Nine out of ten specialists will say it’s the best place in the country to spot a wild jaguar in nature and along with that you’ll still able to see hundreds of species of birds, mamals, fish and reptiles from one of the worlds’ most preserved wildlife scenes. Jaguars, aligators, piranas, eagles, there an infinite myriad of animals in a breathtaking flora and fauna making the brazilian Pantanal an absolute must for wildlife lovers, adventurous of spirit and lovers of nature in general.
It’s a wildlife sanctuary that stretches for over 125 thousand square miles over three different countries, being 80% of it in Brazil. Their are activities for all likes: visitors can participate in photographic safaris, bird watching, boat trips, fishing, horse back rides and night boat trips amongst others. Aligators, giant cranes and colored paratos, anacondas, cabibaras and ant-eaters are frequent views, and lif your lucky you’ll see a jaguar – top prize for many wildlife lovers.
The centre states of Mato Grosso and Mato Grosso do Sul are the best options for arriving by plane before driving/busing into the region. Boats and pick-ups (four wheel drivers) will do the rest when you get there because terrain is very tough. In the northern pantanal you can take a boat trip and visit the mato grossense national park. There are three basic types of accomodations in the Pantanal the eco turism rural lofts style which usually include meals and trips in its packages. the fishing hotels which are way simpler and the boat hotels which usually offer cabines with beds for accomodation.
June to setember are the dryest months of the year and the time most probable for spotting mamals and other animals by the river beds. High waters season comes starts in febuary through to may depending on the region and is good for fishing. Visiting the brazilian Pantanal is a once in a life experience which will put you in contact with wildlife at its most exuberant while indulging in a total naturalistic atmosphere.
More information on the pantanal: http://www.pantanal.org/Mainpant.htm
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