The Pantanal, one of the last great wildernesses, is the largest contiguous wetland on the planet, declared a World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, is South America’s primary wildlife sanctuary. With a total area of 240,000 sq km located in the center of the continent, Pantanal is a biogeography mixing bowl, containing elements of the Amazon and Atlantic Rainforests, the Brazilian Savannah and the Paraguayan Chaco. This fantastic biodiversity includes 698 bird species, 100 mammals, 177 reptiles, 40 amphibians and over 250 fish species. It is home to many exotic and endangered animals, including hyacinth macaws, toucans, tapir, giant anteaters, giant otters, the maned wolf, jaguar and capybara.
Brazilian Pantanal can be explored in a number of ways, either by staying at a lodge in one location or a safari through different terrains. We can tailor-make such private safaris to your wishes, from bird watching to Jaguar tracking, all with expert guidance.
Seasons in Pantanal:
Green season (December to March):
As a sequence of the Summer rain, part of the Pantanal becomes submerged, which reinvigorates the fauna and flora and so the Pantanal crosses one of its most exuberant periods. That is when it becomes the planet’s largest flood plain; and why it is called the Pantanal - The Swamp.
Transition season (April to June):
In April, the rain ceases and the level of the water begins to drop, forming lagoons and ponds, where thousands of fishes are stranded to banquet the aquatic birds. The temperature turns milder and the nights star-richer.
Dry and peak season (July to November):
The lack of rain shrinks the lagoons, the plain re-emerges and overland transport is resumed. The fields dry up, exposing vast areas for grazing, where mammals seek food and water in the remaining ponds. At this time, various species of storks and egrets nest, taking advantage of the abundance of food. As from August, the trees bloom and the draught intensifies, lasting until November
The North Pantanal is accessible through a flight arriving at Cuiabá airport and a transfer by road or in a small airplane to the local lodges.