Located mainly in south-central Brazil, but also extending into northeast Paraguay and southeast Bolivia; contained within the Upper Paraguay River Basin, this immense, seasonally flooded plain can cover as much as 81,000 square miles , or 210,000 square km. (Apparently the whole United Kingdom could fit inside Pantanal !...) Approximately 62% of its areas is located in Brazil – in the States of Mato Grosso and Mato Grosso do Sul – 20% in Bolivia, and 18% in Paraguay.
The landscape found here has a wide variety of vegetation types that form mosaics of different habitats. Here we can find over 600 species of birds! And the sheer concentration of waterbirds it`s mind blowing! The Pantanal provides sanctuary for a rich assortment of wildlife, offering the best wildlife spectacle on the American continent! It`s no wonder that Pantanal , apart from harbouring three Ramsar sites (of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention), the Pantanal was designated a World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO.
The region is also the most important stronghold to a number of endangered animals, like the Giant anteater, the Marsh Deer, the Hyacinth Macaw (the world’s largest parrot), the Chestnut-bellied Guan, the Tapir and, of course the Jaguar and the Giant River Otter. Oh, yes, there`s no other place on Earth, not by a long shot, where you can get so close to these top two predators: the Jaguar and the Giant otter. They are incredibly habituated to ecotourists in some areas of Northern Pantanal; and that`s where we want to take you... Join our amazing tour!
Built during the 1970s, this very popular destination – a bonanza for wildlife viewing !– is a 145 Km raised dirt road that cuts across Northern Pantanal, through a vast floodplain with a rich mosaic of vegetation ; heading South almost on a straight line. It begins near the city of Poconé and ends when it meets the Cuiabá river, at Porto Jofre; on the border with the southern State (Mato Grosso do Sul).
It has 126 small bridges!
Even Sir Sir David Attenborough recently considered the Transpantaneira as one of the best roads to watch wildlife in the world!