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The Pantanal - located in
Brazil's west but also in parts of Bolivia and
Paraguay - is a true paradise for any fans of animal
and bird watching.
The Pantanal itself is a huge
marshland area. With a size of 140,000 kmē it is
bigger then Greece for example.
As the name marshland is applying
already, the area is very humid and also partially
covered with water. This applies especially to the
rain season from December to March where most of the
area is actually covered with water. And the very
warm climate combined with 99% humidity are a truly
perfect conditions for hundreds of spectacular
animals, flowers and plants that you could usually
only see in zoologic or botanic garens.
only a few examples of the impressive fauna that can
be seen in the Pantanal. Also there, though harder
to find are pumas or anacondas. You see there are
some of the most dangerous animals on earth. So
company by experienced guides are an absolute must
to explore the area.
The Pantanal is also a paradise
for Bird fans. Tucans, parrots,
tropical and color butterfly and
can be spotted everywhere along the Pantanal. In
terms of the amount and variety of animals that can
be seen the Pantanal beats the Amazon by lengths.
Apart from the rich fauna in the Pantanal also the
Flora is absolutely remarkable. Many tropical
flowers and trees find their home in the Pantanal.
The best way to visit the
Pantanal is to start your trip from Campo Grande,
the capital of Mato Grosso do Sul. Campo Grande can
be reached by plane as well as by bus. Several tour
operators are located at the Airport and the bus
station. The operators then organize your trip by
truck to the actual marshlands as well as the
accomodation which are usually smaller bed and
breakfast like habitations. A recommendable operator
is Eco Tours. a 4 day trip with accomoation and
tours should cost about 400 Brazilian Reais (~ 200
are different ways to explore the Pantanal then once
you are in there. A safari by walk or bike! make you
feel the intensity of the area very strongly. Noises
of the various animals can be heard while walking
thorugh the area. Also the mosquitos and the heat
are notable very much when exploring the area waling
or cycling. Safaris by truck or boat make you see
wider parts of the area. Especially going by boat
and watching the fauna and flora on the side of the
river while feeling a light rereshing breeze is very
An even more adventurous way to
explore the Pantanal is on the back of a horse.
Riding through the waters and
woods and spotting chamaeleons and birds to your
side is a very exciting experience.
An other must see in the Pantanal
are the sunsets. The special light in these zones of
the earths combined with the wideness of the country
and the clouds and its a reflections in the water
resullt in an impressive and very romantic scenery
at sunset times. So don't miss it.
Enjoy the Pantanal.
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