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The wildlife and wetlands of the Pantanal in Brazil
   The Pantanal

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Eclipsing even the Amazon in the breadth and quantity of wildlife spotting opportunities, the Pantanal, which extends through hundreds of miles of central-western Brazil and into parts of eastern Paraguay and Bolivia, is one of the planet's most biologically diverse ecosystems (and the world's largest freshwater wetlands).

The numerous watering holes and open grasslands that make up the landscape in this unique region are the perfect habitat for hundreds of species of mammals, reptiles, butterflies and birds. Giant river otters, anacondas, iguanas, jaguars, cougars, crocodiles, howler monkeys, and anteaters are just some of the many animals you may encounter here.

Tours in Brazil
Northern Pantanal and Chapada dos Guimaraes:
Wildlife in the Pantanal, Brazil Experience the Untouched Wetlands:
Accessing the wilderness of the Pantanal from the North is done through Cuiaba, the capital of Mato Grosso State. From Cuiaba you will be brought to a comfortable lodge that will be your base for exploring the nearby nature and wildlife.

Chapada dos Guimaraes in Pantanal, Brazil Side trip to the Chapada dos Guimaraes
During your visit to the Northern Pantanal, you may choose to visit the Chapada dos Guimaraes: the 80,000 acre National Park and reserve. This stunning area is punctuated by soaring red cliffs and long canyons, reminiscent of the American Southwest, and offering spectacular views, over 200 waterfalls, and numerous opportunities for hiking and exploring. It is also home to a vast array of animals and exotic birds.

Pousada Araras Eco-Lodge in Pantanal, Brazil Featured Lodgings
The Pousada Araras Eco-Lodge
This private ranch and wildlife reserve is the ideal location from which to explore the nearby Pantanal wetlands. The lodge's excellent bilingual guides will escort you on a variety of activities, including bird watching, horseback riding, jeep photo-safaris, and night tours.
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Southern Pantanal and Bonito:

Wildlife in the Pantanal, Brazil Explore the Pantanal in Luxury:
The Southern Pantanal is accessed through the city of Campo Grande. Although this area of the Pantanal is not considered as pristine as the Northern Pantanal due to the large number of cattle ranches and agriculture, it maintains an authentic and non-commercial feel. Home to the grandest and most luxurious lodges in the region, the Southern Pantanal offers a wide variety of outdoor activities well suited for families and those who prefer less strenuous adventures.

Bonito in Pantanal, Brazil Side trip to Bonito
This lovely city is a premier destination for eco-tourists. Whether you are in the mood for snorkeling, rafting, or just exploring the area's Prehistoric caves, lagoons, waterfalls, and crystalline rivers, this region has it all. Not to be missed is the famous Blue Lake Cave. This 400 million year old grotto is named after the awe-inspiring electric blue lake at its core. Explore this beautiful area on foot, horseback, or boat.

Caiman Ecologic Refuge in Pantanal, Brazil Featured Hotel
The Caiman Ecologic Refuge
The most luxurious and pleasant lodge in the Pantanal, the refugio is located on a working cattle ranch approximately 150 miles from Campo Grande. There are four separate lodges strategically located in different points of the ranch, with their own architectural style and amenities. Each lodge offers comfortable air-conditioned rooms, a swimming pool, and a restaurant with excellent regional and international cuisine.

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