The Pantanal in Brazil is the world’s largest collection of tropical networks but for some reason hardly anyone has ever heard of it, let alone visited it. Stretching across 72,500 square miles of southwestern Brazil (and extending into Bolivia) the Pantanal is colossal. But, it hasn’t attracted the same popularity as the Amazon Rainforest over the years, partly because it is hard to get to and partly because it isn’t quite as big. Nevertheless, the Pantanal is one of Mother Nature’s most impressive creations and it deserves to be appreciated.
Have I piqued your interest? Here is everything you need to know about the Pantanal region in Brazil.
It Is the Best Place on Earth to See Jaguars
You don’t need to be a wildlife fanatic to realise how amazing it would be to see a jaguar in the flesh. The Pantanal is filled with jaguars, roaming wild and free and completely unfazed by human presence. You will often see them basking in the sun on the banks of the rivers that carve through the Pantanal. You might even spot one in action as it stalks a capybara or some other unsuspecting prey. There is no guarantee you will see a jaguar in the Pantanal, but you have a better chance here than anywhere else in the world.
The Scenery is Out of This World
The landscape in the Pantanal consists of thick, verdant vegetation that clusters around pools that sparkle in the sunshine. Birds of all sizes and colours soar leisurely through the air while animals meander along the ground. Peppering the wetlands are dozens of rustic fazendas, which are cattle ranches that double up as accommodation for visitors. From the moment you first glimpse the wetlands you will remain in a constant state of wonder as you drink in this world class natural beauty.
It Is Not Constantly Packed With Tourists
The problem with a lot of national parks and wildlife hotspots is that they are usually overrun with tourists. This can ruin the experience, especially if this particular group of tourists is loud or messy. The Pantanal is one of the world’s best-kept secrets and as a result very few people travel there. This means the natural beauty hasn’t been spoiled, the tranquillity and serenity are in full force, and you might just have the place all to yourself.
It Only Has Two Roads
One challenge of visiting the Pantanal is the fact that the region is not easily accessible. There are just two roads running through the Pantanal: the Estrada Parque and the Transpantaneira. Despite being described as roads, they are little more than raised dirt tracks connected by a series of wooden bridges. When the rain comes down hard, the roads flood, rendering parts of the region inaccessible. So, if you are planning a trip to the Pantanal, time it well.
The Best Time to Visit Is From June to October
June through to October is the dry season in the Pantanal region. During this time the water recedes and the animals come out from their hiding spots. If your aim was to spot some of the Pantanal’s diverse wildlife during your trip, this is the best time to do. The animals congregate around the few remaining watering holes, making them nice and easy to find. Plus, this is also mating season for the jaguars, meaning they are more likely to wander out in the open.