The Pantanal is a vast floodplain that is home to the world's largest nature reserve and is one of the very best places in Brazil to view wildlife. Very different to the jungle, the region has more open spaces and far fewer trees thus making it easier to see the abundant birds and animals. This unique ecosystem is a perfect environment for a great number of birds, reptiles and a host of other animals.
Visiting the Pantanal
About 300kms from Campo Grande and on route to the southern Pantanal, Bonito is one of the most complex and fascinating areas of natural water in the world. The area offers hundreds of waterfalls, lakes and crystal clear water rivers as well as more than 80 caves, both dry and flooded, together with an endless variety of fish and wild animal species. A highlight here is to take a snorkelling trip in one of these clear rivers, floating down river surrounded by multi-coloured marine life.
The lodges we recommend are accessed via either Campo Grande in the south or Cuiaba in the north. Included in the packages are full board, all excursions with English-speaking guides and return transfers from the nearest airport. The Refugio Caiman is accessible from Campo Grande as is Bonito, whilst Rio Mutum and the Pantanal Wildlife Centre are closest to Cuiaba.
When to go
The best time of the year to go to the Pantanal is during the drier season from March to October. However the wet season can also be rewarding at certain lodges as birds are nesting at this time.