The friendly people
no real cons , just make sure you choose right time of year
Must see this ecological treasure trove
Horseback riding is a very nice way to enjoy the nature of the Pantanal.It gives you a real back to the nature feeling riding through flooded areas of the Pantanal while watching the nature and the animals you pass.It´s also a very local way to get around as the Pantanal is full of cowboys as it is a part of Brazil that has a lot of cattle.more
There are not really restaurants on the Pantanal, everything is organized in the lodge where you are staying. But talking about food, the Pousada Santa Teresa beat them all...every day lunch and dinner there were the most amazing dishes, fish and meat, buffet style...really great!more
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This is simple and you can do it by yourself...but a good guide is all! So you just get on the Transpantaneira and drive with a big light and you look for wildlife. We had the luck of doing a night safari with Marcelo which was really great in spotting animals! We saw crab-eating foxes (which he could make come very close to the truck), raccoons,...more
In the pantanal about the only nightlife is the company of other guests and the staff at the pousada bar. While the conversation is often entertaining, most people turn in by 11PM due to the fact that the best wildlife viewing takes place in the early morning and that is what the people are there for.more
The brazilian airline TAM connects Campo Grande with the main airports of Brazil.TAM is a very nice and comfortable airline with pretty good legspace and good inflight service.If you plan to travel around Brazil they also have quite good deals on air passes.They have also recently become members of the star alliance so you can collect points aswell...more
This is one of the traditional handcrafts in the place,what you can find everywhere,specially in the tourist information desks around the Park.
Please respect the guides and the environment by not shouting or being rowdy...this scares off the animals and ruins the experience for others. Listen to the guides...don't try and think you're Indiana Jones and go off on your own. From my experience, there were quite a few people who weren't interested in hearing/learning about the Pantanal and...more
The music and language in the area is an influence of the most first inhabitants,brazilian and paraguaian indians,africans.Pantanal is a world of tales and myths,running across the thousand kilometers,and showing the misteries in the local music,indian's rythims and cults,together with the PEOES ( the countrymen ) culture.more
There is no reason to get anxious for what to do if you get bitten from a “Piranha” or God knows what! We were so tired during the night that we could not get bothered by the huge flying cockroach! Anyway what could they do more then the hundred ants that one night invaded my hammock (as my wife had the bright idea to shake them out from hers and...more
Before travel to this region make sure your vaccinations are up to date. I suggest Yellow Fever, Hepatitis, Typhoid and a Tetanus booster. Yellow Fever is most important however as certification for this vaccination was checked at the airport when I flew into both Cuiaba and Campo Grande. Make sure you get your vaccinations documented on an...more
For some reason tourist feel the need to take loads of pictures, especially of common or ordinary things or when the guide decides to point at something. You have to remember that they do that because they know tourists want to see stuff, so they will start pointing at every little thing, especially when there's not that much to see.I found that a...more
There is no malaria in the Pantanal! Foreigners may be adviced to take Malaria profilaxe, but really, it's unneccessary. It would do you more harm if you'd take it. So please, save them for a trip to the Amazon. You save more money, if you stop taking them. -more
Many tourist stay more than 3 days at one accomodation. Really 2,3 days is more than in enough. After 2 days you've done the main activities at the lodge and you'll repeat the same activities; passing the same land, the same river Sure, nature never bores you and you'll probably see other animals when you go another time on the same track. If...more
As little luggage as possible. You don't need much! Bring a bathing suit that you don't mind getting dirty, pants for horsebackriding and to protect from mosquitos at night, flip-slop/sandals to shower in or wear during the jungle trek (you have to be able to easily take your shoes on and off when you go through the water), sneakers or hiking...more
It's better not to bring all your luggage because it's very damp there and everything will become damp in your bag whether you take it out or not. Just bring a small bag that you can carry around during walking treks to carry your water and camera. Good sandals/flip flops to wear in the shower/toilets and for trekking as well. It's recommended to...more
You really need clothes that you don't care about, since they'll get very dirty!! Bring everything that you need, but don't forget mosquito repellent. I ended up using something with 85% DEET but it wasn't enough. Also a lot of thicks around... Film and tripod, since the place has no shops or anything...ehi this is Pantanal!!more
The clouded, slow-moving water of Rio Claro is prime habitat for piranha.Hanging out in small, loosely organized schools of various sizes, they are not as voracious as most people think. Local children swim in rivers all the time. Their only precaution is not having open wounds anywhere on their bodies.more
The best opportunities are in forrested corridors along rivers where troops of howler monkeys can be seen on the move, foraging for buds, leaves, blooms and natural fruits. They move freely among the branches with the help of their prehensile tails that actually act as a fifth hand. The only reason they venture down from the canopy is to drink.Eco...more
There's no much sports activities to do due to the dangerous of most areas here,if you consider birdwatching or nature in general watching as a sport activity more than a hobby,welcome to paradise..
Nature is beautiful here though cruel many times..
Picture:a "jiboia" snake strangles an aligator.
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...more
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...more