Today, life in the Pantanal follows a yearly cycle of rising and
falling waters, dictated by the rains and the course of the great
Paraguay River and its many meandering tributaries.
The Pantanal is a must-visit destination for nature lovers and
there are some great tours out there. The diversity of vegetation,
the rich soil and the abundance of water attract and sustain an
enormous variety of wildlife. Most of the wildlife is also
encountered in other parts of Brazil, but nowhere are they as
easily seen as in the Pantanal, even in comparison to the
Stay in a variety of environmentally friendly farm-hotels,
offering full board plus a variety of tours by open vehicle, boat
and on foot. Some also offer safaris on horseback, the best way of
seeing the wildlife.
Among the fauna of the Pantanal, as well as over 650 species of
bird, you can see crocodiles, piranhas, giant anteaters, blue
hyacinth macaws, cougars, capybaras, toucans, monkeys, giant river
otters, anacondas, iguanas and much more.