Favorite thing: Unless you are an avid diver, in which case by all means access the southern Pantanal from Campo Grande, Fly into Cuiaba instead. This area seemed to me to have a greater diversity of activities and ecology. It is a bit easier to find and view land animals in the northern Pantanal in the south, though bird diversity is about the same. The other reason I recommend flying into Cuiaba is that from there you also have much more convenient access to the Chapada, a savannah-like table land to the north of Cuiaba.
Favorite thing: If you have the time once in Brazil, book your Pantanal excursion in country. This will take 3-5 days but it will allow you to avoid the crowded buses and army surplus trucks of the larger eco-tourist outfits such as Anaconda. By booking through a tourist agency in Brazil, I was able to book a trip with a private pick up and transfer from the airport to my pousada and back, an 8 night stay at a lesser used pousada which was further out than the bigger companies go, meals were included in my hotel stay, plus all horseback, truck, and boat excursions with a private guide and did I mention the roundtrip airfare out of Rio to Cuiaba for about US$600. This is about half of what you would pay booking the same trip in the US.
Favorite thing: The variety of the vegetation, the topography, the huge quantity of water in Pantanal and the abundance of nourishment create conditions for the appearing of a diversified and plentiful animal life spread out by the whole plain and its surroundings. The region considered as one of the biggest centers of reproduction in the American continent, contains one of the biggest agglomerations of animal species in the world.
Favorite thing: Palm trees, orchids, fafero, taboa and hundreds of other species compound the rich and colourful vegetation of Pantanal distributed in aquatic plants, swampy ones, ciliary forest, clean fields, cerrado and even caatinga (land covered with crooked trees and prickly plants).
Favorite thing: Better know in Brazil as the protector of nature,San Francisco De Assis statue is in the middle of the Park,making his prays for this paradise stays untouchable by the insane growth of this country and the price it requests from the environment.
Besides the animals and vegetation,the people who live there is incredibly friendly,a real simple and great hostess!
And they love when you take pictures of them,specially the kids( they are getting more & more used to tourists around..)
...enjoyable shapes and colours...
Fondest memory: All my stay was one great dream, even high temperature (over 40 C) and mosquitos did not make it worse, simply
I FELL IN LOVE TO PANTANAL
Favorite thing: Miguel and Lucas,our unforgetable guides,one is a geologist that left career to live here,the other is a native - couldn't be better!!