5 Reasons Why You Should Go to the Pantanal in Brazil
Stretching across two states in southwest Brazil is a place that not many people know about. Thick swathes of lush, green vegetation extend all the way to the horizon and thousands of birds and animals roam through it freely in the Brazilian heat. Peppering the landscape are dozens of fazendas (ranches), raising cattle and providing rustic accommodation to adventurous travelers. This is the Pantanal, the world’s largest tropical wetlands and your next vacation destination.
If that little intro wasn’t quite enough to convince you to head to the Pantanal region for your next vacation, let us give you some more inspiration. Here are five reasons why you should start booking your Pantanal adventure today.
1. It Is the Best Place to See Jaguars on Earth
Whether you are a wildlife enthusiast or not, it is impossible not to be impressed by a sighting of a magnificent jaguar. In the Pantanal, you have a better chance of spotting a jaguar than any other jaguar habitat in the world. This is due to the fact that the jaguars in the Pantanal are used to encountering peaceful fishermen and other humans and do not associate them with danger. This means they don’t run away when you cruise past them as they laze on the banks of the river. If you wanted to spice up your next holiday photo album, a couple of jaguar pics should do the trick!
2. And There Are Loads of Other Animals to See
The jaguar might be the star player in the Pantanal, but it is by no means the only wildlife you might see while you’re there. Monkeys, caimans, capybaras, hyacinth macaws, and hundreds of other creatures call the verdant vegetation of the Pantanal home. Tours runs from the fazendas and lodges through the wetlands to spot wildlife and are led by expert guides who can hear a cry or spot the faintest movement from a mile away.
3. It Is not Overrun with Tourists
When you hear the words South America and nature, your mind will probably immediately conjure up images of the Amazon Rainforest. This area has taken the limelight away from the Pantanal region, leaving the Pantanal in relative obscurity despite its colossal size. While this is a shame for those who will miss out on seeing the Pantanal, it is good for you because you are likely to have the place to yourself.
4. The Scenery is Absolutely Breath-Taking
In a world of rampant urbanization, it can be easy to forget just how beautiful the world can be. The Pantanal region is not just beautiful, it is probably one of the most astounding places on Earth. The landscape is lush, the water glitters under the never-ending sunshine, and the animals and birds live in blissful harmony with one another. You’re going to want to take your camera and a spare battery pack to capture as much of this natural beauty as possible.
5. It Is a Real Adventure
The Pantanal is not an easy place to visit. You cannot go for a weekend trip and you cannot do it off the cuff. Things need to be planned in advance and you should be prepared to take a combination of planes, boats and jeeps to get from one destination to the next. But, all of this simply adds to its appeal. When you finally catch your first glimpse of the wetlands you will have earned every magical moment you have from that point on.
This list could go on forever, but if you really want to know what makes the Pantanal so incredible you should check it out for yourself. This year, do something a little different and explore Brazil’s secret wetlands. For more information about booking a Pantanal Tour, please contact us or call 1-888-215-3555.