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Brazil travel: North Pantanal

The Pantanal, one of the most important wetlands in the world, is located in the states of Mato Grosso and Mato Grosso do Sul. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has an impressive variety of flora and fauna. The North Pantanal occupies only one-third of the total area of 88,000 square miles (230,000 square kilometers). Due to the strict nature conservation you will experience authentic natural spectacles. During the floods, the dry landscape is transformed into impressive wetlands full of natural pools, swamps and lagoons. On animal safaris, with a bit of luck you will see anacondas, caimans, anteaters, monkeys, giant otters, capybaras, ocelots, swamp deer and jaguars. About 650 bird species such as storks and parrots, 80 mammal species, countless reptile species, rare plants and insects await visitors. Hot conditions dominate the region. The daily temperature high remains between 86 °F (30 °C) and 91 °F (33 °C) throughout the year. In the summer (December-February) it is a little hotter, and in the winter (June-August) a little cooler. The rainy season in the North Pantanal usually extends from December to February. During this period, the landscape blossoms and awakens in lush green. During the rainy season, however, a very high mosquito population is to be expected, so the rainy season is not recommended for visiting the Pantanal. From March onwards, the water level, which increases during the rainy season, gradually sinks again. With the sinking water level, the chance to see animals increases at the same time, especially in the water holes along the Transpantaneira, which leads from north to south from Pocone to Porto Jofre. Porto Jofre offers the best chances of seeing jaguars, especially from June to September. In November, the water level in the water holes along the Transpantaneira usually drops to such an extent that the animals no longer have enough water and look for other habitats. Upon commencement of the rainy season they slowly return to the water holes and the cycle starts again.

Brazil Map North Pantanal

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Below you will find our travel packages for North Pantanal:

3 Days of Snorkeling, Nature, and Bird Watching
Brazil | Bom Jardim

Get to know the crystal clear rivers of Bom Jardim. On our excursions you will experience river snorkeling, world class bird watching in Lagoa das Araras, and much more. We recommend to combine this tour with a stay in the Pantanal for wildlife observation.

3 Days of Nature and Wildlife Observation
Brazil | North Pantanal

This package was created as an extension for other Pantanal programs. The goal of this trip is to travel deep into the jaguar region to observe these majestic wild cats in their natural habitat. Together with your English-speaking guide you will travel down the Transpantaneira dirt highway until you reach Porto Jofre, where you will board a motorboat to get to the Mutum Expeditions Boat. Highlights of this trip are the jaguar safaris by boat in which you will hopefully be able to see jaguars in their natural habitat and take pictures of them.

4 Days of Wildlife Observation and Nature
Brazil | North Pantanal

On this tour you will experience the Brazilian Pantanal and enjoy all of its beautiful nature. It is the biggest swamp in the world and, with more than 700 species of birds, it is not only an unforgettable experience for bird lovers and ornithologists but for all nature lovers. The Pantanal is a habitat for many types of animals such as monkeys, large otters, tapirs, capybaras, anacondas, wolves, pumas, and jaguars. You will be impressed by all of the biodiversity and the unique landscapes that the Pantanal has to offer.

5 Days of Nature, Wildlife and Jaguar Observation
Brazil | North Pantanal

This tour is a nature lover's dream. Together with your expert English-speaking guide you will explore the Pantanal and go deep into the heart of jaguar territory. Besides observing and photographing the majestic jaguar, you might also be able to spot other animals such as monkeys, sloths, caimans, otters, capybaras, anteaters, and many more during this trip into the Pantanal. For bird watchers, the Pantanal is a great spot to see macaws, herons, toucans, or hawks in their natural habitat.