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.
Best Time To Visit The Pantanal
Although the Pantanal offers something different whichever month you visit, overall the best time to go 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 when you have the best chance of seeing a jaguar. The best months for bird watching are July until September.
Weather Averages in The Pantanal
The Pantanal Highlights
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