Wildlife spotting in the Pantanal

The Pantanal in Brazil is one of the world's largest tropical wetland areas. The name 'Pantanal' comes from the Portuguese word 'Pântano', meaning swamp. The abundant fresh water is richly filled with more than 250 species of fish and a variety of aquatic plants. This attracts a lot of wildlife. Do you come for the rich wildlife to Brazil? Contrary to popular belief, we recommend to visit Pantanal instead of the Amazon

The Pantanal

The Pantanal is Brazil's most important nature reserve after the Amazon rainforest. It is a seasonal swamp that is flooded for half the year and dry for the other half. During the rainy season, water from the surrounding areas flows into the Pantanal, which forms a kind of bowl in which the water collects. When the water 'gradually' flows out again, the nutrients that make the Pantanal a biologically very rich area are left behind. The rivers are bursting with fish and the banks are bursting with waterfowl and caimans. Other characteristic animals of the Pantanal are the giant anteater, the giant otter, the anaconda, the capibara and the beautiful hyacinth macaw.

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Would you like to make a trip through Brazil yourself, including a visit to Pantanal, and are you curious about the possibilities? Then take a look at thetravel itineraries we have put together for inspiration. You can book these trips directly, but we are also happy to create a personal programme based on your wishes and ideas.

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