The Pantanal, Brazil: Travel/Tourist Guide

The Pantanal, Brazil: Birds flying over a swampThe Pantanal, Brazil: Aerial view of a lakeThe Pantanal, Brazil: Aerial view of floodplainsThe Pantanal, Brazil: Giant water liliesThe Pantanal, Brazil: Horseback-riding through floodplainsThe Pantanal, Brazil: SnorkelingThe Pantanal, Brazil: Sunset sceneThe Pantanal, Brazil: Trees in the savannah

The Pantanal is located in the Mato Grosso do Sul state of Brazil. It covers the world's largest freshwater wetland area that includes Mato Grosso state, Paraguay, and Bolivia. The floodplains is in contrast to the Brazilian highlands. There are 12 different ecosystems that can be found in the region. 

Getting There

The northern gateway to the Pantanal is Cuiabá while Campo Grande is the southern gateway. Visitors can take buses or flights from other Brazilian cities to get to those gateways. Coxim and Corumbá are other gateways in the east and west respectively. Corumbá can be reached by train from Santa Cruz, Bolivia to Puerto Suarez. Buses will be able to take visitors to any destination within the Pantanal.

Climate and Geography

The region has a damp, tropical climate with average temperatures of 24 degrees Celsius all year-round. It is best to visit from July to October during the dry season when the rivers are at a good level and the roads are accessible. Many species of plants and animals also flourish during this period. This is because 80% of the wetlands are underwater during the wet season.

Activities

Several bird species can be spotted in the region in October and November when bird watching would be good. It is also popular among photographers who want to capture rare plant and animal life. Hiking, horse and canoeing are also nice to do for visitors who want to explore the wetlands and get around on their own. However, it is always advisable to go with a guide to avoid getting lost in the vast lands.