The Pantanal are the world's largest tropical (freshwater) wetlands and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. They are for the largest part located in the western Brazilian state of Mato Grosso do Sul, though part of the reserve also extends into Paraguay and Bolivia.
The Pantanal lie in a bassin in the very heart of South America. During the rainy season, which roughly lasts from October to March, the Paraguay River floods, creating a vast area of swamps around it and covering over 80% of the reserve with water. Once the rainy season is over the whole area dries up again.
With 300 different mammal species, 1000 different bird species, nearly 500 reptile species and 400 fish species, this is the place to go in South America if you want to spot wildlife.
The two main ways to get into the Pantanal are through the cities of Cuiaba and Campo Grande, both of which at time of writing were receiving daily flights from Sao Paulo and Brasilia. One of the best ways to experience the Pantanal is to "home stay" in authentic Brazilian Fazendas, original cattle stations. [Review by travelindicator]
- Pantanal is a region in Brazil. It is situated at an altitude of 443ft and the best airport to fly into is CGR (International Airport Campo Grande, Campo Grande)
- The currency used in Brazil is the Brazilian real (BRL)
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