The Pantanal is the smallest Brazilian biome. With 150 thousand square kilometers, it covers 1.8% of the Brazilian territory. It seems little, but it is the largest floodplain in the world. Because of its rich biodiversity, it is considered a “World Natural H” by UNESCO.
The Pantanal biome is the most preserved in Brazil, with 84% of its original landscape. For this reason, it is a shelter for endangered species.
The Pantanal has two very different seasons. The flood season, which runs from October to April. It is the dry season, between May and October, when the rivers dry up, forming ponds that are full of fish. This is the best time to observe animals, as the plains dry up and mammals go looking for food and water in these ponds.
Also in this dry period, tourists go to the wetland to see the jaguar. It is the best place in the world to spot the largest feline in the Americas.
With 582 species of birds, the Pantanal has become a mandatory itinerary for birdwatching in Brazil and has attracted more and more foreign tourists interested in birdwatching and also registering wildlife in this region.