Covering around 75,000 square miles, the Pantanal is the world’s largest wetland. The shining star of Brazil’s biodiversity, this perfectly pristine tropical region withholds an abundance of plants and wildlife — over 600 colourful bird species fly overhead, whilst around 80 species of mammal, including elusive big cats, roam through the open marshes. Traversing through the Pantanal involves negotiating a network of rivers, lakes and dense forest, meaning boats are a favourable and enjoyable choice of transport. A luxury trip to the Pantanal involves boundless adventure and excitement all-year- round, but the dry season between May and October offers astounding wildlife viewing opportunities, perfect for capturing on camera.
Home to many rare and endangered species, the Pantanal is unmissable for any wildlife fanatic. Presenting one of the greatest wildlife densities in the neo-tropics, this world-famous wetland is home to a boundless selection of inhabitants, including Capuchin Monkeys, Giant Anteaters, jaguars, Giant River Otter and Green Anacondas – the world’s largest snakes. Keen bird-waters will also be in their element as species such as the Toco Toucan, Golden-collared Macaw and endemic Blaze-winged Parakeets also live here.
Down the winding rivers that intertwine to create this incredible wetland, boat trips offer the perfect opportunity to take in both the wildlife and scenery the Pantanal has to offer. In Porto Jofre, visitors can expect to encounter Giant River Otter and, sometimes, jaguars lazing along the riverbanks. If you’re looking for a truly spectacular experience, take a boat journey during the sunrise or sunset and soak up the tropical atmosphere in one of its most naturally beautiful moments.
The Pantanal has a tropical climate with two distinct seasons — the wet season (October to March) and the dry seasons (April to September). The wet seasons is typically more humid with higher temperatures, whilst the dry season remains mild but can sometimes experience sudden temperature drops due to the arrival of cold storm fronts from the Andes.
These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for Pantanal.
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