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Spanning over an area of about 210,000 sq km, The Pantanal is the largest inland wetland in the world. Lying in central-western Brazil, it stretches across the Mato Grosso do Sul and Mato Grosso states of Brazil, and later spills into Bolivia and Paraguay. Harbouring South Africa's highest concentration of wildlife, it is partially a national park and partially a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Being a grass-covered savannah during the dry season, The Pantanal converts into huge lagoons sprinkled with islands of vegetation. The Pantanal Conservation Area houses 159 species of mammals, 325 species of fish, 656 species of birds, 98 species of reptiles, and 53 species of amphibians. The jaguars, macaws, and anacondas are the star attraction of the area and attract a lot of tourists. Touring at this wildlife haven will make you experience the most stunning views of your life!
Location: Mato Grosso do Sul and Mato Grosso states of Brazil
Nearest International Airport: Florianopolis Airport
How to reach: By Road, By Air
Famous for: Jaguars, Anacondas
Best time to visit: July to October
Birds: Pink Spoonbills, Herons, Storks, Ibis, Hyacinth Macaw
Animals: Anacondas, Caimans, Jaguars, Capybaras, Capuchin Monkeys, Howler Monkeys
The stunning wildlife at The Pantanal
Pantanal is famous for its jaguars and anacondas, the Pantanal Conservation Area is also popular for spotting other animals like capybaras, capuchin monkeys, howler monkeys, tapirs, and toucans. Apart from anacondas, the caiman is the other famous reptile found in the area. It also serves a luscious landscape to animals like the giant otter, piranha, ocelot, marsh deer, ring-tailed coatis, giant anteater, and many more. Having a glimpse of all these iconic creatures make your visit to the Pantanal legendary!
The beautiful birds found in The Pantanal
Renowned for its extraordinary biodiversity, The Pantanal is a haven for birds. Be it the beautiful Brazilian teal swimming across the freshwater lakes, or the unique buff-necked ibis nesting in the swamps, the stunning birds found inside Pantanal will blow your mind. Some of the most unique birds found in the conservation area include the capped heron, chaco chachalaca, great potoo, greater rhea, guira cuckoo, jabiru stork, laughing falcon, monk parakeet, plush-chested jay, the iconic hyacinth macaw, and many more.
How to spot wildlife at the Pantanal?
With most people visiting the conservation area for spotting jaguars, there are a lot of jaguar safaris inside the conservation area. A boat safari on the Cuiába River and its tributaries can give an excellent view of a female jaguar hunting lizards, or a male jaguar killing a caiman. Apart from the jaguar boat safaris, you can also see the different birds of the area by taking a birdwatching trip on foot. You will get to spot the very famous hyacinth macaw and the other fifteen varieties of parrots. Apart from that, you will also get to spot birds like pink spoonbills, herons, storks, ibis, and many more.
Different Regions of The Pantanal
Separated into two parts, namely Northern and Southern Pantanal, the remote interiors of the Pantanal will stun you! Some of the best highlights of your trip to the stunning Pantanal will be by visiting the Hyacinth Macaw Research Project for spotting the beautiful and vivid blue macaws, seeing the jaguars in the wetlands of Porto Jofre, taking a walking, boat, and night safaris in Southern Pantanal, living inside a stunning houseboat in Taiama Ecological Reserve and spotting the amusing wildlife at Transpantaneira Highway. A trip to the stunning Pantanal will bring you one step closer to nature!
Hotels in The Pantanal
Staying inside the beauty of nature is indeed blissful, therefore, there are many beautiful hotels inside the conservation area that act as a great base for bird watchers and nature enthusiasts, who want to relax in a peaceful environment. The Araras Eco Lodge is an excellent place to stay that lies in North Pantanal and comprises of a bunch of cabins linked by a veranda for tourists to relax in hammocks. It also offers 15 air-conditioned bedrooms with hot water inside private bathrooms. Apart from that, The SouthWild Pantanal Lodge also offers exceptional rooms and a stunning area that you can explore by foot, boat, or horse. Other hotels in the area include Piuval Lodge, Jaguar Lodge Pantanal, Posada Rio Claro, Barra Mansa Lodge, Baia das Pedras, etc.