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Brazil: The Pantanal

Slap in the centre of Brazil is the world’s largest wetland, a mix of wilderness and cattle ranches with savannah, swamps and sluggish rivers. Just one road (the Transpantaneira) leads into the heart of the region, giving access to farms and eco-lodges.

You could spend a week or more in the Pantanal but 3-4 days can provide a memorable experience of its remarkable wildlife and inexplicable beauty. Stands of trees are scattered, so that the huge array of wildlife: birds from giant storks to macaws, mammals from capybara to anteaters and reptiles from caimans to anacondas are easily viewed by nature enthusiasts exploring by boat, on foot and on horseback. Flooding after the rains brings vast lagoons reflecting apricot sunsets; the dry season reveals walkable trails.

The Mato Grosso region has much more to offer besides: the Chapada dos Guimarães National Park near Cuiabá is endowed with waterfalls, ridges and tablelands, a magnet for birders. Closer to Campo Grande, a nucleus of labyrinthine rivers and caves has turned Bonito into a soft adventure destination.

Our holidays to The Pantanal

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Pantanal Brazil

Signature Argentina and Brazil: Amazon, Pantanal and Iguazú Falls

15 days from £3837pp


Brazil Off the Beaten Track: Pantanal, dunes and lagoons

15 days from £5049pp

Family Brazil: Wildlife Adventures for Pioneers

Family Brazil: Wildlife adventures for pioneers

15 days from £4415pp

Brazil Wildlife: Iguazú Falls, Pantanal and Amazon

Brazil Wildlife: Iguazu, Pantanal and Amazon

16 days from £5404pp

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What our experts say

The Pantanal is inhabited by similar species to those of the Amazon but you have a much better chance of spotting them. Staying in a remote lodge here is a real get-away-from-it-all experience, but the programme of wildlife safari expeditions means there's plenty to do each day.


Laura Rendell-Dunn

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