South Pantanal

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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.

 

GETTING THERE

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.

By plane

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.

By bus

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).

At your arrival at the lodge, you´ll will be monitoring by the guide, for a recognition of the property, the Riverside Walkway and a short walk on the Trail.
On this tour, you will descend the river, for about 50 minutes, where there will be the possibility to see monkeys, howler monkeys, otters, great variety of birds and caimans, depending of the period of the year, we will have the chance to see jaguars.
In safari truck, doing a route of about 16 kilometers in total, by the Transpantaneira, where there will be the opportunity to observe animals and birds with stops for photos and explanation of the fauna and flora.
This hiking along the rivers is recommended for bird watchers, since there is a wide variety in this forest. The variety of birds in Pantanal is pretty exceptional.
The tour will be done by canoes or typical Pantanal boat. On this tour, you will have row the boat along the river, with the sky still dark, and then you will contemplate the wonderful sunrise and changes of colours, with the awakening of life in the Pantanal with songs of various birds.
On this tour, you will descend the River, about 50 minutes, where there will be few stops for Piranha fishing with your guide, on bamboo poles. A very fun activity.
On this tour, you will have the experience of the daily labour of the Pantaneiro Man to get the Cattle to the farm, where there will be demonstrations of lace and loops, cures calves, gasket and Livestock, with stops to take the typical Grated Guarana. South pantanal horse riding
You have have some instructions for horse riding and harnesses used by Pantaneiros. On this tour you will ride in a place where there will be droughts and flooded parts with aspects of Pantanal landscape and will have possibility to see Deer, Peccary, Tortoise, and several kinds of birds.
In safari truck, doing a route of about 06 kilometers in total, where there will be the possibility of observing nocturnal animals by night. One great South pantanal adventure

 

TRAVEL TIPS

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
  • Raincoat
  • Hat and sunglasses
  • Sunscreen and insect repellent to insects
  • Cash for drinks and souvenirs
  • Happiness

 

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