The Pantanal in Brazil is a rich wetland area preserving some of the world's most precious species. See why it's worth the trip!
The Pantanal is the largest wetland in the world, stretching across nearly 195,000 kilometres. While the area is considered a part of Brazil, sections of it carry over into the neighbouring countries of Bolivia and Paraguay. This valuable land has a vast number of species and contains at least 12 separate eco-systems.
With about 1000 species of birds, 9000 invertebrates, and roughly 300 breeds of mammal, along with rich vegetation, the wetlands are a precious resource - not just for Brazil, but for the entire world. Some of the more rare and endangered animals you may encounter during your visit include the marsh deer, wolves, capybara, and otter.
The wet season is very wet. In fact, about 80% of the wetlands are submerged in water at that time. Naturally, the dry season is the best time to visit, when the area is accessible by road. This time is between April and October. The hotter months may prove uncomfortable for many, but under the lush canopy of the wetlands, the air is cool ... bring warm clothes for the chilly nights.
Since The Pantanal is a popular tourist destination, accommodations are available on-site, and activities have been provided to help you immerse yourself in the land. You can go horseback riding, bird-watching, boating, catch-and-release fishing, and hiking.
For more information about The Pantanal, visit the official website.