Welcome to the Pantanal
It's time to head to the Pantanal! Get ready for a gorgeous five-hour drive from Cuiaba to Porto Jofre, a settlement within the diverse Pantanal region, adjacent to wetlands with marsh habitat rich in waterfowl, migratory birds, and other wildlife.
On the way, explore one of Pantanal’s most popular attractions: Transpantaneira Highway. It is a 145km long road with 125 wooden bridges, and is one of the best wildlife viewing areas in the world. Here you can admire the flora and fauna of the Brazilian Pantanal, search for caimans, capybaras, giant anteaters, anacondas, jabiru storks, macaws, and much, much more.
Arrive at your hotel in time for lunch, then head out for an afternoon boat trip along the Cuiaba River and its channels to search for jaguars.
About the Pantanal
The Pantanal area of Mato Grosso and Mato Grosso do Sul States is the largest continuous wetland in the world. It has an area of 140,000 square kilometers of floodplain in Brazil, and it also spreads through Paraguay, Bolivia and Argentina. It was formed between two and five million years ago as a large sedimentary basin, and now it’s an isolated flatland surrounded by several mountainous areas. It is considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Pantanal has diverse aquatic animal life; hundreds of different fish guarantee a rich bird population (more than 600 species live in the area). There is also a huge population of reptiles and mammals such as: caimans, capybaras, monkeys, jaguars, armadillos, coatis and anteaters. The Pantanal has four dramatically different seasons: the flood season (January to March); the post-rain season, known as “Vazante,” when the water level recedes (April to June); the dry season (July to October); and the early rainy season, known as "Enchente," when the water levels begin rising (November to December).
- Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- Hotel Pantanal Norte (or similar)