Brazil

Pantanal

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James Lowen

The Pantanal offers some of South America's finest wildlife watching. From jaguars to anacondas, parrots to caimans, this is the place in Brazil to see animals. Choose your season carefully -- come in the dry season for birdwatching, or head there just after the rains for mammals.

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A Taste of Brazil

A short trip to Brazil’s top highlights
Approx. 6 days
Rio de Janeiro (3 days) → Pantanal (3)
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Paraty, Rio & Pantanal Trail

Explore the highlights of Brazil
Approx. 10 days
Rio de Janeiro (3 days) → Paraty (3) → Pantanal (3)
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Things to do in Pantanal

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Explore the world’s largest tropical wetland
Pantanal

Explore the world’s largest tropical wetland

The Pantanal covers an area of 140,000 to 195,000 sq/km and is home to monkeys, toucans, macaws and giant anteaters. You can easily spend two or three days here, canoeing, hiking, horseback riding, on caiman-spotting excursions or photo safari.

Birdwatching in the Pantanal
Pantanal

Birdwatching in the Pantanal

The Pantanal is a birders’ paradise. Look out for the greater rhea, guira cuckoo, chaco chachalaca, black-hooded parakeet and hyacinth macaw, among hundreds of other endemic and migratory species.

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