Explore the largest swamp in the world at Pantanal!
Over more than 200 000 km2, the Pantanal, is an immense region housing the richest biodiversity in the world. It welcomes you for a unique stay in the heart of a wild and preserved place still relatively untouched by Man.
A title unfortunately more and more exclusive and that only one other destination in Brazil has claim to, the Amazon. It is created by a vast marshy plain that changes into giant lakes dotted with islands seething with animal life during the rainy season.
When you cross this immense pantano (marsh) of flooded land and rivers, you will feel the privilege and magic of being able to visit the heart of the most varied ecosystem on our planet. This exceptional treasure of flora and fauna in the Pantanal has meant that it has been listed as a world heritage site by UNESCO since 2000.
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Dedicated information about the Pantanal
Visit the richest habitat on earth at Pantanal
It is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful natural regions you will ever see as it is almost totally covered by low lying vegetation and so the views are absolutely incredible. You will find it an ideal place to observe and photograph the wildlife, especially the big cats, such as the jaguars that are difficult to approach.
The Pantanal is the destination if you hope to see the wild animals such as the jaguars, lazy sloths, shy anteaters, impressive caimans and other reptiles. This interior region of Brazil will give you a total change of scenery within this natural sanctuary which forms the largest of all the wetlands on the planet.
Plan Pantanal tour to admire the extraordinary beauty of life
Crossed by calm and winding waterways, this vast marshy savannah that is the Pantanal transforms itself, each year and for several months into an enormous freshwater lake that floods most of this region.
In changing the landscape with every season, this natural phenomenon offers a unique and ever changing spectacle throughout the whole year. This special ability plays an essential role in the regions 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 Pantanal flora and fauna are among the richest in the world according to scientists and remain largely unknown to this day with continuous research expeditions. You can observe the hundreds of bird species in this region including the Touyouyou, also called the American Jabiru, A great endemic wader that is 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 dwindled to only 3000 wild birds today!
Discovering the Pantanal, is like opening a huge nature book and being able to look at all the amazing treasures inside, a unique vacation for those who have the chance to experience it.
Discover North Pantanal and encounter the mythical jaguar
The relative isolation of the Northern Pantanal region, and this 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 different and original getaway. The presence of Man in this region is relatively recent, and so tourism is even more so. Due to the unique animal species found here, tourism is essentially concentrated around observing the animals from land or water, on foot or horse, in a vehicle or in small boats.
You can reach Northern Pantanal via Cuiaba, 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 March deer, the giant otter, and the anteater or even the Brazilian Tapir.
We also suggest another tour in this region, the more standard tour of North Pantanal which lasts 3 days. You set off along the Transpantaneira which crosses the region from the town of Pocone to Porto Jofre 150km. away. You halt after 70km at the Santa Tereza pousada in the heart of Pantanal. Located in a Fazenda (local farm) the pousada will serve as base camp from which to go exploring the local habitat which is extraordinarily rich especially in birds with more than 650 species in the area. Boat trips, excursions, night safaris in 4X4s and more are on the program!
Visit South Pantanal, as close as you can get to the wildlife!
In South Pantanal, we mean 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. It is also easier in South Pantanal to meet the local people and see how they live in this wild region.
Here their main activity is agriculture and so our accommodation suggestions are mainly on enormous farms or ranches that have transformed a part into lodges to welcome passing tourists. We can find plain but comfortable accommodation with local cooking and specialties of the Southern Pantanal.
We have selected accommodation in an authentic local farm of more than 15 000 hectares which welcomes tourists in comfortable conditions, the fazenda Sao Francisco. This formula allows us to propose reasonable prices despite the isolation of this region that would make it rather expensive otherwise. 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!
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 package, you can discover this wild country without finding it difficult to manage your stay, which is a plus if you have children for example.