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The Pantanal Travel Guide


Mostly located within the states of Mato Grosso do Sul and Mato Grosso but also extending into parts of Bolivia and Paraguay, the Pantanal is the largest area of fresh water wetland in the world. Although not as well known as the Amazon, the Pantanal is undoubtedly one of the best places in the whole of Latin America for spotting wildlife. You can expect to see herds of capybara, three species of monkey, giant otters, peccaries, crab eating fox, marsh deer, caiman, tapir, the hyacinth macaw and abundant birdlife. Porto Jofre at the end of the transpantaneira highway is also the best place in the world to see jaguar, although sightings are never guaranteed.

The Pantanal is the largest fresh water wetlands in the world, yet still relatively unknown, this is a wild and untamed part of South America

Best months to visit The Pantanal

The Pantanal can be visited at any time of year but the best time is during the dry season which runs from mid April until October. For jaguar spotting you need to go between June and August which are the driest months. The best months for bird watching are July until September.

Our hand-picked hotels in The Pantanal

A well thought out selection of hotels can make a good trip truly exceptional and here at The Latin America Travel Company we put a lot of resources into sourcing and visiting hotels. Below is a selection of lodges in The Pantanal that we have picked out as some of our favourites.

Best reasons to visit The Pantanal

The Pantanal covers a vast area and is home to a staggering amount of wildlife. Below are some of our top highlights and best reasons to visit the area.

Spotting a jaguar around Porto Jofre

Travelling the legendary transpantaneira road

Stay at a traditional fazenda and working cattle ranch

Explore the crystal clear waters of bonito in the southern pantanal

Navigate the wetlands by horse back or boat

Weather Averages for The Pantanal

Other destinations in Brazil

From the bustling city of Rio to the quaint colonial town of Paraty, explore more of Brazil’s exotic destinations with our essential guides by clicking the links below.

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