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Pantanal in Brazil

An immense seasonal wetland in south-central Brazil gives shelter to thousands of rare species


An area of around 170,500 sq km turns into a vast aquatic maze during the rainy season. From November till March, the rivers overflow their banks and the lowlands of the Pantanal get covered with water. Hundreds of lakes and swamps emerge separated by areas of higher ground. Even in April–September when the rainy season is over the area does not drain off fully, but it's the best time to visit Pantanal as most of the areas are accessible.

The Pantanal extends to Paraguay and Bolivia, but mainly it occupies Brazil states of Mato Grosso do Sul and Mato Grosso. You may start exploring it from Campo Grande and Cuiabá—the key gateways for Pantanal Matogrossense National Park.

The main attractions of the Pantanal conservation area are flora and fauna. It hosts approximately 4,700 species, some of which are facing the risk of extinction.

Depending on the month when you arrive you may have different insights into the wildlife. Thus, to spy on a Jaguar you have to visit the Pantanal between June and November.

But no matter when you come, you won't get disappointed as the wetland would introduce you to macaw, marsh deer, ocelot, giant armadillo, and other endangered species.

Practical info

What is the best time to visit Pantanal region in Brazil?

The Pantanal region in Brazil is best visited from April to September to avoid the wet season and to fully enjoy the natural beauty and wildlife sighting. At this time, most of the regions are accessible with less water present, while from November to March, the rivers overflow their banks and lowlands are covered in water, making transportation difficult. Thus, the preferred time to explore Pantanal is the dry season from April to September. Show more

Where in Brazil is Pantanal located?

Located in the South-Central of Brazil, Pantanal is a vast seasonal wetland that spreads across two Brazilian states, namely Mato Grosso do Sul and Mato Grosso, as well as Bolivia and Paraguay. The region's key gateways are Cuiabá and Campo Grande, which offer access to the Pantanal Matogrossense National Park for exploration, wildlife sighting and more exciting activities for tourists. Show more

Which endangered species can be spotted in the Pantanal conservation area?

Pantanal is known for hosting a rich collection of flora and fauna, among which 4,700 species are allegedly thriving, while some are threatened with extinction. Wildlife sighting in the region often includes endangered species like macaw, marsh deer, giant armadillo, ocelot, and jaguars. With specialized guides, tourists can explore the area and see these creatures, which make the Pantanal conservation area a place of interest for many visitors worldwide. Show more

When is the best time to visit to see Jaguars?

Jaguars are visible during the dry season, from June to November, when the water recedes and the game is most accessible. During this period of the year, the creatures are commonly spotted along the region's rivers, lakes, and forests, which makes it easier for tourists to discover and observe them. For the best experience viewing jaguars, it is advisable to take a guided tour with a well-informed local naturalist who knows where to find the creatures. Show more

What are the key gateways to explore Pantanal Matogrossense National Park?

Cuiabá and Campo Grande are popular gateways to explore Pantanal Matogrossense National Park in Brazil. Campo Grande, which is located in Mato Grosso do Sul, receives daily flights from major airports in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. On the other hand, Cuiabá, located in Mato Grosso, can be reached via its domestic airport or bus terminal, which provides easy access to other cities across Brazil. Show more

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