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View across wetlands of Pantanal. Brazil Tours often feature exploring this vibrant landscape.
View across wetlands of Pantanal. Brazil Tours often feature exploring this vibrant landscape.

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Pantanal Tours

Pantanal tours are one of the best ways to see wildlife in South America (rivalled only by the Galapagos Islands) and are the best place to see wildlife in Brazil. The Pantanal wetlands cover a large part of western Brazil and small areas of Bolivia and Paraguay. These seasonally flooded plains are home to a wealth of flora and fauna. The biggest choice of Pantanal tours and the best Pantanal lodges are found in Brazil. Pantanal wildlife tours are a considerably easier way to spot wildlife than going to the Amazon as the Pantanal is largely grassland with few trees and wildlife tends to congregate around sources of water, especially during the dry season (May to September). Read on for more information on trips to the Pantanal, or view more nature and wildlife tour ideas. We’ve been offering Pantanal tours in Brazil since 1999 and every Pantanal travel package is customized to fit your travel style, pace and schedule.
 
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5 Best Pantanal Tours for 2021


Tour Name Price Duration Description
Pantanal Wetlands & Rio de Janeiro Tour from $1340 8 Days The Pantanal is a vast wetland-approximately half the size of Texas, stretching across the borders of Brazil, Bolivia and Paraguay. During the rainy...
Amazon, Pantanal & Iguazu Falls Tour from $1990 10 Days The Amazon, Pantanal and Iguazu Falls Tour is your ticket to see some of the world’s most incredible natural landscapes. Immerse yourself in...
Pantanal Wetlands Tour & Estancia from $ 5 Days Choose to stay at the family-run Estancia Vitoria just outside of the Pantanal, just perfect to visit the Chapada dos Guimarães. From the...
Pantanal Brazil Fishing Tour from $ 8 Days Go on an 8-day fishing tour through the Pantanal Wetlands and fish for the massive Dourado, one of the most aggressive fish in the world, along with...

Pantanal Travel FAQ’s

Thinking about a Pantanal trip? Here’s a list of frequently asked questions we often hear from our guests.

When should I go to Pantanal Brazil?

April to November is the best time to visit the Pantanal. This is the driest time of year, especially between June and September. Drier weather means that animals congregate around water supplies making sightings easier and biting insects are less present in these months. That said, it is possible to visit most Pantanal lodges year round and if you are interested in seeing the plains flooded and full of water then December to March are months worth considering.

How do I get to the Pantanal?

There are two main regions to visit in the Brazilian Pantanal – the north and south Pantanal. To reach the north Pantanal, you’ll need to travel to Cuiaba. To visit the south Pantanal, you’ll need to get to Campo Grande. There are flights from both cities to Sao Paulo and some other cities within Brazil, with plenty of connections to Rio de Janeiro and other popular destinations to visit in Brazil. From either Cuiaba or Campo Grande most Pantanal trips involve staying in a lodge which is typically about 2 to 4 hours away by road from the cities. Once at a lodge you’ll have tours included each day which can involve 4×4 trips in search of wildlife, canoeing, horse-riding and walks.

What should I bring to the Pantanal?

A good pair of binoculars is very useful, so is a camera with a telephoto lens if you want to get some good wildlife shots. Sunglasses and sun cream are useful. Lightweight, long-sleeved clothing is essential and so is an insect repellent. Some sturdy footwear for use during tours is needed plus lightweight footwear for use in your lodge. On game drives at night it can get a little chilly, so a light jacket is useful too.

Where should I stay in the Pantanal?

Take a look at our two favorite Pantanal lodges – the Pousada Rio Mutum and Araras Pantanal Eco Lodge. Pousada Rio Mutum: Pousada do Rio Mutum is in the municipality of Barão de Melgaço, one of the most beautiful regions of the Pantanal. The landscape surrounding the lodge features hills, savannas, rivers, and flooded areas. The Pousada is also nearby the famous Bays of Siá Mariana and Chacororé. Guests can choose from three different types of rooms, as well as daily exciting wildlife and adventure excursions.

Araras Pantanal Eco Lodge: The Araras Pantanal Eco Lodge is a self-sustainable lodge in the Pantanal. While staying here, go on birdwatching tours, walk on the trails of the primary forest, practice canoeing, or explore fields and forests on horseback. At night, opt for a safari where you can spot wildlife at the night alongside expert naturalist guides. This lodge features a variety of apartments suitable for solo travelers, romantic couples, or small families.

Where can I see jaguars in Brazil?

The Pantanal is the best place to see jaguars in Brazil. With luck, you see jaguars at one of the many Pantanal lodges and will definitely see lots of other wildlife. If you are especially keen to jaguars some lodges offer special trips which significantly increase your chances of seeing these impressive beasts. Additionally, Porto Jofre is a river town in the northern Pantanal where there are boat trips with high chances of jaguar sightings.
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Covid-19 Update: Brazil is OPEN!

Entry requirements:
A negative PCR test result is required. Test must have been taken no more than 72 hours before departure.
A health declaration must be completed and presented on arrival.
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Flights:
Most international flights have resumed, including from the USA, Canada, Europe and the Middle East
Domestic flights are operating
Updated Dec 29, 2020

Elsewhere in South America:

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Open without quarantine?Covid-19 test required before travel?
BoliviaYesYes (PCR)
BrazilYesYes (PCR)
ColombiaYesYes (PCR)
Ecuador & GalapagosYesTravelers who can prove they've been vaccinated do not need a test to enter mainland Ecuador. Otherwise, an antigen or PCR test is required.
Galapagos Islands require a PCR test, regardless of vaccination status.
ParaguayYesYes (PCR or LAMP)
GuyanaYesYes (PCR)
Peru & Machu PicchuYesYes (PCR or antigen before travel plus antigen on arrival)
AntarcticaNo-
ArgentinaNo-
ChileNo-
FalklandsNo-
French GuianaNo-
SurinameNo-
UruguayNo-
VenezuelaNo-
Updated Mar 22, 2021
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