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Pantanal Wetlands

Base City: Cuiabá, Mato Grosso, Brazil

Pantanal Wetlands

  • Name
  • Pantanal Wetlands
  • Area:
  • 19,000,000 ha
  • Habitat Type:
  • Freshwater Wetlands
  • Location:
  • Mato Grosso, Brazil
  • Base City:
  • Cuiabá
  • Tours:
  • Wildlife Tours
  • Find Reserve:
  • Map

Pantanal Wetlands – Description

Starting only a 75 minute drive from Cuiabá, the Pantanal Wetlands are world famous for wildlife viewing. It is the planet’s largest continuous freshwater wetland system.

The Pantanal wetlands covers 19,000,000 hectares of habitat, 10 times larger than the Everglades, and is fed by the Paraguay River. The Transpantaneira is the only all year route running into the area (see: how to get to the Pantanal).

The actual park itself, the Parque Nacional do Pantanal Matogrossense includes 135,000 ha of habitat with the rest of the Pantanal being privately owned. Along with some smaller privately owned reserves, the park was recognised a UNESCO world heritage site in 2000.

Pantanal Animals and Wildlife

The concentration of flora and fauna on the Pantanal wetlands is spectacular and world renowned. This is due to the annual floods from tropical rains feeding the giant nursery of life. The area is home to
230 types of fish, 80 species of mammal, 650 species of bird, and 50 different types of reptile.

The species of the Pantanal include:
Jaguar (Panthera onca)Capybara (Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris)Giant Otters (Pteronura brasiliensis)Scarlet Macaw (Ara macao), Tamshiyacu Tahuayo ReserveMany Banded Aracari (Pteroglossus pluricinctus), Tamshiyacu Tahuayo Reserve

tamshiyacu tahuayo reserve Green Anaconda (Eunectes murinus)tamshiyacu tahuayo reserve Spectacled Caiman (Caiman crocodilus)rainforest butterfliespantanal wetlands

The concentration of wildlife is thought to be the highest in the Americas, which is why the area is referred to as an ecological paradise. Some species hard to spot in the Amazon can be found here in abundance. Additionally, the Pantanal Wetlands are an important migration route for many species of bird.

Pantanal Wetlands – Visiting the Pantanal

To visit the Pantanal, you can stay at either the Pantanal Wildlife Center or the Jaguar Research Center, or you can choose to combine both Pantanal Lodges

what lodge pantanal

Four Days
  • The Pantanal Wildlife Center Cuiabá, Brazil
  • Located two and a half hours from Cuiabá, western Brazil
  • This eco-lodge is located on the banks of the Pixaim River
  • Horse riding, boat outings, trail walks, electric catamarans
  • The world’s only observation tower of a Jabiru Stork nest
what lodge pantanal

Seven Days
  • Jaguar Camp Cuiabá, Brazil
  • The Jaguar Park, 150km from Cuiabá, west Brazil
  • On the forested banks of the Three Brothers River
  • 90% chance of Jaguar between 1 May and 31 Dec
  • Giant River Otters in the Meeting of the Waters State Park
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