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Pantanal, Brazil

Pantanal

The Pantanal is one of nature’s last frontiers and the largest freshwater wetland area in the world. Set along the far western tip of Brazil towards the Bolivian border, the Pantanal is an enormous region, encompassing an array of ecosystems including swamp, savannah grasslands and forest.

The wildlife on offer is incredible, with hundreds of bird species such as the purple/blue hyacinth macaw, the lanky jabiru stork and the rare pygmy kingfisher. Not forgetting the mammals and reptiles that include herds of the guinea pig-like capybara, giant otter, monkeys, ocelot, jaguar, the maned wolf and millions of caiman. Combine the three ecosystems of Mato Grosso, the Pantanal, the southern Amazon (Cristalino Lodge) and the Chapada dos Guimaraes tablelands for an interesting and varied wildlife holiday.

Hyacinthine Macaw, Pantanal, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil, South America
Pantanal, Brazil
Southern Pantanal, Brazil
Southern Pantanal, Brazil

A little more about the Pantanal

The Pantanal is roughly split into north and south, with Cuiaba and Campo Grande as the respective gateways to each area. Trips to the north are usually based along the Transpantaneira Highway, a dirt road which dissects the region from Poconé to Porto Joffre on the banks of the Cuiaba River. Stay at simple yet comfortable lodges, time permitting we suggest stays at two or more lodges to experience the differing landscapes and habitats as some are based on the rivers whilst others offer lakes, forest and savannah and hopefully different species too. Visits to the southern Pantanal are usually based at one of the small, excellently run lodges reached by car, 4×4 or small plane. We feel that these lodges offer a more safari-like experience to those in the north.

Experiences

Boating on the Cuiaba River

Take a boat trip from Porto Joffre along the Cuiaba River and its tributaries during the dry season to spot elusive jaguars.

Jaguars of the Pantanal

Track jaguars in the wetlands of the Pantanal, where chances to spot this elusive creature are best.

Flight over the Pantanal

Discover the Pantanal from the air, taking in spectacular views of the lands that are home to endangered animals such as jaguars, ocelots, giant anteaters and tapirs.

Activities in the Pantanal

Head out on horseback, jump in a 4×4, go on a photography safari or venture out in cover of darkness for a night tours led by an expert naturalist guide.

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A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

James Armitage

The largest country in South America, James has sailed all the way down the Amazon, travelled the length of the coastline and explored the beautiful interiors of the Pantanal and Iguazu falls. However, it is the relaxed and full of life people that make this country so special.
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Roxy Dukes

Roxy loves to delve into South American culture, so Brazil is always at the top of her hit list. From eating tapioca served from local food carts to the art of capoeira dancing, she loves to find new experiences to share with her wayfaring clients.
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Roxy did a truly wonderful job at arranging our itinerary, which was very unique.

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What excellent service from James - he was very knowledgeable and booked the perfect trip for us to Brazil.

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What a fantastic trip to Argentina, Chile and Brazil superbly organised by James.

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