Over more than 200 000 km2, the Pantanal is an immense region housing the richest biodiversity in the world. Here you will experience a unique stay in the heart of a wild and preserved place still relatively untouched by Man.
Only one other destination in Brazil has claim to, such a title: The Amazon. The giant rainforest often overshadows this extremely rich wetland whose fauna and flora are in reality, unmatched. The Pantanal’s unique topography is characterized by a vast marshy plain that gradually transforms into giant lakes dotted with islands during the rainy season. It is absolutely teeming with wonderful animal life.
Take one of our Pantanal tours, where you will cross this immense “pantano” (marsh) of flooded land and rivers and feel the privilege and magic of being able to visit the heart of the most varied ecosystem on our planet. This exceptional treasure has been listed as a world heritage site by UNESCO since 2000.
The Pantanal, Brazil’s best kept secret . . .
Visit the richest habitat on earth at Pantanal
Undoubtedly one of the most beautiful natural regions you will ever see, Pantanal is almost totally covered by low lying vegetation and so the views are absolutely incredible.
A wildlife photographers dream, Pantanal is perfect to observe and capture nature on camera. The big cats, (jaguar) are among the most popular attractions. If you hope to see wild animals such as the jaguars, sloths, anteaters and caimans, you are in the right place. This interior region of Brazil is the largest wetland on the planet, and will completely change your perspective on wildlife.
Our Pantanal tours are a chance to admire the extraordinary beauty of life…
Criss – crossed by calm and winding waterways, this vast marshy savannah that is the Pantanal, transforms itself each year into an enormous freshwater lake that floods most of the region.
With the landscape changing every season, an everchanging natural spectacle is on display throughout the year. This phenomenon plays an essential role in the region’s ecology. The filtration capacity of this enormous plain is critical for the survival of the plants and animals who are totally dependant on this fragile ecosystem.
The fauna and flora of the Pantanal are among the richest in the world according to scientists and remain largely unknown to this day, resulting in constant research expeditions in the area. You can observe the hundreds of bird species of the area including the American Jabiru, a great endemic wader that is also the symbol of this region. Maybe you will get a chance to see the legendary Ara Hyacinth, also known as the Blue Ara, the largest parrot in the world and whose population has sadly dwindled to only 3000 wild birds today.
Discovering this region on a Pantanal tour, is like unlocking planet Earth’s most hidden wildlife secrets, a unique vacation for those who have the chance to experience it.
Explore North Pantanal and encounter the mythical jaguar
The relative isolation of the Northern Pantanal region, and the unique ecosystem found in the Mato Grosso state, makes it an exclusive destination. It will delight all adventurous souls and nature lovers in search of a bold and original getaway.
This region is new to human presence and even more so to tourism. Due to the unique animal species found here, tourism is essentially concentrated around observing the animals from land or water. This may be on foot or horse, in a vehicle or in small boats. You can reach Northern Pantanal via Cuiabá, the regional capital that has an airport linking it to the main cities in the country. The lodges or fazendas (farms) selected in our packages are located along the Transpantaneira, a dirt road that crosses the Pantanal. This is the wildest region and it is here we suggest staying to observe the mythical jaguar. Due to its isolation, this true sanctuary is also the most likely place to see other rare and wild animals such as the marsh deer, the giant otter, and the anteater. You may even spot a Brazilian tapir.
The standard tour of North Pantanal lasts 3 days. You set off along the Transpantaneira which crosses the region from the town of Pocone to Porto Jofre 150km away. After 70km, you stop at the Santa Tereza pousada in the very heart of Pantanal. Located on a Fazenda (farm), the pousada will serve as base camp from which to go exploring the local habitat. Here, it is especially rich in birdlife with more than 650 species in the area. Boat trips, excursions, night safaris in 4X4s and bird watching are all on the program!
Visit South Pantanal, as close as you can get to the wildlife!
South Pantanal, is the southern part of the state of Mato Grosso do Sul. A little easier to get to and therefore more developed than the northern part, it is reached via Campo Grande. Here it is also easier to meet the local people and see how they live in this wild region.
The main local activity is agriculture, and accommodation is mainly on enormous farms or ranches that have been partly transformed into lodges to welcome passing tourists. Mostly plain but very comfortable, they boast local cooking and the delicious specialties of the Southern Pantanal.
For our Southern Pantanal Tours, we have selected accommodation in an authentic local farm of more than 15 000 hectares which welcomes tourists to a very comfortable stay, the fazenda São Francisco. On the farm you will be able to go on excursions in small groups with nature guides, and other activities such as canoeing, horse riding, 4×4 and nocturnal safaris, boat trips and even piranha fishing are all available.
Because it’s easier to get to the South of Pantanal, organising excursions and accommodation is easier too, so tourism here is more conventional than in the north. With this Pantanal vacation package, you can discover this wild part of the country without running into difficulties, ideal if you have children for example.