OVERVIEW OF SOUTH PANTANAL
Pantanal is a beautiful complex of regions covering the Cerrado, Chaco and Amazonian forest with an impressive diversity of fauna and flora.
South Pantanal covers two thirds of the marsh plain: there are, for example, Nhecolândia or “Water Paradise”, the cities of Miranda and Aquidauna, with great hosting and infrastructure services for tourists, and the Port Murtinho , for the passionate fisherman. The main access doors to the south are Campo Grande and Corumba.
The rains dictate the rules of the Pantanal life, multiplying in number and variety of vegetation and the beauty of the animals that live there. The birds seems giants such as Jabiru (symbol of the Pantanal), whose height reaches 1.60 meters, or the arara-azul and the spoonbill, of almost 1 meter.
The birds dive to eat, like hawks and cormorants, or out into a run, as emus. Some, in flocks, show up with open wings on the branches of trees, with feathers drying in the sun. Fish, reptiles, amphibians and mammal mammal are second in the category “size XX”: anacondas exceed four meters in length, alligators and lizards reach 2.50 meters. A single jaú can weigh a hundred pounds, for the glory (and effort) of the fisherman needs to remove it from water. The jaguar, a solitary and anti-social being fortunately, is little seen. It is the biggest cat in the Americas.
WHEN TO GO
Avoid the period of floods and rains from December to May, the number of insects at this time may annoy. The best period is during the dry season in the Pantanal, from late May to late October. The chance to see more wildlife is in the dry season as the water level is lower and animals can reach the rivers borders with ease.
The best way to access your lodge in the Pantanal is to arrive by air in the city of Campo Grande, then contract a guide which will drive you at your destination.
It is also judicious to add few days in Bonito as you are already in the region and it is a great destination.
There are several airlines, including Tam, Gol and Azul operating flights to Campo Grande (Aeroporto Internacional de Campo Grande), Corumbá (Aeroporto Internacional de Corumbá) departing from the main Brazilian capitals.
There are daily buses leaving the main Brazilian terminals towards the cities of Campo Grande and Corumbá.
WHAT TO DO IN SOUTH PANTANAL
Below is the description of available tours in North Pantanal. All tours are included in the packages. (Depending of the length stay).
What to consider before traveling?
- Drinking water is very important when visiting the wetland to avoid dehydration and malaise.
- It is very hot in the region, so put many light clothes in the bag, sunscreen and sunglasses.
- Take your repellent always with you. As the region is full of rivers, the number of mosquitoes can be high.
- Be sure to try fish, fruit, caiman if possible. The fishes of the region are just great.
What to bring?
- Light clothes
- Sneakers or closed shoes
- Towel and bathing suits
- Hat and sunglasses
- Sunscreen and insect repellent to insects
- Cash for drinks and souvenirs