A wildlife haven: the Brazilian version of the safari
For wildlife viewing, there are few better viewing places in the world than the Pantanal, the world’s largest wetland. The animals and birds here are similar to those found in the Amazon basin, but they are much easier to spot due to the lack of tall forest.
This vast wetland, once an inland sea, is now one of the greatest wildlife havens in the world. The Pantanal is made up of a variety of distinct terrains and ecosystems. There are hundreds of animal and bird species unique to the area, such as the Hyacinth Macaw.
Your starting point will be an exciting 4×4 drive down the Transpaneira road where Caiman can be seen nonchalantly crossing and birds swoop close by. The lodges we recommend are accessed via either Campo Grande in the south or Cuiaba in the north. Included in the packages are full board, all excursions with English-speaking guides and return transfers from the nearest airport.
Once you’ve arrived at one of the lodges the real adventure starts. Our local guides know this area well and will take you on guided walks and boat trips through the wetland to view the wildlife. One of the best ways to explore the region is by horse as they can take you through areas that would otherwise be inaccessible.
The focus of the excursions are dependent on the lodge, the biggest concentration of larger animals in Latin America can be seen here; giant otters, anacondas, caimans, monkeys, marsh deer, tapirs and many species of bird, herons and egrets to hawks and macaws. It’s even possible to see a jaguar from some of the deeper Pantanal lodges.
Near to the southern Pantanal is Bonito, where it is possible to snorkel in crystal clear waters and caves.
Just remember to bring a camera
When to go: All year round but best April to October