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11 Facts About The Pantanal

Let’s explore 11 facts about the Pantanal, which UNESCO celebrates as one of the world’s largest wetland ecosystems by declaring it a World Heritage Site.

Where Is The Pantanal?

1. The Pantanal is located in western central Brazil at the south-west corner of the State of Mato Grosso.

It contains the headwaters of the region’s two major river systems, the Cuiabá and the Paraguay rivers. The Pantanal offers a glorious abundance and diversity of vegetation and animal life. Spectacular views of wildlife, in particular the jaguar, draw visitors from all over the world.
Map of the pantanal

2. The Pantanal is the world largest wetland (66,100 square miles) and is ten times the size of the Everglades in the United States

3. The name of the area comes from the Portuguese word “pântano” for marsh or wetland.

4. During the winter up to 80% of the Pantanal is flooded.

5. Studies show that 13,000-20,000 years ago the Pantanal was a sandy desert. Nowadays, the rivers support a vast expanse of rich wetlands that pulse with life of all kinds.

Climate

6. The Pantanal averages annual rainfall of 1,000-1,400 mm (39-55 inches).

7. The average temperature is 25 degrees C (77 degrees F). Visitors need to be aware that the temperatures may fluctuate from 7 to 40 degrees C (45 to 104 degrees F). The best time of year to visit is from July to November, which is the dry season.

Pantanal temperature   Pantanal rain chart

Wildlife

8. The Pantanal provides homes for 3,500 plant species, 656 bird species, 325 species of fish, 159 mammals, 53 amphibians and 98 reptiles.

9. Rare animals find refuge in the wild here such as: Ocelot, jaguarandi, jaguar, tapir, crab-eating fox and anteaters.

10. The northern Pantanal has the highest density of jaguars in the world. Making it the best place to spot and photograph jaguars.

11. Best time to spot jaguars is during the dry season from July till November.

Pantanal jaguar safaris Pantanal ocelot photography

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