A Guide To Visiting Pantanal Brazil

The Pantanal (Portuguese pronunciation: [pɐ̃taˈnaw]) is a natural region encompassing the world’s largest tropical wetland area. It is located mostly within the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso do Sul, but it extends into Mato Grosso and portions of Bolivia and Paraguay. It sprawls over an area estimated at between 140,000 and 195,000 square kilometers (54,000 and 75,000 sq mi). Various subregional ecosystems exist, each with distinct hydrological, geological and ecological characteristics; up to 12 of them have been defined (RADAMBRASIL 1982).

Roughly 80% of the Pantanal floodplains are submerged during the rainy seasons, nurturing a biologically diverse collection of aquatic plants and helping to support a dense array of animal species.

Visiting Pantanal Brazil
Visiting Pantanal Brazil

The name “Pantanal” comes from the Portuguese word pântano, meaning wetland, bog, swamp, quagmire or marsh. By comparison, the Brazilian highlands are locally referred to as the planalto, plateau or, literally, high plain.

Pantanal Map

With a total area of ​​150,000 km ², the Pantanal is the largest wetland in the world. The majority of the Pantanal is in Brazil, covering part of mato grosso and a considerable part of the northern region of Mato Grosso do Sul. However, Pantanal also extends to the neighbor countries of Bolivia and Paraguay.

The highest concentration of wildlife in the Americas can be found at the Pantanal; with flood plains whose environment is rich in nutrients that support plenty of wildlife, including capybaras, iguanas, turtles, otters, pumas, tapirs, deer, caiman, monkeys, raccoons, anacondas, anteaters, armadillos, ocelots, skunks and the rare and majestic jaguar. In addition to all these animals, an impressive number of 670 bird species that can be found in the Pantanal.

A Guide To Visiting Pantanal Brazil
A Guide To Visiting Pantanal Brazil

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Direct from the Southern Brazilian high plains comes a centuries-old way of cooking, where gauchos spit-roasted large portions of beef, pork, lamb, and poultry over the glowing coals of open fire pits, preserving the meats’ natural juices and rich flavors. Soon, brick grills replaced pit fires, and the Churrascaria, the house of barbecue, became the gathering place for feasting and friendship.

Enjoy the sumptuous taste of this rich dining tradition at Pantanal, where feast and festivity come together to delight all the senses. Experience attentive service in the “Rodizio” (continuous) style, as our warm and spirited, gaucho-attired waiters move from table to table with skewers of succulent meats, carving up to 8 different cuts for hungry, happy guests. We roast our meats to Churrasco perfection in our custom-designed, 100% wood charcoal grill, and season with rock salt to enhance their individual flavors.

Pantanal Wetlands

During the drier months, water flows slowly from north to south, which leaves scattered pools that become a vital source of food for the animals. Many animals migrate all the way to the north to find these pools that have a high concentration of fish.

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In this changing habitat, the water in the Pantanal is never stationary, this makes its environment fertile with about 50 species of reptiles, 100 different mammals, and 1,500 types of plants.

Such richness of the Pantanal helps support a major part of the wildlife of South America. Pantanal is one of the best places to find giant anteaters, armadillos, and giant otters.

Ludwigia Pantanal

Ludwigia inclinata var. verticillata ‘Pantanal’ is one of many forms of Ludwigia inclinata, characterised by its finely structured leaves. This variety originates from the Pantanal wetlands in southwestern Brazil.
Its emersed form is quite unspectacular with its green ovate leaves, however, its submersed form is truly beautiful, sporting intensively pink to red leaves.

L. inclinata var. verticillata ‘Pantanal’ requires quite a few things for healthy growth. It needs lots and lots of light (at least 0.75 watts per liter) and a very high CO2 content (25-30 mg/l). Nitrate and phosphate should be added regularly. Make sure they don’t fall below the recommended levels, for NO3 5-15 mg/l, and for PO4 1-2 mg/l, as this plant will stop growing altogether if not provided with sufficient nitrate. Iron and micronutrients should also be dosed in ample amounts to guarantee healthy, colorful growth.

If L. inclinata var. verticillata ‘Pantanal’ does not get sufficient iron, its leaves grow smaller and are less intensively colored. Extreme deficiency may even lead to white new growth. Like Tonina and Eriocaulons species, L. inclinata var. verticillata ‘Pantanal’ like its water on the very soft side (6 dGH or below), and an acidic substrate containing peat, like e.g. ADA Aquasoil.

Pantanal Jaguar

The South American jaguar is a jaguar (Panthera onca) population in South America. Though a number of subspecies of jaguar have been proposed for South America, morphological and genetic research did not reveal any evidence for subspecific differentiation.

Jaguars are considered to be larger than cougars, and those in South America tend to be heavier than those in Central or North America. Within South America, there are differences for jaguars which are north and south of the Amazon River.

In Guyana, specimens weighing up to 91 kg (201 lb) have been reported. The average for males and females in Venezuela was 95.0 kg (209.4 pounds) and 56.3 kg (124 pounds) respectively, with the latter being similar to that of Central American males in Belize. Venezuelan males and females can otherwise weigh up to 120 kg (260 lb) and 90 kg (200 lb), respectively. Jaguars from Los Llanos in Venezuela, and the Pantanal region of southern Brazil, Bolivia and Paraguay, are the largest of the species. Pantanal jaguars have lengths of about 2.7 m (8.9 ft), and average weights of 94.8 kg (209 lb) for males and 77.7 kg (171 lb) for females. Some individuals weighed more than 135 kg (298 lb).

Pantanal Novela

Pantanal es una telenovela brasileña escrita por Benedito Ruy Barbosa y dirigida por Jayme Monjardim, Carlos Magalhães, Marcelo de Barreto y Roberto Naar.

Fue producida por Rede Manchete (hoy RedeTV!) y exhibida originalmente de 27 de marzo al 10 de diciembre de 1990 y cuatro veces más, la última siendo por SBT.

Pantanal Cat

The Pantanal cat (Leopardus colocola braccatus) is a Pampas cat subspecies, a small wild cat native to South America. It is named after the Pantanal wetlands in central South America, where it inhabits mainly grassland, shrubland, savannas and deciduous forests.

The Pantanal cat is brown agouti on the back with a little darker spinal crest. In the face, it has two transverse dark lines across each cheek. Its ears are reddish on their base, creamy-white on the outer side and bordered with a black band. Its throat is whitish and blending into orangish towards the sides and on the belly. It has some dark brown rosettes on the flanks and stripes on the legs between elbow and wrist. The tip of the tail and paws are black. It is about the size of a domestic cat.

There is a single report of a wild melanistic individual from Brazil, although this coat pattern has also been observed in some captive specimens.

Pantanal Tours

The Pantanal is divided into two parts: the northern Pantanal, which covers ⅓ of the whole area, and the southern Pantanal, which covers ⅔ of the environment of wetlands that are at its most intense. If you want to visit both areas, there are excellent accommodations for you to stay.

To visit the North of the Pantanal you need to fly to Cuiaba and to visit the South Pantanal you must fly to Campo Grande. Tours to the Pantanal fit well with trips to Iguazu Falls and Bonito.

Is Pantanal Part Of The Amazon?

The Amazon is a jungle (thick tropical forest). I’ve been into the Pantanal (once) and the Amazon several times (Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, and Brazil).

Is Pantanal Safe?

Overall Brazil is still generally safe for visitors – and it’s obviously more of an issue in cities than in remote locations such as the Pantanal. However, as a general rule, it’s always best to be discrete with valuables, handbags, and jewelry, don’t carry large amounts of money and avoid dark unlit areas.

What Animals Live In The Pantanal?

Other larger mammals include: capuchin and howler monkeys, capybaras, toucans, and tapirs, and reptiles include the infamous anacondas and caimans. Some reports say that the Pantanal has the highest concentration of fauna in the New World, comparable with the dense animal populations of Africa.

How Big Is The Pantanal?

With a total area of almost 195 000 square kilometers (or 75 000 square miles), the Pantanal is the largest wetland in the world. The vast majority of it is in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul, but it also extends into Mato Grosso and the separate countries of Paraguay and Bolivia, which neighbor Brazil.