The Pantanal is the world's largest inland wetland. Straddling the southern states of Mato Grosso and Mato Grosso do Sul, this enormous basin covers 195,000 square miles, extending into Bolivia and Paraguay. During the December to March rainy season, over 80% of the floodplain is submerged; water levels rise by six to fifteen feet in vast sections of the plain. In other areas, forests bloom and clear rivers swell.
The annual floods attract and sustain an abundance of fauna. In fact, although the Amazon has greater biodiversity, the Pantanal has the highest concentration of wildlife in the Western Hemisphere. The ecosystem includes caimans, giant anteaters, maned wolves, jaguars, tapirs and an estimated 1,000 avian species. Marquee bird species include Hyacinth macaws, Green-and-rufous kingfishers and Jabiru storks. In the north, near Alta Foresta, the Neotropical rainforest sustains monkeys, sloths, pumas and butterflies.
The Pantanal is dotted with comfortable fazendas (ranches) and luxurious lodges. Visitors can enjoy wildlife safaris by boat in the wet season and by jeep in the dry months (June through September). The shoulder seasons—April through May and October through November—may be the best time to visit; the lodges are nearly empty and the wildlife viewing is excellent. Other activities available in this region include canoeing, canyoneering, horseback riding, birdwatching and whitewater rafting.
Airports serve Cáceres, Alta Floresta and Cuiabá in the north, and Corumbá and Campo Grande in the south.
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