Welcome to Pantanal, Brazil!...
It's the world's biggest ecological sanctuary and home to the richest ecosystem ever found to date.
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.
You will have the opportunity to do some...
Dry season (April to September) is the best time of the year to visit.
Don't forget to bring with you...
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!...
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.