World's biggest ecological sanctuary

Storks at Dusk in Pantanal. Mato Grosso, Brazil
Storks at Dusk. Mato Grosso, Brazil - © Embratur

Welcome to Pantanal, Brazil!...

Even though not as widely known and visited as the Amazon jungle, Pantanal wetlands has the biggest concentration of fauna in the New World.

It's the world's biggest ecological sanctuary and home to the richest ecosystem ever found to date.

With an incredible size, it embraces millions of ha. in central-western Brazil, eastern Paraguay and eastern Bolivia.

About 80% of it lies in Brazil, covering the states of Mato Grosso and Mato Grosso do Sul.

It's name comes from the Spanish and Portuguese word: "Pantano", that means swamp of marsh.
It's actually not a swamp, but a floodplain.

Basically is a huge lowland that becomes flooded during rainy season - around 1,600 mm (64 inches) of rain annually. Every year, 2/3 of this area gets inundated.

It has two major river systems: The CuiabŠ and the Paraguay rivers.

Pantanal's vegetation is a mixture of the most important ecosystems in South America: the Chaco dry forest, the savanna-like to the east and the Amazon jungle to the north, with an estimated size of around 140,00 sq. km (54,000 sq. miles).

It's a paradise for eco tourists, bird watchers and nature oriented travelers in general.
Since the Down of time it's been the convergence point for millions of birds.
It has 650 species of birds - more than Europe.

The breeding ground for ibis, heron, stork and pink spoonbill. The Jururu stork is considered to be the symbol of this magic land.
Here you will find the largest South American parrot: The Hyacinth macaw - more than one meter long, and another 15 species of parrots.

Home to the Capuchin and howler monkeys. Caimans, anacondas, tapirs, capybaras - the world's largest rodent (up to 70 kg), as well as pecary, jaguar, marsh deer, giant armadillo, etc.

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You will have the opportunity to do some...

  • bird watching
  • photographic safaris
  • canoeing
  • hiking
  • horseback riding
  • fishing. Using only fish lines with hooks. The maximum catch is 30 kg. per person

Dry season (April to September) is the best time of the year to visit.

Don't forget to bring with you...

  • binoculars
  • insect repelent
  • hat
  • sun glasses
  • sun blocker
  • long trousers
  • small back-pack
  • hiking shoes

Cattle grazing is the main economical activity in region. An estimated 10 million head of cattle and water buffalo graze here. About 98% of it is privately owned.

There are basically two public areas...

Transpantaneira runs from south of Pocone and expires on the northern shore of Cuiaba river.

Pantanal it's been listed by UNESCO in theWorld Heritage List in 2000, definitely another very unique South America travel experience for you to discover!...

How To Get There:

You can reach it from the north, via CuiabŠ (capital of the State of Mato Grosso) or from the south, via Campo Grande (capital of the State of Mato Grosso do Sul).
Either way, you have regular flights to CorumbŠ, the gateway city.
Distance from CuiabŠ to Brasilia: 1,133 km.
From S„o Paulo: 1,616 km.
From Rio de Janeiro: 2,017 km.

Where To Stay:

Book hostels in Campo Grande.
Alternatively, find and compare best hotel rates in Campo Grande and Cuiaba.

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