Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Pantanal - Brazil

Hi, this post is about Pantanal, one of the most immense and biologically rich environments on the planet.

The Pantanal is the world´s largest wetland system, it extends trough millions of hectares from central-western Brazil, eastern Bolivia and eastern Paraguay, but most of it´s area is located in two states from Brazil, Mato Grosso and Mato Grosso Do Sul. There you´ll find millions of species of animals and plants, like Capuchin and Howler monkeys, capybaras, toucans, anacondas, and jaguars.

The Pantanal is a region of swamps and marshes - wetlands created by the seasonal flooding of the river Paraguai and its many tributaries. I´ll place here an article that will help you to understand it better:

"The rivers rise in the rainy season, October to March, flooding the area which was once an inland sea called Xaraés by the first Europeans to come across it.
In the dry season, April to late September, the land dries out, leaving only a few waterholes where a fantastic array of wildlife gather.
The Pantanal appeals any time of year, but is during the dry season that most birders, ecologists, and other wildlife fans come to see birds such as the hyacinth blue macaw, jabiru woodstork, toucans, rhea, river otters, iguanas, anacondas, cougars, tapirs, crocodiles called caimans, deer, anteaters, dourado, jau and piranha fish, howler monkeys, capybaras (large rodents) and jaguar."

How to get there:
There are daily flights from other Brazilian cities such as Rio and Sao Paulo to the gateway cities of Campo Grande, Corumba and Cuiaba, from where tours can be organised.

This is it friends, this surely is one of the most incredible places in this continent. I hopu that you´ll like it.

´Till next post :D


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

thanks for the info on the Pantanal. I'm planning a 3 day trip in April. Is there one place that is best for wildlife I should visit?