For wildlife viewing, there are few better viewing places in the world than the Pantanal between April and September.
The animals and birds here are similar to those found in the nearby Amazon basin, but they are much easier to spot due to the lack of dense jungle.
The Pantanal is an enormous area of seasonally flooded savannah lowlands and wetlands, which creates a fertile environment of lakes, streams and ponds.
Hyacinths and giant water lilies rest on the lake surfaces, whilst underneath anacondas slither around the fish that are darting away from the feet of jabiru storks.
Lazy capybara and caiman sun themselves on the banks and monkeys chatter and swing from tree to tree, past the toucans, macaws and parrots as they fan their iridescent feathers. Other animals to which this vast area is home include anteaters, armadillos, otters, marmosets and even jaguar and puma.
Your stay here will be based in one of the fazenda-style lodges, such as the Caiman Ecological Refuge in the south or Pousada do Rio Mutum in the north. All these lodges have excellent guides to take you out on the various excursions which include jeep safaris during the day and the night, canoe trips and horse riding.
Suggested itineraries featuring the Pantanal
Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in the Pantanal, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.
Map of the Pantanal
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Accommodation choices for the Pantanal
We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit the Pantanal. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.