A Trip to the Pantanal, in Brazil


Visitors: 287

Imagine a region almost twice the size of England; imagine it as an African savannah, at the height of the summer, and as an infinite water lake, with no signs of human presence and very few signs of vegetable life, most of the year.

Imagine a place with 650 species of birds, 260 species of fish (such as the catfish, weighing up to 260 pounds), an unknown number of species of butterflies, and caimans, anacondas, capybaras (the largest rodent in the world), agoutis (other rodent), tapirs, peccaries, jaguars, pumas, giant anteaters, ocelots, giant otters, armadillos, several species of monkeys, including the capuchins, and dozens of other unusual species of animals.

This world is not fiction. It exists, it shelters the hugest concentration of animal life in America. It is called the Pantanal, and is located in Brazil, 1,000 miles from Sao Paulo.

By its own right, Pantanal ranks very highly in the adventure tourism business. The concentration of animal life – especially big birds: macaws, parrots, toucans, egrets, crakes, eagles, owls, oropendulas… - is unique in the world.

But… you should also understand the nature of Pantanal, and the reason why it is largely unknown…

Pantanal doesn’t have any shopping malls or air conditioning. It’s a place of mud, most of the year. It’s not necessary to face a high discomfort to visit it, but some discomfort is unavoidable.

The Pantanal is a place with too much water and mud, and plenty of mosquitoes (insect repellent – lots of it - is indispensable) where trips may be difficult, and may have to be made on horseback, or special trucks and jeeps, or by boat.

Pantanal is a place for those who love nature and are ready to make some sacrifices to see it at its best. If you are a bird and nature lover, and if you like adventure travel, you will love the Pantanal.

Avoid the rainy season (from December to March). It’s not the ideal period to travel, unless you just want to have only a very partial view of Pantanal. It’s much better to visit the Pantanal in the dry season (July to September).

Eduardo Reisinho publishes Brazil-Travel-Guide.com

( Brazil Travel Guide ), a website where you can look for more information about the Pantanal, and other themes and travel information involving Brazil.


Article Source:

Rate this Article: 
Why Visit Brazil?
Rated 4 / 5
based on 5 votes

Related Articles:

Property Investors, Scrub Your Thoughts and Start Again - Brazil, Brazil, ..

by: Nicholas Marr (August 12, 2005) 
(Real Estate)

Brazil Travel Guide: Top 5 Events to Catch on a Brazil Vacation

by: Matthew Barker (July 16, 2009) 
(Travel and Leisure/Destination Tips)

Brazil Travel Guide: How to Find Cheap Flights To Brazil

by: Matthew Barker (July 10, 2009) 
(Travel and Leisure/Airline Travel)

Rewilding Jaguars in the Brazilian Pantanal

by: Desiree Michels (November 10, 2016) 

Trip, Trip, Trip... Here Is Your Night Visitor Again!

by: Linda Jenkinson (August 01, 2005) 
(Home and Family/Parenting)

Car Hire France - Trip Ideas For Road Trip

by: Nina Boc (February 21, 2011) 
(Travel and Leisure/Car Rentals)

Road Trip with Fido - 11 Tips for a Fun Trip

by: Dawn Arkin (October 14, 2006) 
(Home and Family)

Cheap Las Vegas Trip: How To Plan A Cheap Las Vegas Trip While Still Having The .

by: Karin I Manning (March 08, 2007) 
(Travel and Leisure)

Brazil Provides Electrolysis

by: Irene Fischer (June 27, 2008) 
(Health and Fitness/Beauty)

Why Visit Brazil?

by: Matthew Sorrow (July 14, 2008) 
(Travel and Leisure/Destination Tips)