The PANTANAL is the largest floodable plain of the planet, classified as World Natural Heritage and Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO.

More than 124 thousand square kilometers in Brazil only. The Northern Pantanal is located only 2 hours South of Cuiaba, capital city of Mato Grosso State, allowing safe and easy access to one of the most fascinating destinations in the world.

It is one of the last large wild frontiers of the planet and certainly the best location in the Americas to watch wildlife, especially the enigmatic jaguar.

Pantanal

Get to know its 4 seasons

Summer

January to March

The plain gets slowly flooded;
The rain intensifies through all of Brazil;
The water of the rain flows from the surrounding tablelands toward the Pantanal lowlands;
The largest flooded plain on the Planet is slowly formed even if just fora short time;
The sky varies between cloudy and clear;
The wildlife seeks refuge on the elevated forest patches;
The reptiles lay their eggs;
Migration of the limpkins, ibises, and ducks…
Explosion of the ichthyofauna and batrachians…

Autumn

April to June

Spectacular scenery! The rainy seasons ends;
Ebb – the water returns to the river beds or it evaporates;
Wonderful clear and star-rich sky;
The fish return to the rivers or get trapped in small ponds;
The beginning of a giant food chain;
The fields emerge, turn greener and bloom;
Strong breeding season;
Arrival of storks and herons in large numbers…
Resumption of sport fishing…

Winter

July to September

Rivers and lakes lower their volume;
Full drought;
Dry plain, semi-arid climate;
The sky gets smoky due to fires and dust;
Vegetation yellows from lack of water;
Animals are concentrated on the banks of ponds and river ravines…
Nesting and reproduction season…

Spring

October to December

The first rains turn the plain greener;
All the water is absorbed by the arid soil;
The sky becomes bluer and cleaner;
Spectacular explosion of foliage and flowers;
A period of euphoria is established;
Singing birds chirp and nest;
Mating season for most mammals;
Migration of fly-catchers, hawks and swallows…
Sport fishing closure…

REPRESENTATIVE GRAPHIC OF THE WATER LEVEL IN THE PANTANAL RIVERS

It is necessary to understand that the Pantanal plain is floded due to the waters that flow from the tablelands which surround the Pantanal and not by the amount of rain that falls directly on it. It is the sum of tropical rain – of varying intensity and short duration – and water coming down from the plateaus that make the Paraguay, Cuiaba and Miranda Rivers and other tributaries leave their beds and gradually spread to the plain. Due to this small water layer which rangs from 20 to 40 cm, the Pantanal turns greener and recycles. Although this may slighty difficult the access to some areas, the Pantanal waters do not represent an impediment to visit during this unique and magical period. Starting just 100 km south of Cuiaba, the Transpantaneira Park Road, built above the water level, allows access to this amazing ecosystem all year round!

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