening the animals.

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CLIMATE


April through June the Pantanal is very lush with expansive wetlands, becoming progressively dryer July through October, when the tropical hardwoods loose their leaves and bloom colorful flowers. In general, temperatures are warm in the 80s (27C) during the day and the 60s (15C) at night.
June through August are the coolest months in the Pantanal, with fall-like temperatures in the 50s (10C) at night and the 70s (21C) during the day.
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PEOPLE


 
People who live in the Pantanal region are called Pantaneiros. The Pantaneiro usually works on the ranches in activities related to raising cattle or they live like fisherman raising their food among the great variety of life that the rivers on the region provide.
The culture of the Pantaneiros, includes simple habits as drinking "tereré" (a Brazilian iced tea), eating beef jerky, using the horse for work and transportation, playing the guitar on nights with a full moon, and screaming to call and direct the cattle.
Geographically isolated, the people of the Pantanal are self-sufficient, using beef, fish and manioc root as their main sources of food. In this was, the perfect match between men, cattle, and the Pantanal maintains a balance which has lasted for 2 centuries.
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HOW TO GET THERE


Wild Forests   (Special Programs)
This program allows you to have contact with three of the most important ecosystems of Brazil such as the Amazon Forest, the flooded areas of the Pantanal, the savannas of the Cerrado and the Atlantic Rainforest. It also includes visits to the magnificent nature of Bonito, the colonial arquitecture in Paraty and the unforgettable landscape of Rio de Janeiro.



Pantanal and Bonito   (Ecotourism)
The wildlife of Pantanal and all natural beauties of Bonito combined in the same program.



Brazil for Executives   (Special Programs)
This trip was developed to allow people with limited time for traveling. The itinerary combine visits to two of the world’s most beautiful cities, Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia, with ecotourism activities in the Northern Pantanal.



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Testimonials
- We just arrived from brasil two days ago! About the trip that we booked with you: IT WAS GREAT!!!! Really! Nothing to complain!Pantanal was amazing, really beautiful!!!
Laura and Giovanna - Switzerland (Jul/05)